Note: this was accidentally published two weeks ago.
For those of you who haven’t seen it, here it is again.
Confessing to be a thorough Francophile as well as being fond of ships most of my life, I’ve long thought that French Line’s Normandie was the epitome of the luxury steamship era. The Cunard Queens, Mary and Elizabeth were both splendid in their own ways, but to my mind, Normandie was the crème de la crème. This three minute video helps make my case:
… as does this four minute video …
Normandie represents the peak of Art Deco elegance. Even though she was launched at the time of the world-wide Great Depression, she embodied manners and civility almost totally alien to today’s trashy “culture.” When luxury goods retailer Nordstrom sends a Mens Wear e-mail ad featuring a scruffy looking tattooed male model, as Nordstrom did last week, we are surely about to hit bottom. Looking at the elegant spaces and the well-dressed travelers on Normandie makes us want to travel back in time …
Above and below: Stairs aboard Normandie
Below: the chapel on Normandie
The Grand Salon:
Another lounge aboard Normandie:
First Class Lounge:
First Class Dining Room:
Cary Grant and Marlene Dietrich aboard Normandie: