Recollection - A San Francisco wedding in 1967." On the top left photo above are Vince and Leslie on the left, me, then Jim and George on the right. Jim and I moved to an apartment on Guerrero Street near Market Street, just one block off Dolores Street in the Mission district. I was still modeling for Clairol and had to go to their hair shows at the Fairmont Hotel. The Fairmont is on top of Nob Hill and is a massive, luxurious hotel opened in 1907 - it is on the National Register of Historic Places. I never took pictures while I was there but below are vintage postcards of the hotel, the view of San Francisco from the hotel in the 1960s, and on the bottom left the current view of the front of the hotel (courtesy Wikimedia Commons.)
"Time it was and what a time it was, it was
A time of innocence, a time of confidences
Long ago, it must be, I have a photograph
Preserve your memories, they're all that's left you..."
- Simon and Garfunkel
All these old photographs are printed in my mind. The 1960s are now gone and some of my friends have passed on. I am grateful to have all these remembrances to write about as the past would be so empty without these long ago images. I would not have stayed uprooted half-way across the globe from Paris if it had not been for San Francisco - the city was good to me. I read somewhere that nothing good is ever lost, it stays within you. It becomes part of you. As we left San Francisco that last day of 1969, another good friend, Roland, gave us a portrait of Jim and me and our new baby daughter Celine which he had painted. I see the painting in the hall daily (I moved it to take its picture.)