Images tagged "pontedera" [Show thumbnails] Carmen 5 years ago Reply May I ask how many days did your spend on this trip? Peter Moore 5 years ago Reply Hi Carmen – four days. The key to affordability, I think, is getting the cheap flight, staying in a hostel and cooking for yourself. Having said that, there was a simple little hotel near the hostel in Abisko that was relatively affordable if you wanted a bit more ‘luxury’! Geoff Beder 4 years ago Reply Just finished reading The Wrong Way Home. I enjoyed every page. It is something I always wanted to do when I was younger but because of circumstances never did. Will endeavour to read your other books if they are are available. Peter Moore 4 years ago Reply Thanks Geoff – glad to hear you enjoyed The Wrong Way Home. It was such a fantastic trip. I hope you enjoy the others too. Cheers! Roger Frost 4 years ago Reply Hey Peter Just finished “Vroom with a View”. Great story, I’m in Vernazza just now, returning to LHR on Sunday then home to Vancouver Island on the 26th. Throughly enjoyed your adventures with Sally on Sophia. Is she in Australia? Wondering what happened to lovely Sally. I’m a road trip guy usually in my 2002 GMC pickup with small wood camper, home built, and plan another major one this winter, returning to Mexico ??, East side this time. Looking forward to reading “The Full Montezuma” over the next while, Cheers, safe travels. Roger Frost Peter Moore 4 years ago Reply Hi Roger, Thanks for your comment! I hope you’re enjoying your time in Vernazza. Lovely town. Even if they wouldn’t let Sophia in! Re: Sally. Yep, we’re still together. Married, living in London, with a daughter. Re: Sophia. She lives in Livorno with Marco, in his new workshop/museum that is even more pristine than his first. I pop over occasionally to visit! Have a great trip in Mexico. Cheers Peter Mr J Kitchen 4 years ago Reply I have just finished this great book for the second time and was about to send a letter. The answers to most of my questions are above! Buona fortuna a tutti. Peter Moore 4 years ago Reply Thanks Jack. I was glad to hear you enjoyed the book. I was also pleased that the web site was able to answer your questions! Cheers Peter Gary Boon 4 years ago Reply Hi Peter, Just read two of your books…the Vespa related 2!.. Bloody brilliant. I went on eBay and got two Kinder Surprise scooters from Belgium…one green and one red. I’ll send you a pic. All the best mate. Kind regards GARY.? Peter Moore 4 years ago Reply Thanks Gary. Glad to hear you enjoyed my books. Never knew there was a red Kinder Surprise Vespa. I only got the green one. Send the pic and I’ll whack it up here in the comments. Cheers Peter Eugene Van Schalkwyk 4 years ago Reply Hi Peter, My name is Eugene. I’m from South Africa. I think your way of writing is awesome. I never was never really into reading and one day I picked up The Wrong Way Home, great book. Then I got myself a copy of The Full Montezuma and Vroom With A View. I week ago I ordered Swahili For The Broken-Hearted. Just finished it. I think they all great, just one problem. I think you under judged South Africa. You weren’t even in most of the city or you just past by. I stay in Nelspruit. There is lots of site viewing to see outside Nelspruit, I stay on a farm deep in the bushes with mountains surrounding me. But keep up the books, can’t wait to get a copy of Vroom By The Sea. Peter Moore 4 years ago Reply Hi Eugene, Thanks for your comment. I was really pleased to hear that my books got you back into reading. Re: South Africa. That’s a very valid point. I was just passing through. And my opinions were very much influenced by the people I met and the places I went. I hope you didn’t get the impression that I didn’t like South Africa. In many ways it reminded of Australia. And your place near Nelspruit sounds like paradise. When I passed through, which is a while ago now, there was some underlying tensions bubbling away. And then when I went into Zimbabwe, with all its problems, it struck me that that was what could happen to South Africa too. It hasn’t, thankfully. And from what I can see from afar, even some of the rougher parts of Jo’burg have been transformed. I’ll just have to get back out there and check it out for myself. I’ve always wanted to do a big trip down the west coast of Africa, finishing in Cape Town. Maybe I should swing by and check out the delights of Nelspruit when I do! Anyway, thanks again for your comment. Cheers Peter Jonny Thomson 4 years ago Reply Slick new content style, virtual high five Sir. Peter Moore 4 years ago Reply Thanks Jonny – I’d let things go to seed but I’m pretty pleased with how its has turned out! Carolyn Handley 4 years ago Reply I used to work for Australian Geographic many moons ago, I have seen that flag! Peter Moore 4 years ago Reply It was quite a resonsibility carrying it. I thought I’d lost it a couple of times! Samir Dave 4 years ago Reply Love it and bookmarked already! Peter Moore 4 years ago Reply Thanks mate! Bryce Scanlen 4 years ago Reply Enjoyed chapter one. Looking forward to the next installment. Peter Moore 4 years ago Reply Thanks Bryce. Hope you and Fiona are well. Been a long time! Bryce Scanlen 4 years ago Reply We’d love to catch up again next time you’re in Auckland. Bring the family too. BTW, I’m eagerly awaiting chapter 2 coming online… Shuja 4 years ago Reply Hey Peter, Just finished ‘The Wrong Way Home’ – 20 years late, I know – but I loved it. Inspires me to go explore places like East Timor and the other interesting, off the beaten path places you describe. BTW: Kosovo is on my list after reading your review on it !! Looking forward for more of your works Peter Moore 4 years ago Reply Thanks Shuja. Glad you enjoyed the book. You should drop by Kosovo. And East Timor. Both great places … James 4 years ago Reply Great stuff, I’m eagerly awaiting the next chapter. I’m going stir crazy with this coronavirus work from home stuff and no travel on the horizon! I hope you and your family are safe and healthy. Peter Moore 4 years ago Reply Hi James, I know what you mean. I’ve had three trips cancelled this year already and I’m climbing the walls. With that in mind I’m finally getting around to making Apple iBook versions of my books as well as Kindle versions of The Full Montezuma and NSITT.