Côte d’Azur 1986… Cannes and Monte-Carlo


Wonderful port visit for my US Navy ship, the USS Forrestal (CV-59) in the summer of 1986 during our Mediterranean Cruise. The aircraft carrier (Forrestal) anchored out just off the coast and the Sailors would ride liberty boats or local ferries to the docks (Fleet Landing).  The above image was taken on one of those boats (as were all the images in this post) with my Canon F-1 (1978 Version) with various Canon lenses on Kodak Kodacolor film. These images are scanned with a Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II but the quality of the pictures just isn’t there. The paper that these were printed on was high quality Kodak satin finish paper, but after 31 years the colors have shifted and no amount of post production can bring them back. I need to find the negatives and give those a try. Satin finish paper is always hard to scan from.


Unfortunately I can’t place this building in Cannes.


The Hotel de Ville just off of the Promenade de la Pantiero in southwest Cannes.


Making good use of every square meter.


The Grand Hotel Martinez along the Boulevard de la Croisette, Cannes.


Standing near 4 Rue Louis Blanc looking north. The Google street view today looks exactly the same after 30 years. On the right is the famous Ernest Traiteur which also has some wonderful pastries too!


City view of Monte Carlo.


Casino de Monte-Carlo, Monaco.

As always our US Navy port visits were short and well deserved. Who could ask for a better place to be in the summer than the French Riviera! I would love to travel back there someday and really explore the coast.

Thanks for your visit!


2 thoughts on “Côte d’Azur 1986… Cannes and Monte-Carlo

  1. Memories… It was round about that time I visited Monte Carlo too – my first and only visit! Found it a bit too crammed for my taste – these tall buildings with balconies – too much concrete with no real charm. In contrast with that old part of the city you captured in your photos!

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    1. It was a wonderful experience but I too felt a bit cramped. The waterfront and beaches are amazing and the weather was incredible.
      Thank you for your comments. I was surprised at how I was able to trace my steps around Cannes using Google street view. The buildings haven’t changed in over 30 years!

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