Category Balkans

Euro 2020 Match Day 3 – Austria v North Macedonia

So we move to match day three having finally got underway a year late. Here I continue with my memories from the competing nations. The second match of the day takes place in Bucharest. Austria Mrs Wilbur and I visited Austria for my 40th birthday and have revisited on many occasions. We started in Vienna […]

Istanbul to Thessaloniki Train

A-Z April Challenge – N Is For Night Trains

Anybody that follows Wilbur’s Travels will know that I adore an overseas train journey and absolutely adore an overnight train. They have to be one of the bargains of our time, being transport, hotel & restaurant rolled into one. And environmentally friendly too! Favourite overnight train journeys have included Bangkok to Laos, Hue to Hanoi […]

A-Z April Challenge – M is for Montenegro

Montenegro Montenegro is a stunning little country with gorgeous locations. The ancient walled town of Kotor is beautifully located between an alluring fjord and brooding mountains is an absolute joy. When I went in 2011 it was not that well known, which has all changed with it now firmly on the cruise ship itineraries. Like […]

Read An E-Book A Week – Reading At A Discount

Book Cover of Drip by Drip a thriller set in Cambodia and available from Amazon

Friday Photos – Pristina Train Station

Kosovo was the last of the Balkan countries that I visited. I journeyed there overland from Albania in 2017 and left by train to Skopje. In fact the only train running in the fledgling nation is from Pristina that goes close to the border with North Macedonia. Here are some photos from that journey. You […]

The Bridges of Europe Part 5 – Eastern Europe

Having already written about bridges in Southern, Northern & Central Europe as well as the UK, it is now time for the East of the continent. My classification of Eastern Europe is pretty much behind the old Iron Curtain (minus Prague which I pinched for Central Europe), stretching as far as the Caucasus Mountains. Budapest, […]

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 […]

Pristina Train, Han I Elezit, Kosovo

Train Travel In The Balkans – A Reflection

Travelling By Train Across The Balkans It is now over 18 months since I published my book featuring train travel in every Balkan country. With train journeys anywhere off my agenda since February, it is with even greater fondness that I look back on past trips. Some of my most memorable Balkan journeys (all featured […]

View of Istanbul from the Bosphorus Ferry

Friday Photo – Leaving Istanbul

In May 2009 I left Istanbul to embark on a journey overland to Syria. First up I needed to get out of Europe and into Asia. In Istanbul this is as simple as catching a ferry across the Bosphorus (or under it nowadays through the Marmara Tunnel, by train). You can read about my visits […]

Monday Morning Blues – Kotor, Montenegro

I visited Kotor in 2007, arriving by bus from the capital Podgorica. Situated on the biggest fjord in the Balkans, the small city has a wonderful walled old town and has become quite a tourist hotspot.