My train travel book is now available from Amazon. Travelling By Train Across The Balkans chronicles my trips over the past twenty years or so in the intoxicating region.
It features train travel in Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Northern Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia and European Turkey.
The Balkan Peninsula conjures up images of conflict and division, unsurprising for a region riven with wars, occupations and land grabs over many centuries.
Most recently we had the horrendous 1990s Yugoslav Wars and it would be true to say that there are a multitude of grievances still harboured by every Balkan nation.
All of this is buried well below the surface, for now anyway, and I have found my travels there fascinating and highly rewarding.
Join me on my travels to meet the intriguing characters I came across and experience the all too frequent amusing mishaps suffered along the way.