1952 : EUROPE  Visit

 

FRANCE
FRANCE
SWITZERLAND
SWITZERLAND
ITALY
ITALY
1952 : Meher Baba recouperating at the Merten's home, Locarno, Switzerland. Image cropped.
1952 : Meher Baba recouperating at the Merten's home, Locarno, Switzerland. Image cropped.

SYNOPSIS

 

Meher Baba and his entourage of male & female close followers ( mandali ) started their Western tour when they flew out of Bombay Airport on 18th April 1952 flying with TWA.

Their destination was New York, USA, arriving on the 20th April at Idlewild Airport.

 

They then left by train to Florence, South Carolina at midnight, the same day. They arrived at Florence, SC., the next day at 11am ( 21st ), they were then driven to the Meher Spiritual Center at Myrtle Beach, SC, arriving at 3pm.

 

After a months stay on the Center, Baba and his ones drove off in 2 cars for the West Coast. A few days later on the 24th May, at Prague, OklahomaBaba's car was involved in an serious accident with another motor vehicle.

Meher Baba suffered fractures and other serious injuries along with some of his car's occupants.

 

Following his treatment at the local hospital, he was transported along with the group back to Myrtle Beach to recover and seek expert treatment from nearby medical institutions. During this period he and the female mandali stay at Elizabeth Paterson's home - Youpon Dunes, staying for 5 weeks.

Baba and his entourage of 15 travelled by train back from Florence, SC., to New York City, staying in Scarsdale, NY till the near end of July.

 

Baba and his women mandali and a couple of others flew from New York's Idlewild Airport on the 30th July via Gander, Canada to London, England, arriving the 31st.

 

They stayed a week, before flying to Zurich, Switzerland on the 6th August. Their destination was to Locarno, where Walter & Hedi Mertens lived. Here Baba was to continue his recuperation and his medical treatment. The women mandali explored the majestic surroundings nearby, until the 21st August.

 

This is the portion of their journey that will be examined on this webpage, before they all returned to India.

 

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1952 : Eastbound route back to India via Europe
1952 : Eastbound route back to India via Europe
1952 : Eastbound route to India via England & Europe. Map graphics by Anthony Zois
1952 : Eastbound route to India via England & Europe. Map graphics by Anthony Zois