More To Come......
The art is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.. I dont have any in the house because my husband is more into doing huge puzzles we glue and hang on the walls.. We have a 5,000 piece puzzle of NYC before the towers were burned down.. We think it will be worth some money some day..
There is beauty in simplicity, and Picasso's work is a stunning example.
Thank you for continuing the story. I hope there is more.
Oh my, I've missed way too much reading... I'll have to come back and catch up.
Nothing like public and private restrooms around the world to cause a bit of culture shock, eh?
I truly will be saddened when this series ends.
I am loving this little bit of history from you! Thank you for sharing. I have heard of the "squatting" toilets from my father and my husband who both visited places in the world where those were the only ones available! Wow! I am thankful I haven't had to share that particular experience with you. LOL
Have a beautiful day.
Gorgeous pictures and fab post, Naomi!!interesting details too and I love your picture with the large sunglasses.You look classy!
France still has those toilets, dear...!
Good foggy Saturday morning to you, Naomi.
Your pictures really depict your love of art and where you were so beautifully !
My parents have a Picasso plate, and with all you describe, they would probably love to meet you and hear about your experiences too with France's artists.
France IS lovely, but I have the feeling that it is YOU who are warm - and so people warm to you :)
But yes, there are certain feelings in certain countries that do express themselves such as you are saying.
The very raspy/rough toliet paper was also used in Britain and supposed to be horrible ! (can't remember what they call it there)
The Queen Mother evidently used it throughout her life.
Can't imagine a toilet like that in the open except in a men's prison, and even then, not for uhmmm, everything you have to do !
What a cool post. It's almost like being there. I would have loved to stroll around the place. Oh, and the bathroom! I can just imagine how mortified I would have felt. Oy!
You look so stylish!
I came across a bathroom like that in Mexico a couple years ago. It puzzled me :)
I'm loving these French posts, Naomi. As for toilet paper, I remember reading somewhere that you should take your own TP to Europe, since none of theirs is fit to use!
What a life you have lead Naomi - and how wonderful it is to have you be able to share it with us who choose to read your blog.
I think I have told you before but I studied Ceramics at University. Picasso was v. talented wasn't he? he wasn't just an artist painting on canvas, he did much more than that - which you have shown us today.
I am so enjoying this series! I hope this is part 4 of 100. As always, thanks so much for sharing your wonderful memories and pictures.
I'll bet your friends play
"6 degrees of Naomi" Such a life you have led and people you have met. Thanks for taking us along.
If I had only those public toilets available, I would probably just expode. We do live in a wonderful country don't we.
Hope there is a lot more to this trip.
You met the most interesting people in the South of France and so far Frank is my favorite! I would've spent every moment I could at that gallery asking all sorts of questions until they tired of me! I love Picasso's ceramic pieces and those plaques are amazing! Thanks for sharing them with us and more memories of your time in France! I hope your pictures and stories never end.
Happy Mother's Day to Sweetie's mom! :)
I love your bathroon comments.... when I was in France as an language exchange teenager, we shared an outdoor toilet with a number of other familes, and there was NO TP!... just some squares of newspaper hanging just inside the door! Well, at least there was a door! I should be grateful for small mercies.
Love those Picasso ceramics, you are so lucky to still have them. Real treasures, in my opinion!
how fascinating and I love the photos of the ceramics. Very interesting as have been all these posts on a place I have only read about and a time that is past but can live on through such memoirs.
The ashtray looks too pretty to use! I will so think of your restroom experience the next time I'm somewhere and feeling shy because someone is in another stall - it could be worse!
Thanks for telling your stories.
I love how Mme. Ramie transcribed your name as Noemie (avec un accent!). Sounds so poetic...
Oh I so enjoyed catching up on the 4 episodes of France 1969! I love Antibes (but I know what you mean about the Med - it has it's days, especially if a Grec wind is blowing) such a beautiful town - then and now. Thanks for sharing Naomi :o)
How do you remember all of these details? Amazing. I can hardly remember what happened yesterday, but for my private diary! There you are, writing about originals of Picasso and I'm amazed by your memory. :)
Oh, thank you for the toilet talk! You know how I love toilets of another country... did you write about that just for me??? *tee hee*
very well described from that epoque in France - and I remember also when I first had to visit the "rest-room" with only a hole. I say no more, but I'm happy I was much younger then. LOL.
lovely! I love that first plate.
Naomi...such a great post! I love the art, the stories....and laughed out loud about the porcelain hole in the ground. I too remember them AND the TP, and sometimes lack thereof. It was pretty darn common throughout southern europe when i was there, even in homes we visited in Istanbul!!
I also remember the TP in the UK at the hostels we stayed at...(far from any stars!!) it felt like wax paper!! Hello? That didn't work.
Can't wait for your next installment.
I'll only say this once and many have and will say it, but thank you for sharing all these pieces of your life with me. I certainly would never have seen such things/people/places/birds/flowers/art, any other way.
Love the art you've shared, as well as the stories.
That is a gorgeous pic of you. Very hot, stylish and mod!
I'm a fan of nice, soft, thick TP. I don't want to use sand paper down there!! No way!!
I used on those kinds of toilets in Japan. I took a photo of it because it was so unusual to me. I'm not a fan of squatting. I much prefer to sit down properly, then have good TP to use. Ha, ha, tee, hee!!
How wonderful to have those Picasso pieces. I'm sure your dad WAS indeed an expert at choosing quality pieces and knowing how to spot the finest works.
I like the owl ceramic. Very simple and cute. It makes me happy just looking at it.
I've got to go somewhere right now, but I'll be back later to read part 5. I am really enjoying each episode of your marvelous trip!!!
I'm late getting here but enjoyed the next part in your trip to the South of France! It would have been so exciting to be at that gallery and meet so many exciting and talented people! Your life is so interesting Naomi!
I would sure have to go bad before I would use a toilet like that! Surely they have modernized by now and upgraded the toilet paper!! Let's hope!!
I'm going now to read Part 5!! This is fun reading!!
Those are beautiful pieces you have - they must give you such pleasure. He had so many different phases but his work - for me - was always right on the money.
Oh those squatters! I still have night mares about the one at Pere La Chaise cemetery in Paris. I didn't have your courage.
I think I have caught up now:)
Fascinating pictures in this France series. As for the hole in the floor toilet -- a couple years ago friends were touring China. The wife slipped on unseen moisture surrounding one such hole she was using, chipped her ankle bone. Despite ultimately having to go to a local hospital, being giving a strange cast, they finally had to depart the country early and return home to the U.S.
Another entertaining post, Naomi!
LOVE that photo of you....with those sun glasses, you certainly look tres chic!
The toilet paper has improved tremendously in France! But those, I believe they're called Turkish toilets, still remain in many of the sidewalk cafes. They do have a door for privacy. However, the hole in the floor is what you get....lol Having been in Paris so much, I know which cafes have an "American" toilet and which ones to avoid...lol
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