(All the others are already available as Kindle books only). Coupled with Going Around In Circles, it’s all part of of ‘Travel in the time of Coronavirus’ survival pack, to keep people travelling, even when they can’t! Bryce 4 years ago Reply Hi Peter – I had speculated that it was possible to do a self-contained family campervan tour of NZ while “self-isolating” if you’d arrived from overseas before midnight last night. With a mix of campground operator assistance, supermarket food delivery and app based fuel purchases you’d still be able to do day walks, bike rides and enjoy the great outdoors and spectacular scenery. Anyway, that option is gone now so you’re down to armchair travel via your laptop or tv. Robyn Main 4 years ago Reply Hi Peter, Our 22 yr old Aussie son is driving around USA in what looks like a delivery van (great for parking in loading zones when cities had traffic). He’s got his surfboard and pulls up at vacant land near beautiful beaches in Florida now and just surfs and eats take away and oatmeal. He’s decided to wait it out and has his best mate travelling too so he’s not alone. Mate has pizza making skills so if things get tough, maybe Domino’s might give them a job making and delivering!? (Buckley’s chance of getting a Green Card though!). Yes, he will be there beyond the 90 day USA visa but he’s hoping Trump will induce the Aussie Mates rates in this instance. Have you got any tips for him? Peter Moore 4 years ago Reply Hi Robyn, That’s a tricky one. I’m not an expert on these matters by any means. If I had my parent hat on, I’d tell him to follow the Aussie government’s advice and come home. But if I was 22 years old again and in his position I’d be tempted to ride out this pandemic in the back of my van too, surfing and eating pizza every day. The only thing I would say is that his pushing his luck with the visa. In developing countries you can slip a few bucks to the right official and these things will be overlooked. In America, I suspect they’ll put him in detention. And I wouldn’t be counting on mate’s rates with Trump. The key is in his motto, ‘America First.’ Then there’s the stratospheric costs of health care in the States. Any kind of treatment can run into hundred of thousands of dollars. Even if he doesn’t get coronavirus, he might break his leg or similar. And if he’s overstayed his visa, any travel insurance he may have will be null and void. So, if he insists on staying the road, I’d suggest he get out of the States and head down to Mexico or Canada while he can. Health care is more affordable should he need it. More likely to get some kind of reciprocal health coverage with Canada. But the surfing will be better in Mexico! Like I said, I’m no expert. Just some things to consider. My 22-year-old self would probably take the Mexico option. Cheaper living costs, lots of good surf breaks. He might just have to eat tacos rather than pizzas! Jeff Winter 4 years ago Reply Hi Peter, My wife and I are currently in southern Spain under “lockdown” and I’ve just discovered your books online. As a retired travel agent (Thomas Cook for many years) but little experience of a package holiday ourselves, preferring to choose where we wander. As someone with history of long distance walking in the UK and in Europe I have enjoyed many of the type of personal encounters which wrote about. Having ” found” you I guess your books are going to help keep me sane during the weeks ahead until we can return home. Please keep writing ! Regards Jeff Winter Peter Moore 4 years ago Reply Thanks Jeff! Hopefully we’ll all be off having adventures again soon! Hossam 4 years ago Reply Good job. I like it. I love your post. Thanks for sharing. Keith Hewitt 3 years ago Reply A big thank you for a most fascinating trip though Central America and Jamaica + Cuba. I am a Brit, but worked in Jamaica 1967 – 1972. I visited Guatemala + British Honduras ( now Belize) And also San Andres, Columbian Island off coast of Nicaragua. I bought your book for AUD 0.50 from a junk shop at Mannum on the River Murray. Your writing is so descriptive I felt as though I was there, didn’t need any pictures Then wanted to tell a friend in Perth to read it so Googled your name and all these fab pictures came up. Need to read it a second time Must get your other books. Thanks Keith HEWITT Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Thanks Keith. Really pleased to hear you enjoyed The Full Montezuma, especially as you have travelled through the region yourself. And thanks too, for spreading the word. Much appreciated! Keith 3 years ago Reply Peter, Just finished it a second time, love your way with words. One can feel the “tension ” with the GND, and laugh at the situation. By the way there is a cure for sea sickness, An old RTW sailor taught me when we were sailing from Madeira to the Canaries. Put a lump of stem ginger in your mouth, but don’t chew it. Just let the ginger juices trickle into your stomach. Not convinced I asked him does it really stop sea sickness ? His reply, well if it doesnt work, what comes up tastes and smells so much better than vomit ? BTW, have so enjoyed the book have now recommended it to about 8 friends, who have asked “What you doing during the lock down?” That 50 cents spent in the junk shop in Mannum was the best investment on my Murray river trip! Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Thanks Keith – I will try the ginger trick next time I’m on the high seas. My mum always made us eat bananas when we were sick. Apparently they are the only thing that tastes the same going down as coming back up! Gio 3 years ago Reply Makes you realize what a blessing travel is.. Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Too true … and it’s funny the things you miss when you’re locked down at home! Dave Lardner 3 years ago Reply Hi Peter, Just reading TFM for the second time after reading The Wrong Way Home for second time after being stuck in Saigon recently. Did the SE Asia backpacker route in the 80s. Cheers Dave Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Cheers Dave. Thanks for getting in touch. Susan 3 years ago Reply Hello Peter, I have just finished your book ‘Vroom with a View’ (autographed copy I might add) that I picked up from a beautiful little town in Victoria called Lorne. I can honestly say that your book has inspired my travel plans that I keep note in our ‘Nevill Destinations’ book. The Italy entry has now had an expansion of locations that I may have never known to visit. Thank you for your wonderful story that will assist with my planning in the future!! Safe travels Peter. Ciao, Susan Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Thanks, Susan. I’m so glad you enjoyed Vroom. No sure being signed adds value or decreases it, but I’m happy to hear you’ve added some of my Italian ports of call to your post-COVID Wishlist. I was just speaking to Filippo last night who told me that he’d got a letter from