Category Archives: france

ROCK STANDS TALL by Peter Nolan Smith

In August 1984 ACTUEL sent a Californian-born photographer and me to cover the Deauville Film Festival. This was my second journalism gig for the French magazine and I hoped that writing a good article might open the path to another profession other than being a doorman at La Balajo. he Deauville Film Festival was not […]

WIN AT ANY COST by Peter Nolan Smith

In 1968 the Baltimore Colts entered Super Bowl III as 18-point favorites over the New York Jets. The NFL champions were led by Earl Morrall in place of Johnny Unitas, while the AFL underdogs were quarterbacked by the flashy Joe Namath and the Alabama native boasted in Miami, “We’re gonna win the game. I guarantee […]

La Belle France

Paris is an amazing city, but it has been renown for the beauty of women living there throughout time. Here is a collection of movie stars. They lit up our lives. Catherine Deneuve Brigitte Bardot Sophie Marceau Marie Trintignan Carole Bouquet Dominique Sanda Isabelle Adjani Of course there’s no mention of Franciose Hardy. The only […]

Francia Go Bragh

The November Paris Attacks shocked the world into adopting Paris as everyone’s City of Light. City Halls around the globe were lit red, white, and blue to honor the dead. Egalite, Fraternatie,et Liberte were translated into every language. Berets and baguettes were treated with respect. French fries were French fries even in the Deepest South. […]

FEAR OF HEIGHTS By Peter Nolan Smith

At the end of the summer in 1989 I hitchhiked north from Perpignan by the Spanish border over to the Provence to visit friends before heading north into the Alps. Two resistance fighters in their 60s gave me a ride to Col d’Iseran. At 2,764 metres the Haut-Alpes pass is the highest mountain crossing in […]