Ollie Taylor

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Ollie Taylor

Began 2004 in Asia travelling for 14 months through 10 different countries and then spent eight months in Ecuador in 2007 but have now returned to the rock that is Jersey in the UK and the days of backpacking are long gone (maybe) and its just the old fashioned holiday, watch this space.......

Take Care and all the best!

Ollie




Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Chamonix-Mont-Blanc January 28th 2011

Road Trip So me, Dan and Phil left Jersey harbour to make our way by boat to St Malo in France in order to drive roughly the 600 miles to Chamonix for a week of skiing and boarding in the Alps. The drive down to Chamonix was great with Phil taking the reins all the way to Chartres on the first day where we stopped for the night at a Mercure Hotel. Before bed we decided to watch a quick bit of TV before getting some well needed rest and happened to come across an old black and white movie. This would normally make one immediately turn over in boredom. However, it happened not to be your average black and white movie as it was some man probing a woman with a 12ft long branch with ... read more
Beauty of the Mountains
On the Road to Chamonix
On the Road to Chamonix

Europe » Channel Islands » Jersey August 4th 2009

This is my home the Island of Jersey which took a really long time to explain to people when travelling as the conversation would go like this, "I live in Jersey" "no its not New Jersey its an Island, no not Ireland, off the coast of France but part of Great Britain but not part of the EU" and so on and so forth, anyway here's a little bit about the place I live and am proud to call my home. The Bailiwick of Jersey is a British Crown Dependency off the coast of Normandy, France. As well as the island of Jersey itself, the bailiwick includes the nearly uninhabited islands of the Minquiers, Écréhous, the Pierres de Lecq and other rocks and reefs. Together with the bailiwick of Guernsey it forms the grouping known as ... read more
The Jersey Cow
Archirondel Tower
Tree of Life

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima June 23rd 2009

Hiroshima Upon arriving by Shinkansen train we were immediately greeted by warmer weather and it has to be said a warmer people. Hiroshima will always stand out in history as the place where the first atomic bomb was dropped to devastating effect. So much of the area is understandably dominated by this history with monuments, parks, museums and sculptures and there is a huge sense of what happened that fateful day should never happen again with the city representing a warning to mankind. However, despite this morbid past Hiroshima happens to be a thriving city. With plenty of lush greenery and trees, a main river that runs through the city and plenty of restaurants and tourist sites to keep the majority interested. The people are warm and friendly and seem happy rather than indifferent to the ... read more
Monument to the Dead
Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome)
Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome)

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Yanaka June 20th 2009

Tokyo I was excited about heading off to Tokyo, to see a futuristic metropolis, possibly a glimpse of what's to come. However, it also gave me the opportunity to ride the legendary Shinkansen bullet train for the first time. As expected it was comfortable, clean, on time and reasonably fast. There's so little noise and the fact its very smooth makes it hard to get a sense of how fast you're actually moving, so it's extremely efficient but somewhat disappointing as I hoping to slammed back into my seat like some NASA astronaut as we pulled some heavy negative "G's". No such luck as the food cart slowly passed by with multi coloured crustless sandwiches on it and the usual noodles, sweets and something that would be deemed the Japanese equivalent of a ration pack. Arriving ... read more
Imperial Palace
RJ
RJ

Asia » Japan » Osaka » Osaka June 18th 2009

Japans efficiency was impressed upon me even before our MD-11 had touched down in the country. Flying into Kansai airport you can easily see its perfect rectangle shape of reclaimed land sitting as an island just off Osaka, but it can be slightly unnerving for some as the plane drops lower and lower while viewing from your window seat nothing but the blue sea, which gives for the briefest moment the impression that your about to touch down on the ocean and its all gone horribly wrong (don't like flying by the way, can you tell?) then suddenly tarmac is there and you've touched down for a safe landing. Once through immigration and having completed the promise to notify authorities of any flu like symptoms me, Matt and Alex made our way to information to find ... read more
Hotel Hall Way
Pseudo-Ryokan
Japanese Toilet

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City August 3rd 2007

Well, after a good eight months in Latin America it was nice to be back on some what familiar ground. So for a few days we would check out the streets of London as well as catch up with my Aunt and Uncle who I haven't seen in a long time and it was great to introduce my new Wife who they seemed to warm to very quickly but maybe I'm getting ahead of myself. We arrived after a few hours flight from Madrid and touched down in London and unfortunately my Uncle was unable to put me up for that night so made our way to a Hotel somewhere in the centre of the city. After dropping of our bags and got accustomed to the best hotel room in a few years we nipped out ... read more
London Eye
Tower Bridge
Mary Poppins

South America » Ecuador » North » Mindo July 1st 2007

Mindo Me and Miriam as we had our friends car for the weekend decided to take a trip to Mindo a small town about an two hours or so outside of Quito. There you can do various things like tube rafting, cable sliding and swim at the different waterfalls on the river Nambillo. First we had some lunch after the drive steak apanada (breaded) for around three dollars and a huge plate at that! So after lunch we (I) decided to take a walk to the River to see whats up. Along the way we saw various groups ready with protective helmet and life saver to take on the tame rapids of the Rio Nambillo. Moving on we continued to climb the hill to find the waterfalls which as the sign indicated were around two miles ... read more
Our Mode of Transport
Nambillo Waterfall
House in Mindo

South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil June 17th 2007

Arrived into the City around midday by Taxi rather than the Bus taking us the full way due to a disagreement between the President and the Mayor of Guayaquil over, of course money. I understand that the Mayor wants the money of incoming Buses to stay In Guayaquil and not be used for the good of all Ecuador because Guayaquil is a successful modernising City and well, who knows who's pockets the money goes to after leaving the City? We managed to find a Hotel (sorta) for $15 and unpacked the bags and went for something to eat and took it easy for the rest of the day. Santiago de Guayaquil, or just Guayaquil is the largest and the most populous city in Ecuador and was founded on July 25, 1538 with the name Muy Noble ... read more
Me & Miri at the Waterfront
The Church On The Hill
Monument at Night

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca June 13th 2007

The plan was to sell Miriam's Car in Cuenca with the help of her Brother Santiago, so that involved a fairly substantial road trip but first we would stop in Babahoyo to pay a visit to Miriam's Mum and Aunt. I always enjoy coming out of Quito and hitting the tropical plains and feeling the warm breeze, looking at the local shops and houses as they pass by. Babahoyo is a fairly plain town with no Tourist attractions as such and merely a place most people pass through to get somewhere else. It is surrounded by two rivers, the San Pablo and the Caracol, which joined form the Babahoyo river, which flows into the Guayas river, eventually ending in the sea. A processing and trade centre for the surrounding agricultural region handling rice, sugarcane, fruits, balsa ... read more
Inside The Spanish Cathedral
Ingapirca
The Way To Cuenca

South America » Ecuador » North » Otavalo May 12th 2007

Otavalo is a small town situated around two hours outside of Quito, the journey if the roads were straight would probably take less then half that time but it does afford some amazing views of the deep valleys that penetrate into the landscape as you wind your way along. Otavalo is most famous for its indigenous market and is called the Plaza de Ponchos where you will find jewellery, embroidery, musical instruments and a large choice of artwork uniquely Ecuadorian. This also includes the famous Panama Hats from the towns of Manabi and Azuay. The local name for the Panama Hats is Jipiiapa, which was so named because of the workers who wore them while building the Panama Canal. You will also see Otavalan weaving that originates from the Imbabura Province, and as the name suggests ... read more
Indigenous Ecuadorian
Bead Necklaces
The Famous Panama Hat




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