Category European Cities

My Top Fifteen Spanish Cities – 12 to 9

Continuing my countdown having already covered numbers ten to twelve (Palma, Denia & Malaga). Number Ten – Vitoria-Gasteiz The lovely Basque city is an hour’s bus journey from Big Brother Bilbao, to which we ventured as a side trip from the biggest city in the Basque region. A modern tram whisked us the few stops […]

My Top 15 Spanish Cities – 15 to 13

I listed my top 12 Spanish cities in 2015 and now having visited a few more I have extended this to a top 15. I have also changed my mind about my number 1! My first ever experience of Spain was in 1983, a budget trip to Benidorm for a fortnight of late nights and […]

A Few Hours In Vitoria & Basque Football, Spain

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Region, Spain My friend reminded me that it is four years ago that we paid a wonderful visit to the Basque region of Spain. I am therefore re-posting my blogs from that long weekend trip. As we had plenty of time over the next two days to explore the rest of Bilbao, we […]

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Blessed Bilbao

Bilbao, October 2016 My friend reminded me that it is four years ago that we paid a wonderful visit to the Basque region of Spain. I am therefore re-posting my blogs from that long weekend trip. I had been to many areas of Spain (starting with an infamous ’83 trip to Benidorm), but never the […]

European Train Tour #1 – Spain

Europe is a wonderful continent. Culturally & geographically diverse and incredibly easy to navigate from the Arctic to the Mediterranean or even the Atlantic to the Pacific. The best way to explore the region is by train with a vast network of train tracks criss-crossing the continent, connecting amazing cities and countries. Arm yourself with […]

European Train Tour #3 – Norway

Europe is a wonderful continent. Culturally & geographically diverse and incredibly easy to navigate from the Arctic to the Mediterranean or even the Atlantic to the Pacific. The best way to explore the region is by train with a vast network of train tracks criss-crossing the continent, connecting amazing cities and countries. Arm yourself with […]

European Train Tour #4 – Eastern Europe

Train Tours Around Eastern Europe This is more an account of several train tours undertaken between 2006 and 2014, some of which are featured in my book about train tours in the Balkans. 2006, Istanbul – Thessaloniki – Meteora – Skopje – Lake Ohrid – Nis – Sofia We were due to take a October […]

Monday Morning Blues – Art Nouveau Lion, Riga, Latvia

This week’s MMB comes from my first and last decent length trip of 2020 when I did a Riga/Tallinn combination with Mrs Wilbur and our friend Chris. The Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) district of the Latvian capital may well be the best such district in Europe – unless you know better that is? Why not take […]

Cannes, France

Sunday Photos – Tour de France

With the delayed Tour de France now in progress, I am reminded of our train/car tour in 2015 when we started in Nice and ended in Paris via Avignon, Lyon, Strasbourg and Eparney. Here are a few shots from the tour. French Cemetery, Verdun, France Palace of the Popes, Avignon Abbaye de Sénanque, Provence Cannes

Roman Aqueduct, Skopje

Balkans Tour 2017 – The Environs of Skopje

Continuing the recap of my 2017 Balkans tour….. Skopje, North Macedonia You may have gathered that I do not like the ‘new’ Skopje, the €500 million vanity project that looks like it was dreamed up by Liberace on acid. Thankfully we arrived armed with a couple of decent things to take in if, as was […]