18 Mar 2017

“Some Quick Impressions…” My Drive Through Arizona, Colorado and Utah – with a Nod to Montaigne’s “Artialisés…”

“Some Quick Impressions…” My Drive Through Arizona, Colorado and Utah – with a Nod to Montaigne’s “Artialisés…”

From Florence… Chers vous tous à trois jours de la fin de ce  road drive à travers l’Arizona, le Colorado et l’Utah quelques rapides impressions: Les paysages sont certes époustouflants mais inhumains. La terre n’est que crevasses, canyons gigantesques qui ne sont que des plaies béantes dur des milliers d’hectares. Dans les années 20 ces espaces […]

10 Oct 2015

Our Canadian on the Camino…

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Our Canadian on the Camino…

From Keith… The trek in September/October, 2015 was from St-Jean Pied de Port (in Southern France), up and over the Pyrenees… really tough – and into Spain. Around 20-25 km a day until I stopped in Los Arcos – 125 km in total.    

15 May 2015

Keith in El Salvador…

Keith in El Salvador…

He does some strange things, our Canadian, but he’s never boring… His Words… El Salvador has an aid organization which works overseas on its behalf –“Salvaide”. They have an office in Ottawa and recruited me twice (first time last year for Presidential run-off elections which I had to cancel at last minute due to pneumonia […]

26 Dec 2014

Happy Christmas – from Lester Jolly…

Happy Christmas – from Lester Jolly…

Happy Christmas and a great 2015 – Love, Lester in Chelsea  

10 Sep 2014

And then, to Mont Tremblant…

And then, to Mont Tremblant…

And so we gathered in Quebec’s Mont Tremblant for the big race… Only the top 50 Pros in the world qualify to start. He was drawing to the end of what could only be called a ‘crap season.’  He began with an 8th place in Auckland and then a 2nd in Melbourne – before returning […]

6 Sep 2014

You Lookin’ At Me?…

You Lookin’ At Me?…

Didn’t have to travel far for these little critters – Keith’s backyard – and the trees in his street… I think the neighbours wondered why this stranger was wandering the streets at dusk – carrying a big camera with a long lens. I took hundreds of squirrel pics – but they’re quick little buggers – […]

4 Sep 2014

Canadian War Museum…

Canadian War Museum…

Canadian War Museum – quite a day…  Some real discoveries… ‘In Flanders Fields‘ was written by an Australian? Right? Wrong! John McCrae was Canadian… Gallipoli was an Australia & New Zealand campaign – Right? Wrong! Canada was there too – AND they share our disdain for the ‘quality’ of the British High Command at the […]

2 Sep 2014

Gananoque and 1,000 Islands…

Gananoque and 1,000 Islands…

The Thousand Islands are an archipelago of 1,864 islands that straddles the Canada-US border in the Saint Lawrence River as it emerges from Lake Ontario. They stretch for about 80 km downstream from Kingston, Ontario.  The 1,864 islands range in size from over 40 square miles to those occupied by a single residence – or […]

30 Aug 2014

MosAika – Lights and Sounds of Ottawa…

MosAika – Lights and Sounds of Ottawa…

MosAika is the story of Canada.  There’s a video link HERE – ignore the first 15 seconds of amateur graphics – it’s actually quite well done.  The narrative is set against the spectacular backdrop of Parliament Hill, and takes one on a journey of sound and light, exploring Canada’s historical and cultural landscapes.  This was […]

26 Aug 2014

O Canada…

O Canada…

I had been looking forward to this trip since Keith and I re-united in Tokyo in 1993…  He had been to Australia two or three times since ’93 – and we have had several major trips with David in France but… an admission – after a lifetime in the tourism industry – this was my […]

20 Aug 2014

Boulder, Colorado…

Boulder, Colorado…

The US was never on my list of preferred destinations – until my son went to live there… Every year, in the Northern Hemisphere Spring and Summer, many of the world’s top Ironman triathletes move their training bases to Boulder, Colorado. It’s a fascinating and beautiful place – The city of Boulder is in Boulder Valley […]

13 Jul 2014

The Hodges Cruise Around the World, in an Old Blue Boat…

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The Hodges Cruise Around the World, in an Old Blue Boat…

Our Voyage around the world on Queen Elizabeth (10th January – 9th May 2014). By David and Patricia Hodges, Ickham, Canterbury, England Travelling for pleasure is motivated by the curiosity to discover unknown and, hopefully, secret destinations. Naturally, mode of transport is of crucial importance. Despite the relative comfort and safety of air travel, many […]

5 Mar 2014

Royal Visit – The Duke and Duchess of Ickham…

Royal Visit – The Duke and Duchess of Ickham…

Delighted to have the Duke and Duchess of Ickham come visiting on their private yacht, the Queen Elizabeth.  We packed a lot of talking and eating and drinking into those eight hours… Would have been even better if South East Queensland had a grown up cruise terminal, instead of that atrocious bloody grain wharf. Perhaps […]

2 Jan 2013

Yeokham, established 781…

Yeokham, established 781…

Just in from David… That’s the original spelling, and the date we trace Ickham back to. Knowing your interest in all things Ickham, today we unveiled our new village sign… A chap in the village designed it. I suggested, as we were the Treasury of Canterbury Cathedral, the most important Anglican/Protestant Cathedral in the World, that […]

11 Sep 2012

Four Days in Windsor, Eton, Henley-On-Thames. Then Home.

Four Days in Windsor, Eton, Henley-On-Thames. Then Home.

Four days of visiting old friends and old haunts… No captions or story needed. The Rowing Museum was new though. Then, climbed onto the jolly red rat for Singapore and home.  

7 Sep 2012

A Final Day in France, Sur le Pont d’Avignon…

A Final Day in France, Sur le Pont d’Avignon…

We were due to fly out from Montpelier the next morning – Keith back to Ontario, and me back to the UK for a final few days in Windsor. Neither of us had been to Avignon but, like most kids around the world, we had grown up singing that song…  “Sur le pont d’Avignon, L’on […]

5 Sep 2012

North and East Again, to le Cap d’Agde and Sète…

North and East Again, to le Cap d’Agde and Sète…

We did this leg all wrong. We should have spent longer in Figueres and the Dali Museum – given Le Cap d’Agde a miss – and gone straight to Sète. As it was we arrived in Sète the day AFTER the Saint Louis’ Day festival ended… This then has meant that I’ve had to borrow […]

2 Sep 2012

A Second Day in Cadaques…

A Second Day in Cadaques…

The streets were so narrow, driving was almost impossible. We left the car in the hotel car park and walked. And walked. It was all right for Keith – he’s got a cane – I don’t. The Dali Foundation was having an exhibition of photographs of… Dali and Gala – all taken around Cadaques, PortLligat and […]

1 Sep 2012

A Couple of Days in Spain…

A Couple of Days in Spain…

Down through the Pyrenees again, along the Spanish-French border, crossing back and forth within Catalunya. Through the tiny Spanish enclave of Llivia and heading in the general direction of Perpignan and the Mediterranean coast. We’re heading for Cadaques – where Salvador Dali once made his home. Keith really enjoys mountain driving and I enjoy navigating […]

30 Aug 2012

Just Another Stamp in the Passport… Not!

Just Another Stamp in the Passport… Not!

It was all Keith’s idea. But I don’t think it became a real passion until Kristian suggested that “It’s a long way to go Dad, just to get another stamp in your passport.” Andorra had never been on my bucket list either, but I saw it as a nice little trade off… I wanted to […]