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2nd June 2019

Fascinating read
What a journey you have had and obviously several mysteries unfloded for you.Are you on Ancestry for your family tree?We visited a small village called KIngswood 3 years ago to trace my English side and got back to around 1600.It was very interesting to see where more recent relatives lived in the mid 1800's as the row of houses are still there and being lived in.My g g grandfather emigrated to New Zealand after marrying in London before they left.He was one of 9 children and the only one to emigrate.The family were weavers and mill workers.Did you uncover any monet stashed away for the first surviving relative to claim?We plan to be back in the UK and Ireland next year for more research centred arounf my Irish and Scottish heritage.
2nd June 2019

Thanks so much for sharing. Your journey into your family’s past is most interesting.
2nd June 2019

Godolphin Stables
The name "Godolphin" in your ancestry caught my eye - I've heard of Godolphin Stables, a very successful horse training and breeding facility for thoroughbreds. I don't know if you are related to Sydney Godolphin, appointed Commissioner of the Treasury in 1684. As good as Sydney was with finances, he also fancied horse racing.He is given credit for starting horse breeding in Newmarket Suffolk. Today the Godolphin Stables are owned by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, and is located in Newmarket. There is an interesting history of the stables at https://www.godolphin.com/about-us/the-godolphin-story
2nd June 2019

Greetings
Great to see your on-going and quality blogs Bob! Keep enjoying the journey! We will be back at it later this year, after a fair gap. Too many other platforms I guess. Greg and Catherine
27th May 2019

Best "Pilgrimage"
I see you've done some other walking, besides the Camino Frances. Which pilgrimage(s) or walk(s) did you like the most, or would you like to do? After my Camino Portuguese this year, I'm already thinking of my next one. Via de la Plata, or maybe the one I read about in Japan. Any input would be welcome.
28th May 2019

Pilgrimages...
I forgot to mention my attempt to walk the last portion of the Old Way to Canterbury this month. The route is based upon a 14th century map, just discovered in 2017, which shows the route taken by Geoffrey Chaucer's pilgrims. Rain interfered with my plans, but I was able to walk some of the way that British Pilgrimage is still marking. The Old Way will be inaugurated next year for the 500th anniversary, with marked trail, guidebook, places to stay and eat, etc. The Old Way starts in Southampton (not where Chaucer's pilgrims started, but soon joins that way) following the southern coast for 120 miles to Canterbury. You might want to join the British Pilgrimage FB group.
28th May 2019

Pilgrimages...
After walking portions of the Camino Frances in Sep/Oct 2016, I walked the St. Olavsleden from near the Swedish border to the Nidaros Cathedral in July 2017 and then just 9 km of the Via Francigena from Viterbo towards Rome (my son walked with me and didn't want to go any further) in Sep 2018. I wrote blogs for both pilgrimages, so you can click on Home and Away and go back to those dates to read the details. I would recommend the St. Olavsleden. Although I met few pilgrims I stayed at farms and was treated as another member of the family. So wonderful!
12th May 2019

Ancestry
Wow, very interesting - I'm impressed with how much you have learned about your family history! Wonderful news also on the recovery, lovely to hear. Wishing you an enjoyable and informative journey in merry Old England 😊
25th May 2019

Ancestry
Thanks. Ancestry.com was very helpful in tracking my family tree. Being able to visit the places they lived was icing on the cake. I will be publishing a Travelblog in the near future, mostly from the FB posts. As you can read from those posts I had an amazing time in Merry Olde England!
28th April 2019

Wow!
Just wow! What an amazing travelling life and journey you and your family have led, and what an amazing privilege it has been for me to be able to read this. Thank you so much for writing this, it has been a journey for me reading through and seeing your Asia and early round the world travel years. You are an inspiration.
14th April 2019

Searching family roots
We've been to Switzerland to visit the graveyard of Dave's ancestors. It looks like you have a great plan and we are excited for you. Congrats on the positive outcome from your surgery! Following your roots completes the circle and makes things make sense. I'm so glad you have the time to do this. Eager to hear more of what you find.
14th April 2019
Kent Countryside on the way to Canterbury

