A Summer With Grandad, Aged Ten

As we picked runner beans and watered lettuces, granddad, a retired merchant seaman, became my virtual travel guide. One day we would explore the spice-laden clamour of a Marrakesh souk, the next, stand on top of Table Mountain. His favourite saying: ‘The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.’ The spark of curiosity he kindled grew as I got older. Even now, whenever I clasp my passport with that familiar thrill of anticipation, I am transported back to his allotment, my launch pad to planet earth.

© Moira Ashley
This article won first prize in a competition for a round the world trip sponsored by Rough Guides (link to external site)
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