- French Journalist from Paris
at Victor Hugo's statue in Besancon (May 2005). Hugo's father was a
very distinguished general belonging to the high class in Paris, but
Victor was born in Besancon about 350 kilometers away from Paris.
The question is then why he was born in this small town unknown
at that time. The story is
somewhat complicated. I asked this journalist whether she could
make my story known to Parisians. She said No, and told me French
people would not accept my story.
- French Air Force Officers
(1996). They were wearing skirts.
- French Chemists from Nice at St. Peter's
Square in Rome (June 2000).
- French Police Officers at a
Paris Metro Station.
- French Mother and Daughter
above the Montparnasse metro station. I asked them where the Montparnasse cemetery
is. They became happy when I told them I was interested in visiting the grave of
Jean-Paul Sartre (2012). I asked them whether they are sisters. The mother became
- French writer at the
Closerie Lilas (2012). Ernest Hemingway used to come to this restaurant often.
Because of Hemingway's fame, this is a very expensive place. I dined here
in 1995 for the first time. Since then, I went there six times.
Expensive, but I meet interesting people.
- This senior citizen was
exceptionally kind to me. One way or another, she and I belong to the
same generation. This photo was taken on a bus going from the Luxembourg
Gardens to the Eiffel Tower. I did not check whether she could speak English,
but we were able to exchange more than enough good wills.
- I like soldiers. I had this
photo with French soldiers near the Arch of Tiumph in March of 2017. I was
very happy because there were lady soldiers who became happy to have a photo
- Paris Metro. It is always a
pleasure to sit next to beautiful Parisians in Paris metro trains. While I was
taking a photo of myself, this lady knew she would be in the photo. She was
embarassed, but did her best not to embarass me. When she left, we said good-bye
to each other (2000).
- She was amused when I
invited her to have a photo together (2002).
- French student. I enjoy
talking to students wherever I go. She exppained to me how the Paris metro
system works (2012).
- French Teacher. This
lady teaches high school teacher, and my job is to teach college students. We
had many things in common (2012).
- Courteous French student at
the Frankfurt airport (2002). This young lady stood up from her seat
for me when I boarded a airport transfer bus. She thought I was an
elderly man. I told her I am young enough to have a photo with her.
We were going to Minsk. This photo tells we were both fully equipped
- French students in Geneva.
They came from Nice, the city of artists in France (May 2003).
They are studying commercial arts.
- Another courteous student in
Besancon (France 2005). This student was jogging and I got lost in
a park. She was eager to help, and I was able to find my way out.
- French student from Lyon
working at a swimming pool as a life guard during the summer of 2006.
The pool is in a hotel compound in a small city called St. Paul near Nice.
Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse used to be among the frequent
visitors to this hotel.
- French Students at the Cheesecake
Factory restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts (2011). They became
impressed when I told them I am an expert on Henri Poincare's physics
- French Students who liked to have
fun photos on the steps of the
Sacre-Coeur Basilica in Paris (2010).
Mock Wedding Picture. They wanted to have
a mock wedding picture. For these young ladies, wedding is something they
constantly think about. Her T-shirt says "I am getting married."
- A Set of fun-loving French Students
at the Place Jean-Paul Sartre
in Paris (2012).
- Two French students in Budapest (2013),
in front of an old church.
- Grand Cafe Capucino.
This is a very popular spot near the Paris Opera House (2010). I go there very often.
- at Picasso Museum in Antibes
(France 2002). It appears that I was quite excited about Picasso.
Another photo at the Picasso Museum.
- Lalique. French ladies working at the
Lalique headquarters store in Paris (July 2002). I bought an item at
this store. They were very happy to have a photo with me.
- French Chef in Paris in front of
Cafe Deux Magot, in le martin de Paris (the morning of Paris).
- French Chef in Hamburg. French
cooking is respected throughout the world.
- French Chef in Nice (2017).
- French Lady at the Old Town in
Lyon (May 2003). She was casually dressed for a local grocery store.
- Two French Ladies from Lyon.
I met them at the Orsay Museum in Paris (2012).
- Senior Citizens in Paris on
the street connecting the Opera House and the Church of La Madeleine
- Ingrid. While I was looking for a
suitable place to eat at the cafe district of Marseille, I spotted Ingrid
Bergman. I asked her whether she is Ingrd. She said No. I told her
she looks like Ingrid and asked her whether I can have a photo with her.
She said "As you wish." I then asked whether I can post the
photo on my webpage. She said "As you with" again. She came from the
French city of Becanson. When I told her I have been to her city twice,
she was somewhat suspicious. I mentioned Victor Hugo's statue at the
town center. She then trusted me.
- French police officers in
Marseille (July 2008). Very cheerful ladies.
- Matisse Museum.
This photo was taken at the entrance to the Mattice Museum (2002).
The Museum dedicated to Henri Matisse is in Nice, but this museum
does not allow photographing inside the building. I decided to make
my own artwork outside the building. This French lady came from
from Strasbourg near the French-German border.
