France 1981

My latest travelogue is an account of a five-week tour around Paris and its environs, the Loire Valley, and the Dordogne Valley back in May and June, 1981. I spent a busy two weeks in Paris visiting all the various museums, art galleries, churches and palaces (including Versailles), then moved down to the Loire Valley,Continue reading “France 1981”

Peru and Bolivia, 1996

My latest travelogue is about a fascinating organized trip that I joined in 1996, which brought a bunch of young and enthusiastic people from Ireland and the UK to Lima in Peru and then down to La Paz in Bolivia, using local transport most of the time. It was probably the most memorable and excitingContinue reading “Peru and Bolivia, 1996”

Czechoslovakia 1991

The first part of my latest travelogue, Czechoslovakia 1991, begins with two chapters devoted to the spectacular and fascinating city of Prague, a city full of fine architecture and cultural treats such as museums, art galleries and classical music concerts. Part two will be devoted to a short trip that I made in Slovakia, nowContinue reading “Czechoslovakia 1991”

Three Indonesian Islands

Let’s start the new year with a new travelogue: ‘Three Indonesian Islands: Java, Bali and Lombok’! As I had always been fascinated by this part of the world, I decided to take a five-week holiday travelling through three of Indonesia’s best-known islands in June and July of 1990. Fasten your seat belts and join meContinue reading “Three Indonesian Islands”

Part 3 of ‘The Middle Kingdom’

This latest and final section of ‘The Middle Kingdom’ deals with my 1989 trip through China, travelling along the Silk Road into Xinjiang Province, where I mingled with the Uighur people. I then flew down to Chengdu in Sichuan Province to join students whom I had met two years previously. However, trouble was brewing. AlthoughContinue reading “Part 3 of ‘The Middle Kingdom’”

The islands of Scotland

I am delighted to welcome Lindsay Armstrong to our list of writers. Lindsay’s various jobs have included being an oboist and cor anglais player in the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra here in Ireland, the first general manager of Dublin’s National Concert Hall, and the first director of the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He was Co-FounderContinue reading “The islands of Scotland”