“Travel” is what I used (before 2020!) to write in first when asked “What are your favourite activities?” My godmother told me that I was conceived on a train — the EAR&H [East African Railways and Harbours] from Mombasa to Kampala in September 1936. (She shared the same compartment). Whatever the truth of her surmise, it is certain that since my teens I have enjoyed travel of all kinds, from bicycles through cars, trains and ships to aeroplanes, until old age lessened my pleasure in long journeys (and until I gave up flying altogether in 2020). Before 1955, I travelled by train with my mother to Devon and Yorkshire for holidays, and on bicycle with my sister June to Devon and back; these are now no more than fragmented memories.
In 1954 I was part of a travelling acting group from school, the “Pilgrim’s Way Players”. We staged T.S. Eliot’s “Murder in the Cathedral” in various churches, also Southwark Cathedral, with the plan of ending up in the actual place where Thomas was murdered, Canterbury Cathedral. Our request to the Dean of the Cathedral was denied! The director was Francis Le P. Warner, later a respected professor at Oxford and Cambridge (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1JzjcpK4z4). Thomas was played by Roger Martin. I had the part of the Third Priest. We played in eight different locations.
After 1955, I have records! Here are descriptions of selected journeys that stand out in my memory. In a few cases, I still have the relevant diaries; since 1958, I have appropriate photographs