Reminiscing..the Calanques of Provence

I was looking at Julie Klene’s blog at Petit Pas de Juls the other day, on a return visit, and she had me visiting the Calanques.

Had me reminiscing, and in my comment on her blog, I said that I would post my old images from the Calanques….in 1990. So here we are.

I recall a very hot, bright May day. We were near Cassis, on the Mediterranean coast of France, and I know we also visited Le Ciotat (that’s for another day, lovely place). The Calanques are inlets a little like fjords, I suppose, all limestone rock, fragrant pine trees, and vistas of sparkling sea. It seems that we visited Calanque de Port Miou, and En Vau judging by the images on Julie’s site. But as it is nigh on quarter of a century ago, I can’t say…..I rarely took notes back then.

So, I have had a rummage through the archives, and scanned some slides in. Alas, it appears I didn’t compensate anywhere near enough for the bright glare off all that limestone rock on a very sunny day around noon (I would guess), so the original images were considerably underexposed. Back in those days of film, you didn’t know until you returned from hoIiday as to how your images would turn out! Also, the Canon FTb I was using did have a slightly temperamental exposure meter! I have had a go at adjusting them, but there isn’t as much leeway as there would be with a digital RAW image!!

So, here are those images from 1990, it’s been a great trip down memory lane for me….thanks Juls!



  1. Sonel

    Great memories and shots Sue. 😀

  2. Underexposed or whatever, it still looks a lovely place, Sue. 🙂

  3. Great shots! “underexposed” what a nonsense! it gives them that eerie look that I truly enjoy seeing in some older pictures… and that “memory” touch!
    I’m happy I could help you dig them up in the shoe box! 😉 it was well worth the detour!
    Thank YOU, Sue!

  4. I love this part of the world! Thanks for the reminder

  5. Looks like a very nice place.

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