Sunday, October 30, 2016








Journeys of the Mind


It is early morning and I again find myself traversing those mystical places, those fertile fields of my memories, heading once again in the direction of that distant stone castle, the one that I've been striving nearly all my life to reach. I am once again awake and dreaming the dream of a dreamer, dreaming the dream that becomes more and more real with each passing year and with each passing moment.

This morning's journey began just as it always has, with me walking through the cool mists of ancient forests, straining to look for that which lies just beyond the dark shadows around every bend in the trail. Searching, forever searching, for that which will give me solace from the ache in my heart, the ache from that unrequited desire to live in my own past, long gone.

A sound, and I turn toward my ear.

I thought I heard Bonnie stirring in the trailer. I was the first one up this morning, so I made the coffee and walked outside. Here, too, as in my dream, cool morning mists rise from the trees and underbrush on the descending hillside, just a few dozen feet from the trailer door. The rising mists paying homage to some arbitrary sun god, as if all creation was offering up prayers, thanking him in advance for another day that the golden orb will warm the earth and awaken its life.

I'm sitting in one of the lawn chairs we have set up outside our forest-home-on-wheels. Things are very quiet. The only sound is that of a distant crow, complaining of its lot in life, one of the few not quite as thankful for the moment, nor the coming day.

Today is Sunday. Soon, all those camped further down, near the only entrance to the campsite, will be packing up to leave. Once again, we'll have the campground all to ourselves, for another week or so, or at least until next weekend. We could get naked and walk around the place and no one will see us. Or, maybe someone will. Who knows? Who cares? We'll take that chance. An element of danger perhaps! We will embrace it - as we embrace all the changes in our lives these days. Well, most of them, most of the time. After all, we're young and crazy; well, we're somewhat young, but still very much in love, and definitely crazy.

Rising with the misty haze come those wondering thoughts once again. Wondering and wandering. Wondering if I hadn't met Bonnie, if would I have spent the rest of my life alone, going from occasional girlfriend to occasional girlfriend, with almost no relationship lasting for much more than a year. Would I have ended up all alone in my old age, as I am now, without even the slightest memory of ever having had an honest-to-goodness real life-partner, to keep me company at night? It was always a distinct possibility, back before she and I met. My heart is with her heart and my spirit is in communion with her spirit, even as she sleeps in the trailer.

It was more than a few times in years past that I came to the conclusion that I was just not the marrying kind, that I was the sort of guy who was good for a few laughs, but not the sort to whom a woman hitches her wagon or gives serious thought as far as this man being a prospect with whom she wants to spend her life.

They would stay for a season, but then when the newness wore off, when the thrill was gone, when not even the best sex could hold us together any longer, they'd leave; or at least they'd give me every indication that they wanted to leave. Not such a good feeling, really. Goodbyes were always tough, devastating for all concerned and a little bit of me died each and every time that my one special lover in all the world walked away into the dark shadows of my past, to join all those other memories who had gone before her. There, to be thought of often, but never to be seen again.

Sure, it was mostly mutual, with all but one of them. Well, OK, there were two. But what do you do, just keep holding on for old times sake when you know it's over? No - no! You play Requiem for a Fool, and you play it loudly, so that it soaks up every emotion in your soul and deadens the weeks and months of grief and self pity that you know are coming. It was always the same thing too, only this time attached to a different face. Yes, the time always inevitably came, when you realize that the both of you already looked like a couple of fools, as you both try so very hard to keep a relationship going that had already ended some time ago.

