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.

The Blue Carpet Of Cannes

France 2017-05-23 11:04:31

Right now, with the 70th edition of the annual Film Festival underway, those 24 iconic steps of the Grand Auditorium in Cannes are strictly off-limits to the general public. Just a few days before the 60th edition, the carpet was still blue and anyone could proudly mount those steps in whatever off-the-rack outfit they might choose. And a photographer — just one — was there to capture it all. See more slides from My Grand-Père's World here.

Golden Russia

Russia 2017-05-18 10:36:42

The banks of the Neva River in Saint Petersburg were glistening like gold during this beautiful summer sunset. You can see the extra shine in Saint Isaac's Cathedral, which may be because its dome is plated with pure gold. See more sides from My Grand-Père's World here.

Unsinkable Legend

United States 2017-05-16 12:42:38

That's no gator — this here is Captain Nemo's mighty Nautilus, born from French 19th-century author Jules Verne's imagination. About as soon as I learned to read, I'd immerse myself in Captain Nemo's adventures aboard this futuristic submarine, in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and The Mysterious Island. Later, when I was in high school, the science-fiction pioneer wasn't worth more than two lines in my literature manual. Millions of readers worldwide — and Walt Disney World visitors — knew better. See more slides from My Grand-Père's World here.

Cheeky Shiva

Nepal 2017-05-11 11:16:07

There are Hindu deities everywhere you look along the streets of the Nepalese capital. Here, wood-carved figures of Shiva and Parvati keep an eye on Kathmandu's Durbar Square. Notice Shiva's strategically placed left hand. See mores slides from My Grand-Père's World here.

Gaelic Landmark

United Kingdom 2017-05-09 10:53:36

High crosses like this one were a regular feature along the road whenever we drove through the Celtic areas of Europe — like Brittany, Wales, or here in Cornwall. See more slides from My Grand-Père's World.

Worth Every Step

France 2017-05-04 13:52:35

Climbing 400 or so stairs is all it took my wife Claudine and I to get to mingle with the gargoyles at the top of the Notre Dame cathedral, and enjoy an breathtaking view of Paris — including Montmartre and the Sacré-Coeur basilica. See more slides from My Grand-Père's World here.

Syrian Water Wheels Keep On Turning

Syria 2017-05-02 13:48:33

Like much of the rest of the country, Syria's fourth-largest city, Hama, has been left victim of the brutal civil war repeatedly over the past six years. Still, its most prized antiquities, these big Byzantine-era norias that keep water turning, are still standing. The same, sadly, cannot be said in Palmyra. See more slides from My Grand-Père's World here.

Head Over Heels

Bulgaria 2017-04-27 17:45:02

Photography works in mysterious ways. This frozen moment of some graceful Bulgarian folk dancers in Varna somehow looks terribly clumsy. See more slides from My Grand-Père's World here.

The Ghost Of Capitals Past

India 2017-04-24 18:52:31

The city of Fatehpur Sikri, founded in 1569 near Agra, served briefly as the capital of the Mughal Empire before it was abandoned, mainly for water scarcity reasons, only 16 years later. It's one of India's best preserved ghost towns. See more slides from My Grand-Père's World here.

Opera House Surprise

Brazil 2017-04-20 11:12:38

In the heart of the rainforest, in a place which for a long time was only accessible by boat, stands the improbable Teatro Amazonas, built during the late 19th-century rubber boom. See more slides from My Grand-Père's World here.