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
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

The island is extraordinarily pretty with craggy peaks. My beach bungalow faces the most picture perfect lagoon straight out of the paradise catalogue with little islets (called motus) a reef (with crashing waves that sound like an aeroplane that never quite manages to land) and the obligatory white sand and bendy palm trees.
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
31st August 1996

China – Through the Middle

My first trip to China (if you don’t count Hong Kong) was in the nineties. This was pre-digital camera when the images are scanned from old prints, so they are a little grey and dull. That’s pretty well how the weather was when I was there- and the smog. It was really a good route right up through the middle, with a wiggle to the west and Sichuan/Yunnan) taking in all the major tourist sights. In those days touring was still very controlled and there was a lot of army surveillance, hotels were dubious and the many diverse sights amazing
22nd May 1997

Malaysia – Borneo

Malaysia is unexpectedly orderly compared to much of Asia. And very British.