12th September 2019

U.S.A. – San Francisco and Yosemite

I can see why they’ve come. The mountain views are straight from Microsoft screensavers. El Capitan, a sheer towering rock face with pin pricks of intrepid (or stupid) climbers (they take up to three days to ascend).
16th December 2017


The water is azure, framed by the reef and some cliffs topped by ‘Two Lovers Point’.
15th December 2017

Northern Mariana Islands

Whole families committed ritual suicide onto the rocks, or into the boiling sea below, to avoid the shame of surrender to the Americans.
5th September 2017

U.S.A. – The Last States

My mission is to visit all fifty states. I have about ten to go, so I’ve booked four Amtrak rail journeys. That’s rather over covering my bets, but each of the blurbs said that their journey was the most scenic in the states.
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.
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.
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 December 2014

U.S. Virgin Islands

It’s all very pirates of the Caribbean, Road Town to Cruz Bay across the narrow diving channel and hugging the palm lined coast of the Virgin Islands National Park.
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.
1st September 2013

U.S.A. – Route 66

Today promises to be exciting. An Al Qaeda red alert and a severe weather warning for heavy rain in Missouri.
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 August 2008

U.S.A. – The Southern States

Atlanta- busiest airport in the world watching all the planes come in and out, three at a time .
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.
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