2nd December 1979

France – to and through

France has more tourists than any other country in the world and I’ve visited it more often than any other country in the world.
30th November 1980

Italy – There and back again, early journeys

We consumed delicious calamari in a delightful side street restaurant. Gondolas were ruled out, on the grounds of cost, but the arias that accompanied the tourists with money to burn wafted past us.
11th September 1988

China – Tibet

The bus breaks down frequently. When it does the drivers disappear underneath, burnishing spanners and more Tibetans appear miraculously and help to get it on its way again. If our bus runs smoothly the road is blocked by other buses or trucks that have broken down, often tipping ominously to one side.
7th September 1990

U.S.A. – Across the Pond – Early Journeys

Strolling through Tribeca, Battery Park, Greenwich Village, Soho (little French restaurants) and up Broadway through Times Square to the Bronx
24th September 1990

Israel

Over the Allenby Bridge and into Israel. The wait at immigration isn’t too bad
24th September 1990

Palestine

Mexico has 32 UNESCO world heritage sites and an astonishing history. I was really looking forward to visiting.
22nd November 1990

Germany – Passing Through

A German guy carried my bag onto the boat and gave me some of his bottled beer- Lowenbrau. I didn’t like it much.
13th September 1991

New Zealand – North Island

Rotarua is another mandatory stop in New Zealand. The geysers are prolific, exhilarating and stink of sulphur.
21st September 1991

Australia – Classic Tour

I booked a cheap hotel in Kings Cross and found out why it was such a good deal when I got there. I knew nothing about Kings Cross (it’ the red light district area) and when I arrived a guy was standing in the doorway wearing a leather mini and a blonde wig. I got take away and stuck a chair under the door handle.