For whatever reason, it never got to that point with Bonnie and I. She just stuck around, as did I at age 29. I know neither of us wanted to be alone, but it was more than that. There was something different about the entire tenor of the relationship. Unlike with the others, she and I didn't start off with a bang. It was more of a whimper, but one with immutable chemistry at work. Not that I would characterize her and my relationship as ever having been all that bad or that we just barely managed. Well, there were those few years before she died. But, all in all, it was good, even very good. She was my life-partner – thirty-two years. We grew old together. Her death changed me forever. I loved her. I love her still. Her ashes rest above my bed, just above my head where I sleep. Nightly, I see her in my dreams – alive, just as if she had never really left. When she WAS alive, I never realized just how much of her personality I HAD absorbed. Her spirit is now as much a part of me as is my own.
                                                                   ~

Ich weiƟ es nicht, Manni. Es sieht sich immer noch ziemlich weit zu sein.

How strange, I think to myself, as I again marvel at the attraction of an American man and a French woman and how they have German as their common language.

Vetti and I are again walking the nude beaches of Cap d'Agde. A dream within a dream within a dream. I'm 23 years old.

It's late afternoon. Anna Marie went into town with some of the others this morning, so Vetti and I spent the day by ourselves. Seems we're still very far down the beach, several kilometers from the Heliopolis and our apartment in fact. We haven't seen anyone in all the hours that we've been walking. We also haven't heard that constant din of voices and laughter, which is usually present at various stretches along the beach in select places. It's late in the year and many of them have already gone home. We will also be leaving in a few days.

Vetti is right to bring it up though, we're still quite a distance from the Heliopolis. We've got to make haste, so as not to get caught in the dark out here on the beach, this far from the lights. It's overcast and we'll be stumbling around in the sand trying to find our way back. Being nude, it's not as if either of us have a flashlight in our back pocket.

It has been an enjoyable day, two lovers walking the beach, talking, spending their lives together in this niche of time. Of course, as usual, she has done most of the talking. Speaking of which, what have we been saying for the last 8 hours? I suppose it doesn't really matter. We're talking; that's what's important. We never seem to run out of topics either, despite having been together for 3 years now. It comes to mind again how I can no longer hear this French woman's accent. Weird how that works.

An ethereal twilight covers the beach. We can now see the distant lights of the Heliopolis reflecting into the water. It's still a ways up the beach and though the sand between our toes is still warm, it's starting to get a little cold now. It's been more cloudy lately and the winds blowing across the Mediterranean from the African desert just aren't quite as warm as they were a month ago. We'd really be cold if we weren't walking so fast to get back.

We pass the first leg of the Heliopolis and home! Well, no, not home in the conventional sense, but it's our home for the time being, at least as far as we are concerned. Where is home anyway?

We scurry into the first stairwell and up the steps to the top floor. We're freezing. The third member of our team, Anna Marie, greets us as we come through the door. She asks us where we've been. Without saying a word, Vetti and I head straight for the bathroom. The only thing on both our minds is a hot shower.

I think of Vetti often. She's the one that got away. Sadness, such sadness. But does it really matter? Would life have been any different if we had figured out some way of us staying together, of me staying in Europe, living in France, or Germany? Would life up to this point really have been that much better for either of us? We'd still be old now, wouldn't we? Perhaps it would have been she, instead of Bonnie, who died 3 years ago. Things change; people change; time passes; life changes; and sometimes, life ends. C'est la vie - such is life. Still, I wonder, does Vetti ever walk the beaches of Cap d'Agde with me, just as I have with her, so many other times?
                                                                        ~

The venue again changes and the sun is overhead now, bright in a cloudless sky. A new song plays in my heart. I cover my brow with my hand to shield my eyes and look into the distance. Magnificent! My castle! It seems closer than ever today.

The clods of dirt crush underfoot, as I walk the furrowed fields of my future. I wonder about the farmer who tilled this soil and got it ready for planting. Is he like me? Did he love as did I? Did he lose what he once had, only to live a life of memories, as I do now? Does he also visit his past in the wee hours of the morning, just to remember?

Perhaps the castle, my home, is yet a lifetime's distance. Perhaps, it was always meant to be that way. Still I wonder who it is that lives there. I wonder if there is someone in there, waiting, waiting just for me, someone I once knew.

