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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Appetizing Art Deco

Spain 2018-03-16 16:01:42

Wandering the narrow streets of Peniscola, a village in eastern Spain, I stumbled upon this quaint — if kitsch — house. Not only did it get me wondering how long it took to plaster all the shells on the facade, but I could almost smell the plates of seafood paella that came first!

Memories Of Mechanics Past

Morocco 2018-03-13 16:27:15

This photograph of a mechanic working in the rain in the coastal Moroccan city of El Jadida was shot from the hip. Discovering this image also takes me back to a trip 20 years earlier in Tunisia, one of the only times I ever needed to get my car repaired in 60+ years of travels.

Indonesian Shade

Indonesia 2018-03-06 17:33:25

These are the Indonesian guards of His Majesty's Kraton Guard Regiment, keeping an eye on the Royal Palace of Yogyakarta. But unlike some of their counterparts I chanced upon across the globe, they weren't that imperturbable: The fellow on the right gave me a long, hard sideward glance as I took his picture.

In Case Of War, Remove Glass

France 2018-03-02 16:10:40

Some of the stunning stained glass panels from France's Cathedral de Chartres date back to the 12th century. And if I was able to see — and photograph — them, I've got to thank the people who had the good idea of removing and stashing them away during both World War I and World War II.

Where Beauty Was Born

Cyprus 2018-02-27 13:49:19

According to legend, the rocks of Petra tou Romiou in southwestern Cyprus, is where the Greek goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite, was born. I'll spare you the full (and quite graphic) myth of her birth — it may spoil the serenity of this coastline.

The Coral Temptation

Italy 2018-02-23 16:08:31

My wife Claudine wasn't immune to the charms of the stunning red coral jewelry made by artisans in the northwest part of the Italian island of Sardinia. If memory serves, she bought a bracelet at that very shop. With time, the brand of film I was using back then gave my Sardinian series, fittingly enough, a kind of coral tinge.

Neither German Norwegian

Norway 2018-02-20 13:28:07

I speak German, so I'm no stranger to the way some languages will simply slap words together. Stopping at this yurt-looking visitor office on my drive up north through Norway, I eventually realized that the apparent gibberish Polarsirkelsenteret meant "The Polar Circle Centre."

Still, neither German nor Norwegian has got anything on neighboring Finnish. I'm done.

Surfing Salesman

China 2018-02-16 13:53:02

Marvel all you want at Californian surfers, but this one-man Li River retailer on his bamboo raft is the real deal.

Guatemalan Open Carry

Guatemala 2018-02-13 16:12:58

Just a friendly walk by the pier? Perhaps. The machetes, or "coupe-coupe" as we French call them, are a multi-purpose tool, and were ubiquitous through much of our Central American travels. But looking back at this scene was also a chilly reminder that Guatemala was, and still is, one of the most violent countries in the world.