Back in April, I wrote about that my brother had gotten himself a scanner that can scan negatives and slides. This was a good thing even for me, because he has sent me oodles of photos from my youth. I didn’t have any photos at all, and these are both of the city as it was in the 60’s and of people … family, friends and so on. It’s wonderful! I’ve really missed having pictures from my youth but now I have some. During my trip home about a month ago, I also managed to find the few paper photos I actually did have, and they will be scanned eventually.
Anyway, this evening I’m sitting here, looking at the black and white ones my brother has sent to me. Came across one, where I realized I took an almost identical shot myself last year, when I was there. It’s a very common view, so that’s not very strange — I just snapped it as I was sitting with a friend on McDonald’s outdoor space.It’s acutally a wharf, where you can tie up a boat — one of the few McDonald’s, I guess, you can go to by boat.
Here they are…
I remember all these old buildings very well, as it was shot in the 60’s. There were narrow alleys with cobblestone … just to the right, outside the picture, was the Seamen’s Mission, where my Mother was somehow involved — probably because my Father was at sea, I don’t know — and where there always were activities for Christmas. It’s amazing how many memories pop up, just by looking at a few, old buildings.
The city is located, partly, on an island, and this is the main bridge. There are other bridges too, because there are two channels. This, main bridge and one other, can be opened like you see in this shot, so that boats can pass instead of sailing around the whole island … very convenient for them — not so much for bus drivers, who have a time table to keep up with.