Welcome to the fifth issue of my Beneath The Alders Newsletter
So glad you followed the link to this full version of the newsletter. Because it is summer, this issue focuses on travel (you remember that, don’t you?)—specifically post-World War I European travel.
Following World War I, with European currencies low in value and middle class Canadians having new found leisure time and financial resources, Canadians were travelling to Europe like never before. It was the beginning of a new European travel movement. The Ask Colleen article delves into more about that trend. Click on link below to learn more.CLICK FOR ARTICLE
This article describes two of the ships on which Jessie and her family sailed in the summer of 1926 and compares them to other ships you may know: the Titanic, the Love Boat and the Disney Magic. Click on link below to learn more.CLICK FOR ARTICLE
My fictional account of the European trip in my book The Mending was based in part on stories Jessie told me and in part on Jessie’s travel journal. The diary was a treasure for a number of reasons which I describe in this article. Click on link below to learn more.CLICK FOR ARTICLE
My daughter Elexa worked on transcribing Jessie’s travel diary. She enjoyed the exercise so much, she not only transcribed the diary—she edited it, annotated it and self-published it. It's called A Journey to Remember, The Travel Diary of Jessie Roberts, 1926. I interviewed Elexa about her experience working on the diary and what she enjoyed the most in doing so. You can view it by clicking the link below.Click for video