This is a picture taken of the Pregolya River in Kaliningrad, whilst stood outside my hotel. You can see in the distance the vessels that make up the maritime museum, which I visited. The vessel in the middle is a Foxtrot class submarine.


“Which one turns off the hot water again?”

I clambered aboard and with just a few tourists it felt cramped, so I can’t imagine what it must have been like with 300 submariners aboard.


Wilbur outside the Foxtrot

Kaliningrad itself is an interesting place. It is part of Russia yet totally apart from the rest of the country, being bordered by Poland and Lithuania. It is home to Russia’s Baltic fleet in a similar way to their Black Sea fleet being based at Sevastopol in Crimea, which they have now of course annexed.

The Kaliningrad coastline is also the place where a staggering 90% of the world’s amber comes from.


The Amber Coast

 You will be able to read more about my visit there in my forthcoming book.


A bird’s eye view of the Baltic


  1. Great pictures!! Especially the first one 😀


  2. The lead image is a real beauty, Wilbur 🙂

    1. Thanks – the irony was that Kaliningrad was a pretty drab affair all round!

      1. I’d never guess from your photo. 🙂

  3. Beautiful images Wilbur, looking forward to read your book. Is it about traveling?

    1. Yes it is about all my travels in the East of Europe from ’89 up until last year. Not so much a travel book as a travellers book so more about the scrapes I get into and the colourful people I met than a guide book. Hopefully it will make people smile and give some inspiration too on what is possible to be experienced by train without spending a fortune.

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