Note: Betty & Lee's Birthday Lunch will be coming along soon.....and there will definitely be one or two more "FRANCE-1969" posts....Also, I haven't had a lot of time to visit your blogs and I apologize for that. Too much going on for this old dame......
I have been in this lovely area a few times but I have never heard of Vence before, I will make sure to visit the place and to take many pictures next time! a delightful post as always. Take good care of yourself!
What a wonderful serie about France, Naomi! I would love to know France someday...
You did here a great reportage with your lovely memories and beautiful photos.
I enjoy so much this post and I will return soon to enjoy it again!
Have a nice Sunday my dear!
What an adventure that must have been!
I love the bloom of the flowers everywhere :) So beautiful and it sure makes everyone feel good.
What a wonderful stroll through the streets of France! Lovely photos and storytelling.
Exciting photos and what a set of memories you have. I also have always admired her and love that photo that she let you take. I always liked him in anything I saw also. Very interesting and sexy couple
Naomi, just keep posting about you trip to France in 1969.. The village is beautiful and I can see why so many people enjoy visiting there. I bet you were surprised to see your friend for LA walk right into the hotel you were having lunch at....fun!
What a post! I long to visit the chapel and the hotel. I never fail to be amazed at how close we are geographically to the French and how millions of miles we are apart in our way of life . I am a francophile I hasten to say.
I think I would have died and gone to Heaven at seeing Yves and Simone. How sporting of her to let you take her photo and she looks great. What a woman. I adored her in 'Room at the Top' and the book related somewhat to my own story.
Did you see Yves in 'The Wages of Fear'? I was spell bound by that film. Thank you for that marvellous trip:)
these photos are just so great Naomi! Other than moving to another state I've never traveled so this is my traveling! I love it all !!
can't wait to see Betty and the Ladies that Lunch! I hope Lee had (has?) a great birthday too!!!
the chapel is amazing! so light and joyful
much like you my friend :)
Your mention of the flower market reminds me of what I miss most about Europe: the daily trips to various markets for provisions. That was one of the things my wife found so difficult to get used to in this country. Supermarkets and shopping for a week or more. As she says, it's so much more hectic and stressful than simply walking to the local market, buying the day's necessities and perhaps a bouquet for the table followed by a casual stroll home.
Great continuation of your story and photos. I hope you spent a lot of time there, because I'm looking forward to the next installment.
I could write a book - at least - reagrding all these memories.
You knew my friend in Vence lives just some minutes up in the Hills from St. Paul the Vence.
The most amazing from that Year was of course the first man at Moon.
We were sitting there, in my Parents living room and watching TV. My wife at that time, my mother, father and brother. I remember we were among the very few that had an Emerson TV - with a Glass in front. My Father was very proud of it - as he found it the most perfected designed TV at that time.
Well, everyone but my father and me felt asleep before the historical moment when Neil Alden Armstrong said these words:
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,".
On July 20, 1969. I'll never forget.
Some days later we went to southerns France from, Norway, with my Fathers Car. For us, it was akind of a travel to the moon, at that time.
I know I will never make the trip to France, my misfortune, so I am very grateful that you have taken us along on your trip and introduced up to your special friends. What a delight.
Thank you and keep them coming.
I've been catching up on the France posts I missed and I wanted you to know how much I am enjoying reading them! What a wonderful and special trip that was for you in so many ways.
I love this little hotel you had lunch in with all that wonderful art. It sounds just heavenly and I would like to visit it if it still exists (and I can afford it!). I also loved the church. So crisp and beautiful :)
You have such a way of telling a story and providing pictures, it's almost like being there! I love the Matisse Chapel. I'd never heard of it before.
Another lovely post! I'm sure it has probably changed a lot since you were there, so it's wonderful to take this tour with you. I love all the flowers in the pots and the pretty flowers that seem to be all around to brighten things up!!
Looking forward to the Birthday post and photos!! I'll bet you all had such a good time!!!! :)
I am enjoying your stories about your memorble trip to france, and I am amazed at the detail in your descriptions. after all, it was 40 years ago! What a good memory you have!
While you were in France watching men land on the moon, I was at Buffalo Zoo! Funny how we all remember exactly where we were and what we were doing on such a memorable occasion.
I've always liked Matisse, wonderful style.
Enjoying this series you've been writing Naomi, it is really wonderful.
Utterly fascinating, from Shirl (where is he today?) to Simone Signoret. I can't believe that is a impromptu photo of her--it could be the cover of a book it's so beautiful! Always loved her. I imagine her life (and marriage) were not so easy...
These flowers are lovely. I love how the houses are built on the sides of the hills and the streets winds up and down.. and that chapel is so beautiful!
I also extend a Happy Birthday to your friend Betty. My brother, Stephen, was also in the same company of Phantom that her daughter-in-law was.
Another great post and you're REALLY making me have France withdrawal! I can't get back there soon enough!
I really enjoyed all your stories...imagine bumping into that LA friend. Such a small world! And I loved the Simone story. I clicked to enlarge her photo...she looked gorgeous....didn't need any makeup. And how loyal of you to respect her wishes all these years! That really says what a great person you are, in my book! So I'm thrilled to be seeing that photo "debut" for the first time here.
Thanks so much for sharing all of it! Now....on to the birthday party.....lol (and then, YES, back to France!)
First of all, how DARE you call yourself an "old dame?" You know you're timeless! Seriously...I know more people in their 30s who are older than you!
This post and the photos that accompany it are wonderful!
I love that the birds eat alongside you on the hotel patio among all the wildflowers! How relaxing and romantic.
To find your California friend, Shirl, on that patio in France must've been quite a thrill (not quite as surreal as watching a man land on the mood on French TV...but pretty close, right?).
The Matisse Chapel looks beautiful! Even the iron work on the door is fantastic! I love his work!!
I'm looking forward to seeing more of your France photos and hearing more stories from 1969. What a wonderful year it was for you to be there, my friend!
I always enjoy your posts, Naomi, but these of France are especially nice. When you were there and the moon landing had occurred, I was in the hospital, having given birth to my second child.
It looks like there was something amazing to see no matter where you looked! Loving this series!
I will never forget listening to the moon walk. We were on the beach, and it was packed. Everyone there had their transistor radios tuned to it.
And I agree...the actress who didn't want to be photographed did look beautiful.
You have a lot of integrity holding that photo as you promised without her makeup and I doubt she'd mind ALL these years later. I hate to feel like I violate people too and just refuse to do it. But like you I think she looked very beautiful relaxing on vacation as herself.
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