Today is Easter Sunday and we began the day by sneaking out of the hostel without doing duty (mopping floors, cleaning latrines, etc.) which means double duty tomorrow. We went to church at St. Charles in Monte Carlo then looked around the Casino, Monte Carlo and Monaco City. We drove back to Nice and saw part of Le Bataille Des Fleurs – a flower float parade, watched some of the sailboat and hydroplane races in the Bay of Angels and then indulged in three hours of “people watching” till sunset before going out to eat and meeting some French acquaintances from the afternoon. The main area in Nice is the Promenada Des Anglais – a wide, palm lined boulevard with hotels on one side and ocean on the other. On Sundays, half of the world rents chairs for 20 fr and sits all along the Promenade and watches the other half of the world promenade. We were with some French boys – Alain, Jean-Paul, Gilbert and Marcel. We sat and watched and you can’t imagine how fascinating it is. Literally thousands of people strolling. There is a huge PA system all along the boulevard and they play good music which adds to the interest. It was just like one big candid camera. What a funny farm.
A daily diary of a journey in 1962. Please post comments about where you were then on the Background page.
1962 was pivotal. This is the background:
It was a year colored by the Cuban Missile Crisis, an escalating involvement in Vietnam, the Berlin Wall and the Cold War with Russia, Civil Rights issues, a nascent space program, Nelson Mandela in prison, Betty Friedan's, The Feminist Mystique, the Beatles, Rolling Stones and the death of Marilyn Monroe.