Category April A-Z Challenge

Mud Volcano, Gobustan, Azerbaijan

A-Z April Challenge (Cities Visited) – Q for Qobustan

Qobustan, Azerbaijan OK, I admit I have bent my rules here somewhat. With no major cities beginning with Q in Europe (17 in China with populations over 100,000 out of interest), I have had to go with a region for Q. Qobustan is a region close to Baku in Azerbaijan and the home to some […]

The Treasury, Petra, Jordan

A-Z April Challenge (Cities Visited) – P for Petra

Hamish and I visited the ‘Rose City’ of Petra in 2005 as part of an independent tour of Jordan. I pick up as we journey from Madaba near Amman. Journey to Petra, Jordan. We set off bright and early for what promised to be the highlight of our trip – we were not to be […]

Odessa Port View From Potemkin Steps

A-Z April Challenge (Cities Visited) – O for Odessa

Hamish & I arrived in the Ukrainian city of Odessa in 2011 by train from Chisinau in Moldova. The intention was to take an overnight train onto Sevastopol, but we had stumbled across some sort of public holiday and all trains were full for the next three days. Train Arrival But Not Departure With heavy […]

A-Z April Challenge (Cities Visited) – N for New Orleans

In 2001 I paid a working visit to New Orleans to speak at a fast ferry conference and managed to arrange a few days of leisure before my engagement. Bourbon Street, New Orleans World famous Bourbon Street was a place of revelry – Larry Flynt’s girls strutted their stuff on the Hustler Club balcony, party […]

Marrakech Koutoubia Mosque & Djemaa El Fna

A-Z April Challenge (Cities Visited) – M For Marrakech

Mrs Wilbur and I visited the eclectic Moroccan city in 2005 as part of a mini tour of Morocco. We started and ended in Marrakech with the tour taking us through the Atlas Mountains to get close to the locals, on to Meknes, Volubilis & Fes, before taking a train back down south. Marrakech, Morocco […]

A-Z April Challenge (Cities Visited) – L for Luang Prabang

I have visited the chilled small city in Laos on two occasions, the first time with Hamish in 2010 and again with Mrs Wilbur in 2015. Easily the most spiritual city I have visited (especially the first time), here are a few highlights. The Mekong One of the world’s great rivers flows through Luang Prabang. […]

Kaliningrad, Russia - Maritime Museum At Sunset

A-Z April Challenge (Cities Visited) – K for Kaliningrad

I visited the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad in 2014 for 72-hours, having arrived by bus from Gdansk and then leaving by train for Minsk. It has actually been my only visit to Russia thus far, although I do have a Trans- Mongolian train trip (St Petersburg to Beijing) booked for later this year that now […]

Jakarta Port, Indonesia

A-Z April Challenge (Cities Visited) – J for Jakarta

Jakarta Jakarta is the current capital of Indonesia, the largest Islamic state in the world. I say current because the capital will actually be moving to East Kalimantan on the island of Borneo. Why? Because Jakarta is sinking at the rate of around 25 centimetres every year. Situated on the Java Sea and with thirteen […]

View of Istanbul from the Bosphorus Ferry

A-Z April Challenge (Cities Visited) – I is for Istanbul

For me Istanbul has recently been used as a gateway to somewhere else – overnight train journeys east en-route to Syria and Georgia, direct to Thessaloniki and as a flight stop off en-route for taking an overnight train from Tbilisi to Baku or a journey through Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan. This has usually meant just whistle […]

The Malecon, Havana, Cuba

A-Z April Challenge (Cities Visited) – H is for Havana

Havana is in my top five favorite cities ever visited. I went in January 2017 for four days with Mrs Wilbur and my regular travel buddy Hamish. Here is why I loved it so much. Havana, Cuba – Population 2.2 Million Havana is like all the best Spanish cities moulded into one – the edgy […]