My Grand-Pere’s World

For more than half a century, my grandfather has spent every spare moment exploring the world, and photographing his journey. 80 countries. 20,000 high-quality, old-fashioned slides. Now each day, thanks to our digital world (and with a little help from his grandson!) he can share those places and faces and memories of a life well-traveled.

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Parisian Visitors And Natives

France 2019-06-14 14:21:30

"If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast."

Now unlike Ernest Hemingway, I never actually lived in Paris as a young man, or otherwise. I was a visiting 20-year-old when I took this shot of people exiting a mass at Montmartre's Sacré Coeur. My most recent of dozens of visits to Paris took place last month, for a very special fête: the christening of my great-grandson, part of the first generation in our family who are actual natives of the la Ville Lumière.

Spanish Depth Of Field

Spain 2019-05-24 15:09:33

When I recently pulled out this shot of the Spanish countryside in the 1960s, it reminded me of my childhood when I would watch farmers work in the fields of Burgundy in eastern France. In case you're counting, that was the 1930s.

Save The Last Bulgarian Dance

Bulgaria 2019-05-14 17:39:50

In the lobby of my hotel on the shores of the Black Sea, locals in full folkloric attire were dancing to traditional tunes. It felt strangely familiar, having had my own experiences preserving the music and folklore of my local traditions.

One-Of-A-Kind Skyline

Turkey 2019-05-06 15:01:57

Sunshine State By Night

United States 2019-04-15 14:46:43

Before we were able to feast on these luscious oranges and grapefruits of Florida's many roadside stands, my wife and I had gotten off to a rather bumpy start in the "Sunshine State."

Landing in Miami, the first item on our list was to find our hotel. I knew it was "on the seafront" and thought, quite naively, "well, this should be simple enough: I'll just find the water and drive in that direction." But I had miscalculated the Paris-to-Miami time difference, and we landed at night. That made the sea-finding part of the equation considerably more difficult.

Thankfully, at a gas station, I was able to use the bit of English I know to ask a man for directions. He hopped in his pickup truck and asked us to follow him, and voilà !

The Dashing Priests Of Vilnius

Lithuania 2019-04-05 12:59:35

The many beautiful Roman Catholic churches in Lithuania's capital are a sight to be seen ... as are the glorious beards of certain priests strolling the city's streets.

Cloudy With A Chance Of Italian Farniente

Italy 2019-03-08 12:24:07

We often flocked to Italy for Spring, as weather there tends to be better than in my sometimes rainy neck of the French woods. But mornings can be a bit cloudy — nothing to worry this woman at the center of the picture, who was diligently setting up deckchairs, waiting for the sun to warm up the beaches of Bari, in southeastern Puglia.

Soviets Soldiers, Past And Present

Germany 2019-02-28 12:04:49

In the background, one of Treptower Park's massive monuments commemorating Soviet soldiers fallen during World War II. In the foreground, real-life Soviet soldiers still trooping around the USSR-occupied section of Berlin.

Flying (And Landing) High In La Paz

Bolivia 2019-02-20 12:19:55

La Paz's airport delivers on its name: El Alto is indeed the highest international airport in the world. Luckily neither my wife Claudine (pictured here in the foreground) nor I suffered from altitude sickness during our often elevated travels through Bolivia and neighboring Peru.

A Happier Kind Of Philosophy

Sri Lanka 2019-02-07 15:54:40

I'm not a religious person. As a philosophy teacher, my go-to thinker was Spinoza, who once wrote that religion was created "to deceive the people and to constrain the minds of men" But I guess that if I had to pick one faith, the smiles of Buddhism I discovered throughout my Asian travels would be a nice change from the austere Protestantism of my native eastern France.