Photographer's Note

Unlike our friend Gert, I'm afraid that I am not blessed with having access to a fine time machine like his - but I certainly have recently been looking through some old photographs and colour slides which I took quite a few years ago.

Fifty-four years ago, in July, 1965, I was just seventeen years old and was fortunate to travel on a two week cruise aboard the MS Dunera, a WWII troop ship, refitted after the War as an educational cruise ship before she was finally scrapped in 1968. Organised across several schools in our area, our cruise docked at ports in France, Spain, Portugal and Morocco - quite an adventure for a group of naive teenagers, very few of whom had ever left Britain in their short and sheltered lives.

This is Lisbon's famous Praça do Comércio, commonly but rather curiously known in English as "Black Horse Square", with the prominent and imposing equestrian statue of King José I riding forth and symbolically crushing any snakes foolish enough to be found lying in his path.

Behind the little trio of ladies walking towards the camera is the enormous and equally impressive Arco da Rua Augusta, a richly decorated arched monument built to commemorate the city's reconstruction after the 1775 earthquake.

If you click on Map: view (or if you enter these co-ordinates into Google maps: 38.706985, -9.135566), you should be able to see where I was standing when I took this picture 54 years ago. Interestingly, no cars now appear to be allowed to park in this square which also, if you follow Google's little yellow man, appears to have been "smartened up" quite a lot since I was there, the buildings facing us now painted a bright yellow/ochre rather than the dull green of half a century ago.

I have copied this image from a Kodachrome colour slide which I took using my simple little Voigtländer Vito B camera which I still have - and which still works!

Please click here for a larger version of this photograph on "beta" TE.

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1985 W: 427 N: 7659] (30513)
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