Pot-pourri soixante-seven

Beach police

Beach police? Seriously? The FBI wasn’t invented yet. But bureaucrats were alive and kicking. I wonder whether this beach is on the Potomac, in D.C. See the obelisk in the background? (Source unknown)


Beers of the world series. Colombia, a while back.


Loos of the world series. Tandoor restaurant, Mexico city. Last time we had a delicious chikken tikka masala… I believe the puppet comes from Rajahstan…


Press of the world series. #1. 😉


View from lockdown. Some time in May.


Motherly love. Tlalpan. ‘Had seen them before, driving. No good shot then.


“The profile of a triumphant (woman)”. Early 70’s. Mexico. (Used that magazine a while back in a focus group for projective techniques.)


Lockdown. Tlalpan. Seems they’ve been under lock and key since the 18th century. (I know bars on windows can be shocking to some. Here it is normal)


Street art to promote reading. Commissioned by City Hall.


Vintage. (c)ourtesy Gini. I had an Instamatic for photographs as a child. Didn’t know there were Instamatic movie cameras. 8mm I presume?


Fly, fly… Looking for an entrance to the U. for an out-of-lockdown picnic… All but one entrances were closed…


The Bodhisattva Maitreya. Bodhisattva is a Sanskrit word meaning Beings (Sattva) who have reached the stage of Awakening (Bodhi). Let us remember Gautama Sidharta was a Nepalese prince who became Buddha (Awake). Buddhism now associated with Asia was “born” in India. Maitreya means the “Future Buddha.”

This head from the Musée Guimet in Paris is of particular interest because of its origin and style. It was done in Gandhara, in today’s Pakistan around the 1st-3rd century AD. The style comes from the Greek sculptors Alexander the great brought with him to the Indus Valley.


Breton costumes. My ancestors wore similar costumes up to the beginning of the 20th century. Precisely up to WWI, when Bretons were drafted “en masse”. About 130-140,000 were killed in action out of 350,000 drafted. I’ve already mentioned my grandfather’s many brothers and relations who didn’t make it home.


Minette, in Paris, c.1971. Born in Nairobi, she spent many years of her life traveling with my parents to and fro.


Butterfly in the garden. In some Asian traditions they carry the soul of a dearly departed.


Mexican rhino. That workshop does lineo printing. I’ve had a mind to try my luck once all this nonsense is over… (Next year?) (The following?) 😩


Colours (before)

Kasuki 2A

Rain (after). (c) Kasuki Wakasugi, the Yomiyuri Shibun, via AFP. The next picture source is unknown (c) Le Point:

Swim suit aug 45

1945. The war is over. Two-piece suits will lead the way to bikinis.

Hurray! The Beach police is gone.

Thank you for traveling on Equinoxio Airways the only Time-Space shuttle still flying. The Beach Po-leeece ain’t allowed on board. Stay safe…

105 thoughts on “Pot-pourri soixante-seven

  1. Love the fashions. But the comment about the Asian tradition that butterflies carry the souls of the dead interested me the most because of how it is reflected in the Dia de los muertos celebrations with the monarchs.

    • Thank you… er… I have no idea… Depends which town you live in. In the world of the “South” there aren’t many rules. It’s of course easier to paint an abandoned wall. You don’t get the owner shooting at you! In other, more law-abiding places, city hall handles it, I guess?

    • Absolument. Toute la famille a ses bols Bretons à son nom…
      Can you believe I looked for a bowl to my -real- name (Brieuc) in Saint-Brieuc. At the 3rd shop, no dice. I took out my ID and showed it to the store keeper. Couldn’t believe it. He a few calls and directed me to one of his colleagues, 2-3 streets ahead. Enfin!
      Glad you liked it my friend.
      Hope all is well across the pond? Véran doesn’t seem to have a better handle on the situation than when he began?

      • I am glad you found one! It would be disheartening to be in Saint-Brieuc and not find one there of all places 😉
        The numbers of hospitalisations are now as high as in May although new daily cases are down to 30k. Thankfully, the west has been spared – so far! Stay Safe!!!

  2. What fun! I love the kitty…she looks so beautiful and sweet. Another happy and colorful post, from past to present. I can’t even imagine what the beach police would do today with thongs. OMG Hahahah. 🙂 Have a great day. Thank you for this.