The sun is shining and I'm happy. The castle definitely IS closer today. The memories are plentiful; my plans are few.

~Manfred (10.17.16)

"When we wish for that, which once was, and we long for a life, which might have been, we become acutely aware that we now live on the other side of what had once been our future. Here we dwell with our memories, and live with fantasies of things that will never be."
~Manfred

Lara Fabian et Johnny Haliday - 

Requiem Pour Un Fou

Friday, April 12, 2013

An Airhead in Limbo





Ever since Multiply closed, I’ve been looking for a place to call home. I wanted things to resemble Multiply as closely as possible—the ability to blog, the ability to post videos and pictures, the ability to customize one’s own background to suit one’s individual taste and personality--and probably most importantly, some prescribed system that lends itself easily to social networking, as the namesake of these sorts of sites implies.

Blogger doesn’t really fill the bill in a number of areas.  It does not encourage networking in even the most modest of terms. One must really go out of his or her way to find like-minded friends with whom to network. 

Blogger is also difficult to navigate.  In fact, you click on someone’s user name and it takes you to a person’s profile page instead of their main page, and finding their latest post or often even their main page from there requires an IQ breaking 160.

A friend and I have discovered a site that has many of the features that Multiply had—especially, strongly encouraging social networking.  However, it seems to be populated mostly by airheads, refugees from Myspace, kids who got older without actually growing up.

The bling and glitter graphics is so thick there that you actually end up leaving the computer with all sorts of sparkly things stuck to your clothing, along with all sorts of inane pictures dancing in your head the rest of the day-- everything from couples kissing to donkeys kissing—absorbed as if by osmosis from your page’s comment section. 

The bling is even there in the dashboard, a posting section equivalent to Multiply’s Inbox.  It seems this crowd will even use these childish graphics to respond to other’s serious posts, which leaves you wondering if there is actually a person behind these creepy gifs or if they are randomly computer generated. Fortunately, I’ve discovered a way of disabling the html from being posted to my own page’s comment section, offering me some relief. 

Enter—our plan.  My friend and I have surmised that if we carefully pick and choose our friends here, we may be able to rehabilitate this site to where serious writing, poetry and the serious discussion of esoteric subjects will become the norm. It is going to be a monumental task for sure, given how few mature adults we presently find on this site.

One problem is that when you join, your page is defaulted to “private”. For some reason, which I haven’t quite yet figured out, the members don’t seem eager to change any portion of their page’s status from private to public. It’s not that they are all posting prurient salaciousness on their pages, it’s just that they apparently haven’t quite grasped the concept that if your page is private, no one can know whether or not they want to invite you as a friend. As I said, most of them appear to be former Myspace users.

Anyway, here is my page, which on the surface looks much as my Multiply page did.  Not much has been posted to it yet, but you can somewhat gage the possibilities of the site if you click around on a few of the links. Much of the information cannot be seen, both because of certain privacy settings that I have initiated to keep the airheads from knowing that I’m visiting their pages, plus other settings, which allow only Friendburst members to see certain information on other’s pages:

http://www.friendburst.com/Knightstar//  (now canceled)


~Manfred


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Eternal Summers



We never really thought of ourselves as nudists. It was not a culture, a philosophy, or a religion--it was just a place, a place where everyone thought it just fine not to wear clothes--and that’s what we did. 

Whenever I tell someone that I used to spend my summers on the nude beaches of southern France, their questions make it plain to me that they've never experienced anything even remotely similar. “It’s not really what you think,” I tell them. Then, even after giving it my best effort, most still do not overcome their stereotypical views of what it must have been like—a few do understand, however.

It was 1973. I was living and working in Bremen, a harbor town in northern Germany, not far from Hamburg. Although I had lived in numerous other places in Germany while a U.S. Army dependent, this was my first year in Germany by myself. My father had retired to the States the previous year; and now, both my parents and my siblings were there to stay.

