Ivory Coast

Hotel Le President, Yamoussokro, Ivory Coast

Lagos, 1975

Thank you for your thank you! I’m still being regaled by stories of your Safari from all sides – glad it was such a fine adventure. I stayed at this hotel last week with the Edwards – it’s really incredible and in the middle of nowhere. Just happens to be the President’s home town! Most elegant hotel I’ve ever been to!

Lagos, Nigeria

The post card actually says Ivory Coast

February 1974

(I can’t read most of this but it is written to my grandmother from a friend of hers who was visiting Africa with a group.)

We are in a very nice hotel here but the weather is hot and humid, the city is so crowded.

I’m happy you’ll have your daughter with you soon. She’s afraid of the cold weather. Love and greetings to all,

Hellen D

Nigerian Mask

Igu Mask, Nigeria

Paris, March 1973

We are on our way to Amsterdam. I’ll take KLM to Chicago, Bill to Frankfort and Lagos. The Paris weather has been cold but clear and sunny – lovely. I walked miles to know Paris a little better. Had lunch with Zina yesterday – she says Lisa is very unhappy here – she’s going to US for Easter. Do keep warm, for that helps to recover and prevent colds.

Love to you, Mom

Nairobi, Kenya

November 1975


Greetings! it has been a lovely sunny weekend here. I didn’t see any animals. I just rested, read and walked around. Today I’m going to Tanzania for a week. I hope all is well with you and wish you were here.

Love, Bill

East African Game

Mount Kenya Safai Club

New Stanley Hotel, Nairobi

Berlin, Germany

When I went to Egypt earlier this year I did not expect to see Queen Nefertiti. I had already seen her. In Berlin. The Neues Museum in Berlin houses Egyptian Art, Pre-Historic objects, and Classical Antiquities. The museum re-opened in 2009 after extensive renovation. I was there in 2011. Photographs are not allowed in the chamber where Nefertiti is displayed. She sits in the middle of a beautiful round room. It is quite stunning.

All the postcards are in German so I’m not sure what this is but it is Egyptian:

The Gate of Ishtar was also impressive. It was the eighth gate into the City of Babylon in Ancient Mesopotamia (now Iraq). The gate was built by Nebuchadnezzar II in 575 BC. The bricks are glazed and decorated with bas-reliefs of aurochs (extinct species of cattle) and dragons (aslo extinct? just kidding). The gate was excavated by a German archaeological team from 1902-1914 and reconstructed in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin in the 1930s.

Detail from the Throne Room in Babylon

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