National Geographic : 1955 Jul
152 Paris Houses Her Art Treasures in the Louvre, a Palace Where French Kings Dwelt Eight thrill-filled days in Paris climaxed the author's tour and left him longing to return to the City of Light. "Words cannot do justice to its many-faceted personality," he writes. In the galleries of the Louvre he watched artists paint large-scale copies and eye-straining miniatures of the world's masterpieces. A copy of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci hangs at right, with Titian's Entombment centered beneath. The hostel was ideally situated on the north side of the Rhone overlooking the palace. At night we looked across the water to see the wonderfully turreted walls ablaze with colored searchlights while a voice boomed out the history of the city. The next morning I cashed a $20 traveler's check. I had only one more left. A sudden emergency could leave me with very little capital. Alternately cycling and getting lifts on trucks, I arrived at the hostel in Valence. There a Frenchman came over to me. "I see by the register that you are from Philadelphia. In 1943 when I was in the French Navy, our cruiser stopped at your city, where I met a young lady. If I give you her name and address, will you call and tell her Pierre says hello?" "Certainly." He handed me a slip of paper. "Why, she lives only 10 blocks away from me, but it's been over 11 years. Perhaps she has forgotten you." He brightened up with a broad smile. "Oh, I am certain she will remember Pierre!"