Cosmonauts Day

April 12 is International Day of Human Space Flight. It commemorates the anniversary of the first human manned space flight buy Yuri Gargarin on April 12, 1961. Gargarin was 27 years old and he circled the Earth for 1 hour and 48 minutes.

Here I am holding my child up against the statue of Yuri Gargarin in Moscow, Russia. I love that statue.

Venice, Italy

The Doges’ Palace and St George Island

July 1976

Well, here I am, about halfway on my trip to Europe. Left home two months ago and if things go well, will still be here another month and a half. Would have sent word earlier but lost my address book and had to wait for somebody to send me your address. Hope all is well with you. You will be hearing from me again.

Lots of love

Tampa Bay, Florida

In 1924, Gandy Bridge between St Petersburg and Tampa, was said to be the longest automobile bridge in the world at six miles across. In 1956 it was re-built and used until 1997.

In 2000, the longest bridge, Bang Na Expressway in Thailand, opened at 34 miles across.

London, England

July, 1980

Last week we took a tour of Parliament rather than have class. It was interesting. We’ve seen a couple of plays – the other night Shakespeare in an outdoor theatre. Today we took a bus to Stonehenge. Needless to say I am keeping busy.

Love

Vail, Colorado

View of the Gore Range

August, 1975

This is the gondola we see outside our window and the one President Ford rode in up to give his speech on top of the mountain. I haven’t been up in it yet – maybe tomorrow. It is misty and chilly today.

Love

(We spent a week in Vail playing tennis and hiking. We actually saw President Ford getting out of the gondola.)

Phoenix, Arizona

1950’s

“One of the newest and most popular winter resorts in the “Valley of the Sun” is the spacious modern Camel Back Inn, located in the heart of the desert near Phoenix, a resort of real charm.”

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