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Backup Power Source. Old American Base, Gournes (Γούρνες, Κρήτη) Crete.

18-01-2010 · Comments (8)
Categories: Crete  Hasselblad SWC/M  Kodak Ektar  

Another from the disused, almost secret, American base at Gournes (Γούρνες) Crete. A part of the complex that I had never entered. I thought it was where they generated the power for the base, but, I have since been put right by my good friend Roy in Nebraska, he served there for many years and informs me that the base took power from the Greeks and this was in case they lost Greek power. In my experience this was probably happening all the time at certain times of the year! Much of the equipment had been removed but the very heavy stuff, although stripped of wire etc, was still there. Fortunately, this place hadn't been used as a toilet like most places here, but, as you can see it has its own set of hazards. Not the place to be wandering backwards with a camera in hand. Anyway here is an aerial view. You can clearly see the masts in the centre of the photo and the remainder of the base surrounding it.

Rue Lepic
Dans l'marché qui s'éveill'
Dès le premier soleil,
Sur les fruits et les fleurs
Vienn'nt danser les couleurs
Rue Lepic
Voitur's de quatr' saisons

Offrent tout à foison
Tomat's roug's, raisins verts,
Melons d'or z'et prim'vèr's
Au public,
Et les cris des marchands
S'entremêl'nt en un chant
Et le murmur' des commer's
Fait comme le bruit d'la mer
Rue Lepic,
Et ça grouille et ça vit
Dans cett' vieill' rue d'Paris

"Rue Lepic" (Les Feuilles Mortes) - Yves Montand

Vivian Maier

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