    • Pleasure Gigi. Thongs? They’d have a fit. Which does show we have progressed. A tad…
      And we do need happy posts don’t we?
      As for MInette, she was a darling tabby cat, we brought back from Kenya. She adapted well. 🐱

  3. Merci bien, Brieuc. Je souhaite qu’un grand papillon soit en train de voleter du côté de Conflans, tranquillement, en regardant ce monde avec une neutre compassion.
    Merci pour le sourire et la légèreté et un doux après-midi à toi.

    • Oui. Conflans… Pour moi ce n’était qu’un bouchon, un embouteillage sur la route de Normandie pour les vacances… Je ne sais plus que souhaiter à ce monde au bord de l’abîme…
      Prends bien soin de toi et des tiens Gilles…

    • I agree. He seemed to enjoy it. Similar things happened in the early 20th century when women started going to the beach. But I don’t think there ever was a “metric” put in place… 🤣

  4. Thoroughly enjoyed the journey, including the old photos and the nuggets of insight into your story. The first maybe my favourite, though I find myself captivated by the feline charm of Minette too. 🙂

    • Thank you Liz. Glad you liked it. I too would like to approach that serenity. Which is difficult in the current environment… I really wanted to go back to Asia after our 2017 trip, precisely for that. A certain approach to serenity… Well. It will have to wait. 🙏🏻

  5. I do love your humour. No Aussie beer I note! (Gasp). I think there are always elements of policing lurking in us, the things we want to control, alcohol would be one example. Dress codes another. Moralising is a hobby for some. Yes, thank goodness the beach police have gone. 🙂 I especially like your view.

    • Thank you Paul. I had to look back at the post. ‘wasn’t conscious of so much “humour”. 😉 Though it is possibly the one thing that will keep us sane in the end…
      My most abject apologies for the lack of Australian beer on that board. I will have a word with the manager when I manage to board a plane again (to Colombia)
      You are absolutely right. As a “child” of the (French) revolution, I find Freedom is THE most important thing for humanity. It means Freedom of speech (First Amendment) Freedom of thought. Above all. As long as I do not affect you, do not tell me what to do. There is a saying in French (a bit rough) which I will translate as “mind your own business. I mind mine…”
      Got me in trouble when I was in the Army. My Captain could not understand that I would obey all orders, yet, if I thought the order was stupid, I would say so. He didn’t like it… 🤣
      One of the greatest dangers today is precisely that: a bunch of people on all sides are trying to tell everybody how they should think. (I have names) and that in my book (and I suspect yours?) is unacceptable…
      Be good my friend.
      (You just made me long for an Aussie beer… never tried them.)
      (Gimme a ticket for an airplane… ain’t got time to take no fast train…)

  6. amazing shots! I so miss junk food! It feels like ages ago when I indulged myself in biriyani and chicken masala from restaurant! bwa ha ha! Heaven only knows when we will be able to eat junk food in peace again!

    that puppet appears to be from Rajasthan, its dress is like rajasthani prints.

    • Biryani and Chicken Masala are “junk food”? Come on?
      We had curry today… With mango chutney…
      and thanks for the confirmation, the puppet does look like Rajasthani… (Yet the owners are pakistani, originally form Dacca…)
      Phir milenge Trisha.

  7. Hello, Peng Yu! In my culture, it is the moth that carries the dearly departed, not the butterflies. When we see moths (especially the big black ones) at someone’s house, we know that there is a passing in the family.

    • Strangely enough the same goes in Mexico with moth, especially the big black ones. I heard the butterflies (Wu Deep?) from a Hong Kong friend… Maybe there are variations?

      • Myths are carried through for mouth to ear and are modified ever so slightly. Lévi-Strauss studied the myths of native America from Britu¡ish Colombia to the extreme South and concluded all myths are the same story with variation. e.g. in one area it is the butterfly, in another it is the moth. Colour and details may vary but it is the same story… 🦋

      • Pleasure, mon amie… (Though I have an MBA, I did dabble a bit in anthropology…) 😉
        And the study of human myths has always fascinated me…
        You must be asleep now… Have a wonderful week ahead… 🙏🏻

      • Very much so, my dear Kally. I read a book on the subject when I was maybe 12. Fascinating. Plus the fact that the Greeks were the first, around 6th century BC to question myths as an “explanation” of the world.
        Do you like Greek mythology?

