I set foot off my island home in the summer of 1970 and by 1971 had arrived in South Africa. In 1972 moved to Rhodesia (as was), Botswana and Mocambique. Early 73 moved up overland through southern, east and north east Africa - Cape to Cairo.
In 1974 again journeyed overland across Europe to India via the Middle East and the Arabian Gulf- Donegal to Delhi following a route skirting the Adriatic, Aegean, eastern Mediterranean, Gulf of Aquaba, Arabian/Persian Gulf. Later that year returned, taking a northern route along the Caspian and Black Seas, to Ireland.
Travel then took a back seat as the need to earn a living and family life moved centre stage. Happily, since 2008, now on the road again.
Since then travel has been mostly in Europe. Special interests include Greek civilization and its impact on our way of life; the very visible influence of the mighty Roman Empire; locations of significant people and events in the European story as seen through UNESCO World Heritage sites; the Renaissance; Modernism, especially architecture and art; 20th century highlights eg.TGV.
Try to read a location literary association eg. Emelia Romagna - Inferno (Dante), Thuringia- Faust (Goethe), Sicily- The Leopard (di Lampedusa), North Rhine Westphalia- All Quiet on the Western Front (Remarque).
-We shall not cease from exploration,
And the end of all our exploring,
Will be to arrive where we started,
And know the place for the first time-
T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets.
I am inclined to agree with Samuel Beckett that we ... wander the world trying to make sense of its ways and work out what we are supposed to do. In the end, it seems, there is nothing to be done except to keep going.
My Favorite Places:
Rome, New York, Okavango Delta, Bagamoyo Beach under a full moon, Tsavo, Lake Nasser, Golden Temple, Matterhorn, Venice, Matera, Val de Noto, Chamonix, Potsdam, Minsk in the autumn, Santorini, Dessau (Bauhaus).