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Bob Deschene
Brighton & Hove, England
Travelling keeps mind and body alive and envigorated
Interests: We love travelling, meeting people and exploring new cultures. Whilst at home we do pilates, tai chi, tennis, badminton, walking, circle dancing, education courses, cinema, theatre, ......
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China Blog Well after spending ten weeks in Japan we were teleported (not really), from Osaka to Beijing to be picked up at the airport Lei Lei our local tour guide and whisked to the Jiangxi Grand Hotel Beijing. Our first shock was to occur on day one as we... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at Bob Deschene's blog
Japan Blog-Honshu the Last Island We have now arrived on the big island after crossing the long and large bridge over the Seto Inland Sea from Shikoku, an amazing feat of engineering. Honshu is the only island most Westerners see of Japan (Hiroshima, Kobe, Kyoto, Nara, Tokyo). Kurashiki was our... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Bob Deschene's blog
Japan Blog Shikoku Well the people and food continue to delight our palettes and we seem to have adopted a spiritual bent from the 88 Shikoku-an temple pilgrimage (I think we managed about 8 of them (1, 2,3,31(Kochi), 41, 42, 73,75) but more about them later. I think the Japanese... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Bob Deschene's blog
Japan Kyushu Delights We have included Tsuwano in this blog although it is actually on the main island Honshu, because it was on the way to Kyushu via the large bridge that brought us onto Japan's prettiest island. We arrived in Tsuwano which is a small town surrounded by mountains... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Bob Deschene's blog
Japan Blog Hokkaido Reflections Well the two words that come to mind are mist and food. The landscape was beautiful, but unfortunately the forest covered mountains and many of the lakes were covered in mist. The consequence of this was that many of our planned walks to summits just didn’t... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Bob Deschene's blog
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Oct 16, 2016
Our tour from Capetown to Victoria Falls was 5500 kms in 20 days and it being full on meant that we were a bit worn out when we got back to Cape Town but rather glad to be running our own show. Now for what we did with our 1.5... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at Bob Deschene's blog
South Africa Tour from Capetown to Victoria Falls-Blog 1 Hi All It has taken us awhile to return to our wandering and its only a short two months exploring mainly South Africa but starting with a 3 week tour of Namibia, Botswana and a brief visit to Victoria Falls in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2016 at Bob Deschene's blog
Well we had a dream 2 months in South Africa and I hope you all enjoy the commentary and photos Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2016 at Bob Deschene's blog
We were not fully aware that our tour would include 3 nights in Ushuaia so we have spent more days at the most southern city then we planned. It has allowed us to visit the small glacier that overlooks Ushuaia and just chill out a bit before we embark on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at Bob Deschene's blog
Interesting blog especially as I watched Top Gear as they went throughPatagonia and we saw quite a few of the things you saw except for the penguins! Such a shame about Bob's feet - hope they are getting better. Will be lovely to have you back in England. Mum is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Bob Deschene's blog
Belated seasons greetings to you both. Despite Bob's problems it looks like you've not missed much of what you planned to do and Christmas in Argentina is much more exciting than most of us will manage in a lifetime! Christmas Day and Boxing Day here were very cold and bright... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at Bob Deschene's blog
This is a difficult blog to write because frankly if we had been back in the UK we would have cancelled the tour because Bob's ability to walk had been significantly compromised with the gout attack and the bone spur problem in his right foot. However as we were not... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2014 at Bob Deschene's blog
Hi There! A belated Merry Christmas to you both with a big hug and kiss. Bob, I am so sorry that you have had so many health issued on this trip. So unfortunate when you are traveling. You have posted so many wonderful photos and the blogs are a story... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2014 at Bob Deschene's blog
Your tour sounds amazing. Do hope Bob's gout soon clears up and he can get back to indulging in the S. American wines. Janice looks as if she is enjoying them! Wishing you both a very happy Christmas and a healthy 2015. xx Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Bob Deschene's blog
Writing this blog is getting a bit depressing because we landed in Mendoza with Bob still being unable to walk without a lot of pain. Our first evening in Mendoza we went to the urgent care unit to try and get some medication to help the gout clear up. Well... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2014 at Bob Deschene's blog
I've been following your blog on your travels to South America, but had never taken the time to comment. You are very brave explorers. I read a book that aunt Rita Quinn gave me about Peru that I found very interesting. I would definetely would like to travel there one... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Bob Deschene's blog
Well, Janice and Bob, you certainly are having your ups and downs during this trip. Still it doesn't seem to have dampened your spirits too much judging from your blogs. We had our first really cold day of the winter last Saturday 6th, a bit of a shock after much... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Bob Deschene's blog
Well our entry into Chile was unfortunate as the bug Bob had was not getting any better and he couldn't get rid of the stomach cramps. So Russ at Sunny Days in Arica took Bob to the urgent care unit and they put him on an IV drip and gave... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Bob Deschene's blog
Hi Bob and Janice I'm sorry I haven't been in touch but the hard drive went on my pc and I have been without one for a while. I've read your latest blog and will catch up with the others when I have more time. It sounds a fabulous trip.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Bob Deschene's blog
Our last stop in Peru was Arequipa, a tour to the Colca Canyon and a couple of days in Tacna which is a border town before entering Chile. Arequipa is the most Spanish town we have been in and there is little indigenous presence. It is the second most populated... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Bob Deschene's blog
Good to read about Cuzco as I have some friends who have lived there with their two children for about 6 years. I think I may have told you about them. They help the street children and in the local schools and hospital. They also adopted two little girls at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Bob Deschene's blog
Our border crossing into Peru was smooth and our hostel owner in Puno is a very friendly woman who speaks English. We decided to splurge our first evening by going to Los Balcones de Puno which has a remarkable menu and provides a dance and music show. We both had... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2014 at Bob Deschene's blog
Hotel Tonito is owned by Chris and Sussy who have built a little oasis in the rather uninspiring town of Uyuni. They have a disabled son who is slowly dyeing and taking care of him, running this substantial business (its a large place with an onsite restaurant) and looking after... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Bob Deschene's blog
Well we entered Bolivia on the day after their national presidential election which meant we had to spend 2 nights in an Argentinian border town called La Quiaca-its only saving grace is that the hostel we were in was great and we met a two lovely Argentinian young women from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Bob Deschene's blog