“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” —Mark Twain
I have visited the following places that have their own flag:
Two weeks in Havana in April.
Drove a grand tourer from London to Turin and back.
Washington DC 2013
Just passing through on my way to Providence.
Went on a coach tour from Turkey to Batumi.
Went sailing in the San Francisco bay and visited the Googleplex.
Got married in Samsun, after travelling by coach from Istanbul. I visit quite often to see family.
Travelled from Sousse to Tunis by train in second class, for the conversation.
Sailed into La Coruna in the brig Stavros S. Niarchos. Spent a very pleasant day in Santiago.
Isle of Man 2005
Sailed into Port Douglas as ship’s cook in the barque Jeanie Johnston.
New Zealand 2003
Working holiday to 2004. Travelled the whole country including North, South and Stewart Islands in a battered old Renault 19. Found the grave of my great-great uncle Steven and discovered he was an Anzac. A highlight was performing the haka in parliament during the commencement ceremony of Youth Parilament 2004.
Hong Kong 2003
Just passing through, and again in 2004.
Sailed into Helsinki harbour in the ship Shtandart.
Sailed into a tiny fishing village in the ship Shtandart. Travelled across the country by coach on returning from Finland.
Sailed into Arhus in the ship Endeavour. Jumped ship and sailed out in the ship Shtandart.
Sailed through the Kiel canal in the ship Endeavour.
Northern Ireland 2002
Sailed into Bangor in the brig Phoenix.
Canary Islands 2001
Visited Tenerife and sailed around the islands.
Holidayed in Cork after meeting some natives in Melbourne. Returned to live there in 2005.
Manama. Just passing through. Very hot.
Working holiday to 2001. Travelled the whole coast and the interior in an 4.1 litre XF Fairmont station wagon. Plan on going back to see Tasmania and visit some of my old Endeavour shipmates.
Just passing through, and again in 2001.
United Arab Emirates 2000
Abu Dhabi. Just passing through. Very pretty airport.
At the helm of the schooner Sir Winston Churchill as she entered the harbour in late October.
Sailed from anchor off Charlestown to Douarnanez. Returned in 2002 to do my square rig apprenticeship.
New Jersey 1998
Visited a friend who was au pairing. Went to Atlantic City, which I sort of knew from the original Monopoly board.
Crossed the state by Amtrak while reading The Great Gatsby.
Rhode Island 1998
Explored a bit of Boston. Returned in 2010 and drove to Boxborough and back.
Three days in Drumlithie, home of my Scots ancestors, where I met John Craven. Have returned a few times since to visit friends.
First visited on a college trip. Returned in Endeavour in 2003.
Brussels. Just passing through.
New York 1994
Stayed in Brooklyn. Ludicrously brief internship at WBAI in Manhattan. Saw the Mets at Shea Stadium.
Family holiday in Ericeira. Also visited Lisbon.
As noted below. I have now visited all six members of the Celtic League.
School exchange. Many subsequent visits, mostly to Brittany. Still far from fluent in French.
Spent a year in Cambridge while my father was on sabbatical. Returned to study in London, 1993-1996. Lived and worked in Gloucestershire 1998-2000. Returned to London in 2007.
Born at the Heath Hospital, Cardiff on August 13. Travelled all over the country on childhood camping trips with my father.