A Memorable Interlude in the Midst of WWII
A recent PBS documentary on World War II directed by Ken Burns, brought to mind a week I spent in April 1945 when the hotel was an R & R hotel for combat soldiers. It was memorable to exchange dirty combat fatigues for a clean olive drab uniform, luxuriate in a huge tub of hot water, and sleep in the comfort of a huge bed decked with soft pillows. The cuisine in the Chanticler restraunt consisted of GI rations but prepared with a French touch. Spam was sautied in cognac. The waiters hurried about with flasks of wine as the GI's clamored, "Garcon, encores, tout suite."
A day trip to the perfume fastories at Grasse brought bottles of Chanel #5 for special ladies back home. A huge sign upon entering Nice proclaimed "NO SALUTING REQUIRED." Thanks for the memories, Hotel Negresco.
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