Category Albania

Travelling By Train Across The Balkans

I am delighted to announce that my new book is now available for purchase through Amazon. ‘Travelling By Train Across The Balkans’ chronicles my trips over the past decade or so in the intoxicating region. It features travel in Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Northern Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia and European Turkey, […]

Wordless Wednesday – Skanderbeg’s Statue, Tirana, Albania

Friday Photo – Skanderbeg Square, Tirana, Albania

This photo was taken in 2007 – the statue portrays Albanian hero Skanderbeg on horseback, with the central mosque and clock tower in the background. Skanderbeg was a fierce warrior who organised his 10,000 strong army to lead a rebellion against the occupying Ottoman Empire, securing many victories against significantly larger forces, who were also better […]

Monday Morning Blues – Blue Eye, Albania

This week’s MMB photo comes from Southern Albania. Close to the coastal town of Sarandë sits a very unusual spring. It’s name is Syri i Kaltër, translated as Blue Eye. It indeed does resemble a blue eye as you can see. Nobody knows how deep the spring is, but it is deeper than 50 metres […]

Wilbur’s Travels is Four Today

Those nice people from WordPress have just informed that my first post was published four years ago. That first post told the tale of my 1995 visit to the Chinese city of Guangzhou by boat from Hong Kong. 710 posts later I am still enthused and planning much more. Here are a selection of photos […]

Trains in the East of Europe

You will maybe know of my love of overseas train travel, especially in the east of Europe and you can of course read about my adventures on over 15,000km of track in the region by downloading my ebook on Amazon. Here are a few train pictures from my travels in the region….

Wordless Wednesday – Tirana Police Car

Balkan Tour 2017 – A Journey To Kosovo

Kosovo is one of those places that conjures up thoughts of conflict and strife. Synominous with the Yugoslav Conflict in the same way as Sarajevo, Mostar and Srebdenica. The Islamic enclave and particularly its embattled capital Pristina certainly bore a heavy price due to the ethnic cleansing that the Serb forces carried out in those […]

Balkans Tour 2017 – Tirana

We found our hotel to be delightful and soon forgot our ‘taxi’ driver. Recently renovated the Hotel Areela was decorated very nicely throughout with plenty of interesting objects dotted about. We were about ten minutes walk to Skanderbeg Square, the social hub of the city. We had been there almost ten years to the day […]

Balkans Tour 2017 – The Bus To Tirana

After re-enacting the Titania breakfast with a view (and securing some takeaway cake for later), we arrived at the bus station at 9 in readiness for the 9.30 departure. Despite Mr Cool’s (the laid back bus ticket seller) assertions the previous day, we were lucky to secure the last two tickets. Unluckily they were for […]