Category Balkans

Prizren, Kosovo, View From The Castle

2017 Balkan Tour Revisited – Kosovo

Kosovo is one of those places that conjures up thoughts of conflict and strife. Synonymous with the Yugoslav Conflict in the same way as Sarajevo, Mostar and Srebrenica. 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 […]

Train Journey From Niš to Sofia 

On a train from Serbia to Bulgaria (Extract from ‘Wilbur’s Travels, Travelling by Train Across the Balkans’)

Hornbill Publishing recently published ‘Wilbur’s Travels, Travelling by Train Across the Balkans’ recounting memorable travels in Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia & Slovenia as well as parts of Greece, Turkey & Romania. Here is an extract from a particularly excruciating journey – all part of the experience! A Train Journey […]

Lake Butrint, Albania

Monday Morning Blues #23 – Lake Butrint, Albania

Help us to beat those Monday morning blues by posting a ‘blue’ picture on every Monday morning over on Twitter – see @wilburstravels #mondaymorningblues This is a photo of Lake Butrint in Southern Albania. It surrounds a Roman site and really is a beautiful location. It is easily doable as a day trip from Corfu […]

Jazzy Ljubljana

When I booked for Mrs Wilbur & I to visit the Slovenian capital this June I had no idea that it would coincide with the city’s 60th jazz festival. We have both grown to love this musical genre and indeed the whole trip that saw us ending up in Vienna was predicated on us going […]

Sunday Photo – Dragon Bridge, Ljubljana

Friday Photo – St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia

Completed in 1912, for many years the St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral was the largest Orthodox church in the world. It has a congregational capacity of 5,000 and peaks at 148 feet, whilst its bells can be heard from ten miles away. The church was built to honor those who sacrificed their lives during the Russo-Turkish War […]

Friday Photos – Lake Ohrid, North Macedonia

Photos taken in September 2006 on the stunning Lake Ohrid, 121 km south of capital Skopje. Read about my travels there and throughout all of the Balkans countries in my new book – ‘Wilbur’s Travels, Part One, Travelling By Train Across The Balkans’

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

Kotor, Montenegro

Wordless Wednesday – Kotor Fjord, Montenegro