the government saying he could open his business again after it was shut down because of the virus. Hopefully that’s a sign that things are slowly getting back to normal in Italy (or as normal as can be expected) and I’ll be able to pop over and see my Italian friends (and my Vespas!) again. Cheers Peter Rod Downs 3 months ago Reply Hi Peter , We live in NZ and have read all of your books . Your first book Vroom with a view inspired myself and my wife to buy a Vespa in 2011 , a GTS 300 . We have since done a tour of Tuscany on a rented Vespa plus various day trips around Umbria and Tuscany , and just completed 8 days around Puglia with another couple from NZ . We all loved it . Thanks so much for the inspiration. Rod and Chris Downs Steve 3 years ago Reply Hi Pete We met at Keith’s place in Maida Vale in London and I have some sad news. Keith died from cancer in September, back in Hobart. He went out in typical Keith’s way, gone but not forgotten Cheers Steve Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Hi Steve, Yeah, sad news. I’d stayed in touch with Keith on Facebook – AKA Lew Skannen – and heard the news. I put a little memorial on social media at the time, using a pic of him when we went into Afghanistan. I remember they all thought he was Russian, which pleased him immensely! Like you said, gone but not forgotten! Thanks for getting in touch. Cheers Peter Craig Wardle 3 years ago Reply Hey Peter, I have followed your career from day 1…I did an around the world trip in 98-99, starting in England passing through SE Asia, Oz, NZ, South Pacific – but then got stuck in Canada and emigrated here 2004. I ‘check in’ every so often to see if you have anything, but knew that a family was busy times. I have all your books and eagerly await each one, so this is a real treat – especially now. Going to start chapter 1 now!!! Stay safe Cheers!! Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Hey Craig – great to hear from you! Hope things are going well in Canada. You’re right about having a family putting a brake on things. My daughter is now older enough to start ignoring me, hence why I’m back on the travel wagon. Shame COVID-19 came along to stymie things for a while still. Cheers Peter Dianne 3 years ago Reply Hi Peter, I am re-reading your original book version of NSITT for the umpteenth time (during lockdown) and there are some comments that still make me laugh out loud. Having travelled to a number of the places that you mention, at an even earlier time than you were there, there are some realities which do not change including border crossings, the state of the toilets and the state of the accommodation! Perhaps it is why NSITT resonates so well. Thank you for putting together such an interesting set of instructions and traveller’s tales! Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Thanks Dianne. Glad to hear that NSITT still rings true. I’m just putting together an eBook version and, I must admit, I was a little concerned that it might be a little date. But apart from the obvious things like music cassettes and Internet cafes, it’s pretty clear that the ‘fundamentals’ of travel are still the same! Silvie van de Ree 3 years ago Reply Thanks for sharing, loved reading it! Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Thanks Silvie! Mario Bonnici 3 years ago Reply Dear Peter I have finished reading your book ‘Vroom with a View’. I enjoyed every minute of it. I like your style of writing as it is simple and light but with a lot of details information. I know Vespas very well as they were the means of transport in my youth. There was also another popular scooter, the Lambretta, which was also popular at that time. I have lived in Melbourne for the last 34 years but I originally hail from Malta, which is small island in the Mediterranean about 60 miles away from Sicily. Being so close to Italy, although a British colony until 1974, Malta had a lot of Italian influence and the motor scooter and the Fiat 500 were two of them. I hope you managed to bring Sophia to Australia and that you married Sally and probably have a few kids. I am looking forward to read another of your books. Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Hi Mario, Really pleased to hear you enjoyed ‘Vroom with a View’ and that it reminded you of your youth in Malta. I was in Malta a couple of years ago and loved it. I stayed in an old place in Silema, and shuttled back and forth across the harbour to Valetta on the dgħajsa. Brilliant. I also had a bit of a wander around the rest of the island too and loved it. Didn’t get the chance to get across to Goza, so will definitely have to get back there as soon as this whole Coronavirus thing is over. Barry 3 years ago Reply Hello Peter, I’ve just finished reading ‘Vroom With A View’. I loved it – couldn’t put it down! I love all things Vespa and Italy. My mate and I both have Vespas and ride out here in Malvern England. It was Steve who bought your book to my attention. I am glad he did. Take care. All the very best to you. Regards from Baz. Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Hi Baz, Thanks for your message. Glad to hear you enjoyed Vroom. Always means a lot from a fellow Vespista! Hope you’ve been enjoying a few lockdown rides in Malvern, if only to test your eyesight! Cheers Peter nicole 3 years ago Reply Hi Peter, I have really enjoyed all of your books. I’d love to see a pic of Jon! Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Thanks Nicole. Much appreciated. As a way of thanks, here’s a pic of Jon and the GND in Costa Rica! Cheers Peter J Mdumulla 3 years ago Reply Hi Peter, Just finished reading your book Swahili For The Broken Hearted. I feel like I have travelled with you. I can sense the dust, smells, you paint such vivid pictures. I wish you wrote a bit more about Tanzania. It seemed you just passed through it but didn’t take much note like the other countries. I am hooked though, so I must get all the other books. Any reason you chose the wise Swahili headings? Sparky 3 years ago Reply Hi Peter, I have just completed both Vrooms and I thought it would be remiss of me not to say how much I enjoyed both tales of adventure. I have been travelling to Italy every year for the past 16 years but unfortunately I had to cancel my Easter and Summer trips due to the recent Covid 19 crisis. Your Italian memoirs on your Vespa are the exact same reasons of why I fell in love with the country and they have provided me with sunshine and laughter during one of the most difficult times we have ever experienced globally. I found your narratives and concept of exploration extremely