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P, II,LiNGS COUNTY P~ONEEIt Charles Tighes Report On European Trip Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tighe of Bismarck pictured before the Brandenburger Tor, the gate be- tween East and West Berlin. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tighe, 438 Sunset Place, Bismarck re- turned recently from a six weeks trip to Europe. The trip com- bined business with pleasure, as Mr. Tighe was representing an American firm with contacts in Europe. The Tighes left New York Aug- ust 26th on Aer Lingus, land- ing in Dublin, Ireland. The green- ess of the Emerald Isle was evi- dent as they flew over Ire- land and also could be seen on their trip into the countryside to the Glendaloch area. They took a tour of the largest single industry in Ireland, the Guiness Brewery, a 66 acre installation that brews and exports Guinness Stout and employs 80,000 people. The Tighes saw a performance of the famous Abbey Players in a Brendan Behan play, "The Quare Fellow", They said the ac- ting in the play was excellent, but the thick Irish brogue of the Actors and the many local references greatly enjoyed by the audience were sometimes hard to understand. They also saw a performance of Pilar Lopez and her group, foremost Spanish dancers who happened to be per- forming in Dublin. They said the Irish audience was most apprecia- tive and demonstrated not only with applause but also with Stamping of feet. J From Dublm the Tignes flew over the Irish Sea and to Edin- burgh, Scotland. A lovely city, its parks full of flowers and greenery, Edinburgh is dominat- ed by its famous Castle. The Edinburgh Festival was in pro- gress and the Tighes saw Isaac Stern and The Sacher Chamber Orchestra in a superb concert at Usher Hall. The mest popular event of the Festival is the Mil- itary Tattoo, held outdoors on the Castle Esplanade. The color- ful Scots uniforms, the excell- ence of the bagpipe and drum playing and the historic setting of the Tattoo make it a stir- ring and unforgettable perfor- mance. London was tee next stop on the Tighe's trip. A huge city, holding more sights than a tour- ist can possibly see in a few days, the Tighes visited Westmin- ster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral and The Tower of London, scene of beheadings, the home now of the colorful Beefeaters who ~,uard the Crown DevCels of England. At the Wallace Col- lection and the National Gallery they saw the paintings of many famous artists. A friend of Mr. Tighe's, Shelley Hanna former- ly from Fargo, is now living in England and heads the edu- cational program for the SAC forces stationed near London. The Tighes met Mr. and Mrs. Hanna and their daughter Step- hanie and together explored some of the English countryside. This included Stoke Poges, where Thomas Grey wrote "Elegy in a Country Churchyard", Hampton Court, home of Catherin Howard, Henry VIII's fifth wife, Runy- mede, the meadow where the barons compelled King John to sign the Magna Carta in 1215, the Norman church at St. Albans, and the ruins of Verulamium, a Roman city dating from the first century B. C and last but not least a visit to The Fighting Cock, declared to be "the oldest in- habited licensed inn in England". The Tighes saw two plays while in London. They were "Ross" with Alec Guinness as the star, and '~Fhe Seagull" at the Old Vic Theater with Judith Ander- son. From London Mr. and 1%~rs. Tighe flew to Paris, a beautiful city that offers great diversity of entertainment, from Folies Bergeres to the Opera, both of which they saw. Other sights in their P~rlz vis~+ were the Churches of tee MacIelcine, Saere Coeur. Notre Dame, and des I n v a 1 i d e s, Napoleon's burial place. On an evcursion to Ver- sailles they saw the magnificent palace decorated and painted by the great artists of Louis XIV's t;.me. The Hall of Mirrors at the Palace was the scene of the signing of the Versailles Treaty after World War I. The formal gardens at Versailles cover 290 acres, only a few of which the Tighes watked. The views of Paris from the top of the Eifel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe they said were tremendous, as also the view from a sidewalk cafe while sipping French wine. The Louvre Museum catalog