In 1952 I went on a 2 month backpacking tour through Scotland, Scandinavia and Western Europe, a distance of 4.284 km of which 1.897km I hitch hiked by various means. My tour would not have been possible without the use of wonderful Youth Hostels in which I stayed virtually every night. In those years there were no i phones and my camera only had 8 exposures to a roll of film.
This book tells of my experiences of working in England for three months and being included in the social life style of a young English group of married people of my age. Kings the excellent English company I worked for in my trade, was located adjacent to the famous LNER railway line and I was able to watch a cavalcade of famous passenger steam trains that I had read about in my railway books.
Mountains of My Youth 1941 to 1951 is a book about my love of mountains. It describes the history and adventures of hiking and skiing with the Rover Scouts and the Youth Hostel Association, which embraced skiing as a recreational sport when skiing was in it's infancy. and. The book describes with many photos the routes of hikes and ski tours in the Victorian mountain ranges and high country.
This Ebook is the third in a series of Ebooks that describes the last exciting leg of my first tour of the Continent, when I visited Venice and Milan before going through the Simplon tunnel into Switzerland for three weeks of fantastic skiing in the famous mountain resorts of Zermatt and Grindelwald, where I skied up close to the famous Matterhorn and the menacing north wall of the Eiger.
My five week backpacking journey in 1952 through Austria, was under four power allied occupation force control, afforded me with many new experiences of meeting people and exploring a foreign country. I came away with a deep love and knowledge of the country, its people and culture. I stayed in youth hostel accommodation. except for ten days when I lived with an Austrian family.
the book describes a fabulous voyage I took from australia on the way to a working holiday in uk.. i backpacked through the uk and the continent and was one of the first backpackers to leave australia after ww2 in 1951. the return journey to australia in 1953 was a voyage that was not at all fabulous for me. both ships were migrant ships.