Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.

Cesare Pavese

Up, Over & Down

Up, Over & Down

Time to cross the divide and get down onto the other side of the Sierra Nevada, a trip which is very difficult in the winter.
Yosemite

Yosemite

After a number of days of relative inactivity by our standards, the first excursion of the morning just had to include some walking. Up the side of a mountain.
Born to be Wild

Born to be Wild

Get your motor runnin', head out on the highway. Looking for adventure In whatever comes our way.
Alcatraz

Alcatraz

Alcatraz, one of the most infamous prisons ever built, and the setting for many a good film staring Clint Eastwood and Tyne Daly.
Golden Gate

Golden Gate

Isn’t the weather in San Francisco bizarre ? It’s 60F and this is a mini heatwave, apparently. We were warmer at home.
London to San Francisco

London to San Francisco

Ten hours of flying from Heathrow to San Francisco and it was still only mid afternoon. Oh yes, jet lag !
Preparations

Preparations

So what do you need for fly-drive in the USA when you haven't decided where to go or what to do ?
Road Trip ! Road Trip !

Road Trip ! Road Trip !

An epic road trip around the southwestern corner of the USA, including more National Parks and National Monuments than you can shake a stick at.
Luvverly Jubilee

Luvverly Jubilee

In early June 2002 we paid a visit down to Devon for a long weekend of farting about and the enjoying the seaside.
Keswick

Keswick

In November of 2001 we scooted up to the Lake District for a couple of days to attend a friend's wedding.
Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace

In October Kas and I paid a visit to the estate at Blenheim Palace. Not a bad little house.
Prague

Prague

A long weekend in the Czech capital, sampling the architecture, history and beer.
Madeira

Madeira

Home of fortified wines and some spectacular scenery.
Lots of Weddings 2000

Lots of Weddings 2000

The year 2000 seemed to be the year when everyone we knew got married, including ourselves.
Sharm el Sheikh

Sharm el Sheikh

Chillin' by the beach. With some diving, sunbathing, and a day out at a historic monastery.
Cairo

Cairo

Very well arranged piles of rock, and some old stuff in glass cases. And a posh hotel.
Luxor to Aswan by Boat

Luxor to Aswan by Boat

A week of boating up and down the Nile getting our fill of Egyptian history.
On Honeymoon

On Honeymoon

Nearly three weeks in Egypt by way of a little honeymoon celebration. It took "hot" to a whole new level.
Crete

Crete

In August 1999 Kas and me spent a week in Crete - our first ever "proper" summer holiday together. It was warm and sunny and very picturesque.
Portuguese Cities

Portuguese Cities

In summer 1999 I was working with a petroleum refining company in Portugal. At one point I had to spend one week in Porto then the next in Lisbon, so Kas came to see me at the weekend.