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France

This is a postcard of the Chateau at Azay-le-Rideau in the Loire Valley. We saw it in mid-winter during a 3-week visit to France in 1983. It was the second time I'd seen it. The first time was 60 years ago, when I was a small child. My earliest memories are of France, and this chateau is one of the things I remember.

Azay le Rideau

Here are my parents, in front of the Hotel Bellevue in Blaye (gironde). That's me my mother is holding up for the picture.

Hotel in France

We were in Paris first for a couple of months, then in Oise, in Blaye, for the winter of 1950-51, LaRochelle for the spring, and then Plassac. Below is another picture taken in Blaye:

Blaye

Looking at the place, the hard-packed dirt under the trees, the stone ballustrade, and the village beyond, this is so much the way I picture France! My father is in uniform and dark glasses in the center of the picture.

Paris 1983
Carcassonne 1983
Bordeaux 1952

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