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A different kind of travelogue. As an avid young traveller I often wondered what would it would be like when I got older, gathered commitments, created children and accrued debt. This is what it's like.

Grand Tour #43; Inverary & Loch Fyne

It is our last day in Scotland and I am not happy. Scotland has been a treat, a real treat. It is not as if I didn’t know that it … Continue reading

17/05/2016 · Leave a comment

Grand Tour #42; The Caledonian Canal or Avoiding the Wrath of Cape Wrath.

It was mostly pouring rain. We had some nice country to look at when it wasn’t pouring rain. When it was pouring rain we washed ourselves of the smell of … Continue reading

26/03/2016 · Leave a comment

Grand Tour #39; The Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Way up north, past where the north is genuinely north, up where northern England is further north than southern Scotland, there is a little island. A holy island. It is … Continue reading

26/01/2016 · 8 Comments

Grand Tour #38; Rainbows in Hebden Bridge.

Rainbows in Hebden Bridge After a day on the Regents Canal and a hilarious night with old friends in Angel we had to move north. We had planned to stay … Continue reading

17/01/2016 · Leave a comment

Grand Tour #37; Grand Re-Union Canal

I used to live here. A lifetime ago. For 5 years I lived on a Narrowboat, in Kingsland Basin, in London’s inner North East. I lived in an area called De … Continue reading

07/01/2016 · 3 Comments

Grand Tour #30; Musée du quai Branly. Why and where from?

Paris. We walked. We talked. We reached our destination. Musée du quai Branly. Quai Branly is a Museum. It is an interesting Museum with an interesting story behind it. A … Continue reading

11/11/2015 · Leave a comment

Grand Tour #29; Sarkozy, Clichy and Justice for all.

There are few inevitable things in this world. We have death. We have taxes and we have the seeming unstoppable wave of gentrification that spreads inexorably outwards in the capitals … Continue reading

04/11/2015 · 1 Comment

Grand Tour #25 Dazed and Confused on the backstreets of Saigon.

It is 06:00 am. We’ve trundled through the night on another epic train trip. Our last in Vietnam. I had one too many cold beers staring out the window, watching … Continue reading

07/10/2015 · Leave a comment

Top Ten Travel Tips for Families on Overnight Trains in Vietnam (Grand Tour #24)

Top Ten Train Travel Tips for Families in Overnight Sleeper Trains in Vietnam. Hue to Saigon. We are off again on our fifth sleeper experience. This has become a family … Continue reading

01/08/2015 · 2 Comments

Grand Tour #23 Looking Out. Looking in.

Looking out. Looking in. There are temples, there are graves. There are boats, there are waves. My daughter, Aoife, and I left the rest of the family behind for a … Continue reading

29/07/2015 · Leave a comment

Grand Tour #22; Museum. Peace.

Museum Piece. Museum. Peace. There is no shortage of museums in Vietnam. They have buildings. They have history. They have exhibits. They have largely been set up by the vestiges … Continue reading

04/07/2015 · 2 Comments

Grand Tour #21; Fear of Food. Fear of Tours.

A Fear of Food. A Fear of Tours. After nearly four weeks in Vietnam I got over my fear of tours. The Tour I was willing to risk was a special … Continue reading

30/06/2015 · Leave a comment

Grand Tour 2015; Planning, Planning.

It’s a week to go. We head off on a 5-6 month Asian & European adventure. Dominique, the kids & I. Packing has started. Thinking about packing has been a … Continue reading

06/04/2015 · Leave a comment

Short Trip Report #1; Melbourne

Just back from Melbourne. I’ve been low on Urban Exposure in recent months. It was excellent. 10 days duration. 1 bag. Tom Binh TriStar. Carry on compatible. It was all … Continue reading

07/09/2013 · Leave a comment

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