From one’s childhood onward, it’s not uncommon to hear ad nauseam that a picture is worth a thousand words. May I interject: We may be heading inexorably toward the long Labor Day Weekend, that putative end-of-summer big event; it entices amateurs and professionals to whip out their photographic gizmos to record the sublime to the ridiculous of families enjoying the fading rays of summer on vacation.
But, and that’s a big but, for there are certain times of the year that may resonate more resoundingly – is that a tautology? Times that foreshadow the good times to come before the inevitable denouement in September. In my book, memorializing those meaningful lazy days means not shooting ad lib with a video cam or clicking with a digital camera as we are wont to do these days, but reliving those magical times by putting pen to paper literally so as to record a memory of an unforgettable scene or two. No! Not for me an iPad, nor an iPhone or other whiz-bang modern device: each of them cannot quite capture what’s in ones mind’s eye when viewing a sight that is a rarity to behold.
Such was the case in the summer of 1952 when I, in company with other members of the Swiss Club of CentYMCA, the Central Young Men’s Christian Association in London, went on a fortnight’s trip to the Alps, taking in parts of Austria. For me the vacation proved to be exhilarating, because it gave me the singular opportunity of exploring some of the mountainous terrain in an around Innsbruck and the Inns Valley, as well as making an excursion to the capital, Vienna.
15th-21st June 1952
Innsbruck View of Left-wing of Hofburg from across the Renweg Square
21st-25th June 1952
View of the Ehg. Karl Denkmal (foreground) and the Kunsthist. Museum (background) from the Heldenplatz
62 years earlier, my granduncle Sam Atham never failed to record his peregrinations in Europe (1893-1890) in pen and ink.
The examples above are typical of his humorous greeting cards he mailed to India from Europe: they clearly indicate that he surpassed his grandnephew in the art of drawing.
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