National Geographic : 1955 Jul
.. / %s* NOR Metz. .Chailons surMarne Nancy R in Flemish for the food I wanted. At the out skirts of the town, he turned toward the coast and I toward Bruges. I wound my way through the narrow medie val streets of Bruges * and continued to Gent over the rolling roads. Bicycle paths along many highways in Europe compensate for the numerous bad riding surfaces. At the Gent hostel I ate with a thin-faced German boy. He knew a little English and I tried my meager German. He held up his canteen, displaying the Nazi swastika and eagle. "From the war," he said. I picked up my GI mess kit. "This is also from the war." It's a strange world, I thought. Milkman Offers Hospitality Near the town of Aalst I looked for a place to buy milk and was directed to the milk man's home. He invited me to have my sandwiches in his house. While I ate, he asked questions in machine-gun French. I didn't understand. MIy phrase book told how to order dinner in a restaurant, demand hot water at the hotel, or ask for a plane ticket. Valuable phrases, perhaps, but for an American hosteler trying to converse with a friendly Belgian it was next to worthless. * See, in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE: "Bruges, the City the Sea Forgot," by Luis Marden, May, 1955; and "Thumbs Utp Round the North Sea's Rim," by Frances James, May, 1952, ~/ISo SWITZERLAND St.Ga-'ndu I Br.Luzern ,\^.. i Bern Luzern AUSTRIA Interlaken ,. I engen-f *St.Gothard / Geneva Lauterbrumnen- ung, u Pas / (Geneve), 1364 Tau 99 . (i .- "c , .j .- y Mt. Blanc+ Matterhorn Lyon ,1578 p 14692iass / Milan i---. | (Milano) ,iValence Turin*. / (Torino) iMontlimnar Genoa l i(Genova) -, \ /' .. r SBrd f.or-.*Imperia Trovence ~, . ... annes .Marseile *, h Toiuk7 , 88 128 Bike, Thumb, Bus, and Boat Take the Author Across 3,500 Miles of Europe Hosteling enabled Joseph Nettis, a 25-year-old Philadelphian, to travel nine weeks in :urope on less than 54 a day. One ni.ht he lodged in a medieval castle, another in a barn. Zigzagin through six countries, he found continental highways thronged with adventuresome hostelers of a number of nation alities. "Meeting the youth of the world is hostel ing's biggest thrill," says Mr. Nettis. ISt Stuttgart *k. Hague ('sGravenhage) North Sea.