Nice, France


Alicia and I are enjoying very much this beautiful beach. It has been a great rest! It was wonderful to see you after such a long time and to feel that time has not changed the relationship at all. Thank you so much again for all your kindnesses and very lovely Delft plate. I hope that not so many years will pass by before seeing you next time. Happy return to the US with best wishes and warm saludos.


Beaune, France

Oct 1985

We are spending 3 nites in this lovely old wine (Burgundy) town. It is fascinating. We had lunch with friends of Alex’s and then were taken thru all phases of winemaking from vines to tasting in his caves. The weather is also perfect. Wish you were here, too.

Love, Va.

Genoa, Italy

San Rafael, France
June 1973

We are here in a nice hotel right on a truly beautiful beach. We spent from 8:30 am till about 3 pm on the train from Genoa – thru Monte Carlo – along the mediterranean. very impressive. We’ll be here 2 days so can rest and enjoy the beach and beauty. All ok.

Love, Dede

Here I am at the beach getting sunburned.

Paris, France

Dear Mom

Arrived in Paris yesterday eve about 6:15. Have a nice hotel. What we’ve seen of the city is beautiful. Walked a little bit last night and are ready to start sight-seeing this morning. Stayed in Toulouse night before last — it is certainly an interesting city. Everybody seems pretty good. Jane and Tom don’t eat much but are taking vitamins and I guess they will get along. I am getting fat, I think — the French bread and rolls are so good I can’t resist them! Jane and Kathy seem to be getting along ok. Surely wish I had brushed up on my French! It is frustrating not to be able to understand.


We had a lovely day today. First went to see Rodin’s Museum with all his sculptures – then to Napoleon’s Tomb–then to the Eiffel Tower (which Tom Loved!). Bill and our family went part way up. Then took the Metro to Montmartre and to the lovely church Sacre Coeur and then to all the art places around– very interesting. All tired tonight but OK! Ate in the hotel – it is small, quiet and very nice. We think Paris is great. Hope everything is ok with you.

Love, Jean

France, Eclipse 1999

August, 1999

We decided Metz would be a good place to view the total eclipse of the sun in 1999. We rented a car in Paris and drove to Metz stopping on our way to see the cathedral in Reims with its stained glass windows designed by Chagall.  Once in Metz, we scoped out the area and early the next morning, we headed out with the telescope, video camera and other cameras.  We set up our camp in the middle of the Esplanade, a nice park right by the river.  The town had organized a big festival around the eclipse and there were parades, music, etc. going on all day long. 

It was cloudy.  I decided I should have an umbrella just in case, so I ran to a nearby department store and managed to fight my way through the crowd. I wasn’t the only one with the idea. During the first half of the eclipse we were able to see it off and on.  But about 20 minutes before total eclipse it started to rain.  We could tell when the total was, though, because it was completely dark. All the flowers closed up and all the lights came on and it was really night and everybody was quiet and it was kind of eerie.  Then during the second half it cleared up a bit and we were able to see more.  My son kept looking at the “moon” through his glasses.  When we got back to Paris our friends who had gone 25 minutes north of Paris on the train said they had seen the whole thing perfectly. 

From Metz we drove into Lorraine and the Vosges area.  We stopped at the Haut Konningburg castle which is a huge restored castle with a moat and drawbridge and inner yard. It sits on top of a mountain in the middle of the forest.  It would be very hard to penetrate.  The path up to it was steep and muddy. I commented on how “mucky” it was and my son responded, “monkeys?  Where are the Monkeys??”  He would not let it go and kept asking for the rest of the day.

From there we wound our way around down to La Bresse in the heart of a big ski area amid mountains and forest.  Really beautiful.  Our hotel was very nice with a good restaurant.  We drove throughout the area and went hiking around a glacial pool where my son spent the better part of an hour throwing rocks into it and hunting for dragonflies.

Beaune, France

Hostel Dieu (1443)

April 1985


This looks sort of like Bangkok, no? But it is a beautiful old building. We have had a lovely time with beautiful weather. We’ll be seeing you before you get this but it can be added to your collection of cards. We’re looking forward to seeing you.

Love and kisses, Va.

Le Mont Saint Michel, France

July 1992


A cloudy “threatening” day and the light is wonderful. We like better than sunshine. Maybe our best day yet but everything has been Great. We are in a story book village – our Apt built 16th century with modern plumbing. Girls are good travelers. Malia’s advance in French is visible! Both are so helpful to this ancient one.

Love, Katherine

Paris, France

Paris Et Ses merveilles – Editions “GUY” -38, Rue Ste Croix de la Bretonnerie, Paris 4th. Imprime in Italia – Reproduction interdite Production Leconte.

Basilique du Sacre Coeur de Montmartre et la funiculaire I love this photo, one of my most favorite places in Paris.

June 1973

Dear Mom

Can’t remember when I last wrote!! We saw this last Monday and it was great. Tues. we went to Versailles – the garden there was beautiful!! Yesterday we saw Notre Dame and a lovely little church – Saint Chapelle. Also spent some time in the Louvre. Saw Venus de Milo & the Mona Lisa. It rained in the morning, but cleared up and is lovely today. We’ve been so lucky with the weather. Everyone is fine. We go to London tomorrow by rail and hovercraft across the Channel. The Gambles are flying to Madrid tomorrow and then to Portugal for a week. We’re having such a good time.


(aside) On that trip we also went to the Rodin Museum which is housed in a lovely rococo mansion built in 1732. Rodin moved in in 1908 and it became a museum in 1919. It is surrounded by gardens and more sculpture.

Notre Dame, Paris

Notre-Dame et le Jardin de l’Archeveche. “Vu du ciel par Alain Perceval”

Den Haag, January, 1983

Isn’t this a good photo? So much nice detail. Our guests left yesterday and we have been sleeping mostly since. I think they had a good time and got a bit “educated”. We hope you had a good trip to California and that you are back with a new lease on life. We missed you on our trip.


(The roof was destroyed by fire in 2019. Restoration is due to begin soon.)

Here I am in front of Notre Dame in 1999.

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