Today is my mother's birthday.
In her honor I am posting some photos of her from the grand tour of Europe she and my father did in 1955.
When my parents got married in 1953 their honeymoon consisted of a couple of days in Atlantic City (they took the bus there) and a few days visiting friends at Camp Ramah in Connecticut.
Two years later they decided to do the sort of honeymoon they might have done if either of them had wealthy families. Their financial situation hadn't changed all that much. But my mother decided that they should live off of my father's salary and bank her Hebrew school teacher earnings so they could do this grand tour. This was a decision that gave both of them a great deal of joy.
They stayed in fancy hotels in London, Paris, Rome and all over Israel. They spent a week in each of the European cities and a month in Israel.
My parents ran into an old friend at the base of the Eiffel tower. He probably took this photo of the two of them together.
I have a program from a concert they attended in Paris on June 6 of a performance of the Israel Philharmonic. Marian Anderson was the soloist.
My mother wore this straw hat to the beach when I was little.