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We drove into Beja, Portugal which is situated on a hill with the valley on all sides of it. We stayed at the one and only hotel and I think everyone in town turned out to watch us unload the car. Then we walked around town and up to the top of the hill to see the castle. We award the prize for the cleanest city to Beja. We bought chestnuts and the streets were so clean that we wouldn’t think of dropping the shells on the sidewalk as we walked around.
A daily diary of a journey in 1962. Please post comments about where you were then on the Background page.
1962 was pivotal. This is the background:
It was a year colored by the Cuban Missile Crisis, an escalating involvement in Vietnam, the Berlin Wall and the Cold War with Russia, Civil Rights issues, a nascent space program, Nelson Mandela in prison, Betty Friedan's, The Feminist Mystique, the Beatles, Rolling Stones and the death of Marilyn Monroe.