Walter and I strolled the gardens near La Promenade des Anglais upon our return from Monaco to Nice.
My beloved asked, “Do you know why this is called ‘The Prom’?”
“The name derived from the extensive English presence in the city. Nice was Queen Victoria’s favorite place to visit in the summer. She would arrive with an entourage of over 100 attendants, with turbaned Indian soldiers and kilt wearing Scottish bagpipers. Together with a fanfare of maids, footmen, valets, and butlers.
“Although, she had difficulty walking, she drove herself around the extensive gardens surrounding her summer lodgings - L'Excelsior Régina Palace, in a cart pulled by a donkey. This allowed her the freedom to explore the city’s narrow alleyways,” I responded.
“Where did you get this information?” my ‘hubby’ asked.
“My darling dearie, I was educated by the best private tutors during my harem years. Have you forgotten what you read in A HAREM BOY'S SAGA - BOOK II – UNBRIDLED, when I first set foot in the French Riviera?”
He did not answer as we strolled across the boardwalk towards the gardens from the main drag, before arriving at the historical square of Place Masséna.
As we gawked at the naked Apollo and his equally nude retinue that surrounded the Sun God in the middle of Fontaine du Soleil. My beloved commented, “Apollo’s endowment is tiny, don’t you think?”
“Ancient Greek sculptures often depict heroic deities and demigods with diminutive manhood. Bijou penises were culturally valued.
“Unlike large phalluses which were associated with foolishness, lust and ugliness – like satyrs,” I replied.
“Personally, I prefer larger endowments and so do you,” he quipped.
I answered wittily, “You must understand, the ideal traditional Greek male is perceived to be rational, intellectual and authoritative; even if he had a lot of sex. The characterization of a small penis granted him permission to remain logically cool. Large penises were then considered comical or barbaric.
“Classical Greek sculpture had influenced many sculptural representations of the male body in European art. Therefore, it’s of little wonder that small-penis statues have been depicted as the norm throughout Western art history.”
“I still prefer larger penises,” my lover declared cynically.
“You’ve obviously been indoctrinated by marketers capitalizing on penis size anxiety; by convincing men to shell out for pills to enlargement surgery, that cost thousands of dollars.
“Ancient Greeks thought: the smaller the better, whereas contemporary society thinks: the larger the more desirable. It goes to show our trend du jour obsession with penis size.” These were my last words before we moved on to our next destination.
Bernard Foong (aka Young)
A Harem Boy’s Saga; a memoir by Young
(a 5 – 7 book autobiographical series)