- French lady at the Russian Church in
Nice. Russia's Alexander II was quite interested in the Mediterianian Ocean and
came to this spot in 1861. Many Russians came to this area. They then built
this cathedral in 1912.
- Cancun (Mexico 2004), on July 28,
I was sitting next to a French lady who was born in Nice on an American
Airlines fligt from Miami to Cancun. She was very happy to hear that I
am maintaining this Cote d'Azur webpage. We had a photo session after
the flight. She manages
her beautiful family in
Versailles near Paris. They came to Mexico for three weeks of summer
- Another Beautiful Family from Nice.
I met them in Princeton, New Jersy (August 2008). The boy was
thinking of coming to Princeton for his college education.
- Students at the Univ. of Strasbourg
also called Louis Pasteur University. This is their
physics building. I went there in April of 2012.
- This is the Law School
of this University.
- I had this photo with
the Law School students.
- In 2005, I met this Turkish
lawyer at the Ankara airport, who is a graduate of this Law School. She was
going to Strasbourg for a vacation. She was going to see her old school
friends there. She is a human-right lawyer.
- Receptionist at the Hotel Mercure
- Three more students. I like to
chat with students wherever I go.
- Two Students in front of
the statue of Johannes Gutenberg. Gutenberg's home base was Mainz (Germany), but
he completed the invention of his printing machine while in Strasbourg. Did you
- Two High School Students in
- At the restaurant l'ami Schutz
in Strasbourg, I had a photo with this young lady. The
name of this restaurant
is a combination of both French and German words. The German dish called
pig knuckle with sauerkraut
came from this Alsacian area. This restaurant is somewhat expensive, and
people are somewhat formally dressed. They knew I came from the United States
from the way I was dressed.
- French ladies in masks. I
spotted them in Metz (Lorraine Region). I joined them and produced this
- Two officers working for the city hall.
I met them at one of the restaurants in Metz. They are competent
administrators, and they know how people live. We had very interesting
conversations on many things in the world.
- Texaco gas pump. There used
to a petroleum company called Texaco in the United States, but no longer. I was
very happy to spot this Texaco pump in Metz. These charming French ladies think
it is still a major petroleum company in the United States.
- Two French ladies at a
pastry store in Metz. French pastry stores are like art museums.
- George Pompidu Center is
the major art gallery in the Lorraine region.
- At the Pompidu Center, it
It was a pleasure to have a chat with these two artists and have this photo.
They are in charge of putting up exhibitions at the Center.
- This receptionist at Metz's
Ibis hotel is saying Good Bye to me.
- AirFrance Office in New York.
AirFrance used to maintain its sales office on New York's 5th Ave.
It was a stylish place. Because of internet and financial squeeze,
airlines, including AirFrance, cannot maintain sales offices even
in New York. This photo was taken in 1975, and is of historical
- This AirFrance lady was in charge
of the business-class section during the flight from Paris to
Washington (July 2000). Due to the Airline's overbooking policy,
I had the pleasure of being moved to the business-class cabin.
This French lady was also forced to
the business class. We of course enjoyed all the benefits of this special
class. She comes to the United States often to visit her friends.
This photo was taken while we were on a transport bus at the Dulles
- Two Years Later (2002), the AirFrance
uniform became simplified, oriented toward comfort and convenience. This
photo was also taken in the business-class cabin. Again, I was lucky enough
to get kicked up to the business class.
- Chinese Lady working for AirFrance
at the Orly Airport in Paris (July 2002).
- AirFrance sets the style for all other
airlines. Here is
another AF lady. These two photos were
taken during the Washington-Paris flight on April 30 (2005). It was a very
- AirFrance (2001.11.5).
You would expect a taste of France when you board an AirFrance
plane, and it depends largely on the way you are treated by the flight
attendants. You can see why I take AF flights most frequently whenever
I make trans-Atlantic flights.
- Three Years Later (2004.11.18). AirFrance
dress code became liberlized. They seem to follow the American trend.
AirFrance ladies in the past used to look like dolls, but they are
now dressed like passengers. This lady travels
with her husband. Every trip is their honeymoon trip.
- Another AF lady dressed in the new
convenience/comfort-oriented dress code.
- In New York (2005). There are many
French citizens of Moroccan origin, and some of them work for AirFrance. This
photo was taken at the Novotel Hotel New York. The Novotel chain is owned
and operated by a French company, and AF crews stay at this hotel when
they come to New York.
- Two more AF ladies, during a flight
from Paris to Washington (2004.11.25)
- AF flight from Washington to Paris
- AF officers at the Paris CDG Airport
- AF flight from Paris to Washington.
Flight attendants at rest (July 2009).
- Sheraton Stockholm (June 1010) ready to
fly back to Paris.
- AirFrance check-in officer at the
CDG Airport near Paris (April 2012).
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