The three ex-Soviets all make intriguing destinations. Armenia I have been to Armenia once and had a wonderful time. I arrived by overnight train from Georgia, at one point sharing our compartment with a blind cat! We actually arrived on Armenia’s Independence Day so we’re able to gatecrash a great party. As well as the […]
Number 5 – Train to Georgia You may well know by now that I love an overnight train journey – throw in a dining car with fabulous views too and I am completely bowled over! In 2015 I travelled to Georgia from Istanbul, taking a train to the edge of the Kurdish region of Turkey […]
I have had my fair share of bus journeys that were memorable for all the wrong reasons. Disasters include: Blown tyres and wheel changes in Java and Laos Ending up in a ditch in Bali with us teetering over the edge of a sheer drop A complete breakdown and three hour wait for a replacement […]
Sunday is for relaxation and chilling will family & friends. I love the traditions in Eastern Europe where older men gather to play chess or backgammon. The picture below was taken in the charming town of Sighnaghi in the Kakheti region of Georgia. The backgammon board was placed on a bin and play commenced.
I visited St Nina’s (The Enlightener of Georgia) Monastery in 2015 on a day trip out of Tbilisi.
Tbilisi, Georgia I adore the Georgian capital having visited twice – arriving by train from Yerevan in 2015 and departing by train for Baku in 2019. How apt that I am writing about the wonderful city on St George’s Day. Here is an account of my 2019 visit. The very comfortable Art Rooms Hotel where […]
Today is Easter Sunday in the Orthodox calendar. A day of celebration for Greeks, Russians, Bulgarians, Romanians, Serbs, Georgians, Armenians, Latvians, Estonians, Ukrainians, Belorussians and a host of others. Here are a few Orthodox cathedrals & churches that I have visited over the years. Χριστός ἀνέστη!
“A postponed journey means a very special future opportunity.” So say I after having to cancel two booked trips last January, which have now been re-scheduled for early 2020. More of those later, what about the trips actually undertaken in 2019? Athens A late February stay in our central Athens apartment so we could visit […]
Continuing the story of our (Hamish & I) latest adventure out East…………. We arrived at 9.15 a.m. on our overnight train from Tbilisi. I was pretty damned excited having slept well, a feeling enhanced by the fact that I was in a brand new country. The train journey had been very comfortable in our two-berth […]
We arrived on an early October Thursday via Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen (the far less frenetic Istanbul airport on the Asian side of the great city). We had actually stayed the previous night at an airport hotel situated there – a first for Hamish & I. This was our second visit to the Georgian capital having […]