Monday Morning Blues – Lake Butrint in Albania
On my second visit to Albania in 2016 we took in the Roman ruins of Butrint in the south of the country. The site offers splendid views of Lake Butrint.
Monday Morning Blues – Prickly Pears For Sale, Sarande in Albania
In 2017 I paid my second visit to Albania, arriving by ferry from Corfu to Sarande and then taking a bus up to Tirana. Sarande is a beautiful coastal town, perhaps more synonymous with Greece than Albania. Join us on Twitter to post your own blues busting photos each Monday morning – @wilburstravels
Western Balkan Trains
Railway Gazette have reported in September that there is going to be sizeable investment into train infrastructure in the Western Balkans. Agreement has been reached between Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia to improve connections and journey times. Progress is definitely needed of course, but at a cost to the throwback […]
Travelling By Train Across The Balkans
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 […]
Euro 2020 Rest Day 2 – Non-Qualifying Nations – Iceland, Romania & Albania
24 nations qualified for Euro 2020 and according to whose list you consider as accurate, there are between 44 (United Nations figure) and 51 (Wikipedia) countries in Europe. Here are three more that didn’t make it to the finals. Iceland The tiny nation of less than 5 million people qualified last time and actually knocked […]
The Volatile History Of The Balkan Peninsular
The Balkans region is a wonderful place to visit, being so full of history and contrasts. You can read about my travels there in my book available on Amazon. A brief history of the region appears in the book and is also shown below, giving you a flavour as to why this is such a […]
Monday Morning Blues – Albanian Police Car, Tirana
I spotted this police car parked up outside Tirana’s main police station in 2007. I didn’t think it would fare to well in chasing criminals, but I am sure it had its day!
Sunday Photo – Hats For Sale, Sarande, Albania
The Albanian town of Sarande is just a 30-minute hope across the Ionian Sea from Corfu.
Balkans Tour 2017 – Tirana
Continuing my look back of my 2017 Balkans Tour – how did Tirana 2017 compare with Tirana 2007? We had just arrived by marathon bus journey from Sarande in Southern Albania and dilapidated taxi to our hotel from Tirana’s run down bus station…….. Tirana We found our hotel to be delightful and soon forgot our […]