Although my mother was German and I was born in Germany, I was relegated to guest worker (Gastarbeiter) status, being an American citizen. I worked alongside other non-Germans—Dutch, Danes, Swedes and Fins, mostly, being up north—all of which had come to the country because of the better economic opportunities Germany offered at that time. There were always several Turks working with us, but they generally kept to themselves. That was OK with us; we really had no desire to associate with them anyway. Being a guest worker destined me to doing the low-paying grunt work that was beneath what most German citizens wanted to do. But, what the heck—I was 20 years old and free. If you lived with someone, and lived smart, you could make it, no problem.

My German uncle and aunt, living in Muenster (like the cheese), Westphalia, invited me to stay with them for a week. My female cousin, Hannelore, was there also, living with them while attending medical school in the same moderate-sized college town. I had met all of them before on several occasions when younger, but I didn’t know any of them well. While there, Hannelore, who was older than me by a year, showed me around; and, after only a short while, we became good friends. She asked me if I would like to join her and several of her friends in the south of France for the summer—a place called Cap d’agde--a place where no one wears any clothes. She told me a little about it and assured me that my uncle, a well-to-do doctor, was willing to carry me as far as expenses—they had discussed it and he had already agreed to foot my costs. I was actually dumbstruck for words; but then, as a surprise even to myself, I quickly agreed. Of course, I was much younger then, but even with my youthful philosophy of open-minded liberalism, which I proudly touted, this was going to be something truly different, the likes of which I would never have thought to do on my own. Thinking back on it, it’s not that Hannelore would have thought any less of me had I declined—it was just that, to do otherwise, I would not only have felt like an ingrate, but like a coward as well.

I went back to Bremen and worked another month, when, in the middle of June, Hannelore called and said we would all be meeting that week in Cap d’agde, as coordinating everyone’s schedules to facilitate traveling together would be impractical. When I asked her if my aunt and uncle were going, she just laughed. She said that besides she and I, going would be her boyfriend, Udo, and two French girls, Vetti and Anna Marie, with whom she attended school there in Muenster. She said we would encounter yet others, once there, regulars who vacation around the same time as they do every year.

Well, I quit my job, got what little money I had out of the bank, and headed out the next day by train. After a scenic three-day ride, I arrived in the city of Bezier, where, after a phone call, Hannelore came up by cab and escorted me to our destination. After going through the gate, we were in the quartier naturiste, or naturist quarter of Cap d’agde, a section of the city completely fenced off from the rest of the town. Right away, I saw people, completely naked--men, women and children--individuals, groups, couples and families.

We walked for a ways along a waterway, like a narrow harbor, lined with docks and marinas at which a multitude of sailboats was moored. On the other side of this waterway were other marinas, large apartment complexes and shops. Some of the people we encountered were clothed, like us; others were partially clothed; but most were completely naked.
After a short walk in the direction of our digs, Hannelore suggested we take off our clothes before we arrived at the apartments, as it was proper decorum not to be clothed there, and that clothes were not at all allowed on the beach. I think I dreaded this moment most of all while on the train, thinking about the two of us--persons related by blood and of the opposite sex no less—seeing one another naked. But, we quickly stripped off our clothes while sitting on a grassy incline near the waterway, putting our socks and shoes back on our feet. I stuffed my clothes into my suitcase while Hannelore carried hers. I never looked down at her once for the first hour I was there. However, I soon found walking around without clothes to be quite liberating.

As we walked along the harbor walkway, apparently sensing my nervousness, Hannelore made small talk and explained some things about the town in an effort to calm me. Whenever we encountered other naked people walking the opposite way, we would exchange with them friendly nods and smiles. It took considerable effort for me to make only eye contact and not follow my natural instinct to look down and stare. It soon became evident to me that both they and Hannelore were completely at ease with being nude and that they did not at all share my disquiet. We continued walking until we came to the place we would be staying--a huge apartment complex comprised of several stories in the shape of a circle—it was open at one end, the end facing the beach, forming a horseshoe-like shape. Called the Heliopolis, it had within the perimeter of the circle a number of shops, swimming pools, and landscaped areas.

