Reminiscences of June, a Traveling Grandmother
1975 - June in Zurich - London
- Published on Thursday, 29 May 2008 19:14
- Written by Stanton O. Berg
(Conference Site at Zurich University)
In September, June flew to Zurich, Switzerland. Here she spent a week at the Hotel Glockenhof.June was in Zurich because the Seventh International Meeting of Forensic Sciences was convened in Zurich for the period of 8 September through 12 September 1975. The Conference site was Zurich University.
(Photo on lower right is June ready to board a street car in Zurich, 1975.)
While in Zurich, June was given a 5 day pass that enabled her to use the public transportation system of Zurich -VBZ - City Network without restriction during the time of the conference. June made liberal use of the system of public street cars to get around and about as she liked.
Zurich was a beautiful city with the Zurich River Limmat passing through the center of town. There were frequent pedestrian bridge walkways and observations points. It was a relaxing place to sit or rest.
While sightseeing in Switzerland,June visited the Lindt & Sprungli Chocolate Factory in Kilchberg. She also had a tour of Stein am Rhein, a boat trip on the Rhine to Schaffhausen with lunch at the Hotel Kronenhof.
One evening June was the guest at a reception by the City and State of Zurich at Stadthaus (City Hall), Stadthausquai. Another evening saw June at a Chamber music recital at St. Peter's church, Peterhofstatt. June also took part in a Swiss folkloristic dinner and entertainment at a country inn on the Halbinsel Au. June later took a train to Lucerne where she journeyed by tram up Mt. Pilatus. (7000 feet) where she had lunch at the Hotel Pilatus Kulm. She returned via a breathtaking cable car ride down the side of the mountain. One lady was so frightened that she sat down on the floor of the cable car. June's last night in Zurich was spent at a dance and banquet at the Zurich Guild House Zur Meisen.
(Photo below right is June sitting at a pedestrian rest area over the Zurich River Limmat, 1975.)
June flew from Zurich to Heathrow Airport in London. During the week in London she stayed at the Piccadilly Hotel just off Piccadilly Circus.
While the week was spent shopping and sightseeing. June excused Stan for a day while he visited the fireams section of the London Metro0ploitan Police Crime Laboratory. (New Scotland Yard) The Crime Laboratory is located on Broadway in London. During that visit, arrangements were also made for Stan to have a tour of the famous "Black Museum". The museum contains relics and evidence items from some of London's most famous crime cases of the past. The museum is not open to the general public.
It was during this stay in London that June observed the colorful ceremony involved in the "Changing of the Guard" at Buckingham Palace. The Palace guards are noted for their stoic, stern, and unflappable demeanor and straight-ahead stare as they march and stand guard. June was observing the ceremony through an iron grillwork gate. June was delighted and surprised to see one of the guards wink at her as he marched up to the gate immediately in front of her.
Once again, time was spent visiting the Bruce family at their home in Bexley, Kent south of London before returning home.
Gordon Bruce also spent some time taking Stan up to the Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield. Gordon recalled that we "got into a problem with the police when we took photos outside." But all ended well with no problems from the misunderstanding...
Gordon Bruce had the following recollections of our visit to their home:
"We drove out to Rochester on the river Medway and went inside the Cathedral and also saw the Castle and some of the Charles Dickens locations. Joan said she bought June a little "Praying Hands" memento there. You and June took myself, Joan, Gary and Lynne out to dinner at the "Old Mill" in Bexley...we dined on an upper floor of the mill close to the giant milling wheel."
Note: The "little Praying Hands memento" referred to above was a small necklace with the "Praying Hands" for the pendant. This kind gift by Joan to June is now with our granddaughter Gretchen. This posthumous gift from June was a selection and a request by Gretchen following her grandmother's passing in late October 2008.
Reader's Notes: Readers are encouraged to read/review other chapter's (30 chapters) in this story of June K. Berg's life. (Reminiscences of a Traveling Grandmother) Each chapter is intended to be a capsule view of a small segment of June's life and travels'. It is also intended to be a small segment of history from a time period of World War II and the periods both pre and post World War II. You will find the history is accurate and continues to be updated as new records and photographs become available.
June, a very humble and modest person would never consider her life worthy of a story. To me June has been a lady for "All Seasons". A very unique, bright and highly principled Christian lady. While June like everyone, has likes and dislikes, I have never found her to be uninterested or bored with any thing that life has presented her. June was well traveled. She traveled to Europe eleven (11) times and made at least 100 trips in and around the United States. June would be included in Tom Brokaw's "The Greatest Generation."
It has taken the horror of Alzheimer's to awaken me to finally and fully plumb the depths, the breadth and scope of June's Character, and Being. After battling Alzheimer's for almost 11 years, an exhausted June was finally called home by God on October 23rd, 2008. Her funeral notice as published in the Minneapolis Star in October 2008 can be seen on this website under the "In Memoriam" label - Click on: