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)
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”
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.
Then on to Baudelys “chez Jean”
Sardines and squid
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 minutes 😉
Stopping for lunch on the way to Mt Ventoux
Drying Tilleul in the sun, whilst Neil and I ride the Mt Ventoux from Malaucene
Made it, very hot I was slower than last year at 2hours and 10 minutes. Neil was 1 hour thirty five
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
We stayed for a few days “Chez Fabienne” in a tiny hamlet, Provence near Buis le Barronils.
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
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. 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
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