during my recent clean-out, i found this suitcase
i bought it back in 1982 before my first trip overseas (which was also my first time on a plane!)
although it's of no practical use anymore and had it's 'day' (today it wouldn't last a 30 minute flight between the north island the south island), 'back in the day', this was a good suitcase, and it's certainly done some miles!
"you can't throw it out mum! it's vintage! it's COOL!"
...the girls cried when i said it was going in the bin
...and i guess they're right
just look where it's taken me
first of all it took me here
you can easily spot my parents and me by the silly hats we're wearing...
(i have no idea who the other people are)
the suitcase took me here too
(the silly hats came as well)
then my suitcase took me to london.
if i was hoping that my photography skills would be improved on the other side of the atlantic, i was sadly mistaken
up until the very month we were in england (april 1982), you could walk right up to #10 Downing Street (where the british prime minister lives), but wouldn't you know it, the bloody argentines went and invaded the falkland islands (a british colony), and #10 became off-limits.
of course, these days it looks like fort knox, and i'm guessing it's been that way since 911
but i digress!
my suitcase took me here too
i think there's a lot more metalwork around this these days too
then my suitcase got on a boat and took me here
check out the dad and son short shorts in the background
how cute are they?
from wonderfully romantic to dark and depressing, my suitcase took me here
this is checkpoint charlie
checkpoint charlie was the name given by the western allies (UK, USA, France among others) to the best-known berlin wall crossing between east and west berlin during the cold war.
if it looks cold, dark, scary and depressing - it was. this, and the next 2 photos were taken from inside the tour bus, which wasn't allowed to STOP, and we certainly weren't allowed to get out!
and this is the brandenburg gate
ironically, it was built as a sign of peace
it was built between 1788 and 1791 and is made up of 12 DORIC columns
back in 2002 (12 years after german reunification), it was privately restored at a cost of $US6M
and this photo needs no explanation at all
i'd love to know what this place looks like now!
back to my suitcase!
by now, it was in search of a pleasant diversion
and it found one!
from hot to not
i discovered (just today when i was writing this post)
that mt titlis was the sight of the world's first revolving CABLE CAR.
mt titlis is in the urner alps of switzerland.
of course at 19, none of this interested me
i was only interested in the fact that the mountain had the word TIT in it
after cold, it was back to hot, and my suitcase took me here
then home again
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