I’d be unstoppable if only I could get started
I love travelling, I always have, but I’d be the first to admit that in my early travelling days I often wanted to see as much as I could in the time I had available. That was probably down to a combination of youthful enthusiasm, the experience of seeing somewhere different, and the prospect of not having an opportunity to go back to the place I was visiting.
Those days are well behind me now and I enjoy wandering around at a much more leisurely pace and being able to appreciate the things around me better. That said, I do wish I could actually get moving a bit quicker to start with.
Even though my past exploits have included the United States, the Soviet Union and Africa, I have never really been an Alan Whicker where world travel was concerned.
My main ambition was to see as much of Europe as I could, and especially those places that always conjured up so much history in my mind – whether it be the Coliseum in Rome, the Berlin Wall, or the Battlefields of Flanders and Normandy.
I’ve enjoyed some beautiful places too. Who could not enjoy the Cyclades in summer? or Provence in Spring and the Austrian Alps in winter?
As time marches ever onwards, for various reasons, I’m finding myself travelling less and less to foreign climes, but at least here in the UK we have plenty of places to explore that aren’t too far away. It has always been a passion of mine to visit as many places in the UK as possible – not just places of scenic beauty and historical interest, but also places that people would probably avoid given the chance. To me it’s all part of life’s rich tapestry.
I’ve been to the wonderful Glens of Antrim in Northern Ireland, but I’ve also been to the notorious trouble spots in Belfast and Derry/Londonderry. Scotland is not just about lochs and mountains, it’s also about places like the Barras Market in Glasgow as well. I’ve walked the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast path, but I’ve also got to know the mining communities in the South Wales valleys too.
I’m English by birth, and have lived here all my life, and I can tell you that it’s not all ‘grim up north’ and a ‘bed of roses’ down south. The counties of England are one of its strongest assets because they’re all different, and some of my favourite counties are up north, even though I’m a southerner. Suffolk and Rutland are the only two counties that have eluded me so far. London, of course, will be on everybody’s list of places to visit and features strongly in my list of locations to visit.
The West Country is where I’ve lived all my life, and the area I know best, which is why there’s a separate entry for it. To compile a list of places I know in the West Country will become a labour of love as time moves on.
This brings me to my final point, which is how far should I go back in time?
Like lots of people, I have thousands of photographic prints and transparencies that were taken before the digital age. It would be an impossible task to scan each and every one, and so by necessity, I can only justify recent or fairly recent journeys to include, which by default means that there won’t be too many from far flung fields – but who knows how it will all pan out?
Last, but not least, it would be good if we can build up some social interaction on here as well – so please contact me with your thoughts, comments or observations. I’d love to hear from you, and thanks for visiting Easymalc’s Wanderings.