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    1951 cycle tour report, Rhine & Mosel rivers

    A few months ago I received an e-mail from a lady in Britain who had
    seen the photos of my cycle trip along the Rhine and Mosel rivers. She
    said she had taken a similar cycle trip in 1951 and she could send me
    her report. It was a handwritten letter to her mother so she said she
    would type it and mail it to me. When it arrived I was surprised to
    find that she had pasted photocopies of photos on the back of pages.
    Her writing is wonderful!

    The report is an excellent account of conditions in post-war Germany.
    While it was particularly interesting to me because of the common
    places that we visited, I think anyone would find the report
    interesting.

    It took me some work but I scanned it, converted the text to digital,
    and created a pdf that retains much of the character of the original.
    If anyone wants a copy, please e-mail me at kbrown@idirect.ca . It is
    152 KB and free.

    Ken

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    cycling fanatic Ken Brown's Avatar
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    Ken although I have only read half of the letter I wanted to post a thank you for converting and sharing this great insight on a world gone by. Being awakened by singing hostel mothers has to be long gone. I look forward to easing the remainder. Thanks for your work on this.

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    interesting read, especially her travelling a scant 6 years after all the hell of the war, and with lots of Germany still probably with the stuffing kicked out of it. Orphans and POWs, paints a real picture of Europe post war. I met a fellow, who like the two german boys mentioned with physical problems, had been in a Russian prisoner camp, actually in Siberia. Just about starved to death but considered himself lucky because he got to work outdoors with horses felling trees.
    We are very lucky to be born where we were, and when we were.

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