Category Balkans

Lake Butrint, Albania

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.

Tuesday Train Journey – Night Train to Belgrade

An overnight train journey from Skopje to Belgrade

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, Book by Will Linsdell

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 […]

Monday Morning Blues – Fisherman on Lake Ohrid in North Macedonia

I took this shot from the balcony of our accommodation in 2006. We travelled to Ohrid by bus from Skopje and had a fabulous time by the beautiful lake.

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia, Bulgaria

Sunday Photo – Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia in Bulgaria

The capital of Bulgaria has a fine Orthodox Cathedral. The grand exterior covers a rather plain interior, however it makes for a very peaceful sanctuary.

Ottoman Bridge, Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Euro 2020 Rest Day 6 – Non Qualifiers – Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kosovo

So now we know the Euro 2020 final will be between Italy and England. Phew! Two former Yugoslav nations are the subject of nations that did not qualify for the finals. Bosnia & Herzegovina Mostar is a wonderful city to visit. Synonymous with the Yugoslavia War when the iconic Ottoman Bridge was blown up, it […]

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 […]