Pyrenees Crossing - March 1971

Snow and cognac

  Remembered in March 2007, by R. W. Rynerson

The return of gray weather here in Denver reminded me of the bad cold that I picked up in Hamburg in March 2005, but then some questions from a colleague reminded me of another trip, in March 1971, on which the sun shone, a cold was cleared up, the Mediterranean was deep blue, and a few dollars went a long way. In fact, I realized later that it was part of my best 24 hours on my own outside of Berlin. Unfortunately, my handy Voightlander folding 35mm camera went out of order, and I bought a Spanish Kodak Instamatic for this part of the journey.

The pictures that you are about to see are scratchy, the color is starting to vanish... but then so is the way of life that I briefly experienced. The day began as an interesting bit of itinerary and ended with a profound experience. Every Berlin veteran must have a leave story to tell; the "O. Henry ending" of mine caught me off guard.

 Midpoint of the Cold War

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