BACKPACKING IN 1952 with an Aussie through Scotland, Scandinavia and Western Europe
In 1952 I went on a 2 month backpacking tour through Scotland, Scandinavia and Western Europe, a distance of 4.284 km of which 1.897km I hitch hiked by various means. My tour would not have been possible without the use of wonderful Youth Hostels in which I stayed virtually every night. In those years there were no i phones and my camera only had 8 exposures to a roll of film. More
This book Backpacking in 1952 with an Aussie through Scotland, Scandinavia and Western Europe is the fifth book I have extracted from my unpublished book Aussie Backing Abroad The Beginning 1951 to 1953. The two month long Backpacking journey I describe in Backpacking in 1952 would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the accommodation and support facilities of the Youth Hostels Association in whose hostels I stayed each night, except when I slept on railway stations. It should be noted to that in 1952 i phones, which allowed the user to contact a person anywhere in the world, plus being able to take multiple coloured phots had not been invented. My camera was a Kodak Baby Brownie had only 8 exposures to a roll of film, the norm at the time. I had to be very selective in the choice of photos that I took. My journey began in London when I took a coach to Glasgow to meet and stay with my mother’s relations. After exploring the west of Scotland, the lochs, mountains and islands. I flew across the North Sea to Stavanger in Norway. From there I went by boat north to Bergen. Next, by train, car, ferry and hitch hiking, I travelled through the beautiful fjords and mountains of southern Norway to Oslo the capital of Norway. I found Oslo to be a very interesting city, especially Vigeland Park with its wonderful sculptured figures, the huge Holmenkollen ski jump and the other attractions the city had to offer. I left Oslo by train on a long journey to Stockholm, Sweden’s capital, where I was amazed at its big traffic problem, the result of road rules in Sweden at the time of my visit. I went to the opera in Stockholm, which I thought was very tidy and attractive city, except for its traffic. I was lucky to get a lift all the way from Stockholm to Copenhagen in Denmark with a Swedish travelling salesman Apart from exploring Copenhagen, the main highlight was a visit to the Carlsberg Brewery. From Copenhagen I travelled across western Denmark through Odense and then south across the border to the war torn city of Kiel. Unable to get a lift from Kiel to Hamburg I took the train. Hamburg like Kiel was bomb damaged with many signs of war still to be seen. The opera house where I again went to the opera was still being rebuilt. Hannover, my next destination was a different story because it had been largely rebuilt with many modern buildings mainly flats. After visiting an industrial fair in Hannover I hitchhiked to Cottingen by VW and a frightening lift on a motorbike. Another long lift in a Mercedes along the autobahn took me to me to Heidelberg, a city I particularly wanted to visit to compare it with my home town city of Heidelberg in Victoria, Australia. There was not too much of a similarity, but it was a quite lovely, historic city on the Neckar river. I moved on to Munich arriving there on the day of the Octoberfest where I drank a lot of beer. I went to the opera and a very good technology museum before moving on south over the border into my beloved Austria to the beautiful city of Innsbruck and I spent a few days there exploring the city. Leaving Innsbruck I was very lucky to get a lift in a service van through the Austrian Tyrol and across Liechtenstein, all the way to Zurich in Switzerland. I didn’t stop there, but straight away took a night train to Basel and then the next day I carried on in a train to Frankfurt and Mainz on the Rhine river. I took a ferry ride down the Rhine to Cologne and although it rained heavily all the way it was a very interesting voyage. I visited the huge, Cologne Cathedral surrounded by bomb damage Then I caught a train to Amsterdam. I explored the city which uncovered some unexpected experiences and delights, before moving on to the Hague where I took the ferry to Harwich in England and thence to London to complete my two month journey, during which I travelled 4.284 km. I.897 km of which I hitch hiked by various means.
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