Travels from the past

My Grandmother (my last surviving grandparent) passed away in November 2009 and now a few months short of a year later my family is still going through her things. This pass weekend at her house I came across some old photographs of her and my Grandfather in the early 70’s on vacation in the Barbados.

It’s interesting to look at their photos and compare them to the travel photos of today. These were obviously taken on some kind of point and shoot camera, and not an SLR. There isn’t a single self taken photo. This type of photo has spread like wildfire on the internet since facebook and the invention of the digital camera. However they are still generally the same as any photo you or I might take. They are each in them, and they are of colorful things they saw, the people that live there and the activities they did on their trip.

Had I not taken these photos that day they may have been tossed out, but as I looked through them they intrigued me and made me ask questions. Where exactly were they on their trip? Who did they meet? What did they do? How long were they gone? and more. I plan on framing these pictures now and hanging them on the wallwith my travel photos. These I think will be my new kind of antique and hopefully we will find more.

I hope you like these photos too. Let me know what you think and if you have any similar photos.

Both looking very hip in their Island wear. My awesome Grandfather – Big Eric. My lovely Grandmother – Nanny Joy

The Jolly Roger Sailboat up close – can you spot the full moon?I can only assume they too went on the Jolly Roger and a did a little partying, but those photos have yet to surface.

My mother remembers hearing stories about them meeting a local lady named BeeBee who invited them into her house and had a big party. Apparently my grandparents became good friends with her and visited her again on other trips. Maybe that is her in the photo on the left? And next to it I can only assume is taken at some kind of parade in the center of the city?

Typical beach photo. Some things never change. Like the ocean with waves crashing on a beach. As long as there is a Barbados, that will always happen there.

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    September 22, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I wish my family traveled so I could have awesome photos like these.

    Maybe our Barbados honeymoon pics will be treasured like these in the future.

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    July 29, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    I love these! I’m on an old photo kick myself these days, and spent all day looking up old Rat Pack ones for my magazine. These travel ones are awesome — your grandparents rock!

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    Don Faust
    July 27, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    I love old photos also. That’s a project I keep trying to undertake – scanning all our old prints to digital, which will take forever.

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    September 2, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    I love old photos like this, I find it so odd to view my grandparents as they were young.

    And a beautiful beach is always a timeless photo.

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    September 1, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    These are awesome! Now you need to go to Barbados and try to find that house. :) Love your g-mom’s dress!!!

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    August 31, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    […] Travels From the Past: Cailin from Travel Yourself recently found photos from her grandparents’ trip to Barbados in the early 1970s.  I can relate because tonight I found my mom’s album of her solo jaunt through Europe when she was 20!  It’s really interesting to view travel from a different point in history. […]

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    August 30, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Finding old photos like these is always really cool. Like a little glimpse into history or something. It looks like your grandparents were pretty good photographers!

    I did a post similar to this one a while back, after I found some old photos of my grandma, dad and uncle in Europe in the 1960s. They went mostly to Czechoslvakia, which doesn’t even exist anymore, so it’s really interesting to me.

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