After dropping off my suitcase and Hannelore’s clothes at our respective apartments, we headed out to the beach. There, she introduced me to her boyfriend Udo, and to Anna Marie and Vetti. Suddenly, another moment of considerable consternation, as both young women, girls really, were exceptionally good-looking and I had everything to do to keep from staring at them. Anna Marie, seeing my discomfort with my new surroundings (or seeing me vulnerable for her own purposes), immediately took me under her wing; she gently eased me into the swing of things over the next day or so. We soon became boyfriend and girlfriend—which lasted a whole six weeks. That's just the way she was, I later found out. After this fleeting relationship ended, Vetti and I became boyfriend and girlfriend—for the next six years! The two women, however, best friends since childhood, would never have thought to harbor any sort of animosity toward one another about that sort of thing—I think we all prided ourselves on being such liberated freethinkers back then.

Hannelore and Udo didn’t stay for more than a few days that first week, and would come and go all summer, traveling back and forth between Germany and Cap d’agde. Vetti, Anna Marie and I, however, stayed for the duration, until the end of August, when I turned twenty-one. We were naked all the time and wore clothes only on cool nights or whenever we dressed up to go to the disco, of which there were several in the immediate area. For us, it was a chance to dress up and what not—something different, if you run around naked all the time. After a while, we did the disco scene only about once a week. To save money (even if it was my uncle’s), the three of us moved into just two apartments; and whenever Hannelore and Udo would show up, we would give them the one, while the three of us shared the other. Anna Marie was usually not there nights anyway, as she would spend them with whatever boyfriend she was currently keeping at the time—and, who she would generally replace once every six weeks or so, remaining true to form.

There were several other young men and women, those regulars who came back every year, all around our ages--Germans, but also Dutch, Danes, French, and a few from the northernmost Scandinavian countries—all of whom were a part of our circle of friends. Even though we were in France, German was the language most spoken at the apartment areas and the beach. The French, such as Anna Marie, indigenous to this particular region of France, have dark hair and dark eyes; and I, being part American Indian, was often mistaken for being one of them. I never ran into any Americans there; although I'm sure there must have been some. There were a few English; you could sometimes tell them apart from the others, as some of their men were about the only ones you ever saw circumcised back then.

The ages of the population at any given time varied from infants, to teens in various stages of puberty, to old people. Of course, 30 or 40 was old back then. The majority of the population consisted of teens and twenties, students on summer vacation, with quite a number of families with kids coming there for shorter stays.

Whenever I think of Cap d’agde, I think of ice cream cones and silver jewelry, which was worn by nearly all the women and most of the men, I being the rare exception. I concluded that women especially, whenever naked, needed to adorn themselves with something—necklaces, bracelets, ankle bracelets, rings--something.

Vetti and I went back to Cap d’agde year after year to meet up with the same gang. We would get there in the middle of June, with July and August being the months when the population of the town swelled to the tens of thousands. My uncle, or one of his colleagues, owned interest in several of the apartments in the Heliopolis and in the apartment complex next door, Port Nature. Cap d’agde is not the ritzy French Riviera that one generally envisions; it was more like the middle-class part of the Riviera. However, had my uncle not taken a liking to me, such as he had, I could never have stayed there for more than a few days. Not only could I just plain not afford it; I could not have done without the money I needed in the interim just to live.

