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I am sure you won’t remember me but we had a very enjoyable lunch in about 2002 when I was working with CTS Horizons at your club in Soho.
As a rookie in the business I remember the lunch and your tales.
I am working on a new idea for a travel website that I would love to talk to you about, We are working on a traveller focused holiday lettings site that is inspirational and destination based rather than accommodation based. We are looking for writers who can bring a destination to life and create a real sense of where the place is that they are booking.
I would be welcome the opportunity to return the lunch and chat with you about what you have been doing and what our plans are.
I hope that your travels have continued to be adventurous and thrilling.
05/21/2014 at 9:52 pm
Dear Mr Stewart,
As a former resident of Santa Fe I read your article in The Australian today with interest and a little nostalgia. You are right – it is a charming place. I lived there for several years, but have to confess that I never really embraced the desert like all those artists you mention, not the least being DHL. And, I found the dogged insistence on the South-Western architectural style reminiscent of Disneyland kitsch. There were some quite spectacular and beautiful 19th Century buildings around the Santa Fe plaza that were bull-dozered into oblivion – too bad.
I write with the greatest respect about something that will interest you:
Your article overlooked the “DHL Museum” in Taos – as many before have done. The omission is quite understandable.
On the south side of the Taos plaza is a hotel, the name of which I have forgotten. In a private room on the ground floor are a score or more of DHL’s paintings. It is not open to the public and you have to know it is there. If you plead long and loud enough you might be granted entry, as I was.
I have to say, it is a bit underwhelming – there is good reason for DHL never being included in the canon of modern art, but interesting nevertheless.
Thanks for the pleasant memories.
12/13/2014 at 2:39 am
I represent the tourism board of Nicaragua and came across your fantastic feature in the February issue of CNT UK. I’d love to connect when you have a moment to discuss your visit and all that you encountered. How did you come across much of the material (e.g. accommodation options)? All info is truly wonderful.
I’d also like to connect regarding other clients my agency represents. I look forward to speaking with you soon.
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02/03/2015 at 1:04 am
Hi – How do I get in touch to discuss freelance assignment ? Best, AA
04/10/2015 at 9:28 am
04/14/2015 at 1:57 pm
I really loved your article about Naples. I do wholeheardely agree with all you had to say, although I am well aware that you can just put so much in an article so lots of stuff has to be left out.
I wanted to point out a few things though that are worth mentioning: walking through the historical centre, there are areas where Roman and Greek ruins are in plain sight. This is absolutely unique to Naples and the recent expansion of public transportation (especially the underground) makes travelling across the centre particularly easy. Also, there are many associations/mom and pop shops which will let you explore the various manufacts they do (there is at least one for pottery, which is really incredible). Also, behind “Purgatorio ad Arco”, there’s an Archivist association where lots of ancient parchments/documents and books can be viewed. Some of those even have seals preserved from the antique times they come from. And most of this stuff is absolutely free.
Naples isn’t just “one world”, it’s many worlds mixed together and it really takes a lot of time to explore it properly.
However, BRAVO for the article, I really think you did us a great service. We need to see more of that.
I have already spread it among my contacts on Facebook.
Thank you and keep up the good work.
04/13/2015 at 11:01 am
Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed ‘Frontiers of Heaven’. I was on the KKH in 1986 – riding on top of one of those buses you describe! You brought me back to Hunza, Gilgit, Gulmit and Sust, Rakaposhi and the Mir’s palace, and made me so happy. Thank you! If you want to see it through slightly different eyes (Irish, female), you can find my account at http://www.mvbehan.com/pakistan-1986.html.
04/25/2016 at 4:34 pm
Dear, I loved reading your book “In the empire of Gengis Khan”. I may have the privilege of somewhat enjoying it more than others as I am currently sharing a part of my life in Mongolia that, as yourself expressed it so well, is indeed a fascinating country with equally fascinating people. I am myself promoting its contemporary art excellence through http://www.fine-arts-of-mongolia.com and the website in reference. Go into them and enjoy the ride! You’ll find life and wild scenes that will recall so many memories I am sure.
But above all, congratulations and thank you for sharing your life experience with us readers.
03/14/2017 at 8:26 am
I have just finished reading Old Serpent Nile and wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it. I am 90 years old and virtually house bound, but in 1953 I was working in Omdurman, Sudan, as a teacher with my twin sister. We were sent to teach in Meridi in the south near Juba and this meant that we had to take the Nile Steamer for 15 days to reach Juba.
