I am pleased to announce the launch my new website http://www.ontrack.blog, a site dedicated to rail travels around the world. This will be a sister site to Wilbur’s Travels focussing on my train journeys around the world. With well in excess of 200 overseas rail journeys undertaken overseas since 1987, I have plenty of material […]

Santiago is Cuba’s second city, but refuses to take little brother syndrome in its rivalry with Havana. Indeed Santiago claims that it is rightfully the capital of the ‘new’ post Revolution Cuba. After all it was here that the first skirmishes of revolution took place in 1956 on that fateful July day of the botched attack […]

“It takes ten large cocoa pods to make a lump of chocolate the size of a cannonball,” so said the nice lady with her English speaking interpreter, demonstrating the art of chocolate making at Arquimides Borges in the countryside just outside Baracoa in Eastern Cuba. This wasn’t Hollywood ‘Chocolat’ style sickly-sweet chocolate manufacture, but the hard […]

Originally posted on Wilbur's Travels:
I travelled to Syria in 2009 and came across absolutely lovely people. Amongst them were several gorgeous children. My heart bleeds now to think what may have become of them. If you do have a spare £3, I would urge you to donate via the UNICEF website as kids like these will be…

In late 2014 I went to the marvellous Acropolis Museum at the foot of the Ancient Acropolis in Athens whilst in January 2016 I paid a visit to the Acropolis itself to get the perspective of what I had read about. You can read my account and see some photos from these visits by clicking […]

With my good friend Chris moving to Leith, it was an excellent opportunity to spend the weekend in Edinburgh.  From Leith we caught the bus to the bottom of the Royal Mile and scouted around the Scottish Parliament and Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s official Edinburgh residence. We satisfied ourselves with external images on this occasion. […]

What is the first thing you think about when somebody mentions Cuba? I wager that cigars will feature top of many people’s list. When Christopher Columbus reached Cuba in 1492 , he discovered the locals “drinking smoke” from an early version of a cigar. It was very much a local production for local consumption, as they […]

One of the many impressive things that struck me on my recent visit to Ljubljana was the vibrant graffiti and street art. Take a look for yourself……..

Beautiful ladies of Laos at work & play.