1943 Willys Jeep – 1950s Hotchkiss M201

This beautifully restored Jeep from World War II is on display at the Fernandina Beach airport terminal lobby. (Amelia Island, Florida)

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Wonderful attention to detail throughout – a stunning vehicle and a part of US-French history.

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Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Souvenirs de la France – 1986

Just some souvenirs from my ever so short time in the South of France in 1986.

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Cannes to Monaco-Monte Carlo.

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Cannes to Marseille.

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Marseille to Gap.

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There’s tired and then there’s Sailor tired! After a long day of sightseeing and a few local beers… the long train trip back to Cannes from Monte Carlo.

Thanks for your visit!

Chris

Marseille to Sisteron & Gap by Train – 1986

As part of my ship’s port visit to Cannes, France, I was able to take an all too short trip to Marseille from Cannes and then on to Sisteron. Not quite the full French Alps but close. A charming little town with some nice views of the mountains. Unfortunately I had to be on the next train heading back south so I at best had only an hour to walk about.

The quality of the scans are not the best as satin paper does not scan well at any resolution. All images were taken with my Canon F-1 (1978 Version) on Kodak Kodacolor negative film.

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Marseille train station?

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Pretty sure that this was at the train station in Sisteron. Although I could have made it all the way to Gap.

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I didn’t take notes as I shot these images – 31 years later I can’t recall exactly where they were in Sisteron or were they in Gap?

All the best and thanks for your visit! Oh by the way, if you recognize any of the scenes please let me know where they are. Thanks

Chris

Côte d’Azur 1986… Cannes and Monte-Carlo

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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.

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Unfortunately I can’t place this building in Cannes.

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

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Making good use of every square meter.

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

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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!

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City view of Monte Carlo.

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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!

Chris

Monaco – Monte-Carlo 1986

Some recently found images from a short stop in Monaco and the French Riviera in September 1986. Original images are from my Canon F-1 on Kodacolor film – scanned with a Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II. The prints are on satin finish paper which does not scan well – at all!

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Casino de Monte-Carlo.

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Monaco police caught in casual mode.

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Monaco

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The TVG that I did not take from Marseille to Paris!

At the casino, I was invited for a change of clothing as my casual American attire was too casual for the likes of the casino. Nice clothes – and they were happy to store my camera gear for me and watched us US Navy Sailors like hawks!

Wonderful port visit overall – we were anchored out off the coast of Cannes along the French Riviera and travelled to Nice and Monte Carlo.

Thanks for your visit!

Chris