Travels with My Hat is a memoir of my adventures as a travel writer
in Africa, South Asia and the Arab world. Beautifully designed, it is lavishly illustrated with
photographs and maps and includes poignant correspondence with my mother who had never left Australia.
Christine who lives in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, is available for public or private talks. Hear her adventures first-hand, see her photographs and discuss current and historical events with this inspiring solo traveller.
GREAT MOMENTS IN TRAVEL
When I would think, well this is what I've come for and the physical and psychological demands of the effort to get here, are now worth it...
When I first set foot in Morocco as a young backpacker in the 1960s,
I was captivated by the ever changing desert and mountain scenery, its colourful peoples
and fascinating souqs. My book Collins Independent Travellers Guide to Morocco was published in 1990.
WORLD WATER DAY
Some 1.3 billion people in the world lack access to clean water. Women and children spend an estimated 200 million hours a day hauling water, often over great distances from the source. Here Somali refugees in the Horn of Africa, one of the driest places on earth.
When I first set foot in Morocco as a young backpacker in 1964, I was captivated by the ever changing desert and mountain scenery and the pageantry of traditional life. This amour fou has never entirely cooled and in a lifetime of travels, I still consider this rugged, individual, shoulder of north-west Africa — al-Maghrib al-Aqsa— to be one of the most exotic places on earth. Just a couple of hours drive inland from long Atlantic beaches is the hot, red bled dotted with dramatic, sun-baked ksour —fortified Berber villages — and a medieval world that long ago vanished from Europe: this was my imagined land of Aladdin and his magic lamp —in fact the sorcerer of the folktale was himself from the Maghreb …
About Travels with My Hat
Australian photojournalist and author. Used London as a base for nearly forty years while freelancing in the Middle East, Arabian peninsular, Africa and South Asia. Have written and illustrated more than a dozen books and travel guides. Operates a well regarded religious images stock photo library: www.worldreligions.co.uk. Live in Leura in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney.