Simone Duckstein: Hôtel de La Ponche.. Un autre regard… | Saint-Tropez Travel Series

“Hôtel de La Ponche…

Un autre regard sur Saint-Tropez”…

A book published by…

The owner… proprietor…

Simone Duckstein…

Of the legendary… La Ponche hotel…

Made famous by the iconic actress Brigitte Bardot… who played in the unforgettable “And God Created Woman”… the widely recognised French drama film directed by Roger Vadim…

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André Malraux.. My Inspiration…

André Malraux…

French… author…

Social… critic…

Flamboyant… statesman…

Captivates… me…

My total admiration for everything French in general.. Paris.. in particular.. and mostly for the enigmatic and powerful intellect of…

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Twelve Shades.. of Shame…

“Twelve… Years…

A… Slave”…

Rather…

Twelve…. shades…

Of… shame…

How…

Did human psyche… dip into the depths of its…. pathological disintegration…

Why…

Was such demeanment… humiliation… and chilling cruelty… inflicted upon fellow humans…

The much praised 2013 period drama… an adaptation of the 1853 memoir by Soloman Northup… “Twelve Years a Slave”… was imposed upon us on the small screen… “la télé”…

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The Yearnings… of a Woman…

When… young…

Rummaging through much loved books… in an old musty library… I touched on a novel which fascinated me…

It was… “The Sheik”…

Not only did I read the book voraciously… I also watched the film starring… the incomparable “Rudolph Valentino” and Agnes Ayres…

Both left an indelible impression on me…

The novel is about a young British aristocrat… a Lady Diana Mayo… who is kidnapped by a dashing Sheik…

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Salon du Livre… de Paris…

Salon…. du Livre…

de… Paris…

A deluge… of books…

Writers… authors…

Editors… publishers…

“Scénaristes”…

Talented professionals… congregate from all over the world to pay hommage to…

“The… book”…

We were at the “vernissage”… private view… of the Salon du Livre 2014… at the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre… where we proudly mingled with representatives of their “métier”…

“Les hommes… de lettres”…

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