Luke, Day 2: ’4 pain au chocolates and 2 croissants between the three of us: the pastry sweet spot’

The day before we had our morning plans finalised. Yes we would be tired but we should dismiss any notion of a lie in and instead rise early to go and see Versailles which is ace, very near, and in that film which Ken Branagh did ages ago – the one with all the mirrors….

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Luke, Day 1: ‘Dover is Mental’

Usually before 9am I am good for nothing. I will have just opened my eyes, maybe rolled over and perhaps contemplated breakfast. I will not, I repeat not, have driven 4 hours to DoverThis is highly unusual and certainly not helped by the fact that Dover isn’t an adequate prize for 4 minutes of driving,…

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Will, Day 1/2: Muses from afar

From Lyon. Today and yesterday have been exceedingly long and arduous days that have seen us travel from dull 5am Nottinghamshire to sunny yet slightly industrial Lyon. And we have only just arrived (it’s now 0027 hours) due in part to Jack’s lackadaisical attitude to directing at 11pm around Lyon and Luke’s enthusiastic interest in…

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A Mini Adventure

Tomorrow, at approximately 0500 hours, Luke (fellow travelling companion), Jack (newby travel buddy), and I will set off on our second adventure. This time traversing more than 2000 miles in our 21st century version of the classic 18th century Grand Tour. Fitting to our blog name, we are taking the Slow Way Round to Luke’s…

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Luke left

Today Luke left me. Not quite in a dramatic storming off or final this it kind of way. He’s going home. This means me being on my own for about 18 hours until I meet Alex, a friend of mine from university half way up Vietnam in a placed called Hué ( which we have…

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Pool

I’m with my friend Alex now and his cousin in the north of the country in Hue. The old imperial capital. It’s bloody hot here. Last night after dinner, we went to a bar that was pumping music out of its doors even though it had 4 customers. We started playing pool. Now none of…

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Kuala Bear Lumpur Airport

Getting an upgrade, for free, is practically unheard of. Especially when going from Economy to Business. It literally never happens. It is for that reason why I am quite special….because I thought it happened a lot. ‘Err $500 for first flight only’ the check-in woman said. I had flirted my ass off and laid my…

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War Remnants Museum

Last night I was way too tired to write a blog post much to Luke’s dismay. Yesterday was particularly interesting. We spent most of the day at the war remnants museum which is about Vietnams struggle against the French and subsequently the Americans. Coming to Vietnam I had a shaky understanding of what happened apart…

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Final Day

This is the final (half) day for me in Vietnam. We woke, we ate breakfast, we sat, and now it’s nearly time for me to go to the airport. I’m sitting by the pool, I’ve just got changed into my ‘please upgrade me to Business’ clothes an I’m passing the time by looking over the…

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Mr.Saigon

Every child in the US should be forced to go to the War Remnants Museum in Vietnam. Having spent a couple of hours in there my opinion of the Americans has switched from ‘meh, whatever’ to utter disgust. Pictures of the 3rd generation victims of Agent Orange and descriptions of US GI’s barbaric torture of…

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