In The Beginning......
I did not always look like this..........at one time,I was young !!!!
Seriously though my fellow travellers, thank you for being kind enough to look at this homepage, which will develop slowly as I am not such a great computer technician.Much of my travelling was done before the advent of digital cameras and as I don't have a scanner as yet, it will take me some time to download pictures from some of our travels - but this will happen in time.
Though all journeys to me are exciting, none is more interesting than the individual journey which each of us makes through life - a totally unique set of experiences for every individual and one which never fails to fascinate me. I ask myself how I have ended up in 2005 as a 52 year old accountant,working in London in the tourist industry,living in Crowthorne, Berkshire with my lovely wife Shelagh (we have been very happily married this year for 26 years) and ruled by three tubby tabby cats called Ruth, Simba and Aslan ! I guess when I was 18, I had no idea what the future held - but I could certainly never have foreseen the way in which my life has unfolded.
I was born in London in the austere post war period of the early 1950's and from the time when I was a young boy,I yearned to travel.Maps and travel books always fascinated me and I would spend hours looking at the globe or reading about foreign countries and trying to learn all their capitals.
I was always especially interested in Central and Eastern Europe because in the 1960's,although these were large countries which appeared on the map,I had never met anyone who had ever been there.This sense of mystery really intrigued me and remains to this day ! Whilst as far as I am aware, I am pure Anglo-Saxon (OK then - not exactly pure !), I am convinced that there is some Slav deep in my soul as I feel such an affinity for these countries and their languages and cultures.
As far as hobbies and activities are concerned, travel and foreign languages are my main loves, but in addition, I am very keen on history, music (most kinds except rock and roll - love Gershwin ), horse racing, sports (especially tennis and also used to run the marathon), as well as reading and the theatre. Shelagh and I are members of the British Czech and Slovak Association,Friends of Shakespeare's Globe and The National Trust for Scotland. Pet hates ? Politicians, bureaucracy, the cult of the "celebrity", awards ceremonies such as the Oscars (ugh !), grossly overpaid professional "sportsmen" and the institution of monarchy !
However, enough of me.......I am sure you would much rather read about some interesting parts of the world,so I hope I can steer you in the direction of some of the places which we have enjoyed but which may be new to some of you.