Arriving in France in 1962, I first visited friends at Cap d'Antibes on the Côte d'Azur. On the train were soldiers on leave from the French-Algerian War which was just ending. I arrived in Paris just before Bastille Day, July 14th and it was the first peace time celebration in decades. Paris was delirious!
I spent a lot of time in cafes, my favorite being the Cafe Flore in Saint Germain-des-Pres, the so called "intellectual cafe" being the post World War II hangout of Simone de Beauvoir, Jean Paul Sartre, Gertrude Stein, Hemingway, Picasso and so many others.
An early friend was a young filmmaker who’d just relocated from Poland: Roman Polanski. I also got to know Karl Lagerfeld and Colette de Jouvenel, whose mother was the legendary writer, Colette. She lived in her mother’s apartment overlooking the gardens of the Palais Royal where I was a frequent guest.
Paris was a lot like a small town and everyone seemed to know each other. I was thrilled to be included.