Stunning beauty abounds
Photos like this make me take pause.... amazing beauty.
13th April 2019

Great news on getting the all clear. Looking foward to reading about your trip.
12th April 2019

"How I got to Here"
Denise's brother has spent the last few years researching his family tree from the birth of the first to set foot in Oz. And amazing history it is. He converted it to a hardcover book with his dissertations and all the historical documentation gracing the pages. He called it "How I got to Here." His book is 4cm thick and starts in 1801. Just think of the joyful hours you have ahead of you compiling like book if you can trace your ancestry to 1066! Ah...I can see the joy on your face just dreaming of it Bob.
13th April 2019

Ancestry research is like detective work...
I've got about 7000 ancestors in my tree thus far. I think the most interesting is Godgifu (Lady Godiva) (1010-1087) the wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia. I am also related to King Edward I, and up the chain to William the Conqueror. I've found Linda's Scottish ancestor (Robert Bruce, King of Scotland) who chopped in two the head my ancestor Henry de Bohun at the Battle of Bannockburn. I hope to learn even more when I visit Devon. As for producing a book, that would be very time consuming, so likely won't happen.
12th April 2019

Fantastic recovery! I’m so glad you got the go ahead from the doctor after your scary diagnoses and treatment. I think Ancestry travel is fascinating, and tracking down your roots gives you a feeling of belonging. I’ve been waiting on retirement to do my own quest.
12th April 2019

Ancestorl visit
You have done exceptionally well in tracing the family back.Just in the last few days I have traced my Scottish side back to 1595 but records before that so far have been elusive.We too are planning atrip to Europe and the UK but not until 2020.First though in just under 6 weeks we are off on safari to South Africa,Botswana and Zimbabwe for 3 1/2.It will be a different fit for the BBA #4.Pleased to hear the surgery went well.Now make every post a winning post and enjoy the 'wallow' in your roots.Look forward to the ongoing blog.
12th April 2019

Wow, Bobby! So interesting! Glad you are doing well physically and hope you have a great time in England. Greg and I are planning to go this year, too. Have fun and God bless! Sharon
2nd April 2019
Home leave through Hawaii and England (May 1975)

You won't be able to take a photo like that today
Security around 10 Downing St is somewhat tighter today. There is no way that you'll come that close to the door unless you have legitimate business there. Cool for you to have that photo. /Ake
14th April 2019
Home leave through Hawaii and England (May 1975)

Security at 10 Downing Street
Security, crowds, prices, etc. were so much more relaxed before the Age of Mass Tourism. I miss the good old days!
29th March 2019

Happy Anniversary!... and a nice dedication to your parents
A life well lived. A life well traveled... and so many wonderful stories told. Seeing you standing along the railing looking at the South China sea made my heart stop. Your parents introduced you to amazing places, people and experiences. I'm glad you and Linda continue on the path. Thank you for sharing and yes we are all glad Ali created this amazing place for us to write. MJ
28th March 2019

What A Life....And Still Going
Hi, I was fascinated to read your summation of a life of wandering, exploring, and learning. I’m going to go on a nostalgia trip on your blogs and try and get through them all. It’s probably like reading a collection of books, but I may just find some gems to add to my list.You never had a chance Bob; you were born to travel. It’s great to get the notification and enjoy your trips so we can enjoy your writing. Stay keen and remarkable, all the best to you both, Steve
28th March 2019

Thanks everyone for your comments...
I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to travel, and to share on this site.
27th March 2019

What a journey!
Bob, I knew you had a colourful lifetime journey that created a strong bond with south east Asia, however, this is the first time I had a glimpse of your sojourn! Simply fascinating! A special salute to your parents who made this happen! This blog is a treasure! Thank you!
26th March 2019

Wow!
Bob...you make the rest of us look like stay at homes no matter how much we travel! What a fascinating travel life you have lived. Thanks so much for sharing. Thanks also for mentoring my move to TravelBlog. You helped make it easier.

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