1934 : Zurich. Image colourized by Anthony Zois.
1934 : Zurich. Image colourized by Anthony Zois.

 

1934 VISIT

 

Courtesy of LSLP - Oct.2001
Courtesy of LSLP - Oct.2001

Lady facing camera - Enid Corfe.

Lady sitting on cushion looking at Baba - Anita de Caro

1934 : Baba with Hedi Mertens & her daughter at her home in Zurich. Image colourized by Anthony Zois.
1934 : Baba with Hedi Mertens & her daughter at her home in Zurich. Image colourized by Anthony Zois.
 1934 : Zurich. Image trimmed & colourized by Anthony Zois.
1934 : Zurich. Image trimmed & colourized by Anthony Zois.
1934 : Zurich. Meher Baba is with Anita de Caro ( left ), Margaret Craske ( right rear ) & Kitty Davy. Image colourized by Anthony Zois.
1934 : Zurich. Meher Baba is with Anita de Caro ( left ), Margaret Craske ( right rear ) & Kitty Davy. Image colourized by Anthony Zois.
1934 Zurich. Image colourized by Anthony Zois.
1934 Zurich. Image colourized by Anthony Zois.

1936 VISIT

 

 Map showing the 1936 plane, ship, road & train routes. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
Map showing the 1936 plane, ship, road & train routes. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.

1952 VISIT

 

Map 1 : Map showing the return flights from the USA to England & Europe. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
Map 1 : Map showing the return flights from the USA to England & Europe. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
Swiss Customs at Zurich Airport
Swiss Customs at Zurich Airport

 

Meher Baba and his entourage flew by Swissair Flight 111 to Zurich, Switzerland on the 6th August from London.

 

After Meher Baba and his entourage cleared Swiss Customs, who had only checked one of their bags, were met by Irene Billo who had hired 2 cars along with 2 drivers for their journey to Locarno in the South of the country, near the Italian border where they were invited to stay with Hedi Merten at her home Ronco dei Fiori, in the suburb of Solduno & the next door residence which belonged to **Professor Eischmann, who was away on holidays.

 

 

 

( ** Prof. Eischmann belonged to a Christian group called 'Eranos' https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eranos ).

 

 

 

Both Hedi & Irene had stayed with Baba in India in the mid-1930s.

 

 

 

Meher Baba had come to Locarno once before on a day trip on the 29th April 1932. He and his companions were staying in Lugano at that time for 10 days.

 

 

 

Most of the women were to stay at Hedi's home and all the men including Rano Gayley & Dr. Goher were to live in the next door premises with Baba.

 

 

 

The 1st car, a 1947 Chrysler carried Meher Baba & his Women Mandali.

 

The 2nd car, a 1946-8 Packard carried the rest of the women including Dr. Donkin.

 

( see "Road Trips" )

 

 

 

Only one of these vehicles was at Baba's disposal for the rest of his time in Switzerland, except on the last day when they used both cars again, to transport them all to Geneva to catch flights to India and elsewhere.

 

 

 

Irene travelled in Baba's car to Locarno.

 

This journey from Zurich took all day to reach Locarno arriving at 10:30 pm.

 

 

 

Irene Billo along with Max & Gisella Haefliger and their 3 daughter - Rona (12), Monika (11 & Verena (8) had all agreed to help Hedi in hosting their guests. They all stayed at Hedi's.

 

 

 

There is little mention in any of the publications about this tour, about which exact route was taken by the cars to Locarno. Only sketchy details are given.

 

The common language in this part of Switzerland is Italian.

 

 

 

The following maps 1-5 ( in travel sequence ) shows the entire possible route taken, marked in Yellow. Click on the maps to enlarge them. Alternative routes are marked in Magenta-Orange colours.

 

 

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                                                                     "Events 1952 Visit "

This visit consists of 7 web-pages.

* USA visit - * New York visit - * Myrtle Beach visit - * Prague, Oklahoma visit

* England visit

* European visit

* Overseas visits

 

1952 : Detailed Eastward plane & road routes through Europe heading to India. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
1952 : Detailed Eastward plane & road routes through Europe heading to India. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
 1952 : Detailed Eastward plane routes returning from the USA to London, Europe & Middle East, heading to India. Map graphics by Anthony Zois
1952 : Detailed Eastward plane routes returning from the USA to London, Europe & Middle East, heading to India. Map graphics by Anthony Zois