Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles County General Hospital, 1950’s

The County Hospital, costing 13 million dollars, is one of the largest and best equipped in the world. There are 123 buildings on 56 acres of ground. An average 4 thousand patients are treated daily.

(This particular building was finished in 1933, and was converted to office space. A new $1 billion dollar building opened in 2008.)

Treasure Island, Fiji

Treasure Island, Fiji

April, 1981

I did not get a chance to visit this island this trip but it is the one I visited by sailing ship in 1970.

Fiji is very nice! I would like to come back and spend a holiday here.


16 km south west of Lautoka, Treasure Island is casual elegance in lush, tropical surroundings. Ultra-modern Fijian accommodation with private beach and lagoon view.

Notre Dame, Paris

Notre-Dame et le Jardin de l’Archeveche. “Vu du ciel par Alain Perceval”

Den Haag, January, 1983

Isn’t this a good photo? So much nice detail. Our guests left yesterday and we have been sleeping mostly since. I think they had a good time and got a bit “educated”. We hope you had a good trip to California and that you are back with a new lease on life. We missed you on our trip.


(The roof was destroyed by fire in 2019. Restoration is due to begin soon.)

Here I am in front of Notre Dame in 1999.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

July, 1975

We arrived here yesterday noon by plane and our friends drove in about 5 pm after a pleasant trip down. They leave by plane this afternoon to return home. This is a beautiful area – nice weather. Wish you were here!!


Albuquerque, New Mexico. “The Duke City”. Night falls over the largest City in the State. Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway, longest clear span in North America. Shops and restaurants in Albuquerque’s Old Town Plaza. Sandia Mountains seen from downtown Albuquerque. Sandia Crest reaches a height of 10,678 feet.

Interesting fact, the city was named for the Viceroy of New Spain (1706), Francisco V (5th) Fernandez de la Cueva Enruquez y Fernandez de la Cueva, the 10th Duke of Albuquerque and Marquess of Cuellar. That’s a long name. Apparently the city was in the northern part of “New Spain”. The United States claimed the territory in 1846.

Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Abidjan – Le plateau, le boulevard lagunaire

July, 1991

My dears,

Abidjan is as glitzy as ever, and after 5 days of rain and mud up to here in Bamako, it’s ok for a little R & R! This has been a hard working but heavily nostalgic trip. I’ve been wined and dined by old friends in Dakar, Bamako and here. What happy memories it brings back!

Much love

Saint-Raphael, France

La Cote d’Azur, La plage et la Terrasse des Bains

June, 1973

You can imagine the beautiful view our room has. It is delightful weather – the Mediterranean is so blue today. Walked across the road and down to the beach this morning – we all got a little sunburned, I’m afraid. Have been resting and washing our clothes this afternoon. We looked through some of the shops and all had delicious pizza later.


Here I am sun bathing in my new French bathing suit on the beach in Saint-Raphael.

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