My last year in Cap d’agde was also my last year in Europe—1978. I came back to the States at the end of that year, found a job—and found a new girlfriend. Although Hannelore, Anna Marie and some of the others implored me to join them for several summers thereafter, I never did make it back. I sometimes wonder how different my life would have turned out HAD I gone back—I think we all truly believed back then that those days of eternal sunshine and warm nights of wine would never end for any of us. I still feel bad about abandoning Vetti the way I did. She was a good kid and deserved better. She ended up marrying some French guy. Anna Marie married and divorced, and ended up working for the French government. Hannelore married and divorced, and is now working for the German government, something to do with medical disability claims. The three women still see one another on occasion.

Hannelore went back to Cap d’agde in the mid 90s. It had become a meeting place for swingers and homosexuals, with numerous places in town offering live sex shows and the like—not really what we were about, way back when. She didn’t stay for more than a couple of days. She said there were still families to be seen at the beach—but mostly, our paradise was gone.

As I said at the outset, when I try to explain to people what it was like, they generally cannot conceive of such an experience. If I think about it now, had I never been there myself, I would probably feel the same way. It’s the strangest thing really. For example, neither Hannelore nor I would have felt comfortable taking off our clothes in front of one another, say, in the bathroom at my uncle’s house; but once we got to Cap d’agde, it’s as if someone had declared the rules as having changed, and that this same nudity was now acceptable. 

I liken it to a gathering at a Tupperware party, one with only women present. If one of the women suddenly took off her clothes and started gallivanting about naked in front of the others, all would most likely feel uncomfortable to some extent. However, this same group of women wouldn’t think anything of it were she walking around naked in front of them in the shower room of the local health club. So, what has actually changed? What’s different is, she’s naked in a place where you are supposed to be naked—that’s how it was in Cap d’agde.


--M








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This blog originally posted Wednesday May 24, 2006 - 10:57pm (PDT) to 
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nylabluesmom
nylabluesmom wrote on Oct 7
LOL it sure has been downhill from here since I turned 50....I did manage to "hold on" to my figure til then...now I am a bit chunkier (thak God for breasts & hips, so I LOOK like I have a tiny waist; I LOVE illusion).....
I think scars & tattoos are interesting....
I think I would like to have that feeling of "ah so what"....
Now I have the feeling of " Where did my size 8 body go??" (It's now asize 10-12 depending which part you are looking at...)</p></body>

knightstar
knightstar wrote on Oct 2
Thanks for commenting, Sherriellen.

I've always contended that human bodies really only look good in their teens and twenties, and that it is all downhill from there.

In Cap d'agde, you would see many people 50+,60+, with not many of those bearing any resemblance to Adonis or Aphrodite. There were also many younger people who were overweight or with operation scars (such as I have).

It's not that no one ever looks, but with so many people on the beach in the summer at any given time, no one is going to spend a very long time looking at any one person. What is really amazing is how quickly the human mind can adapt to just about anything. It's just not possible, mentally, to keep a heightened awareness of one's own nudity for more than a couple of hours that very first day, before you just end up saying--ah, so what. lol

~M

nylabluesmom
nylabluesmom wrote on Oct 2
What a fabulous blog....I have always had body issues & was scared to disrobe in front of people....(I remember doing a tow call in a Nudist camp back in '75...so many naked people & I was pretty shaken up). Now as a "grown-up" I think I would be far more mature about the Naturist issue....
I DO miss the days of skinny dipping tho'....:)

nikkirhoades35
nikkirhoades35 wrote on Jul 30, '10
I can't say it's something I'd want to do...I just wouldn't be comfortable being naked in front of a bunch of other people, but overall sounds like an interesting experience..on you'll never forget, lol.
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knightstar
knightstar wrote on Jul 29, '10
Hi Wad--

I've often wondered if it isn't just the natural progression of a nudist culture to change from its original pure intent to morph into bacchanalian hedonism over time. This is not to say that we never indulged privately in whatever capacity, it is just that, publicly, there was an innocence to the entire Cap d'agde experience, way back when.

Thanks for commenting.

