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En route south

En route south

Friday was busy packing for 6 weeks in Argentina, Antarctica and Chile, working on a ship. The start of my day was made extra special by Rosalie and Susie Crutchley (Strange) very graciously giving me three of Jack’s beloved Bonsais. A wonderful link to a quite...

Back across the Drake Passage would you believe

Back across the Drake Passage would you believe

Following on from my last post, we had a frantic day in Ushuaia yesterday. It was sad bidding farewell to 170 guests, many of whom had become friends. The atmosphere within this last complement of passengers was fantastic. Ed Sheeran's party were reluctant to leave...

Going South to Antarctica

Going South to Antarctica

Ushuaia ~ 8th December 2019 With great excitement I find myself back in Ushuaia, southern Patagonia, about to embark on a month in Antarctica with A&K, not having done so since 2017. The SA Airlink official in Pietermaritzburg at 5.45am wanted to try and book my...

Travels to southern Patagonia

Travels to southern Patagonia

With great excitement I find myself back in Ushuaia, southern Patagonia, about to embark on a month in Antarctica with A&K, not having done so since 2017. The SA Airlink official in Pietermaritzburg at 5.45am wanted to try and book my luggage through to Ushuaia -...

November musings

November musings

Our last blog was sent from Montreal before flying to Kangerlussuaq in south-western Greenland to board an expedition ship, to sail the infamous North-West Passage. Connectivity onboard prevented our sending daily blogs, unfortunately, despite my preparing one for the...

Northwest Passage ~ Greenland

Northwest Passage ~ Greenland

North West Passage on Le Boreal All A&K’s guests spent a wonderful two or three nights at Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, enjoying the beautiful city in glorious sunshine. The walking tours and bus tours were thoroughly enjoyed by all who participated....

Reflections at sea

Reflections at sea

As we prepare to leave Crystal Symphony in Vancouver, it is difficult to believe how quickly these two months have flown by. It has exceeded expectations on almost every level. The cherry on top was a Humpback Whale on the surface with her calf, very close to the ship...

Alaskan Summer musings

Alaskan Summer musings

Alaska is experiencing an unusually dry, warm summer, with wildfires raging in the interior. In the South-East, onboard the sublime Crystal Symphony, our lives have been unaffected. In fact, the weather has been incredibly kind practically every day. Karen has made an...

Cruising in Life

Cruising in Life

Our lives were proceeding swimmingly in 2019, until Sunday 5 May. I shared those momentous changes in my last blog, including cancellation of the UK lecture tour at the 11th hour. Fate has smiled upon us, and we find ourselves cruising the Alaskan panhandle onboard...

Closing doors

Closing doors

It is often said that when one door closes, another opens. On Sunday 5 May, as many of you know, I smashed the front tyre of my motorbike on a pothole outside Kokstad, and fell badly. Almost ironic, given 2000km of riding over the previous 5 days with 12 friends over...

Considering health being wealth

Considering health being wealth

It is 4 weeks since my knee surgery following my motorbike accident on 5 May. Four weeks of serious introspection, and especially to count one’s blessings. Given the possibilities I consider myself extremely fortunate to have escaped alive, without head, neck or...

Yes we can

Yes we can

When approached to speak on a cruise which began on my birthday in Durban, we leapt at the opportunity. Stops including PE, Cape Town, Luderitz, Walvis, St Helena, Ascension and ending for us in Dakar, Senegal. What a time it has been onboard the recently refitted...

Wonderfully busy days

Wonderfully busy days

Thankfully dam levels across the country are generally better than they have been over the past 4 or 5 years, most are some way from full with winter not far off. Areas across the country still desperate for rain - Grahamstown in dire straits. The battlefields have...

January is almost over

January is almost over

Today being the 140th anniversary of the Battles of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift provides much food for thought. After David Rattray invited me in 2000 to join him sharing stories on these famous battlefields, the rest as they say is history. These stories having...

Road tripping

Road tripping

Last year World RallyX championships were held in Cape Town for the first time. I came to see the likes of Kristoffersen, Loeb and Sjolberg race their 4x4 cars which accelerate from 0-100 in 2,5 seconds. It was a magical weekend, petrol-head heaven. I booked...

This year is almost over

This year is almost over

After our extraordinary trip to the UK, Italy, Paris and the Somme, we hit the ground running back home. A BA captain brought his family on tour, including his son-in-law who has never been to Africa previously. Observing the delight and wonder of this young man...

Reflections on France

Reflections on France

After an outrageously good time in Italy, we flew to Paris. The weather was fantastic, so we walked from the Bastille past Notre Dame and the Louvre, all the way to the Eiffel Tower. Being Sunday Parisians were out in droves, enjoying their open areas, the sidewalk...

Italy thoughts

Italy thoughts

Italy has been a revelation on so many levels. Litter, what litter? The places we have visited have been spotlessly free of litter. Elevation. So many towns and villages are situated on hilltops or high on hillsides. We are unsure whether this has to do with...

Florence, Pisa and Tuscany

Florence, Pisa and Tuscany

Florence has a population of 400 000, yet hosts 7 million tourists annually. I wonder how that makes a local feel, especially pulling a grocery trolley along the cobbled, narrow sidewalks wrestling hordes of foreigners? Nevertheless, we pulled our cases along the same...

Venice a city of dreams

Venice a city of dreams

After what has been our best UK lecture tour in history, there is so much to be grateful for. We took the train south from Edinburgh to Reading, yet still racked up 1800 miles or 2880 km in the burnt orange Citroen C3. The past week found us in Suffolk, York,...

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