  8. Another great trip around the world! The loving mother VW and her Baby are really cute …
    I was wondering about the leg measuring guy, I mean, he must have felt like an idiot, right? He should have …
    The butterfly you are showing looks like “Schwalbenschwanz”, which allegedly also lives in Europe. I have only ever seen it once when I was 8 years old in the former Yugoslavia though. It is such a beauty!

    • There are lots of idiots everywhere paid a salary for doing stupid stuff… 😉
      Schwalben… you are so right. Just looked it up. It’s a “machaon”. And can also be found in Europe. Though I never saw one in France for instance…
      A very pretty “papillon”. 🦋

      • So true, so true! 😀
        I think the machaones enjoy sun and warmth. The one I saw was at the coast near Dubrovnik what is now Croatia. A lot of butterflies disappear because of air pollution and other pollution. The Cumberwell beauty or mourning cloak for example, I have only seen on Bornholm and Læsø (a small island far out at sea) the last two decades.

  9. Police is onto all humanity now. How many pieces will there be left of us when/if all this charade will be over? A two-piecer out of a hundred (percent)…?

    I enjoyed Arkenaten’s music.
    And Minette is always a winner.
    “O bere, vă rog”, in Romanian.

      • Prosit!
        And yes, you are right, some pieces are hidden. The major one is corruption, on a massive scale. I may retake a work I did ten years ago on corruption and development…
        Will let you know.
        Take care, Man.

      • Everything’s so tightly intertwined that one cannot expose one piece, even the tiniest of them, without detailing everything – and one should obviously know everything in order to do that. And most importantly have proof. Incidentally I just watched Conspiracy theory (1997) last night, and one good line was about the fact that a good conspiracy can never be proven. 😉

        Good luck though! 🙂

  10. En 100 ans, les choses ont quand même évolué. J’imagine la tête de la police de plage, si elle débarquait aujourd’hui, sur nos plages. 🙂
    Et la Volkswagen : J’adore ! 😀
    Encore un bel article ! Merci Brieux
    Prends soin de toi.

  11. Great set of photos ~ the diversity of life. Love the opening shot, in a sense not much has changed when it comes to bureaucracy. And then the second photo, yes, one of the first two words I learned in Czech: Pivo, prosím 🙂

    • Indeed. Coming back I commented that to a friend who speaks Russian: ‘piva’… And to the left of that second photo, Poles say: “Peev” = pivo. And ‘proshe’ = ‘prosím’…
      Hey! We can survive in Poland! Da!

      • Ha, ha, Poland is very nice too, beautiful cities, countryside and people and they get along with Czech’s quite well, and there is always nice vodka for good conversations!

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  13. A great rundown. The beer poster took me some time. I was trying to determine why in some languages the pronunciation was given, and in others not so. I was really happy to see Slovene included, even though the correct spelling would be Eno pivo, prosim. Interesting to see prosim broken down into pro+seem though. And funny to see pee in it, hahah.

    • Fun isn’t it? One does not realize today the revolution women went through in the early 20th century. I have photos of my grandmother c.1905, long dress and sleeves. Corset most likely, her hair coiffed up in an elaborate hairdo not to mention the hats! (The same the Queen still wears). Then around 1915-1918, she and most women cut their dresses to the knee and their hair below the ear. I have those photos too. an amzing transformation.
      Just one more point: Oxford did not deliver degrees to women until 1923…

      • It’s fascinating how much the world has changed (and still changing – maybe even more quickly these days)….a little modesty never hurts. 😊

        On another note – I hope all is well and you are not affected by all the power cuts at the moment. 🙏

      • Modesty never hurts. Particularly in a time of widespread Hubris…
        My father (born in 1918) remembered when his grandmother had electricity installed in her house in Brittany. c.1930. She liked gas much better. Said the electricity was too bright. Hurt her eyes.
        We’re fine thank you. No power cuts here. (Mexico, not Brittany) 💡

      • Glad to here all is well over there 😊 Your mum was right though – even today, electricity can be a bit too bright – like awful harsh lighting in some offices, giveing people headaches!

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