December 20, 2012 § Leave a comment
Footnote: Philippe was killed when the seaplane he was piloting crashed in Lisbon, Portugal, 1976. He was the father of two children. In 1971 Fathom magazine received a letter saying Jan and Philippe would be in Australia for several days. The magazine conducted this interview (in a coffee shop at King Cross near where Philippe and Jan were staying). When a dive was suggested, Seal Rocks was the first destination that came into consideration. Rick Poole (Pro Dive Maroubra) loaned some brand new gear for Philippe, a 2nd car was rented and off we went. The only accommodation at Seal Rocks was a caravan that could be rented.
Back in Sydney we entertained at Jose Botella’s home where quality food and wine could be expected. (Our house at Glebe was very basic and to make matters worse our pet dog had just been killed in a road accident).
The following year Jose Botella accepted an invitation to meet again with Philippe and Jan for lunch with Jacques-Yves Cousteau in Paris. An honour and a real treat.