Saturday, May 21, 2022

And another

Old favorite, that is. In 1989, Ken and I drove from Grenoble through Provence and the Pays d'Oc, spending nights in Nîmes and Castelnaudary, then westward through Toulouse for another night in Bergerac. After that, we skirted around Bordeaux, headed up through Médoc to the Atlantic coast and stayed a night in the seaside town of Soulac-sur-Mer. Then we headed up to the Pointe de Grave (why is there no accent grave on the word grave?) to take a ferry across the Gironde estuary, a distance of about 6.5 km or 4 miles, to Royan. Just after leaving the ferry terminal, we saw this:

Seen on the jetty at the Pointe de Grave. Digitized color slide, 1989.

Our road trip continued northerly to Cognac, Saintes, Poitiers, Chartres, and on to Paris. Interestingly, we actually drove through Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher on our way north that year. We took little notice, having no idea that we'd end up moving here in 2003, fourteen years later.


  1. At first, I thought it was a blockhaus of the Atlantic Wall (WWII)

  2. Another great old photo. What IS that structure on the left?

  3. That was quite a nice road trip!

    1. It was, Evelyn. The year before (1988) I had been invited to speak at a computer conference in Grenoble. Walt came over and we spent a long weekend in Paris before flying back to San Francisco. The surprise was that the conference organizers gave me a check for about a thousand dollars. I had no idea I would be paid.

      In 1989 I was invited back again. This time I knew I'd get paid so Walt flew over and took the TGV down to Grenoble as the conference was ending. I got my check, we rented a car, and we drove south to Montpellier, west to Bordeaux, and from there north back to Paris. I was working as an editor at a computer magazine and Walt was a student a Berkeley, so we didn't have a lot of money back then. Without the check from the conference we wouldn't have taken such a trip at that point.

  4. All the different lines, angles and shapes in this photo blend very well. Great road trip.

  5. Great set of photos here the last few days.I'm getting caught up with both your photos and Ken's. What a comprehensive trip you took in 1989!

  6. chm, I think it is... not sure.

    evelyn, yes! Ken said it all.

    bettyann, it was a good time seeing lots of places I hadn't before.

    kiwi, thanks! Good memories. :)

  7. What a great photo. I love your photography.


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