“Travels To A Different Time” : Letter From Margaret Mary Stephen to Her Mother on August 3, 1971, Bled, Yugoslavia

It is August 3rd and we are in Bled in the Julian Alps. We arrived yesterday. We will stay here until August 9th and then travel to Munich by train. We will meet our friend Fritz there and he has a car. We may stay in Munich for a week and take a cruise on the Rhine and after that to Berlin then back to Frankfurt and then home. Bled is a fairy-tale land with Alpine architecture. The swimming is excellent in a lake as opposed to the ocean. Tonight there is a concert in the park by the lake and we will go to it. I hope it is not an opera like last night as that was just too much for Robert. It really doesn’t seem like our trip of swimming and sun is about to end. Germany is not the place for that and I understand that and am looking forward to it. I do not want to return to Yugoslavia. I am too used to comfort. My birthday started out at 4:30 in the morning and we arrived in Bled at 4 p.m. OH boy what a crazy trip and my back started bothering me. Yugoslavia is too damp for my back. Greece was a drier heat and was good for my back. The beds here are as hard as boards and that is good for my back. I am looking forward to Germany especially the Black Forest where we will be sleeping for two nights. Germany is having a heat wave now and it is 94 degrees in Frankfurt. Robert just went on a mountain trail hike.

Yugoslavia is a beautiful country but the people are cold and rude. In our last island of Krk we met an army nurse Sonja who is 35 years old and has car. She is charming and beautiful. She has a car and took us to two homes. Summer homes lovely outside but very poor inside. One owner is a doctor and the other a nurse. Robert is back from his mountain trek and is steaming hot.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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