Simon around the world “Our tour bus was ambushed by some dancing girls who were stood in the road to perform for tips, so we got out to meet some locals. This boy was just stood watching us. Simon asked if he could take his picture, and he said yes, but showed us where the picture would be better. Top lad.” ~ Phil. “Taj Mahal, from the side, showing mainly locals rather than white tourists.” ~ Phil. “While we have the Razzle Dazzle ferry across the Mersey, this is what they have in Singapore. These are called Bumboats.” ~ Phil. “Half way around the world and still seeing signposts for Liverpool.” ~ Phil. “We were invited onto the wrong side of the fence for a while by the guy in charge of the crocs. Simon got a bit too close for my liking, but we left with all limbs intact. Those jaws made quite a noise when they snapped shut.” ~ Phil. “Kuranda’s Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which was a bit scary but the Kuranda Scenic Railway at the top was totally worth it.” ~ Phil. “This is an old volcanic lake near the Millaa Millaa waterfall, in Queensland, Australia. The water was amazingly clear; it looked like you could drink it.” ~ Phil. “A local surf instructor called Dano took a few days off work to show us around ‘his’ island. We had a most excellent time and managed to see a lot of things which the usual tourist routes wouldn’t take you anywhere near. We made friends like this everywhere we went, wanting to show us the real places that meant things to them.” ~ Phil. A stand of palm trees along Kalākaua Avenue, Waikiki. “Former home to the Sinagua People, Montezuma Castle is the third National Monument dedicated to preserving Native American culture. Mind-blowing to see these dwellings built into the cliff faces.” ~ Phil. “An honour to be allowed on these amazing Navajo lands.” ~ Simon. “Kept expecting to see Wile E. Coyote chasing after Road Runner.” ~ Phil. “Home to the Hopi Tribe and Kokopelli. Second largest dam in the US, the first being Hoover. The original Planet of the Apes movie was filmed here. Amazing scenery.” ~ Phil. “The atmosphere is so thin, everything sounds different, and it just looks like nothing else you’ve ever seen. Stunning. There was a fire somewhere below, apparently, which gave off a fair bit of smoke, which is evident in this picture.” ~ Phil. “A wide expanse of the Canyon’s red rocks, looking like somewhere on Mars.” ~ Phil. “The Grand Canyon might have better PR, but its younger cousin, Bryce, is absolutely breath-taking and boasts hoodoos and Thor’s Hammer.” ~ Phil. “The Grand Canyon might have better PR, but its younger cousin, Bryce, is absolutely breath-taking and boasts hoodoos and Thor’s Hammer.” ~ Phil. “Constantly on high alert for bears, but also shouting over the noise of the waterfalls.” ~ Phil. “How anything manages to grow out there in that heat is astounding, but here’s a Beavertail Cactus in pink bloom.” ~ Phil. “Pink Floyd once did the soundtrack for a movie called Zabriskie Point, so Simon was very excited about this.” ~ Phil. “It was 121°F on the day, which is 49.5°C in real money. Body hairs felt like they were on fire but it was worth it for these views.” ~ Phil. “This is where we stayed, which amused us greatly.” ~ Phil. “By 2001, it was all ice cream and no acid. Bummer.” ~ Phil. “We were only passing and didn’t get to any gigs, which was a shame.” ~ Phil. “Welcome to ‘Travel tips with Simon’ in which we learn how to repurpose the coffee machine into a noodle factory.” ~ Phil. “The Chrysler building, Manhattan, New York” ~ Phil.