Pro-adrenalin and anti-milk

The wife of Ron­nie Wood talks about her ad­ven­tures dur­ing ex­ten­sive trav­els

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - TRAVEL 2013 - LAURA HOLT

BRI­TISH MODEL Jo Wood takes you be­hind the scenes of her life with Ron­nie Wood, mem­ber of the Rolling Stones, in her au­to­bi­og­ra­phy Hey Jo. She shares how she bounced back from heart­break when he left her for a young Rus­sian model. The book takes a look at Jo’s roller-coaster ride of a life from teenage model to rock- chick, mother­hood to mar­riage break­down and start­ing over again in her fifties. Best hol­i­day? Kenya. I’ve had many a great hol­i­day with the fam­ily at Manda Bay lodge in the Lamu ar­chi­pel­ago. I’ve been on sa­fari quite a few times, but I love be­ing by the sea. The first time we went to Manda Bay it was still very re­mote – they didn’t have run­ning wa­ter or elec­tric­ity – so we stayed in lit­tle huts on the beach, which was mag­i­cal.

What have you learnt from your trav­els?

To keep an open mind and be re­spect­ful of other cul­tures. When we went to the Mal­dives and vis­ited Malé, we cov­ered our hair, be­cause it’s a Mus­lim na­tion. In Ja­pan, their whole life is a re­li­gion of sorts – it’s a very rit­u­al­is­tic cul­ture. They are very re­spect­ful peo­ple, es­pe­cially to their el­ders, so you have to re­spond to that.

Your ideal trav­el­ling com­pan­ion?

My sis­ter. She’s great to travel with be­cause I have such a laugh with her. Af­ter that, my chil­dren. We all went to Brazil to­gether a while ago. I fell I love with the peo­ple there, their sense of fun and de­sire to en­joy life. The kids loved it. Hol­i­day read­ing? I usu­ally read health books. I’ve just started An­i­mal, Veg­etable, Mir­a­cle by Bar­bara King­solver, which is about a year in the life of a fam­ily who feed them­selves. Also, White­wash by Joseph Keon, which is all about the bad ef­fects of milk, and Healthy at 100 by John Rob­bins is an­other good one.

Beach bum, cul­ture vul­ture or adrenalin junkie?

I need to do some­thing re­ally mem­o­rable wher­ever I go. When I was in Aus­tralia, I went sky­div­ing and, in Ti­bet, I climbed a 4 700m moun­tain. Where has se­duced you? Bora Bora in French Poly­ne­sia, where I went on my hon­ey­moon. I had this vi­sion of what it would be like, and it was just as beau­ti­ful as I imag­ined. Bet­ter to travel or to ar­rive? I loved ar­riv­ing in Aus­tralia be­cause I hadn’t seen my daugh­ter for two years. I was so ex­cited and Syd­ney looked beau­ti­ful when we landed. Worst travel ex­pe­ri­ence? When we were on tour in In­dia and I looked out the plane win­dow to see some work­ers putting me­tal back on the wing. I leant over and told Keith (Richards); he stood up and said: “All those who want to get off, come with me!” and the en­tire plane dis­em­barked. We sat in the air­port for hours un­til they found an­other plane. Best ho­tel? A beau­ti­ful lodge on Il­ha­bela is­land, off the coast of Sao Paulo state in Brazil. It was the only one when we went eight years ago, so we just en­joyed the peace and quiet. Favourite drive? From Lon­don to Monte Carlo, which I did with my sis­ter last year. We stopped in Paris, drove through Geneva and went to Mi­lan where we stayed in the Ho­tel Principe di Savoia. Then we went down to Monte Carlo, along that beau­ti­ful coast­line with the warm wind blow- ing through the win­dows of the car. It should have been ro­man­tic, but I was with my sis­ter. Best meal abroad? A pro­moter once took us out for din­ner at a fan­tas­tic Ja­panese restau­rant in Tokyo, which was very tra­di­tional. We ate ev­ery­thing from blow­fish to lob­ster brain. Your favourite city? Ev­ery time I fly back into Lon­don, I look down and think, I’m home. Where next? I have an apart­ment in Mi­ami, so I’m there un­til the end of March. – In­de­pen­dent

BY THE SEA: Wood says hol­i­day­ing in Manda Bay is al­ways mag­i­cal.


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