Small Travels Big World
This map is the routes I have taken on several trips to Asia from 1970 - 2010
The line going from left to right is this overland trip.
A very small coverage of Asia and Middle east and Europe not pictured
South Eastern Turkey 1970
On the so called Hippie Trail via VW Bus.
We were stopped along the road buying fruit from some kids. It was more than four decades ago November 1970 somewhere in South Eastern Turkey along the Iran/Turkish border heading north to cross into Iran near Russia and on to India. Top speed 35 mph with no heat and its winter time. There were 5 of us in the van. One Canadian (myself), one American BILL, one Dutchman HANS, one Englishman ? and a German named Werner who did not speak English. No one new each other longer than 2 hours before we got in the van in Istanbul. The reason we are heading north from Damascus is because we were refused a visa into Iraq because of an an American and and a German with us. I had a Canadian passport. Two us got out of the van in Tehran Iran and took public transportation on to India. The entire trip took London to Goa took 3 1/2 months. In late March on the return trip I got a ride on an overland bus Delhi to London. It took 33 days for cost $95.
1970 Crowe Lake Marmora Ontario Canada
21 years old with my dog Ralph.
A month before leaving for my first trip to India. Overland from England to India
Ralph was give to some people who lived on a farm.
Ralph loved the wind. I would be driving down the highway at 60 mph in my 1964 Chevrolet convertible and I would look in the rear view mirror and he would be standing on the boot just loving it. I would stop and get him back in the front seat on safer footing.
I did not know this photo existed but thanks to Tom O'Neill an old friend he scanned the photo and sent me a copy. Thanks Tom — at Marmora Ontario.
Outside of Paris France 1970
Last Picnic before embarking from
Germany to India Overland 1970
Munich Germany 1970
Communism Alive and Well In 1970
As Lenin Watches Over
Near Sophia Bulgaria 1970
American Circus Sophia Bulgaria
Bulgarian laborers near Sophia Bulgaria
The often tense Greece Turkey Border Crossing
Looking from Asia to Europe
Istanbul October 1970
On my way to India
Istanbul Turkey November 1970
Blue Mosque - Sultan Ahmed Mosque
It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I.
Istanbul Turkey 10/1970
European Side of Istanbul.
Looking over to Asia
Taxis lining waiting for passengers from the ferry that crossed from Istanbul Asian side
Before there were bridges 1970
1970 One continent to another
Gypsies camped on the Asian side of the Bosphorus Turkey
Rumelihisarı (Rumelian Castle) in the background is a fortress located in the Sarıyer district of Istanbul, Turkey, on a hill at the European side of the Bosphorus. It gives the name of the quarter around it. It was built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II between 1451 and 1452, before he conquered Constantinople.
Spent six weeks in Turkey on my way to India in 1970 and passed through again on my way back in 1971
This is Jesse an American in Ephuses Turkey 1970. I was traveling with her and her boyfriend in Southern Turkey after meeting just a few days before. They had a fight and decided to split up. The boyfriend asked if I would escort her back to Istanbul where we were headed on a cruise ship. There she would be safe. I agreed. So I spent 4 days being a body guard. Jess used to work for a circus where she was placed on a wheel and spun and a fellow would throw knives at her. So she was not exactly a helpless person. She was actually pretty brave but the ex boyfriend wanted her to be safe. When we landed back in Istanbul I said goodbye and continued on my way to India. I realized that travelling with a young pretty flamboyant girl with long flowing hair and wearing skimpy clothes was not my idea of leisure travel. A few times I did have to step in when the young locals were a little too forward. So hopefully they got back together again.
Samsun Cruise Ship
Docked In Izmir Turkey 1970
I boarded her in Antalya on the southern Mediterranean / Aegean coast destined for Istanbul.
We stopped at Marmaris, Bodrum, Ephasus as well as Izmir along the way over a five day period.
I can remember sitting up on the nose with two friends on a moonlit night cruising along with Turkish Coast to the right and Islands of Greece to the left.
A lighting storm sent flashesd across the sea in absolute silence.
This was part of a journey overland from England to India in 1970 and back in 1971.
I celebrated my 22nd birthday in Kabul Afghanistan.
Afghanistan was then in the so called good period. 1960's into the 1970's.
