San Francisco 2016.
West Africa. c.1960-61. Left to right: Little sister, our friend Marie-Martine, and yours truly. En route to the islands. And swimming in the open sea on the way. The boat was a wooden contraption called a Pinasse. Slow, noisy and fab.
Brittany, home of my ancestors, half of them anyway. 2013. Not 100% sure, but this probably is Guérande, renowned for its salt. (Need to take notes)
Le Marais, Paris. 2014. Medusa, whose gaze could turn mortals into stone. Μέδουσα (Medousa) meant Guardian, protector. Interesting. In French it means jellyfish. Nasty beasts I once had a most unpleasant encounter with. Will post on it one o’ these days. This particular door and bronze probably date back to the 17th-18th century. I have taken countless photos, and I don’t know on which street it is. Ooops. Walk the Marais, and you’ll find it.
African fauna. Young cheetah, Masai Mara. 2011. (c)ourtesy Gini.
Mexican fauna. Tlalpan. 2016.
Near the Cardiology Hospital. Mexico city, Tlalpan. 2017.
More Mexican fauna. This is a Xoloitzcuintle. A hairless dog, raised for food by the Aztecs. (Yuk). A favourite pet of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Tlalpan street art. 2017. I know it is unpronounceable. try this one: Parangaricutirimicuaro.
“Prestamos din(ero)”. We loan money. Calzada de Tlapan Mexico city. 2017.
Ismailia, Suez Canal, Egypt. 1937. My father on Royal. He’d have been 19. My father, not the horse. WWII was only two years away. Note the – very English – head gear. Two reins. Make the horse turn with your little finger… Good position in the saddle. Riding short as Europeans do. My father was a good rider. I’m not sure where this was taken, whether at the house or at the club. There is another photo definitely taken at the Ismailia house. My grandmother – whose horse this was – was perfectly capable, as an India-born English woman to keep her horse at the house.
Under the volcano. See Malcom Lowry for further reference. Tlalpan. 2017. A mere eighty years after the previous photograph… A trifle innit?
Valparaiso, Chile. 2017. (c) Gini.
Circa 1969-70, based on the hair and dress. I was looking for an English bookstore closer to the new digs. Found that one. The owner was not there, only an attendant. Used book store. (Now I know where to donate mine) Yet, Faulkner seemed to be one of the most modern authors on the shelves. I like Faulkner, but the entire selection looked way too much like a part of my father’s library, which I already have. The only item of real interest was the photo of this young woman on the wall. Reminded me of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid. 🙂
“Apaga la TV.” Turn the TV off. Down below right, in yellow: “Tira el miedo.” Throw away the fear. Hey! I love that: “No fear. Turn the TV off.”
Captain and crew thank you so much for traveling Equinoxio’s Time-Space shuttle. Have a safe week. And turn the TV off. No fear.