Tag Archives: April A-Z Challenge

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 […]

ORIANA CRUISE SHIP – MY FIFTEENTH TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

To an independently minded traveller like me, the thought of a cruise makes me feel quite queasy. Five thousand fellow passengers travelling at close quarters, set meal times and herded around in tour parties once arriving somewhere good – yuk, no thanks! This is pretty ironic as for eight years I worked with the cruise […]

NUCLEAR SUBMARINE – MY FOURTEENTH TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

I have never been on a nuclear sub (the foxtrot was non-nuclear), but during one travel experience I certainly imagined that I had. The occasion was a visit to Balaclava submarine base in the Crimea, then very much part of Ukraine. We toured the once secret venue that used to house the Soviet nuclear submarine […]

MOTOR BIKE/CAR – MY THIRTEENTH TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

I had never ridden a motorbike in my life, but as a cyclist I figured that it could not be that difficult. This was proven to be otherwise when my old school mate Lang & I visited the Greek Island of Aegina in ’94. We decided to hire motorbikes to explore the island and first […]