One thing that I remember about Afghanistan was the people were very friendly.
And there were no laws except you could not steal anything and you could not kill anyone (unless you had a good reason).
Eastern Turkey Along Iran Border 1970
Five of us were traveling in a VW Bus from Istanbul to India
Along the road in Eastern Turkey 1970
Along the road in Eastern Turkey
Eastern Turkey. On the way to India overland 1970
Hey Mister You Better ........ YOU Better Move, this is a practice range for the Lebanese army
In 1970 myself and 4 others were heading for India overland from Europe. We were camping out and when you pull off the road at night you never know where you are going to wake up. We were in an old beat up VW Bus top speed 50 KM 35 mph. After seeing the arab we left the area quickly when we heard explosions in the distance and over the next few days we passed through the borders of Syria and Turkey and found ourselves in the beautiful peaceful landscape of North Eastern Turkey.
On our way overland to India from England
We stayed at this house outside of Baalbek Lebanon for a few nights
Umayyad Mosque Friday Jummah
Umayyad Mosque Courtyard
Entrance to the Souq or Bazaar
Damascus Syria 1970
We stayed overnight on a farm that grew Marijuana up in the hills outside of Baalbek Lebanon. The fellow is sifting Cannabis flower tops into a fine powder to be pressed into blocks of hashish ready for export to the US and Europe.
The quantity that is in this large room is about the size of a very big dump truck stretching floor to ceiling.
Hashish is actually pure resin. Producing hashish requires the separation of the resin from the flowering tops by drying and cooling the plant. After that, the plant is filtered. The small resin grains fall through the sieve, which can be repeated several times. It is then crushed into powder, by hand or with the help of a press. The oil that comes free causes the powder to stick. It is then molded into a brown slice. That is called hashish.
This little girl was playing in the waste mariJuana plants debree outside the house we were staying in. Baalbek Lebanon
1970 Lebanon Overland
Here we took a break from travelling and climbed up to take a smoke break. Those long hours in the VW van you need some kind of diversion. We were near Baalbek a town in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon, altitude 3,850 ft (1,170 m), situated east of the Litani River. It is famous for its exquisitely detailed but monumentally scaled temple ruins of the Roman period, when Baalbek, known as Heliopolis was one of the largest sanctuaries in the Empire.
Afghanistan Overland 1970 - A Man's House is his Castle or Fort Outside of Kandahar
Overland 1970 Manali India This photo was taken in mid December 1970. Manali lies in the Kuku Valley where the mountain peaks are over 27,000 feet and the valleys are at 19,000 higher than the highest Rocky Mountain.+ The sun rises about 10:30 AM and sets about 2:30 PM. This shot was taken in the morning. It was a school with no walls for the whole village.
Palace of the winds in Jaipur Christmas Day 1970
Beachside Restaurant One of the the only commercial buildings on the coast between Chapora and Calangute in Goa 1971
My first hut experience in Goa in 1971.
This was somewhere north of Panjim the capital.
It cost 25 cents a night - 3 rupees per night
Exchange was 10-12 Rupees per US dollar
This is a double side by side.
Two rope weave beds and sand floor each side.
There was virtually no infrastructure on the beaches just fisherman.
Thatched Hut On The Beach
This was the end point in the India journey. It was getting hot in late February so I headed north to cool off and ended up in Nepal. This is Vagator Beach in Chapora Goa in 2008
Next photo is taken by the palm tree lower right where I made a little house.
Mode of Transport Montreal to NY City Hitchhiked NY to London - Icelantic Airways London to Istanbul VW Bug Istanbul to Tehran Iran via of Beirut VW Bus Tehran to Delhi Bus Public transit Delhi to Manali to Delhi to Goa Train and bus Goa to Delhi Train Delhi to Kathmandu Plane Kathmandu to Lucknow Bus Lucknow to Delhi Train Delhi to London England - Safari Overland Tour bus $95 England to NY City Freddie Laker Air NY City to Montreal This part of the journey Delhi to Montreal - cost under $200
I built a little house in this spot in January of 1971
Stayed for 3 weeks. This photo is current taken in 2008
I realized how hi the tides get when I awoke one morning in 2 inches of water - it was full moon.