Are Railways in Peril?

National Rail Networks :: A Look Back in Time The world’s first national rail networks were constructed in Britain, with the first inter-city line connecting the industrial midland city Manchester with the port of Liverpool in 1830. So, are you wondering, which country forged a national rail network next?  France? Sweden, the United States? ItContinue reading “Are Railways in Peril?”

Footsteps of the Saint-Simonians in Cairo

When I visited Cairo in 2013 the Arab Spring had not yet devolved to utter bloody chaos throughout the region, though anyone could see the trend.  In Cairo I sought the Franciscan Friars’ Oriental Studies Library intent on researching the pioneering men and women who traveled from France to Egypt in 1833-34 with Barthélemy ProsperContinue reading “Footsteps of the Saint-Simonians in Cairo”

Exploring Female Adventurers at London’s Women of the World Festival

Originally posted on Nellie Bly in the Sky:
Sunday 13 March, 11.30 a.m.  SOUTHBANK CENTRE, London    As part of the Women of the World Festival 2016,  I am inviting women to ignite their own adventurous spirits through the journeys of  women explorers — past and present — who defied convention, pushed limits and travelled…

People Met on the Road

One of my an indelible travel memories is listening to a guy on the beach at Playa Manuel Antonio, in Quepos, Costa Rica in late December, 1981.  Travelers from France, Canada, Asia, the USA and locals from San Jose were gathered at the nightly campfire and sipping on Heineken green stubbies.  He told our spellboundContinue reading “People Met on the Road”

Colin Thubron

“We waded down its passageways as down a sewer,” Thubron reads. “I lost count of the iron doors awash with stench, the grilles giving on to blackness. Each dungeon was still fixed with twin wooden platforms bound in iron, and might have held forty prisoners. There were twenty such chambers in the basement alone. Their walls were sheathed in ice. Prisoners here, said Fedor (Thubron’s guide who knew a prisoner there), used to press the bodies of the dead against the walls to insulate themselves from the cold.” p. 273 from ” In Siberia ” by Colin Thubron.

Toronto for TIFF and Fashion

        The last time I enjoyed the  brisk bright nightlife district in Toronto, I was writing a story for Washington Flyer, an airport customer magazine.       On this recent trip,  my visit overlapped the opening week of TIFF  — Toronto International Film Festival — a bit like Cannes without theContinue reading “Toronto for TIFF and Fashion”

Touristville, Asia

I’ve been to Asia again and it sucks.   You know those places on the Lonely Planet beat?   They’re crowded with brusque, loud  travelers from  places where respect for other cultures wasn’t taught or the current bunch of road-killers didn’t learn. Here we are in South East Asia, where the overland hippies from Europe andContinue reading “Touristville, Asia”

My Books

E-Books are just right for travel -lightweight, nearly infinite, a library in your hand. If you plan to buy books, try my web-store, Double00Books!  Use the Search function to find any Amazon title. Pyrenees Pilgrimage, my recent book about walking across France alone, is also for sale in Kindle format on Amazon.   Prefer aContinue reading “My Books”

Saigon’s Rex Revisited in HCMC

The Rex, in downtown Saigon — now    Ho Chi Minh City — was the hang out spot for newspaper correspondents, military “advisors” and Quiet Americans during the Vietnam War. Built in 1927 as a car dealership and showroom during the French colonial era, the Rex Hotel gained a few floors and became a hotel just in timeContinue reading “Saigon’s Rex Revisited in HCMC”

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