Category European Cities

Western Crete – Part Two

For part one click here. Next day would be all about the journey and not the destination. We were headed for the beach at Elafonisi, which translates as Deer Island. It was described in certain quarters as the ‘ninth best beach in the world.’ Very pretty, very debatable rating in my opinion. We were journeying […]

Train Tours In Eastern Europe #4

Originally posted on On Track:
Gdansk to Kaliningrad to Minsk to Vilnius This trip started in the home of Solidarity, followed by a bus to the secretive Russian enclave, home of its Baltic fleet, a train to one of Stalin’s favourite cities and finally on to the capital of Lithuania. Gdansk turned into a gem…

Western Crete – Part One

Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and also one of the most beautiful. It may lack the signature towns of Santorini or Mykonos, but its natural landscapes are up there with their Cycladic Island peers and its place in Greek history as a warrior land from the times of the Ancient Minoans right […]

Lille

The Flanders city situated close to the Belgian border is one of the most easily accessible big cities from London. At just 1 hour 25 minutes by Eurostar train from St Pancras, it is as close as Birmingham and no disrespect to England’s second city, but the chance to experience some French ambience wins in […]

St George’s Day

St George is the patron Saint of England, borne out by the Red Cross of St George on a white background being the nation’s flag. St George was born AD 275–281 of Greek parentage and followed his father’s footsteps to become a Roman soldier, rising to the high rank of tribune. The Roman emperor Diocletian […]

It’s A Marble

In late 2014 I went to the marvellous Acropolis Museum at the foot of the Ancient Acropolis in Athens whilst in January 2016 I paid a visit to the Acropolis itself to get the perspective of what I had read about. You can read my account and see some photos from these visits by clicking […]

My Day In Edinburgh

With my good friend Chris moving to Leith, it was an excellent opportunity to spend the weekend in Edinburgh.  From Leith we caught the bus to the bottom of the Royal Mile and scouted around the Scottish Parliament and Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s official Edinburgh residence. We satisfied ourselves with external images on this occasion. […]

Slovenian Graffiti

One of the many impressive things that struck me on my recent visit to Ljubljana was the vibrant graffiti and street art. Take a look for yourself……..

Kotor – Not A Secret Anymore

Medieval Majesty in Former Yugoslavia The ancient walled town of Kotor is beautifully located between an alluring fjord and brooding mountains – 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 itineries. Like it’s near neighbour Dubrovnik, it […]

Spotted By Locals – An Insider’s Travel Guide

The clever social media gurus from Spotted by Locals spotted my tweet requesting off the tourist trail things to do for my quickfire trip to Ljubljana and suggested I download their guide to the city.  The guide is written by residents giving their unique guide on where to go to meet locals rather than tourists.  […]