It is so rare to find anyone who has also made this trip or even travelled in that part of the Sudan. I loved your book, but the part of your account where you retrace the journey I made all those years ago brought so many long-forgotten memories flooding back. I knew every place you mentioned, and can remember so vividly the heat and humidity, the stops we made and the lives we observed of people who lived in, on and around the river. It prompted me to get out my few old black and white photos of my journey made nearly 65 years ago.
Thank you very much for a brilliant and vivid account which has brought the essence of southern Sudan back to me after all these years.
11/19/2017 at 3:35 pm
Dear Grace I am delighted that you have enjoyed the book and it has brought back to many memories. How fascinating your experiences must have been. You are fortunate to seen Sudan 1950’s, and I am sure your own reminiscences of those days would make a fine book. with best wishes, Stanley
01/28/2018 at 6:39 pm
Hi Stanely! Great piece about hiking Crout’s Way. Your writing is wonderful. I think you truly captured the experience beautifully. Thanks for including the flattering shot of this 17th century settler. All the best, Chris
01/15/2018 at 2:14 pm
Hi Chris Glad you feel I did it justice. I would hate to think that heroically carrying your muskets was wasted. Hope all well, and here’s to seeing you again in Newfoundland. all best, SS
01/28/2018 at 5:01 pm
Dear Stanley; I want to tell you how much I enjoyed your article about the Queen of Sheba. Thank you! Pati
12/12/2018 at 2:40 am
I just read your “Beyond This Horizon” article about your trip from Easter Island to Tahiti. Your writing is brilliant! It was as if I was lifted off of my seat next to your side. THANK YOU!
07/04/2019 at 1:06 pm
Excellent travel feature in FT Weekend: Go tell it from the treetops. Besides my work for PEFC – the world’s largest forest management NGO – I also started a year ago my Focus on Forests campaign (mostly on Linked in). I actively create awareness on forest issues – out of control burning, deforestation and illegal logging – and I’m currently advising three other NGOs on sustainability and communication. I also produce two online magazines: The Art of Travel and ABC Carbon Express. I started out as a newspaper journalist in 1962 in New Zealand but now based in Singapore – since 1983. Let’s connect. I’ve already shared your FT story on Linked in where you’ll see I post and share a lot. Cheers Ken
12/29/2019 at 2:08 am
Loved the Baracoa piece, superb writing; Went as Journalist when Cuba first welcomed visitors;Long ago Fleet St.girl now 93, and painter; portraits of Castro and Che G. stayed at El Castillo on Yunque…Massive storm, massive break, glasses and crockery..Hilarious.
06/11/2020 at 11:05 pm
Hi Sylvia – What a wonderful time to visit. You are very lucky. S
06/15/2020 at 11:34 am
Hello Mr. Stewart:
I have read your charming article about Baracoa that was published in the June 6 Financial Times.
As somebody who was born and raised in Baracoa I must say that I don’t recognize the town the way it is today, but nevertheless that’s the way Baracoa is now. In fact the Hostal La Habanera where you stayed used to be my fathers department store from the late 20’s until it was confiscated by the Castro government.
One thing I wanted to pointed out to you who as a good journalist would like to tell the truth is that you stated that until 1964 most people arrived there by boat. Nothing farther from the truth. What is called today La Farola Viaduct used to be called the Via Azul. From the early 50’s I used to travel that road to go to Guantanamo and La Farola was a very winding mountain pass which every time we went through I got car sick and we had to stop the car and let me out… the road was open but was not paved as were most of the roads in Baracoa at that time. What the Castro government did was paved the road that was already open. I have to also say that we had 3 planes going to Baracoa every day since the late 40’s and two a day in the late 30’s. My parent’s honeymoon in 1937 started with a flight from Baracoa. The boats were used during the 20’s and early 30’s after that there was no more boats except the ones that came from the Guantanamo’s Naval
Base who did not carry passengers.
I hope this information is helpful to you and you can write it in your next trip to Baracoa.
Thank you for your time and I’m looking forward to read the description of another of your trips.
06/30/2020 at 12:03 am
Thanks so much for your letter. It is a pleasure to hear from you. I am fascinated to hear that the Hostal was originally your family’s department store. What a loss that must have been when it was confiscated. And thank you for the information about the road. My source for ‘everyone arrived by boat until 1964’ is from various guide books, so I am happy to be corrected. In fact I always wondered about this myself, as I felt sure there must have been some sort of road across the pass. I have been three times to Baracoa and always loved the town and its surroundings. You must fond memories of growing up there, and it must have been very sad to leave. And yes, you must see enormous changes. Thank you for writing. Very best wishes, Stanley
06/30/2020 at 9:27 am
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