A Moroccan Honeymoon

Explore Spain & Morocco in 1891 with Emily and James Sibley Watson, then, through letters to Emily, follow the simultaneous European travels of her mother, Elizabeth Maria Tinker Sibley, and her son, James G. Averell, in company with her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. & Mrs. Hiram Watson Sibley, and their children Ruth and Harper.

A chronological view of Emily & James Sibley Watson's honeymoon in Spain and Morocco

1891-04-06 00:00:00

The Wedding

Emily and James Sibley Watson were married on April 6, 1891, in St. Andrews Church in Rochester, NY.

1891-04-07 00:00:00

Hotel Niagara

Emily & James Sibley Watson spent their wedding night at the Hotel Niagara in Buffalo.

1891-04-08 00:00:00

The Plaza Hotel

After a day shopping and reading, the Watsons took the train to New York, where they stayed at the Plaza Hotel.

1891-04-13 00:00:00

Sending the Silver Away

Emily's mother made arrangements to close up their house, sending the silver to the Trust Co. and the jewelry to the Bank of Monroe.

1891-04-13 00:00:00


On April 13, James Sibley Watson applied for a passport for himself and his wife.

1891-04-16 00:00:00

Sailing for Southampton

On April 16th, both extended families sailed for Europe on the S.S. Columbia.

1891-04-23 00:00:00

Sailing for Hamburg

On April 23, the S.S. Columbia sailed from Southampton to Hamburg, Germany.

1891-04-29 00:00:00

A Stay in Paris

In Paris, the Watsons saw the pantomime Néron with Rochester artist J. Guernsey Mitchell.

1891-04-30 00:00:00

En Route to Madrid

The next day, the Watsons took the night train to Madrid, where they stayed for several days.

1891-05-03 00:00:00

Letters from Berlin

The Sibley/Averell party arrived in Berlin around May 3rd.

1891-05-05 00:00:00

"My Kodak was busy"

On May 5th, the Watsons made a day trip to Toledo.

1891-05-06 00:00:00

On to Cordova

The next day the Watsons took a night train to Cordova.

1891-05-07 00:00:00

The Sights of Dresden

On May 7th, the Sibley/Averell party left for Dresden.

1891-05-09 00:00:00

Visiting Seville

Continuing southward, the Watsons' next stop was Seville.

1891-05-18 00:00:00


The Sibley/Averell party left Dresden for Eisenach on May 18th.

1891-05-20 00:00:00

Picturesque Tangier

The Watsons arrived in Tangier by way of Cadiz and probably Gibraltar, on May 20, 1891.

1891-05-22 00:00:00

The Fountains of Kassell

On May 22nd, the Sibley/Averell party left Eisenach for Kassell, where they visited the Bergpark, famous for its cascades.

1891-05-22 00:00:00

Camping in Morocco manuscript

Read Emily Sibley Watson's manuscript for a talk she gave to the Wednesday Club in 1910.

1891-05-22 00:00:00

Camping in Morocco Day 1

Emily & James Sibley Watson embarked on their Moroccan camping trip on May 22, 1891, leaving Tangier for Tetouan.

1891-05-23 00:00:00

Camping in Morocco Day 2

On the second day of their camping trip, the Watsons passed El Fondak, a caravanserai in the mountains roughly halfway between Tangier and Tetouan.

1891-05-24 00:00:00

Contemporary Views of Tetouan

The Watson purchased commercial photographs to supplement the photos they took.

1891-05-24 00:00:00

Without the Walls of Tetouan

The Watsons arrived at Tetouan on the morning of May 24th, 1891.

1891-05-25 00:00:00

Visiting the Jewish Cemetery

On their first full day in Tetouan, Emily Sibley Watson visited the Jewish Cemetery.

1891-05-26 00:00:00

A Gala Day

On May 26th, a grand procession entered Tetouan, as the son of the Bashaw, or Governor, returned from a visit to the Sultan.

1891-05-27 00:00:00

A Boar Hunt

On May 27th, James Sibley Watson went on a boar hunt with beaters sent by the Governor from local villages.

1891-05-28 00:00:00

Leaving Tetouan

On May 28th, the Watsons left Tetouan and travelled to Ceuta, a Spanish outpost on the shore of Morocco.

1891-05-29 00:00:00

From Gibraltar to Granada

On May 29th, the Watsons caught a ferry to Gibraltar, then took a boat to Malaga, and then a night train to Granada.

1891-05-31 00:00:00

Revisiting Heidelberg

By May 31st, the Sibley/Averell party was in Heidelberg.

1891-05-31 00:00:00

Granada and the Alhambra

The Watsons spent five days exploring the sights of Granada.

1891-06-04 00:00:00

From Frankfort to Paris

Elizabeth Sibley writes her daughter from Frankfurt on June 4th, telling her of their plans to leave for Paris on the 5th.

1891-06-05 00:00:00

To Jaen and Points North

On June 5th, the Watsons left Granada, traveling to Jaen by a horse-drawn diligence.

1891-06-07 00:00:00

Rendez-vous in Paris

The Watsons returned in Madrid on June 7th, and planned to join the rest of the family in Paris on June 13th or 14th.

1891-07-23 00:00:00

Goodbye Letter

On July 23, Elizabeth Sibley writes to her daughter from Switzerland as the Watsons prepare to leave Southampton for New York on the S.S. Columbia.

1891-07-30 00:00:00

Impressions of Geneva

Elizabeth Sibley writes from Geneva about their travel plans.

1891-08-05 00:00:00

Switzerland's Birthday

Elizabeth Sibley describes a celebration of the 600th anniversary of Swiss independence during their visit to Innsbruck.

1891-08-08 00:00:00


The Sibley party spends several days in Vienna.

1891-08-19 00:00:00

Frankfurt am Main

Elizabeth Sibley writes her daughter from Frankfurt on 8/19/1891.

1891-09-06 00:00:00

The Journey Home

From New York, Elizabeth Sibley describes their arduous voyage home.

A Moroccan Honeymoon

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