Bored? are you kidding? I am loving reading everything about your trip, it's amazing how well you remember all sort of little and interesting details. It's great that you have kept (and found!) the pictures, summer light at the Med is very strong and terribly bright , so I find it very hard to take "good" pictures in the middle of a summer day.
Can't wait to read more :)
I am loving your commentary and reflections Naomi. The accompanying photos of the people you met, and of yourself and your father are wonderful. Its a lesson in the world of the Arts.
1969 all around was such an interesting year. It was like this world had made a transition to be more accepting and expressive....both in human relations and in the art world. You were wonderfully immersed in it and I find your stories fascinating.
In my wildest dreams I cannot imagine you being boring Naomi!!
Hey no not at all Naomi, I appreciate the time and effort you put in all this lovely series.
Looks like your Dad was a busy man and it is go to be away in France and get to enjoy the rest of the activities, most importantly a chance to slow down and relax :D
I have really enjoyed this series. You have had an amazing life filled with love, friends, art, music and nature.
I am definitely not bored reading about your 1969 trip to the South of France. Its so fascinating to hear about how your workaholic father finally relaxed for the three weeks you were there, and how you met all those interesting people from the world of art and entertainment. You tell the story so well, it's almost as though I can hear you saying the words!
It's fun to get an insight into your life then.
Swimming in the ocean and have a massage every day? I could get used to that :) They are two of my fav things!
Your Dad's story deserves a book and you should write it. What an amazing man and what marvelous people he was friends with. I wonder if you were as impressed meeting them then as we are in reading about them now.
Each time as I get near the end of your post, I fear it will be "the end".
Always relieved to see "more to come."
That generation of highly successful men often behave as you describe towards women - the wives and daughters didn't count. Only business did.
The stock market, Georgia O'Keefe. You lived a world away from mine.
Norman looks like he's in his underwear. You look lovely, Naomi. And the bullseye art is a trip.
I think Europe in general has a slower pace. Things in general seem more relaxed there. Your dad would have blackberry today, I bet.
No way are your stories boring, Naomi. We are privileged to read of your life. In 1969, while you were living it up in St. Tropez, I was pregnant and suffering in the heat! LOL I would have preferred your life then!
I was only six at the time so the fact that you have all these pictures and memories is fascinating to me.
It probably sounds redundant now because I have said it so many times but I honestly could just sit and listen to you talk for days.
Then when you ran out of steam I would just read out of your library :D
This is certainly not boring... I enjoy reading your stories, Naomi. I feel like a fly on the wall of your life. You do such a good job telling your stories, I wish I could see France now.
I hope you are feeling better.. I am sorry to hear that you lost two friends so close together. My Uncle Bill died on Feb. 1st and his wife, Aunt Shorty, died May 1st. So we have had two family members die within three months. Both were in their late 80's and had lived a full life.
Hope things are going well for you and keep telling us your wonderful stories.
You are fortunate to have any photos of that time - I haven't a single photo of my time in Paris in '69.
It must have been great to see your father - at last relaxed, and how exciting to meet those people. I have often read of Norman Granz in biographies of the musical 'greats'. Pity he lacked charm with the ladies:)
Did you get on well with Olga? She looks nice but I know it can be a difficult relationship.
Thanks for sharing such treasures.
I'm thoroughly enjoying this series! delightful stories, Naomi. And you were a regular Esther Williams, weren't you!
No way can anyone be bored like a sponge we want more and the photos are great for the time taken and the age of just being around.
Your daddy what a joy for you and how I love the honesty in your story telling.
Just wonderful..I'll be back..
Dorothy from grammology
I love reading about your experiences, Naomi. Are there more parts to the story? I hope so!
Totally loving hearing about your trip and seeing the photos.
And yes, it's a lucky thing that you have any photos and the ones that you do have - you supplement them with your words so well!
From reading about France, it's not hard to believe that your Daddy was so relaxed there!
I know you don't like the quality, but I LOVE the look of these old photos. There's a charm about their imperfections.
I love how your dad was able to relax and show you a more peaceful and attentive side of himself in the South of France. It's part of what makes these memories so warm and wonderful for you.
The Byblos looks beautiful! Everything sounds fabulous about it except for Norman Granz and the cell from hell you had to stay in. Still, you were in the South of France with your dad and lots of interesting characters. I wouldn't have traded it for anything.
Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to part 7!!
Happy Sunday and have a fantastic week, Naomi!! :)
Your daddy sounds like he was a very intense man. Is that what his job was then? Was to trade in the stock market?
It's interesting, reading this because I see such longing in your words to "get to know" you father. It sounds as if you did get to know him, or at least another side of him, on your trip.
