Weekly Photo Challenge: MOVEMENT (2)

Returning to the United States from my first European trip in 1956 aboard the Ile de France —

 We entered the harbor early in the morning, with the sunrise. On deck breathless with excitement, I snapped this photo of the skyline of New York. Blurry with nervous fingers? A small discreet earthquake shaking Manhattan?  Or the obvious truth that even when an ocean liner is stopped, it’s still moving, and won’t fully rest until, with the aid of helpful tugboats, it achieves its mooring.

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11 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: MOVEMENT (2)

  1. An ocean voyage… what an experience that must have been! And capturing the moment of arrival home must have been exciting! This is a wonderful visual and emotional image!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      It’s interesting what emotions your comment stirs up —
      At the time I went, a sea voyage was the “normal,” the only practical way to go to Europe, because plane trips could take a couple of days and were only for the rich. In that sense, it would have been going by air that was remarkable.
      But it’s also true that it was an incredible experience.
      It took five days to England (on fast liners), setting back the clock an hour each night. In that way the time change of five hours between here and England was imperceptible, especially because I spent my time with a bunch of international young people who danced away a good deal of each night.
      Six weeks in Europe, thrilled with every minute, including the less-than-perfect minutes, of which there were a share. Six days returning on the Flandre from Le Havre —
      And yes — the moment of arrival, Lady Liberty looming in the dim light, the lights of New York, my hometown — it was incredibly emotional. Thank you so much for your comment, it worked like Proust’s madeleine, bringing it all unexpectedly and suddenly back to life!

      • 🙂 My mother made the ocean voyage to the “old country” with her parents numerous times in her childhood – she always loved those liners!

      • Touch2Touch says:

        Talk about a world that is no more!
        Cruise ships present themselves to be that, but somehow it’s different. The destination DOES make a difference! Your mother must have accumulated a wonderful store of memories. Hope she shared a lot of them with you!

  2. Pauline says:

    I’ve never been on an ocean liner but oh! that photo – the reflections, the higgelty-piggelty sunrise, that blue shimmer! I like having it in my own memory now even though I didn’t make the trip.

  3. Stef says:

    I ADORE this image. Such wonderful colors, such blurry perfection.

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