Travels

New page added 2 Jan 13 – quite a few updates added Jan 2014

Being developed into a simple list of trips and travels under heading ‘Overseas’ and ‘UK’

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OVERSEAS – FAMILY HOLIDAYS

Japan – Oct / Nov 2013

Family holiday. Combination of P&D&L, J, T. Sightseeing, my first visit to Kyushu and Shikoku, visiting friends in Kansai and Tokyo. Second trip for the girls. Second honeymoon for J&T. First use of railpasses, first car driving (Yakushima), first visit to Ghibli Museum.

Yakushima / Kagoshima / Beppu / Hiroshima / Osaka / Tokyo plus side trip to Shanghai.

Malaysia – Aug / Sep 2012

Family holiday. Kuala Lumpur / Sabah / Hong Kong / Kuala Lumpur.

Spain – Jun 2011

Family holiday. Stayed at work friend’s to-be retirement home. Murcia region.

Croatia – May / Jun 2010

P&D. Out by train; flew back from Dubrovnik. First time on Eurostar. Zagreb / Split / Hvar / Dubrovnik.

Rome – Sep 2010

P&D. Out by train; flew back from Rome. Second time on Eurostar. Mum’s treat.

Japan – Mar / Apr 2008

Family holiday. Sightseeing, visiting old friends, and a trip back in time. My first return trip since 1990, first trip for the girls, D’s first trip since 1995.

Cherry blossom time. Tokyo and Kansai. Wonderful in all respects.

India – Jul / Aug 2007

P & J. Ladakh / Shimla / Delhi / Agra.

Turkey – Mar 2006

Family holiday. Total solar eclipse (29 Mar 06).

Czech Republic – Jun / Jul 2004

Rail trip with Brendan.

Azores – Jul / Aug 2004

P&D.

OVERSEAS – WORKING FOR THOMAS COOK

Service supplier visits – 2001

Copenhagen – medical information & assistance
Germany – event tickets

System (ISIS) trips – 1997 & 1998

Frankfurt
Mexico City / Sao Paolo / Caracas
Jakarta / Kuala Lumpur / Bangkok
Toronto

Account management theory – 1997 & 1998

New York

Conference – 1996

Miami

Investigating relocating functions to India – 1994

Export Processing Zones & Technology Parks.
Delhi / Bombay / Bangalore.

Rail familiarisation – 1990

Switzerland / Germany

OVERSEAS – TRAVELLING & LIVING ABROAD

Overland – Japan to UK – March 1990

3-weeks. Ferry & train from Japan to UK via China, Russia, E Europe, W Europe.
Ferry Kobe to Shanghai. Train to Beijing. Beijing to Moscow on Trans-Siberian Railway – ‘Russian train’ via Manchuria – 9001 kilometres. Then via Warsaw, Berlin, Hook of Holland, Harwich.

Lived in Japan – 1 year – 1989 & 1990

Taught English.
Lived in Kumano-cho, Nishinomiya-shi, Hyogo-ken – between Osaka and Kobe.
Side-trip to Singapore.

Lived in USA – 2 years – 1987 to 1989

Worked in Seattle.
Of very limited means – few travels in USA.

Independent travel – Asia – 15 months – 1986 & 1987

Start: Japan – ferry from Osaka to Shanghai.
China / Pakistan / India / Nepal / Bangladesh / Burma / Thailand / Hong Kong.
End: USA – fly to San Francisco – Amtrak train to Seattle.

Lived in Japan – 2 years – 1984 to 1986

Taught English.
Lived in Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo.
Side-trips to South Korea / Hong Kong.

Lived in Japan – 4 months – 1983

Taught English.
Lived in Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo.
Side-trip to Beijing.

Independent travel – Asia – 6 weeks – 1983

Flew Philippine Airlines from Australia to Japan – 6 weeks in the Philippines.

Lived in Australia – 10 months – 1982 & 1983

Worked in Sydney.
Almost no travels in Australia.

Independent travel – Asia – 8 months – 1982

Start: fly London-Delhi
India / Nepal / Bangladesh / Thailand / Malaysia / Singapore / Indonesia
End: fly Jakarta-Sydney

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UK

Northumberland – Apr 2014

P,D & Mum. Excellent and well-located cottage. Visited Bamburgh Castle, Dunstanburgh Castle, Alnwick, Seahouses, Embleton Bay. Good weather.

Cromer – Dec 2013

P&D weekend visit to K&S. Just after storms and tidal surges – saw pier damage.

Slimbridge area – May 2013

P,D,J,L & Mum. Cottage had drawbacks. Visited WWT Slimbridge while J was volunteering. Visited Berkeley Castle and Jenner’s Museum. Excellent pub food at Tudor Arms, Slimbridge, and Berkeley Arms, Berkeley.

Romney Marsh – Nov 2012

P&D + Suki. Excellent and well-located cottage. Visited Dungeness and Dymchurch. Some glorious November sunshine.

Belfast – 2009 & 2010

A set of short work-related trips to Belfast – part of the UK I had never before visited. Often stayed at the Europa Hotel.

21 Jan 10 / 19 May 10 / 26 Sep 10 / 7 Oct 10 / 21 Oct 10

Silverdale – Mar / Apr 2010

P&D + L + Barney + Suki. Fisherman’s Cottage (excellent).

Orkney – Aug 2009

P&D. Travelled by train and ferry via Inverness and Thurso. Mainland / Papa Westray / Westray. Scamp put down the day before we left.

Edinburgh – Nov 2008

Details ?? (21-23 Nov)

Jersey – Aug 2008

P&D & L. Visiting J who was volunteering at Jersey zoo. Fast boat from Poole. Very pleasantly surprised. Delightful.

Southwold – Jul 2008

P&D.

Llandudno – May 2008

P&D.

Mallaig – Oct 2007

P&D. Via the Fort William sleeper in both directions. Same dayas Philip Glass at Barbican – so left half way through.

Blakeney – Feb 2007

P&D. Short break.

Robin Hood’s Bay – Oct 2006

Cottage holiday.

Peak District – Oct 2005

P&D. B&B.

Ross-on-Wye / Symonds Yat – Jul 2005

P&D. Excellent B&B: Norton House.

Chichester – Feb 2005

B&B in Chichester. Family visit to Havant.

Dale Fort Pembrokeshire – April 2000

Family holiday. Stayed at Dale Fort Field Centre.

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