Also in September 2006, I visited Krakow, Poland, for a conference, and took a day out to visit Auschwitz. This is something one simply has to do, once in one’s life. My father’s mother’s family, the Bergmans, and her mother’s family, the Dembitzers, all Polish, would all have been despatched at Belson or Dachau, long before Auschwitz was built to despatch the rest of European Jewry. But Auschwitz is certainly the largest, and most awesome of the camps, and a death camp where on one day at the peak of its operations 100,000 people perished.
In September 2006, before the start of term, I took the opportunity for a short weekend break in Carcassonne, which is my favourite French town, staying with a friend of 20 years standing, Arabella Churchill, in the delightful villa she and her husband have bought and done up in a
In July/August I went to Canada, for a stay in Montreal, to attend the first World OutGames with the Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus. We also stopped off in Toronto and at the Niagara Falls before returning home.
In June 2006 I headed off up to the Isles of Scotland again – this time going as far as Lewis, to visit the stones of Callanish.
2006 was a year of many travels – the first year in which my job, (which I started in 2004), began to require frequent trips abroad. The year’s trips began in March with a visit to Athens, where I took the opportunity to enjoy the Acropolis and the Museums.