motivating and as a result I’m going to purchase a brand new Ferrari red Vespa GTS 125 with matching top box, a dream of mine for years. Next summer I plan to travel on the Hull to IJmuiden ferry, scoot past Amsterdam to Dusseldorf, jump on the Motorail all the way to Verona. From there I hope to survey Lake Garda and the Dolomites. The reason I state this is because you have provided me through your writings with the stimulus to ‘make it happen’, for this I thank you kind sir. By the way, why don’t you go for the Vespa trilogy, Vroom around the Lakes!!!! Grazie mille, Saluti, Sparky Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Hey Sparky, Thanks so much for your message. I really pleased to hear you enjoyed my ‘Vroom’ books. Even more so that they’ve motivated you to have your very own Italian Vespa adventure. I love it when that happens! I also like your idea fro the trilogy. I haven’t seen much of the north. Now … just got to convince the wife about buying another Vespa … Cheers! Gearoid 3 years ago Reply Hi Peter, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed re-reading your books lately. There is one that I have never been able to track down – “Same Same, But Different”, which Wikipedia claims was written in 2006 and published as an eBook. Wikipedia claims a lot of things, but I presume there must be some truth to this. Google, which also claims a lot of things, seems to think it was about a ten day ride on a Vespa through the Mekong Delta. If so then I’d love to know more, and ideally read it. You seem to be the best person to ask! Gearoid Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Hi Gearoid, I’m not sure who wrote my Wikipedia entry – it just kind of appeared – but they are correct. There was an eBook version of a little Vespa trip I did around the Mekong Delta. I used to give it away for free, but after Amazon started their Kindle Unlimited program they cracked down on that and pretty much insist that you have to sell eBooks for at least 99p/99c or join up to their scheme. Long story short, I took it down off Amazon. But I’m currently working on a new eBook version, with photos, so I can feel justified within myself charging something. Keep an eye on the site for news. I’ve also taken a note of your email, so I’ll also let you know directly when it’s done. Cheers Peter Robert Buthlay 3 years ago Reply Is there anywhere I can buy the book Vroom by the Sea? Vroom with a View is by far my favourite book. It Brought back many memories of my days with a Vespasian. Superb. Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Hi Robert, It’s a tricky one to track down. It’s out of print in the UK, but I think you can still get it in Australia. I know Fishpond.com.au are selling copies. And you can usually find secondhand copies on the various Amazons. If you have a Kindle, it’s always available as an eBook. If you look on the page above you’ll see direct links to the various territories and a link to the Apple eBook version as well. Richard Warran 3 years ago Reply The Muttonbirds album Salty reminds my of my travels in New Zealand a brilliant kiwi band that were massive in NZ but a bit underground here in the UK but as good as Crowded House. Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Hi Richard, I love The Muttonbirds! I’ve got a copy of Salty in my storage unit back in Sydney. Thanks so much for reminding me of them. Just off to Spotify to have a listen now! Gearoid Kingston 3 years ago Reply Hi Peter, That’s great news, and I very much look forward to reading it. When you consider that 99p buys you less than half a cup of coffee in the U.K. (taking less than 5 minutes to drink), 99p for the escapism of reading about one of your adventures is an absolute bargain – with or without photos. I love viewing the photographs on your website in conjunction with re-reading your other books anyway. Gearoid Trish Brown 3 years ago Reply Hi Peter, Just reading your very interesting 1999 publication ‘The Wrong Way Home’ – in Albania at the moment! Just keen to know what year you set out for that trip? Regards Trish Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Hi Trish, Thanks for your comment. I left London in April 1994 to do that trip. Quite a while ago now and I know Albania is in a much better state than it was then. Having said that, the Albanians were incredibly hospitable, despite the conditions they found themselves in and it remains one of my favourites of all the places I visited. Cheers Peter Nadja Cyr 3 years ago Reply Do you have a picture of the toilet on the overnight train in Egypt? I remember seeing it somewhere. Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Hi Nadja, You’re right. I did. When I upgraded the site I left it out. But seeing as you asked nicely, here it is: Enjoy! Richard 3 years ago Reply Peter, I am just reading ‘The Wrong Way Home’ after it has been sat on my shelf for years. It is bringing back a lot of great memories of a trip I did in the 1998 in the other direction, from India to Jersey by Enfield motorcycle. Poignantly and movingly, today on VJ day I have just read the section about your grandfather. Thanks, Richard Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Thanks Richard. I must admit to thinking about my grandfather too. There’s been a lot about the war in Burma here in the UK and his plane was shot down during a bombing raid to support the Chingdits. Cheers Peter David Blinkhorn 3 years ago Reply Hi Peter Just finished TFM. Really enjoyed it and as other people have said you have a brilliant way with words and make the reader feel as though they know a town or city even if they haven’t visited the place. I really hope that you and the GND are still together and I guess it must be over 20 years ago that you made the trip. Just your Swahili book to go now. Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Hi David, Thanks for your message. Glad to hear you enjoyed ‘The Full Montezuma.’ If you’ve got hold of ‘Swahili for the Broken-Hearted’ you’ll know that the GND didn’t last. Travelling together is usually a ‘make-or-break’ scenario for relationships and so it was for us. Not all is lost though. I have married and had a daughter since, so I’m not one of those sad blokes propping up a bar somewhere saying how much better everything was 20 years ago! Cheers Peter Guy Francis 3 years ago Reply Hello Peter I have just about finished reading ‘Vroom’ for a third time. It gives me encouragement to get organised to fix my 1963 VNB 125cc (light blue) I bought in 1987 while at Uni in Wollongong. I gave my last copy of the book away when I sold my other Vespa (1975 Rally 200) to someone in Melbourne on the mistaken memory that you rode around Italy on a Rally. Anyway, it was always the curves of the 125 that I preferred. Sometime ago, I was reading your book “The Wrong Way Home” and at the end of the book you travel up the freeway to towards Liverpool NSW, “…past your old school…” and I’m thinking that’s got to be HAHS…I went there…who wrote this…Peter Moore…I know him…friend of my brother Mark. Small world. I enjoyed the references to life as a Westie. The sale of the (rusty) Rally turned $150 (after 20 years of being used occasionally and in the way) into $3500 and bought me a BMW K100 ($1000). As you know “Way leads onto way…” and I have several BMs. Still got the VNB, it is in bits in my Aladdin’s cave of a single car garage. It will ride again. Best wishes to you, your family, Lesley-Ann. Regards Guy Francis PS. Have a vague memory of you drinking some cocktail of whatever could be found in the kitchen at my parent’s place made by Al Woollard (?) and you jumping around to endure the torture. Think the payoff was $10 or less. Cheap bastard. Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Hey Guy, Great to hear from you! Hope all is well. I rode a 1975 Rally in my second Vroom book, ‘Vroom By The Sea‘, so your memory isn’t letting you down. And, as for being a cheap bastard, $10 was a lot of money back in those days. Having said that, I’d probably do it again for $10 all these years later, so you’re probably right. Good luck getting your ’63 back in shape! Cheers Peter karen 3 years ago Reply Love this, Peter…more! (please). Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Thanks Karen. I’ll see what I can do. 🙂 Bob Fogel 3 years ago Reply Just finished Vroom by the Sea. It took me back to our visits to Positano, Ravello and Sicily along with some destination ideas for our next trip to Italy. Previously read Vroom with a View, which I also enjoyed. Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Thanks Bob – always nice to hear that I’ve helped bring goof memories back for my readers. And I appreciate your kind words for both Vrooms. Cheers Peter Peter. Marsh 3 years ago Reply I read NSITT sometime ago in Spain and really enjoyed it. I’ve just finished TFM and loved it. I spent some time in Jamaica and that section made me chuckle. I’m now up for your take on Italy and Africa. I know that you are married with kid (s) but I’m left wondering whatever happened to the GND eventually? Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Hey Peter – thanks for your message. Glad to hear my experiences in Jamaica rang true with yours! Re: The GND. All is explained at the start of Swahili for the Broken-Hearted. But the short answer is: it didn’t work out! Cheers Peter Sonia 3 years ago Reply Great to stumble across your blog and this article. I see you have a very interesting editorial style. Brief, yet informative enough text, accompanied by a photo that usually indeed speaks a thousand words. Lovely read! Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Hi Sonia, Thanks. Didn’t realise I had a particular editorial style, but you’re right. Travel to me is about sharing stories and inspiring people to go and experience the world and get their own stories to tell! Sonia 3 years ago Reply I was told about bull racing in Indonesia when in Bali, or more precisely Nusa Lembongan. I’ve felt very attracted to spending some time travelling in remote areas of otherwise exposed tourist spots. Guess COVID has a different ideas and I’ll have wait for that. Awesome post again! I’m your new reader! Was looking exactly for something like that and am glad I found it. Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Hi Sonia, The bull races are quite a spectacle. They’re held all across Madura, but I reckon the ones in the small villages are the best. The whole community comes out and it is quite the occasion. And re: travelling to less exposed tourist spots, I highly recommend it. You might not get to see as many world famous ‘sights’ but it is so much easier to meet people and have a more authentic local experience. Sonia 3 years ago Reply Another awesome read. I got totally stuck on your blog. Amazing stuff and especially because I’m currently based in Malaysia and know EXACTLY what you mean by people not having the slightest idea of what you are talking about yet giving the impression it’s all crystal clear to them. Malaysian’s are not so good as Indonesians, as they usually give a blank stare at some point, but Indonesians take it to the next level. Impressive lol. I’m laughing at some of my stories too. BTW, I’m confused, do you have an instagram account or not? Sorry if I was supposed to get a joke but didn’t… Thought the link meant to take me to your account… Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Thanks Sonia – glad you’re enjoying the posts and that they’re ringing true to your travel experiences! And re: Instagram. I do have an account. It’s @petermooretravel Jessie Taylor 3 years ago Reply Hi Peter! Your blog has not only inspired me to travel,but has also given me an idea as to what to look forward to/anticipate as a solo-traveler. Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Hey Jessie, Thanks for that! I guess the best advice I can give for travelling solo is to expect the unexpected and to just go with the flow. Oh, and trust your gut. If you feel something isn’t quite right, it probably isn’t. Having said that, travelling on your own is the quickest and easiest way to meet people and truly experience a country. Enjoy! Sonia 3 years ago Reply As always, you don’t disappoint Peter 🙂 I almost saw myself in your shoes because that routine looks so good to me. Not only do I love beer, but finding a beer spot is always a joy on any trip. Though, I think the best part is giving the bottles to the kiddos. Guess simplicity is just as powerful as an act of kindness purely inspired by it. Great post! Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Thanks Sonia! Neil 3 years ago Reply Hi Peter I too have just finished your book. It brought back memories of back packing in China in 1990. You made me remember the frustration of trying to arrange anything there in those days. Days there were either very hard or very rewarding. Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Hi Neil, Glad you enjoyed ‘The Wrong Way Home’ and that it brought back memories of your time in China. It was a struggle back then, but of course that’s what made it such a great adventure. With the benefit of hindsight – and enough water under the bridge – I always remember the hard times as the best times! Andy Allsebrook 3 years ago Reply Hello! Many years ago you put out a message asking for places to stay. I got in touch and said me and two mates had recreated your African trip. We were arranging a visit in Barnsley, UK. I abruptly changed jobs, lost me email address and we never arranged a meet up. Years after that I became friends with a guy called James Druce, who I believe you stayed with at some point. You gave him a set of signed books. I’m requesting my set now ???. Just kidding. It was a shame we missed you, I’m sure we’d all have had many tales of Africa to share a drink over!! Hope you’re well mate, and can get travelling again soon. All the best. Peter Moore 2 years ago Reply Hey Andy, I vaguely remember this. And sadly, never made it to Barnsley on that trip. Would have loved to hear about your African adventures too. Re: James,. Small world, isn’t it. Re: Travelling again. Over 12 months later and we’re still waiting. Hope you’ve got something epic planned for when we can. Cheers Peter Hannah Jones 3 years ago Reply You are very kind and a good influence. I might bring all of my empty bottles and sell them and then give them to those who are in need. This is a very good post, thank you for sharing this richard 3 years ago Reply Hi Peter, Just finished your book. It was very enjoyable. When did the trip take place? I did my 1st overland Amsterdam to Bangkok and then Bali in 74-76, Followed that up with a bicycle trip through SE Asia in 82/83. 2020 has been the 1st year i have NOT left the country I am living in (Thailand) in decades. Namaste’ Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Hi Richard. I did the trip way back in ’94. Funny thing is, I get a lot of emails from people saying things haven’t changed much. Having said that, I am envious of you doing the big overland trip at the height of the ‘Hippy Trail’ era. That must have been something else! Richard 3 years ago Reply Hey Peter, here’s my ultimate road trip: Bangkok-Calcutta (by air) and then on to Darjeeling – Kathmandu – Delhi – Leh – Delhi – Ajmer -Bombay – Goa – Kerala – Land End. All around Sri Lanka. Bangkok (by air) then Singapore – Bali- Sydney (by air). By bicycle. Best 18 months of my life. Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Wow. Sounds epic! Nuno 3 years ago Reply When was it? Do you remember which day of the week runs the train from Wadi Halfa to Khartoum (and back)? Was it pleasant or should I rather a bus? Thank you for your help. I look forward to reading your book! Peter Moore 2 years ago Reply Hey Nuno, It was a while ago now. Back in the early 2000s. So can’t remember what day it ran (it was once a week back then) I’ve heard mixed news about the train – either that it’s stopped running or they’ve replaced the tracks and it’s going again. When I did the trip, the train was more reliable than buses, but I wouldn’t say it was pleasant. Whenever the train got over 20 ks and hour it kicked up dust that then filled the carriage and made it difficult to breathe. It was an adventure though, and is that what it’s all about? Anyway, thanks for getting in touch. Hope you have your very own Sudanese train adventure very soo! Cheers Peter Mark Dabbs 3 years ago Reply Just finished your book Peter at 4 am! What happened to the GND? Looking at your pictures it looks like she was more than happy. You have rather pulled me up about taking a girl with me on a trip round Canada though. Less hassle on your own. Gonna get “Swahili” next as a follow up. That’s three books of yours I’ve bought so if I don’t get a mention here…they may be the last! Ed 3 years ago Reply Really enjoying the book at the moment and great to stumble upon these photos of the trip. Some much needed escapism at the moment! Peter Moore 2 years ago Reply Thanks Ed. I know what you mean! I could do with an adventure – any adventure – right now! Dave Fryer 3 years ago Reply Hi Peter. Just read Vroom with a View and thought it was bloody great. I too am a scooterist with a couple of Vespas and not having any scooter rallies to attend in 2020 was hard but your trip helped during our long winter nights to add a bit of sunshine. Gonna read Vroom by the Sea next. If you get down to Devon look us up and I’ll lend you a scoot. Cheers Peter Moore 2 years ago Reply Hi Dave – glad to hear you enjoyed Vroom. Means a lot coming from a fellow Vespa owner. Devon is a pretty nice part of the world. I may well just take you up on your offer! Cheers Peter Mark Dabbs - Walsall's Running Ambassador 3 years ago Reply Dear Peter At the start of chapter 10 – Nkhata Bay, Malawi – second paragraph you have put the wrong name of President Banda – it is Hastings Kamuzu Banda, not Zazuma you have the wrong middle name. Sorry. Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Hey Mark, Don’t be sorry! Your correction is very much appreciated and probably something my editor should have picked up! I’m in control of the eBook version, so I’ll make that correction right now. I’ll also forward your message to my publishers. Hopefully they can correct it for the next reprint. Cheers! Julian Perris 3 years ago Reply Hi I worked at the hotel in the mid 1980s. I worked for Yugotours as a resident entertainer,I have such fond memories of the place and people ,be nice to chat some time julian Sonja Mikulcic 5 months ago Reply Hallo Meine Mama hat auch im 1980 dort gearbeitet. In der Küche gibt es Leute die dort leben die in dem Zeitraum dort gearbeitet haben. Ich möchte dieses Jahr dort hin fahren eine kleine Überraschung zum 60. Geburtstag Kennst du jemanden mit sie sich unterhalten könnte über die alten zeiten und was mit dem Hotel pasiert ist. Gruss Sonja Chris 3 years ago Reply I feel something special about you, unlike most other travel bloggers and enthusiasts. You seek and find beauty in small, simple things that don’t need to look spectacular or trendy. That makes me feel happy by its nature even though we don’t know each other. Thank you so much for that. Peter Moore 2 years ago Reply Thanks Chris. Much appreciated. Peter Moore 3 years ago Reply Thanks Chris. I try my best! Kuhu Sharma 2 years ago Reply Hi Here is my ultimate road trip from Delhi to Leh via Chandigarh Manali by Motorbike with BestFriends. Favorite 10 Days. Peter Moore 2 years ago Reply Hey Kuhu, That’s a next level road trip. Sounds awesome. Sonia 2 years ago Reply Just read this now and despite seeing all the posts on Instagram I lolled hard. What a read! I mean… Yet again you totally dragged me in your mini though super poignant stories. Each of them is so wonderfully written that I feel like I want to be reading them again and again. But