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Chocolat Toast at Cazenave

Chocolat Toast at Cazenave

I have two new essays on Roads and Kingdoms . One, about a sweet diversion in France. A second, about the barstools of memory in Marrakech.

Champagne, gin, marjoram and memories.

Champagne, gin, marjoram and memories.

Nostalgia

At eighteen, I was aware that such a woman existed.  I had seen pictures, hair loose and swingy or clipped in a hasty chignon.  And the shoes—strappy slides, with a heel.  But I met her in the flesh one July afternoon at her hillside villa in Nice.  She was a Persian beauty in her 40’s named Shirin, and in the summer of 1979 she was my hostess on the Cote d’Azur.

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