It was all there before them the proof he had been to the cities depicted in the photos.
They didn’t believe him at first because they didn’t think he had the wherewithal to take on a trip such as he had described. He was basically an introverted character happy to stay home and wallow around in his own little nest.
But he had apparently taken himself to the travel agent and made all the necessary bookings, made the journey through Europe and had the souvenirs, the photos and the bruises to prove he had done it all.
The bruises he said he got when he fell in front of Notre Dame Cathedral. He didn’t see the raised drain and as he like everyone else was enthralled by the sight of the Cathedral (it was a few years before the terrible fire destroyed so much of it) and when it happened down he went, in the proverbial cloud of dust. As he later described it he was lucky he landed on his camera which suffered only superficial damage but he was left with a very impressive bruise on his abdomen, so he claimed as there were never any photos produced of said bruises.
But his camera produced numerous photos of things French, Italian and Swiss. His record of the journey was impressive as he said, “We live in a beautiful world and I was lucky to capture some small part of it.”
When we asked him if he now had the ‘travel bug’ he said no. He didn’t like the long plane journey, the seats were uncomfortable and most places he went were crowded. He did concede the food was excellent.
“I was left with memories of places I only saw in books but more so the experience of mixing with people from every continent, the sort of stuff you don’t forget.”