quite honestly it’d be awesome if we could have a chat in person over a beer and I’d coax all the juicy details from you. And as a Czech I can’t but finish by saying ‘Fuck the army’!!! Peter Moore 2 years ago Reply Thanks Sonia. Right back at you! Walkace 2 years ago Reply Read Vroom with a View – loved it! I’m still riding Lambrettas at 71. We went over the Alps on one when I was 67. Then I discovered The Wrong Way Home. It brought back lots of memories of backpacking in the past. Funny book but well written, will look out for more of yours, Wish I could say I bought it but I’m to tight! Thanks Wallace Peter Moore 2 years ago Reply Thanks Wallace. Glad to hear you enjoyed both books. Good luck on your hunt for my others. Cheers Peter Natalie Roberts 2 years ago Reply I’ve just finished your book after picking it up in a hostel in San Cristobal! Thank you so much for making me laugh, especially as I’m travelling around similar parts with my boyfriend. I laugh as I see us in both of you – even yesterday the debate me and my boyfriend had about going to a cenote, him wanting the more rustic, free route in (with me in flip flops), and me wanting to just pay the tiny entry free for a much easier day! After being ankle deep in mud, my boyfriend finally relented and we paid the entrance fee! You both travelled to these parts over 20 years ago, what a completely different travel experience you had without the internet at your fingertips…..and without the Instagram generation. You were both so adventurous and brave to travel like you did. Hats off to you. Thanks once again for a fantastic book….and the photos to check out after made me smile! Nat Peter Moore 2 years ago Reply Hi Natalie, Thanks so much for your kind comments. Always pleased to hear that my book rang true with your experiences. It takes a certain kind of bravery – some would say stupidity – to travel with a partner! I know what you mean about the internet changing things, but in my own travels since I’ve been pleased to see that somethings never change. Meeting people and experiencing, just for a moment, their lives is still as rewarding and exciting as it always was. It’s just a little more difficult to just rock up and expect to find a room or get a bus ticket than it used to be. Again, thanks for taking the time to comment. It was very much appreciated! Michael Heffernan 2 years ago Reply Loved the book. I’m fascinated by the Italians. They are the foundation of the west—no doubt most things we do were set in motion 2000 years ago there. Good job on the book! Saluti! Peter Moore 2 years ago Reply Thanks Michael Richard 2 years ago Reply The last (only) cricket match I watched was on a sunny Sunday afternoon on Alderney, it was between two of the local pub teams. To avoid any risk of spillage the wicket keeper stood his pint glass of beer behind the middle stump :). The bowler didn’t seem to take offence. Peter Moore 2 years ago Reply Sounds like fun. Perhaps the wicketkeeper was giving his bowler something to aim at to encourage him to bowl on stumps 🙂 Paul Pollard 1 year ago Reply We stayed in the building when it was a hotel in about 1976 or 77. Its a shame to see that it has fallen into disrepair. It is in a magical location, we had a wonderful time there. We travelled with Yugotours, the country was still Yougoslavia at the time. I hope it gets turned back into a hotel at some point, its a shame it lays empty and unloved. Peter Moore 1 year ago Reply Hi Paul, There are plans to redevelop, apparently. They just need to sort things out with the monks. Like you said, it would be a shame for such a magical location to got to waste. Paul Bradbury 1 year ago Reply We stayed there for 10 days in 1988 when Yugoslavia was so inexpensive it was difficult to spend your money. Sad to see it disused, we had a really nice time there, we were a young family with a 2 year old and Bol was magical. Peter Moore 1 year ago Reply Hi Paul, It is sad to see the place abandoned, but I hear there are plans to resurrect it. Bol itself, however, remains just as magical. A little more developed than when you visited, I suspect, but I visited out of season and it was very chilled. Andrew M 1 year ago Reply I have read both your Vroom books and enjoyed reading about Italy’s culture and your informative observation on the people you met on your travels. Of course the two scooters have piqued my interest and in fact I have an Agrati Capri scooter which is just as Italian as the Vespa and Lambretta. Great photos of your scooter and scenery. Will you be doing another Vroom book? Peter Moore 1 year ago Reply Hi Andrew – thanks for your message. That sounds like a nice collection of scoots you’ve got there! Glad to hear you enjoyed the Vroom books. And, yes, there are plans to get back and do another trip. Maybe down the east coast. Watch this space! Cheers Peter Donald 11 months ago Reply Hiya Peter Loved “The Wrong Way Home”. I hope your readers’ admiration still puts a smile on your face, nearly 30 years after your trip. As a new reader, I revelled in your words and observations. It was picked it up in a charity shop because I wanna go to Iran on my motorcycle. After an arduous (and badly planned) dash to the south of Spain in 2018, a mere hop in comparison to your epic journey (7000 miles in three weeks there and back with two weeks stationary in Spain), I’m doing what I can to increase my strength, flexibility and endurance because the desire is strong. I’m roughly the same age as you. My first proper adventure was to Utrecht in The Netherlands when I was 17 in 78 to visit a Dutch girl I’d met in France two years earlier on a family holiday. The bike then was a 200cc Yamaha. About a month after I passed my test. Travel has been part of me ever since. I’m writing a novel about an Iranian boy and his life being brought up in a terrorist training camp. During the research for it, I came across details of Babak castle in the north of Iran not too far from the Azerbaijan border. The now grown boy travels out of Iran for the first time in his life, via the dam over the Aras river on the border, avoiding border crossings. The calling is to see the castle built by Babak Khorramdin and the dam and the two bridges built centuries ago nearby. Meeting real people in Iran is foremost in my heart. So thank you for further inspiration. It is very well received and simply encourages me that visiting Iran is now my destiny. I hope I haven’t taken up too much of your time but I had to let you know how much I enjoyed your book. Funny, entertaining and informative. Looks like I’ll have to read the one detailing your adventures on a scooter too. Travel well. (The email is valid, but don’t tell anyone) 😉 Peter Moore 11 months ago Reply Hey Donald, Thanks for your message! Always happy to hear from readers, especially if they enjoyed my books. Never gets old! Your trip to Iran sounds amazing. It is easily one of my favourite places I’ve visited. The people there are pathologically hospitable and a remind that it’s dangerous to equate the government of a place and its people. You certainly won’t have any problems meeting real people, that’s for sure. And they’ll helpfully point out the government guys following you as well! 