Borjomi to Bakuriani Train in Georgia The Kukushka is a 37.2-kilometre narrow-gauge railway line linking the National Park town of Borjomi to the village and ski resort of Bakuriani in Georgia. The construction of this 900 mm line began in 1897, when Georgia was still part of the Russian Empire and was completed in 1902. […]

Aleppo Souk, Syria

Aleppo, Syria – population 1.8 million (estimated) Vying with Damascus to be the oldest continually inhabited city in the world (6,000 years and still counting despite the recent devastation), Aleppo became my favourite from the moment that we met in May 2009. I had travelled by train from Istanbul to Adana in Turkey and then […]

Boarding Ashgabat Railway Station, Ashgabat

As I prepare to embark on a trip from Georgia to Azerbaijan that will feature a few train journeys, it is a good time to reflect on a trip that I made a year ago from Turkmenistan’s capital Ashgabat and the eastern city of Mary. Ashgabat to Mary by Train Having spotted a train travelling […]

The Malecon, Havana, Cuba

Havana – Population 2.2 Million Havana is like all the best Spanish cities moulded into one – the edgy old town of Cadiz, the oceanside promenade and Art Deco of Barcelona, the majestic buildings of Madrid, the music & dance of Seville, the cuisine of Valencia, the bars of Bilbao, the fortifications of Malaga, the […]

Hydra, Greece
Xania Harbour, Crete, Greece

My Monday picture chosen to beat those start of week blues comes from my 2017 visit to Xania in Crete.

As I woke up this morning to the very sad news that Thomas Cook’s 178-year history seems to be drawing to a close, my immediate thoughts turned to the employees now facing uncertain futures. I worked with Thomas Cook three years ago for nearly a year as a consultant. During that time I spent a […]