Home is where the heart is

For much of the last four decades I have lived within walking distance of the Thames in London. This weekend I ventured out to explore a stretch of the river’s meandering upper reaches. Setting out from Lechlade in the very early morning mist only larks and reed warblers broke the silence.

For those who roam

Today is International Roma Day. There is something of a paradox here. We Europeans love to roam – as evidenced by the increasing number of pilgrim ways and national footpaths - but those who roam as a way of life – the Roma people - are perhaps the most persecuted minority in Europe. International Roma … Continue reading For those who roam

Search for enlightenment – On the Road

Driving from London to Lausanne over new year, Jack Kerouac's exuberant 'On the Road' kept me immersed each night in the question of why we are pilgrims. Whether or not you have read the book, you will no doubt know that  'On the Road' is a relentless quest by the narrator - Sal Paradise and … Continue reading Search for enlightenment – On the Road