🙂 Again, thanks for taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it. and good luck with your travels and your book. Cheers Peter Norton 10 months ago Reply Hi Peter Just reread The Full Montezuma after sorting out various old books. Last time must have been 20 years ago. Took me right back to travelling around Mexico in 2001 and various other trips. Travelling was different then before the mobile Internet… Much more spontaneous and you never knew what was in store! Glad to see from the other comments that life has worked out well. Will have to read/re-read your other books. Cheers Norton Stephen William Smith 9 months ago Reply Am right here with him now. We bought a bowl! Peter Moore 9 months ago Reply Ha! Cool. Say hi to Mansfield for me! Jock Schoeller 8 months ago Reply Just finished the book ‘Vroom By The Sea’. Loved it. Am off to spend six months inItaly and walk the Francigena from Lucca to Rome. Next year I would like to do a Vespa trip. My son lives in Italy. I taught him Italian. I live in New Zealand so might not have been the smartest idea. It appears there was a girl in Italy for whom only an Italian speaking Antipodean would do. Go figure. Thanks for sharing your adventures. Peter Moore 8 months ago Reply Hi Jock, Thanks for your message. I crossed the Via Francigena a couple of times as I headed south from Milan to Rome in my first Vespa book, ‘Vroom with a View’. The Via Francigena goes through some stunning countryside. And plenty of suitable ‘refreshment’ stops too! Your son has done well to get himself an Italian girlfriend. I wouldn’t regard Italian with an Antipodean burr – Aussie or Kiwi – as particularly romantic sounding. Not like when Italians or the French speak English, for example. But look on the bright side. You now got the excuse to spend a lot more time in Italy. And you’ve got somewhere free to stay! Seriously though, thanks for your kind words about Vroom. It is much appreciated. I hope you have an equally great time in Italy on your upcoming adventures. Cheers Peter Niki 3 months ago Reply Loved your book Vroom with a View ! Where did you stay in Lucca ? We are looking for a good place to stay …going in July with bike ?️! Peter Moore 3 months ago Reply Hi Jock. Glad to hear you liked Vroom. Re:Lucca. Loved it. Stayed in two places. The hostel set in an old Monastery (Ostello San Frediano) when I was on my own. And at La Romea (https://www.laromea.com) when I was with Sally. Loved La Romea. It’s it a great spot and in a great old building. Greg Eccleston 8 months ago Reply Such an amazing geographical experience. More people should know about Ilhéu das Rolas! Robyn 7 months ago Reply Hi Peter I’m reading Vroom with a view. I’m on a cruise ship home to Sydney from New Zealand. I’m studying Italian and so enjoying your adventures. Was excited to see your kinder surprise green vespa. I’m your vintage, just a couple of years older so relate to you. Thinking you may have convinced me to convince my husband for us to go back to Italy but to drive a car. We’re too old for a vespa. Thank you. Peter Moore 7 months ago Reply Hi Robyn, Glad you enjoyed ‘Vroom’. And hopefully, I’ve convinced you and your husband to go back to Italy. Have a great time when you do. And thanks for your message. It was very much appreciated. Robyn 7 months ago Reply Hi Peter again just read a little more about you. 20 minutes from Liverpool station. Leppington or Hoxton Park. Lol I grew up on Hoxton Park Rd across from the BP. As I said before I. On a cruise ship and tonight I found a mini gold vespa and an Italian fuel pump on board. Peter Moore 7 months ago Reply Ha ha. Small world. I grew up at Rossmore. I used to drive fast – too fast – when I was younger. Hence only 20 minutes from Liverpool 🙂 Isaiah Emmanuel Sunganimoyo 7 months ago Reply Thank you Peter Moore for visiting our country, MALAWI. Peter Moore 7 months ago Reply My pleasure, Isaiah. Greg Eccleston 6 months ago Reply Love this picture. I have a similar one, sans sisters. Jon 5 months ago Reply I am restoring a Vespa 50 special now – someone who is helping with the project gave me your book, good read. Fun trip – I need to do a road trip myself but a 50 special maxes out at 30mph. Thanks for the book and the adventures. Inspiring Peter 4 months ago Reply Hello Peter. I’ve read your book now probably 3 times over many years. It has meant a lot to me and had a quite effect during emotional times in my life. I think of now affection. Recently I’ve had the pleasure sending it as a gift to someone who I thought would just get it, and they have. That’s a special thing. All the very best to you. Peter Jen Dal Bon 4 months ago Reply Hey Peter, Just finished reading Vroom With A View which was given to my husband for his 60th. Brilliant!! He just bought himself a 1961 Vespa yet to be named !! He is the 3rd owner & we can’t wait for it to come back from the specialist Vespa mechanic to zip around & have coffee Sunday mornings at our local Cafe. We are hopefully heading back to Italy next year to see family in Crespano del Grappa north of Venice. Thanks for the ride I felt like I was on the back of Sophia with my husband ? Dave Lardner 4 months ago Reply Awesome listening. Nadim 3 months ago Reply Those last 3 photos don’t appear to be of Dahab but Hurghada Peter Moore 3 months ago Reply Hi Nadim, You’re 100% correct. Taken while waiting for the ferry across to Sharm el Sheik. Well spotted. Mike 3 months ago Reply Greetings from Poland, My mother, huge fan of Vroom, lent me the book and I fell in love with it instantly. Great story and journey! Thank you! All the best for you, Sally, and your daughter. Mike Larry Snyder 2 months ago Reply Great piece Peter. My pro life had me there a few years back. They are lovely people. Keep up your good work! Peter Moore 2 months ago Reply Thanks Larry! Chernor Amadu 2 months ago Reply Absolutely amazing and looks super nice with your piece of written descriptions about this lovely paradise. Peter Moore 2 months ago Reply Thanks Chernor!