contains some 20(0000 entries, and the Tighes chose to see The Winged Victory, Venus de Mile, Michelangelo's slaves, sculptures of Praxiteles and Cellini; and among the paintings, da Vinct's Mona Lisa, Rembrandt portraits, and the work of Titian, F~ans Hals, Giorgione and Caravaggio. Just behind the Louvre are the beautiful Tuileries Gardens. By contrast, a visit to the very modern Unesco Building with its decorations by Mire, Picasso, Klee, Henry Moore and Calder was extremely interesting. After a stroll on the Left Bank of the Seine River the Tighes re- luctantly left Paris with a long- ing to return. "Paris does that to you", they said. In Berlin the Tighes were met by Mr. Tighe's nephew, Mr. R. J. Donahue of Northbrook, Ill. Mr. Donahue is a student at Louvain University in Brussels. He and a friend, Bernt Ulrich Engler who lives in Berlin were welcomed as interpreters for this part of the Tighe's trip. The tour- ist is allowed free access to East Berlin through the Branden- burger Tor and other points, so the Tighes were able to see at first hand the great con- trast between East and West Berlin. The city was almost en- tirely razed by bombs during the war, and West Berlin has been completly re'ouilt Into a very modern city But the Russians in East Berlin have purposely left most of the ruins as a reminder of the destruction brought on by the "war monger- ing capitalists of the w~tern world". The only part of East Berlin that looks new is a por- tion of the former street Unter der Linden, renamed Stalinallee. However, merely a facade of tile was placed over the old buildings and the effect is somewhat like a Hollywood movie set. The East Berliners, who can see their brothers to the west living in better surroundings are quite critical of the government. It is reported that a million people have gone frorn East to West Berlin. The Tighes visited the Wannsee on a Sunday, one of a grot~p of lakes in West Berlin which are always very crowd- ed because they afford the only recreational area for West Bet- liners, situated as they are in the middle of East Germany. On the cultural side of their visit to Berlin, the Tighes saw an opera at the Staatsoper in East Berlin and the Berlin Phil- harmonic in West Berlin, and they visited the Dahlem Museum, home of many art treasures, in cluding the ancient Egyptian sculpture of Queen Nefretete. "In Switzerland, it's the moun- tains", the Tighes declared. They visited Geneva, Zurich and Bern, but said that their trip to Wen- gen, a little village nestled in a valley at the foot of the Jung- frau was definitely a highlight of their whole trip. From Wen- gen they took a cable railway up to the Jungfraujoch, only about 2,000 feet from the top of the mountain. At the top they could only see a raging blizzard, but the ride up and down the valley was one spectacularly beautiful sight after another, from the green valley below with its charmingly decorated ,-chalets to the majestic mountains above. A city that has fascinated many a tourist, and the Tighes were no exceptions, is Venice. "Every- one knows that the streets are water and the taxis gondolas, but it's still a shock to see it". they said. "Instead of measur- ing distances by blocks, you say something is seven bridges away". The most famous of the many bridges are the Bridge of Sighs, where the prisoners being led from the Doges Palace to the dungeons were given their last glimpse of Venic, and The Rialto Bridge, center of the commercal district of the city. Life in Venice seems to revolve around the Piazza San Monco, and the Church of Saint Mark fa- mous for its beautiful mosaics, the Doges Palace, the sump- tuous residence of the former ~ulers of the Venetian Republic, and the thousands of pigeons are all enjoyed by the tourists. Florence is the city for the art lover to visit. The beautiful Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace contain works of Raphael, da Vinci, Fra Angelico, Botticelli and others. There is Giotto's his- toric bell tower, the bronze doors of Ghiberti, and the sculptures of Michelangelo, Cellini and Donatello both indoors and out- doors in this fabulous city. The next stop in Italy for the Tighes was Rome, The Eternal City, where Christian and pagan cultures exist and even mingle in the