It also sounds to me as if Norman was very focused on pursuing what he wanted. Which at the time was a relationship with your dad. I doubt he meant anything by brushing you and Olga off, I'm guessing you were merely distractions from his goal. Probably more of a lack of social niceties on his part than an intentional insult.
It truly is a blessing that you have, and are able to preserve these photographs electronically.
Have to say, that picture of you in your yellow swimsuit, you've got some good tone in your arm muscles... definitely a swimmer's arms. :)
I completely understand how your dad could be "different" somewhere else. I find that geographical separation from my work is necessary to put it out of my mind, because, there's nothing I can do about it. My guess is, your dad felt the same way. That's why cell phones, e-mail and the like are a detriment to true relaxation: They prevent us from truly "disconnecting" with the stuff that stresses us.
That was lovely Naomi! Wonderful pictures too!
This is all so interesting. How lucky you were to live a life so infused with the arts! Most of us can only dream of having lives that afford us the opportunity to meet and see all that you have. Your life is one to be admired, particularly for someone like me who loves all things creative and artistic. I find myself turning a slight shade of green when I hear the stories of some of the people you have met. That said, I also appreciate all that you have shared. It's nice to get the insider's viewpoint.
I've longed to visit France, and now I'm going first class with you and in a time period during which I would have enjoyed being there -- except for that "tiny tiny room" that lacked A/C. Hope Daddy Joe had a good reason for not doing better by you there.
Oh, what a thrill to attend an Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald concert -- together! I've seen each of them separately, once each. The best was Peterson in a small intimate club -- my preferred setting for listening to jazz groups.
I look forward to more of your memories and photos. Never mind the photo quality at this point, just be glad you have the pictures you do.
I think of the altered state of your relationship with your father after your parents divorce based on my similar experience beginning when I was five years old. Too many fathers don't recognize how significant frequent and regular contact with their daughter is to the young girl.
Naomi, your series on the South of France is absolutely fascinating!! You have so many wonderful memories. And guess what I just bought. A Fuji Finepix S8000fd. Found one on Ebay...should have it in a few days. Hugs,Bud
Your memories and photos are very interesting to me. It's of a world I have read about, seen other photos from but to see it personalized, it's enjoyable to read and keeps me coming back hoping for a new chapter. What interesting people you knew and your father moved among.
Well, I know you KNOW "I" am not bored...lol I asked for more after Part I.
All of this is so wonderful, Naomi....the photos, the commentary, the "inside" info, etc....but I what I really love and what I'm picking up on, is that this trip enabled you to get to know your dad in a whole different way. I am so glad that you had this very special time to spend with him and build memories so strong and filled with love, that you share them with us all these years later.
Ah, yes...the dogs in France. I've always said they're SO much more civilized that we are here in the States. I love seeing the dogs everywhere over there!
And the Calvados! OH, MY!! I had my first sip of that stuff in Normandy in 1985. Whew! My dad drank it following the D-Day Invasion and I brought him back a bottle 40 years later...he took one sip and wondered HOW they'd won the war drinking that!! LOL Powerful drink!
More to come? I like the sound of that!
This series has been interesting, and I've loved reliving the trip through your eyes and memories. It is not at all boring.
It's too bad that George was so rude to you and Olga. He sounds like he did such wonderful things for others whom he worked with in the music industry, but it's like he made no effort to even be friendly to the two of you. Maybe he was just oddly eccentric and didn't have great social skills. Who knows?
I bet those pics of you beside and in that lovely pool bring back the memories of how wonderful that water felt, especially after sleeping in a hot, humid room!
No wonder you dad had such a relaxed nature while in France. A massage each afternoon??? I'd be in HEAVEN! I'd be so relaxed I'd feel like a limp noodle.
Just wanted to let you know that I gave you a little shout-out on my blog :)
Hope you're having a good one.
Your father looks younger and happier in those pix of France. I'm sure he loved all the action of his business dealings, but obviously, you can see on his face it was stressful. His face is so much smoother in the France pix.
OMG - I tink I could write a least one book as a comment to this post.
We were both there in the same year,
me we to very young kids, bringing tents and also stayed overnight at the best hotels. The kids loved to be at a camping resort - friends to play with - languages did not matter.
I'll call you. OK?
I'm so glad you have written about your trip Naomi! As so many have said, you should write a book. You write so well!! I'm glad you got to spend that time with your Father when he was more relaxed.
Such wonderful memories you have!!
Hugs to you dear Naomi!
It seems a special gift that you were able to spend time with your father when you were older and when he was more relaxed. It must have been very special to see him less connected to the phone and business. The people you encountered in that life were indeed interesting and you have remarkable memories. I can understand why this was one of your happiest times in life. I really do love this post.
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