13th August 2017

American Samoa

In the departure lounge in Apia a cynically pessimistic little Chinese man carries out a running commentary on how most Samoans need two seats and won’t be able to exit the plane door without pushing each other out.
11th September 2017


It’s not the Caribbean, but today is very humid and it feels like the Caribbean. It looks sort of like the Caribbean, but an incredibly manicured, affluent version. There is no evident poverty. The hills are lined with pastel coloured houses and mansions with immaculate gardens and lawns.
14th September 2013


The train chugs past hills that gradually increase in height to mountains capped with the first snow of the winter, turquoise rivers and endless fir trees mingled with birch and aspen.These are turning a golden yellow and when the sun peeps out, as it does on occasion, the views are glorious. Unfortunately, there is still some rain as well. There are very few inhabitants, just the odd lumberjack at a saw mill or floating logs or a farmhand feeding the pigs and a sprinkle of log cabins
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
29th June 2011

U.S.A. – Alaska

Alaska is so gorgeous I’m almost lost for words. The weather is beautiful, most of the time, except when it comes to trying to spot elusive Denali (Mount McKinley).
30th December 2004

U.S.A. – Florida

I’ve still got jet lag, it’s pitch black outside and we’re on the edge of the Florida Everglades. Yesterday they hauled an alligator out of next-door’s pond. Suffice it to say I’m not venturing out on my own.
15th August 2017

U.S.A. – Hawaii

The sand is golden and the clear blue sea is swarming with surfers, paddles and boards. I don’t know how they manage to manoeuvre the boards at all. Surely you must get taken out as soon as you set off it’s so crowded out there.
12th January 2016

U.S.A. – Miami

I have a night in Miami before I transfer to Haiti. More pastel buildings but this time art deco on South Beach. It’s about as hip as it gets.
15th September 2013

U.S.A. – New England in the Fall

Indian summer has returned to New England and by some extraordinary good luck I have managed to hit peak fall foliage. Sunset is painted all along the verges and reflected in the still green water.