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The Earful Tower: Paris

The Earful Tower: Figuring out France with guests who know best. 

May 29, 2023

Author John Baxter is back - this time discussing literature from the French Riviera. We tackle a lot, with a bigger focus on F Scott Fitzgerald and Marina Picasso (and her tell-all book).

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Things we mentioned (to help you with spelling and searching...)

First ten mins

  • John tasted bouillabaisse in Sète
  • John's friend was in the town of Cabris 
  • The Villa Noailles in Hyères for the work of architect Robert Mallet-Stevens
  • French Riviera and its Artists: Book by John Baxter
  • Menton as the notorious place to die (tales of Yates, Beardsley, de Maupassant)

10mins to 20mins

  • Cole Porter and his wife, their friends Gerald and Sara Murphy
  • Hotel du Cap and the Fitzgeralds
  • Le Train Bleu with gamblers and prostitutes (now a restaurant, saved by Georges André Malraux)
  • Le Balzar restaurant in Paris
  • Cafe de Flore, Le Coupole, Les Deux Magots restaurants in Paris
  • Hotel Belles Rives where F Scott Fitzgerald stayed (in Juan-les-Pins, Antibes) - and he also stayed in the nearby town of Saint-Raphaël
  • Tender is the Night: Dedicated "To Gerald and Sara—Many Fêtes"

20 mins onwards

  • Sophia Antipolis where Super-Cannes is set (a book by J. G. Ballard)
  • Zelda Fitzgerald's book: Save Me the Waltz
  • Marina Picasso and and her tell-all book "Picasso, My Grandfather"
  • La California - Picasso's summer shack/chateau/palace (featuring Matisse and Balthus too)
  • Picasso's Portait of Olga in an Armchair
  • Colombe D'Or in Saint Paul de Vence
  • Carlton Hotel in Cannes
  • Hotel Belles Rives