case of the Pantheon, an ancient pagan temple now a Christian church. The Tighes at- tended a Papal Audience at St. Peter's Basilica, an impressive event in the largest and one of the most beautiful churches in the world, designed by Michel- angelo. The other three basilicas in Rome, St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran, and St. Paul With- out the Walls were equally beautiful with a wonderful combination of grandeur and simplicity. The Vatican Museum holds great art treasures in- cluding the paintings of Raphael, Murillo, Van Dyck, Titian and others, and some of the most famous sculptures in the world, among them Apollo Belvedere and the Laocoon, Michelangelos's Creation in the Cistine Chapel defies description. Another Mich- elangelo work, the statue of Moses is the greatest treasure in St. Peter-in-Chains, which also houses the chains with which St. Peter was bound during his imprisonment. Thevestiges of ancient civilization that exists in Rome, and the Tighes saw were the Catacombs, where the early Christians buried their dead; the Colosseum, where Christians were fed to the lions before 50,000 spectators; the fourth century Arch of Con- stantine;-and the Forums, the political and business center of the world in and around Julius Caesar's day. Like almost every- where in Europe, the Tighes said, Rome has too much to see, and they left rather reluctantly after seeing this much plus the many parks, squares and fountains. among them the Trevi Fount- ain of three coins fame. On a two day excursion from Rome the Tighes saw Pompey, the city that was buried under lava in 79 A.D. and is still be- ing excavated, and then took the Amalfi Drive along the coast, with the most breathtak- ing view in all of Europe, to Sorrento. This drive goes along the Bay of Salerno and the beach where the Allies landed in the war was visible. From Sorrento by boat the Tighes went to the Isle of Capri, one of the most beautiful sights on the face of the earth and enjoyed by tour- ists since the 2nd Century B.C. Another famous resort area, the French Riviera, was visited next by the Tighes. They stayed at Nice, the internationally fam- ous playground and enjoyed the sights, among them a drive al- ong the Cote d' Azur to Monte Carlo where they gambled at the Casino (and lost) saw the castle where Princess Grace lives an architectural monstrosity) and got a glimpse of the yacht owned by Aristotle Onassis, out in the harbor. In Madrid, the Tighes attend- ed a bull fight, which they found an interesting and colorful spec- tacle, although brutal, and they visited the Prado Muser~m, fam- ed for its painting by Valaszquez, Goya and el Greco. The last stop on their trip was Lisbon, Portugal, a very colorful city because of the use of tiles as house decorations and also to make intricate patterns on the sidewalks. A drive along the coast gave them a good view of Estoril, a popular and fashion- able resort area. After six weeks of touring Europe, making their own re- servations on the way, the Tighes were happy to return home and r~view their trip with souvenirs and pictures. Weatherman Gives an Assist Ideal construction weather has given a real boost to the numer- ous projects now goin~ up in the Bismarck area. Above, the n~',v ~i Anne's Church roof is up, and the building will be completely enclosed before too long. Belo;v. the nev Fleck Motel takes shape a,~ several dozell workmen sca|nper )]ke snts to ma!e it weather-tight be.fore the chili winds blow . ALASKA '~, HAWAII DEMOCRATS GAIN A STATEHOUSE--Here is how the election leaves the governorships, 34 Democratic, 16 /yepubllcan, a gain of one for the Democrat~. Stars indicate where one party unseated th,t other. Black symbols mean there was an election. (Central Press) A 1950, AND BRAND NEWI--Mz~. Ruth Sprague starts out for California in West Orange, H. 3. driving her brand new 1950 Dodge, which ehe bought in 1950 and never got around to picking up till 1960. The odometer read 9.2 miles. NINE DIE IN BUS CRASH--A staUon wagon is smashed to splinters and a bus badly battered after head-on collision near Hull, ~lebee, ia which nine pereona were killed. All ~ t sons in the ztation wazoL which reportedly was on the wrong tim r d. met death. 8o altd i m l m woman I"mm*i um ImL