--M
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seducedslowly
seducedslowly wrote on Sep 6, '09
I can assure you that it was never on your list... Although, for us 'cool kids' ...we all took it.

knightstar
knightstar wrote on Sep 6, '09
I have paracetamol 
Paracetamol? Hmm--doesn't sound like something I used to take--let me check the list.

--M

seducedslowly
seducedslowly wrote on Sep 6, '09
I am as virtuous as a Saint, M... *blinks innocently*

You have aspirin... hmmm... I have paracetamol... maybe I am on the Dark Side.

knightstar
knightstar wrote on Sep 6, '09
No, no, we don't want to do the drug thing. These days, I turn over an aspirin three times to decide whether or not I actually want to take it.

Hey, there must have been some darkness there somewhere--not that I want to break mood and start having you explain things at this time, you understand.

--M

seducedslowly
seducedslowly wrote on Sep 6, '09
There... there, M... I hear drugs help. Wait. No... hmmm... I believe you told me they don't. Not that I could help you as I am one of those dreadfully straight individuals who never really delved on the Dark Side.

(Strange... I can hear Darth Vader breathing)

knightstar
knightstar wrote on Sep 6, '09
I wondered what it would have been like being where you were, experiencing just that. 
I'll tell you, it's not what I initially expected. After a week or so, it's like I'd always been there--like I belonged. Of course, I was young then--it's one those youthful things that you really can't recapture again, either.

--M

seducedslowly
seducedslowly wrote on Sep 6, '09
Hedonistic debauchery... I must remember to tell my gay friend that. It's not like I haven't mentioned to him that what he does is wrong on too many levels to quote. *grins*

I can assure you, M...words do not fail you, because I have read your blog and you captured a moment in time and shared it with your readers , and I wondered what it would have been like being where you were, experiencing just that.

knightstar
knightstar wrote on Sep 6, '09
I have nothing to compare this to, it sounds intriguing and I have no doubt that in my late teens I would have simply joined the throng, so to speak.

Time never does return to a time and a place... It simply goes on. 
Back then, there really was a true innocence to it. Today, as I referenced in my blog, many of these places have become no more than meeting places for all sorts of hedonistic debauchery. LOL
These were some of the best times of my life and I really, really miss how we were back then--I wish there was some magical way to recapture it all--words fail me.

--M

seducedslowly
seducedslowly wrote on Sep 6, '09
I have nothing to compare this to, it sounds intriguing and I have no doubt that in my late teens I would have simply joined the throng, so to speak.

Time never does return to a time and a place... It simply goes on.

dangermouse007
dangermouse007 wrote on Dec 10, '08
Yes, people do have strange ideas about what it is like to be a naturist. My family were naturist from when I was 9rs old. We went to a club in North Yorkshire England. You were perfectly at liberty to be dressed or undressed. No-one cared either way. You didn't have to "hand in your clothes at the gate". The obly steadfast rule was "No erections"
I went to Cap d'Agde not long after you in '81. There was no clothing ban when I went. I remember the English bar was called Waiikiki Bar.
I have to say though, I think you may be mistaken about the English men being recognised by their circumcisions. I have seen hundreds of Englishmens penises and it is extremely rare for one to be circumcised.
My time as a naturist is one of the happiest memories of my life. I wish I could still do it now but it's too cold here!

co4life
co4life wrote on Jan 17, '08
It is very interesting to read about people's first experience dealing with naturism especially by someone who can write well. I've enjoyed reading your blogs. I, too, have made the switch from 360. Multiply is more accomodating to our interests by individually sharing our blogs as we so choose.

I've been stationed in Germany and I have visited England, Spain, Austria, a mere brief moment in France, and other countries. This, unfortunately, was before I discovered naturism as I know it now. Still, if I had known about Cap d'agde then, I probably would have taken some of my leave time there and probably would have gone alone. The topless beaches served as an introductory adventure for me.

I have a section on my page for links to first time experiences. I would like to ask your permission to add a link to this blog entry. Please let me know.

Thanks,
Brian