Portugal, 1987

AUGUST 1987 – A red Mercedes Benz 220 D /8 has been parked next to a road in central Portugal. Photo © by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

The story behind the image

1987. My very first genuine holiday trip brought me and my girlfriend all the way from Northern Germany through France and Spain to Portugal. We did not worry about anything at all. Not about the distance of 3,100 km (1,900 mi)? Not about the money as we did not need much. So we took our old, sturdy Mercedes Benz 220 D /8 from 1976 and drove. And drove. And then drove some more. Non stop.

Our route in Spain lead us from Donostia San Sebastian – Burgos – Salamanca – Badajoz where we crossed the Spanish-Portuguese border. Why am I telling you this? Well, because you look at a photo where I do not exactly know where I took it. (Yeah, one of these, I hear you say.) I remember that it is in Portugal, definitely, probably one of the smaller roads between Elvas and Beja.

Anyway, at that point in time we were super excited to be in Portugal. There was virtually no traffic on those smaller cross-country roads, it was comfortably warm (if not hot) and quiet, and we would be just hours from our final destination, the Algarve coast.

A nice memory that I wanted to share with you.

The high resolution image

Capture DateAugust 1987
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image Source13 x 18 cm Print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions8675 x 5973 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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