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Asia 1990 a Six month mainly overland trip to OZ

Just spent 36 hours with my father, he gave me a plastic bag full of photos of Nadette and my first trip to Asia in 1990. Asia was a very different place back then and travel was long and some times arduous. No phones, no Internet, no digital devices, it was great. If you wanted to ring back to Europe you’d have to book the call the day before and it would cost about 5 quid for a few minutes. No whatsap skype etc. The only way to get mail was to give people a rough idea where you might be on a month by month basis and go to the post office in the town in question and check out the “Poste restante”. Of course cameras all used film and we carried our 25 rolls of film with us until the end and got them developed once we got home. So photography was a careful business of composing the shot as you only got one go at it.

See some of the photos here below, also on instagram…. (I know)

New Delhi Paharganj
New Delhi Paharganj
Recycling unit
Recycling unit
Vegetarian Thali
Vegetarian Thali
Boat Maker Varanasi
Boat Maker Varanasi
Nose piercing Udaipur Rajasthan
Nose piercing Udaipur Rajasthan
Udaipur
Udaipur
Metal Work
Metal Work
Steam Train Jodphur Rajasthan
Steam Train Jodphur Rajasthan
Steam Train Jodphur Rajasthan
Steam Train Jodphur Rajasthan
Steam Train Jodphur Rajasthan
Steam Train Jodphur Rajasthan
Rajasthani Men, great beards
Rajasthani Men, great beards
Close shave
Close shave
Jaiselmer
Jaiselmer
Agra Eye.... Big Wheel
Agra Eye…. Big Wheel

 

Nadette
Nadette
Hotel Lotus, all time favourite, Pushkar
Hotel Lotus, all time favourite, Pushkar
Hotel Lotus, all time favourite, Pushkar
Hotel Lotus, all time favourite, Pushkar
Bath Time,Hotel Lotus, Pushkar
Bath Time,Hotel Lotus, Pushkar
Mount Abu, Roti man, relaxes
Mount Abu, Roti man, relaxes
Camel safari, Jaiselmer
Camel safari, Jaiselmer
Girl in desert village
Girl in desert village
Tailor, Jaiselmer
Tailor, Jaiselmer
Ganges Swimming, Rishikesh
Ganges Swimming, Rishikesh
John, Nepal
John, Nepal
Little boy, Kathmandu
Little boy, Kathmandu
wedding, Kathmandu
wedding, Kathmandu
Boy at Chai stall, Kathmandu
Boy at Chai stall, Kathmandu
Bus Journey, on the roof
Bus Journey, on the roof
Moto Golden Triangle, Thailand
Moto Golden Triangle, Thailand
Tribal boy, Golden Triangle, Thailand
Tribal boy, Golden Triangle, Thailand
Floating market
Floating market
Shady Shack, Koh Samui, (not like this anymore AT ALL
Shady Shack, Koh Samui, (not like this anymore AT ALL
Somewhere on the way to Malaysia, photo by Dale Spoonley
Somewhere on the way to Malaysia, photo by Dale Spoonley
Dale Spoonley, the swimmer, Malaysia
Dale Spoonley, the swimmer, Malaysia
Malaysia
Malaysia
Beach Monkey, Java, Indonesia
Beach Monkey, Java, Indonesia
Mount Bromo, Java, Indonesia
Mount Bromo, Java, Indonesia
Old man with his prize fighting cock, Ubud, Bali
Old man with his prize fighting cock, Ubud, Bali
Gili Meno, heaven, not at all like this anymore
Gili Meno, heaven, not at all like this anymore
Bus Journey, Flores, Indonesia
Bus Journey, Flores, Indonesia
Komodo
Komodo
Road Trains , Northern Territory, Australia
Road Trains , Northern Territory, Australia
Road Trains , Northern Territory, Australia
Road Trains , Northern Territory, Australia
Wrecks , Queensland, Australia
Wrecks , Queensland, Australia
Nice old fella, Camooweal, Queensland, Australia
Nice old fella, Camooweal, Queensland, Australia
Nice old fella, Camooweal, Queensland, Australia
Nice old fella, Camooweal, Queensland, Australia
Mac, Brisbane Harcourt Street, nice guy not seen or heard from him since
Mac, Brisbane Harcourt Street, nice guy not seen or heard from him since

Asia 1990 a Six month mainly overland trip to OZ

We have been back many times to Asia over the years, the biggest change is India, our favourite country and much easier to travel in these days, “Incredible India”

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Camper van cycling road trip France

Camper van cycling road trip France a two week trip with 4500KM of driving and a few hundred KM of cycling up some epic French mountain passes.

Start off with a 328KM drive to Rosslare for the Irish Ferries boat to Cherbourg

Waiting to board

Crossing was rough.

The cabins are very good, great night sleep 13 hours non stop.

Entry to Cherbourg, I guess Napoleonic Fort

First stop “Chez Ginnie” a friend of Nadette’s who she met in India.

“Drink”

Then on to Baudelys “chez Jean”

Sardines and squid

Saturday Market

Neil cycled up the Pic de Nore two times in two days, the second day was a French race he entered. There were some issues with his UCI licence but it all worked out in the end. 24KM of uphill all the way.

Jean shows Neil his vines

Jean Sandrine Neil Richie and Nadette

Cycling past this sign, it aint no 2 minutesĀ  šŸ˜‰

Stopping for lunch on the way to Mt Ventoux

Drying Tilleul in the sun, whilst Neil and I ride the Mt Ventoux from Malaucene

Getting ready

Made it, very hot I was slower than last year at 2hours and 10 minutes. Neil was 1 hour thirty five

Shadows

Lunar landscape at the top of Ventoux

Neil does Ventoux second time from Bedoin, 90 minutes, one of the fastest on that day.

Looking down from the top

Proud Mum

We stayed for a few days “Chez Fabienne” in a tiny hamlet, Provence near Buis le Barronils.

“Chez Fabienne”

Unlike Ireland, French people are still driving their old cars, if they pass the MOT why not. The most ecological car is an old one. Not consumerism

Night talking

Scorpion

Lunch stop on our way to Col de la Bonneta

Top of Col de la Bonneta almost 3000 Meters

Van-Rouge

Found a great place to stop the night 2500 meters

Spot the MArmot

Road blocked at the very top

Neil searches for a mobile signal to upload his Strava time for the climb

Campsite for the night

Watch a short video here Col de Bonneta

Plenty of natural beauty

Breakfast

We then moved on to the Col de Galibier

Tough climb my sixth in seven days. Neil was much faster than me…

Looking down the Col de Galibier

Evening Meal at Alpe de Huez

Nice evning meal, were going to camp here the night but tractor started cutting grass very late. So moved down to campsite at foot of Alpe D’huez

Breakfast before cycling up Huez

Neil under the hour me 75 minutes

Last few days in the Jura with Catherine, Lionel and Augustin.

When in France

Lots of cows in the Jura, the home of Compte Cheese

Camper van cycling road trip France

Last spin inĀ  France

Boat trip home

Camper van cycling road trip France

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Passage to South India

Passage to South India by Nadette a two month trip re-replenishing mind and body in beautiful South India. From Kerala to Mysore to Hampi and then Gokarna. As well as many other places. Planes, Trains, Buses and Auto rickshaws.Ā  Monkeys to Elephants and lots of people too. A sixteen minute movie of Indian scenes. Well worth the watch.

Filmed entirely on a Motorola Smartphone, the Moto E

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Passage to South India

passage to south india

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