I went to the biggest hotel, the Palace, went into the garden restaurant area, bought a beer and sat and looked and listened. Towards the end of the second hour I overheard a Dutch couple, plucked up my courage and went and asked them for a ride. (I had in 1957 been stationed in the British Army for 6 months on the German-Dutch border, listening to Soviet tank manoeuvres on a radio, and had learned some Dutch because the beer on their side of the border was cheaper.) They were very unwilling but eventually agreed to drive me to Beograd (Belgrade). On the way we visited Bitola, to see the ruins of the ancient city. (Wikipedia:) “Bitola, known during the Ottoman Empire as Manastir/Monastir, is one of the oldest cities in North Macedonia. It was founded as Heraclea Lyncestis in the middle of the 4th century BC by Philip II.” The modern city is the second largest in Macedonia, but we did not stop there but went directly to the ruins.
They then (mostly in a tense silence!) drove me to Beograd. It was night-time. Somehow I managed to make my way to the western edge of the city on the autoput (motorway) and I managed to get rides from there — mostly in trucks — all the way to Genova, A modern map:
The only city on the way, and there are many interesting ones, that I managed to see was Mantova (Mantua), to the west of Padua.
My hitch-hiking went so well that I reached Genoa with two nights to spend before meeting the ship. I managed to afford a room somewhere central and looked around:
I had read somewhere that big cities in Italy always had cemeteries that were worth visiting, so I spent the afternoon in Genoa Cemetery:
The next morning I made my way to the dock
The Voyage Home
The first day June and the children accompanied me to Genoa cemetery:
Then we were on the way. I have no record of the details of the voyage, not even the name of the vessel or the dates. However I did take some photos from the ship, not only of the family but of Africa:
and of Gibraltar:
The remainder are of the family, e.g., (Diana was 7, Clive 1 year old):