Tag Archives: April A-Z Challenge

Z – MY TWENTY-SIXTH (AND LAST) TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

As fascinated as I am with the zeppelin, I am far too young to have flown in one and there is not a chance with my vertigo that I would entertain riding a zip wire. So what to choose for my ‘Z’ transportation theme? Well, on the basis that my regular travel companions have stated […]

X-RATED -MY TWENTY-FOURTH TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

I have been on a few x-rated journeys in my time. Any overnight bus journey (especially Odessa to Sevastopol 2011), the freezing Nis to Sofia train that I have already recounted on this blog, a car breakdown a few miles outside Ipswich on the way back to Devon, a turbulence ridden flight on a Tupolev […]

WHALE SPOTTING BOAT – MY TWENTY-THIRD TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

It was my 50th Birthday in January and to celebrate, Mrs Wilbur & I headed for Iceland. It was all arranged for a very special day – whale watching in the afternoon and the Northern Lights in the evening. Off we trotted full of enthusiasm, confident that the cetaceans would be out in force for […]

VESSEL – MY TWENTY-SECOND TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

I have been on vessels of all shapes and sizes from rowing boats to cruise ships from battle ships to pleasure boats and from submarines to a Chinese junk. You have already read accounts of my experiences on a paddle steamer, a foxtrot sub, a ferry boat, a kayak and some cruise ships, whilst there […]

UNDERGROUND TRAIN – MY TWENTY-FIRST TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

There is nothing very spectacular about the underground, although I do remember how excited I was the first time I had been on London’s network as a twelve year-old travelling to Lords with my parents and brother to watch cricket. Nowadays, just about every major city has an underground, most infinitely superior to London, which […]

TUK TUK – MY TWENTIETH TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

April ’97 saw me in India on a small group tour of India. Everything was laid out on a plate for us for the Golden Triangle route of Delhi, Jaipur & Agra. Although the tour company were independently minded, I still had the urge to wander off the beaten track and pleasingly a rather attractive […]

SKI-LIFT – MY NINETEENTH TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

This article is lifted straight out of the text from my Forthcoming Book, which will be published soon….. My second ski holiday was to Poina Brasov in Transylvania. On the penultimate day of the trip I had an incident that was to prove to be my last ever day on skis. We had graduated to […]

REUNIFICATION EXPRESS -MY EIGHTEENTH TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

I could happily write about a multitude of rail journeys to count as my ‘R’ entry, but have chosen Vietnam’s Reunification Express. Hamish & I took the train from Hue to Ha Noi in 1998 as part if our tour up Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh City. This was an overnight journey on the train […]

QUEENS – MY SEVENTEENTH TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

If you have read my previous A-Z posts, you will know that I used to have strong links with the cruise industry despite a personal aversion to cruising. I used to work with all he major cruise lines of the world and as part of my role I have held meetings and dined on ships […]

PADDLE STEAMER – MY SIXTEENTH TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

During my days working with the cruise & ferry sector, I was asked to be a keynote speaker at the 1999 Fast Ferry Conference in New Orleans. I managed therefore to get an all expenses paid trip to the capital of Louisiana for a 45-minute speaking engagement. I actually combined it with client visits to […]