David and I stayed in Cap Ferrat, just down the hill from Villefranche and Beaulieu-sur-Mer, where my family had lived when I was born. An email to my older brothers resulted in a stream of memories that allowed me to see it all through their eyes. Jimmy, who's visited the area, I think, nearly every year of his adult life, even sent me a handy hand drawn map. It's got a pirate-like look to it, missing only the big X to mark the treasure.
David and I walked up to Beaulieu via an incomparably lovely path along the Mediterranean Sea, so we could see...
... where it all began
The Boys had lived there...
... when Denton life was simple and carefee
... and the future was an unknown
Thinking about my family on the hotel balcony.
I love the cooperation and teamwork in this picture of Jimmy and Billy.
My Dad with Jimmy and Billy and Maryse, the nanny (mom called her my "nurse") - the poor woman was in her early twenties, taking care of five children (four hellions and a precious angel of a baby), cleaning and cooking. My mother happily recorded her antiquing, shopping, sightseeing, lunch and tea with her friends and visitors. The diary abruptly stopped the day after Maryse quit for a better job (washing dishes in a restaurant, she said, though a chain gang would've been an improvement) and Mom had to get back to reality.
Donny and Jimmy with Karen Beatty whose parents became friends during this time and remained so forever.
July 2015: David is standing in the road that's right in front of the market and I think our house was up the hill to the left.
Pretty darn sassy for a mother of five
Possibly the first record of the Alligator Look. Jimmy and Jerry look like they're trying to fly under the radar. Is this related to who wrote on the mirror?
The Boys were adorable little adventurers!
July 2015: Mom's favorite market is still there.
July 2015: I ordered Salade Niçoise, at Donny's suggestion.
My parents had a wonderful time on their last trip to the area - they stayed in Michele's parents' apartment in Nice with Don and Michele.