Like young people today, Dave Quinton
yearned to explore the world after finishing his university studies. In 1960,
four years before becoming host of CBC’s Land & Sea, Dave his friend
Bob hatched a plan: steam across the Atlantic, then hike, hitchhike, and cycle
across Europe for as long as their money would hold out.
Little did Dave know that his travels would
take him within the gates of Buckingham Palace, where he would to meet members
of Britain’s royal family.
For seven months, the pair meandered
through England, Ireland, France, and Spain. When they ran out of money, they
settled in London and picked up odd jobs—Bob as a delivery driver, and Dave as
a gardener for the Queen.
The Grand Tour is a light and humorous look back at
months of freedom and adventure, missteps and misunderstandings, and the ups
and downs of working for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.