Enjoying la dolce vita, the good life, in Italy can be as decadent as lingering over a cappuccino in the coastal town of Levanto, or as simple as making new friends on a train bound for Venice, as Intrepid’s Karen Rastall experienced…
“One of my most memorable train journeys took place in Italy when I was travelling on a day train between Milan and Venice. A passenger joined me soon after departure and within a few minutes we were chatting. A few stops later and a few more passengers entered our compartment, and they too joined in our discussion. Soon after, our small compartment was full and conversation was flowing between all six of us.
When travelling in Vietnam, Express reader Pam Shackleton enjoyed a special Intrepid real life experience that embraced the spirit of Christmas…
“We were travelling on the Reunification Express from Saigon to Hanoi. It was late evening and next day we were to have a celebratory Christmas breakfast when we arrived in Hanoi. We were delayed by several hours, stopped in the middle of nowhere during the night. We realised that our breakfast would not materialise and it was changed to lunch. Our guide Dave didn’t tell us too much about where we were going for our Christmas Day dinner, but we knew enough to be expecting a lot!
On a warm Laos evening, Christmas eve in Vientiane was livened up by twelve high-spirited travellers, one Intrepid group leader and two trainee leaders. Intrepid’s Nicki Gibson was amongst the fun as people stopped and stared and even took photos of the crazy mob complete with Santa hats…
“The hats suddenly appeared from the backpacks of two travellers, who wanted to ensure that the Christmas spirit didn’t escape their Intrepid group in South East Asia. Locals smiled and looked slightly puzzled when we strolled through the city on our way to a not-so-traditional Christmas eve meal.
In the heart of central Turkey lies the beautiful troglodyte village of Goreme. Many people still live in carved rock houses that date back hundreds of years, but with natural erosion and the region’s rapid development Goreme is at risk.
The Old Goreme Restoration Fund was created in 2007 to protect the wonders of Cappadocia and this year The Intrepid Foundation proudly contributed AUD20,000 towards projects that will help preserve the architectural and cultural heritage of the village and surrounds.
As you can imagine The Intrepid Foundation’s donation was very welcome and on behalf of Old Goreme Restoration Fund (OGRF) we heard from Pat Yale about the exciting work that has been undertaken by this passionate organisation.
Originally the Canal du Midi was a shortcut between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, plus a way to steer clear of hostile pirates on the high seas. Now, over three hundred years after its construction, you can still cruise this World Heritage-listed canal and like Intrepid Express reader Barbara Llayton, enjoy watching France glide by…
“One of my most memorable travel experiences was on board a canal boat in the
South of France. We hopped onto our transport (a.k.a. our accommodation and
our kitchen) and were shown the ropes about how to manoeuvre, start, stop
and navigate the canal boat through the narrow waterways on the Canal du
Midi. It was easy – just point in the right direction, avoid all other boats and watch the world glide by.
Real life experiences shouldn’t be rushed. Especially in Egypt, where you can take time out and experience life as an old-world explorer. Sailing down the Nile to the traditional tunes of the Nubian crew, Intrepid’s Sameh Tawfik loves watching Egyptian life glide by…
“JJ is waiting for us, smiling and laughing as always. He greets us like old friends and welcomes us on board our home for the next couple of days. I help the Nubian crew store our packs under the deck and give my group final instructions about travelling by felucca. We cast off, and with the wind in our sails we immediately feel part of another world, where villages and farms along the banks have gone unchanged for centuries.
India has a habit of sneaking up on you and letting you share in extraordinary real life experiences, as Jacqui and Clive Baldry discovered firsthand…
“When we booked our Intrepid trip we knew it would be good, but we never expected such a wonderful journey as that we took Slowly Down the Ganges in February this year!
The boat trip, the camping on the banks, the wonderful food and the delightful cooks and boat boys made it a memorable voyage. Watching the rare river dolphin and birds as we drifted along, and then our arrival at Varanasi was like something out of a film. But that was not the whole story.
Last week in Express our win-a-trip competition asked readers to tell us their recipe for adventure or favourite food and travel tales. There were so many great tastebud-teasing entries but eventually our judges narrowed it down to just one – Aimee Murphy has won a place on Roam China, departing Beijing on 26 November 2008!…
“The humidity hits us as we grab our backpacks and try to work out how , after our red-eye flight, we are to get to our hotel. It’s Ho Chi Minh so it means a rusted car, driving on the wrong side of the road, ignoring red lights, what seat belts?, pedal to the metal and did I mention ‘Son’ our driver was also talented enough to talk at his mobile and smoke a cigarette while breaking every road rule we knew.
On a misty Saturday morning in September, gorillas across the country were stretching their hamstrings, donning their running shoes, boarding trains, buses and bicycles and congregating en masse in the City of London in preparation for what was to be a world record-breaking gathering of gorillas, and Intrepid’s Emma Southerden was amongst them…
“Over 1000 gorillas registered to take part in this year’s Great Gorilla Run, in aid of the Gorilla Organisation. Shockingly that is actually more than there are mountain gorillas remaining in the wild. The Gorilla Organisation, which was founded by the late Dian Fossey, works to protect the gorillas in west and central Africa, including Rwanda and Uganda.
Intrepid’s Simon Graham, Rosie Cowen and myself led a family of Intrepid apes, who were all dressed up in our finest furry suits ready to run, jog, walk and dance through central London and raise vital funding for the organisation.
You never know where Intrepid will be stepping out next – and this week Intrepid gets OUT, literally! Or at least we are a few steps closer to the gay and lesbian community with our latest partnership with gay-owned OUT Adventures.
The brainchild of Steven Larkin and his partner Robert Sharp, this new company offers adventure travel exclusively to the LGBT community – and of course their friends.