Category My Book

Trains in the East of Europe

You will maybe know of my love of overseas train travel, especially in the east of Europe and you can of course read about my adventures on over 15,000km of track in the region by downloading my ebook on Amazon. Here are a few train pictures from my travels in the region….

Smashwords – An Author’s Friend

Smashwords is a self-publishing website that is very easy to use. I have an excerpt of my Eastern European travel book available to download for free entitled ‘Now Boarding, The Eastern European Express’. For any budding authors out there, I would urge you to give the site a look as they have loads of help […]

On The Beaten Track – Travels In Eastern Europe Free Sampler Download Link

Now available to download from Lulu Publishing (see Lulu button on the right hand side of this blog) or Amazon as a colour e-book or black & white paperback. Over 500 pages for just over £3 (ebook download) Read the Opening chapters for free by downloading ‘Now Boarding, The Eastern European Express’, from Smashwords. See My Book Extracts […]

Publishing Article

I was recently interviewed by our town magazine regarding the books that I have had published – here is the transcript in full….. As the article states, I am part way through my first novel and will soon start looking for a publisher. I am also looking to start up a publishing club in South […]

Marvellous Moldova – Part One

Moldova is said to be the poorest country in Europe and indeed a visit here does seem like a step back in time. The ex-Soviet offers a break with a difference, especially if you also take in ‘rogue state’ of Transnistria as part of your visit. I arrived on the overnight train from Bucharest. Travelling […]

Free Book Download

I am pleased to let you know that the first few chapters of my book are now available for free download at Smashwords. If you like what you read, the full version is available from Amazon etc. I hope you enjoy it.

Just The Ticket

  To set the scene, Hamish & I had just undertaken a horrendous overnight bus journey from Odessa to Sevastopol due to all the trains being full. Predictably we had shared the journey with thirty beer-swilling, chain-smoking, salami eating, joke telling construction workers. Sleep had therefore been sporadic at best……. When we arrived at Sevastopol […]

Armenian Adventure

Armenia is not easy to get to from the UK. There are no direct flights and three of the four land borders are not accessible, a consequence of Armenia’s long running disputes with Azerbaijan & Turkey and our own less than cordial relationship with Iran. There are signs that borders may open in the not […]

Sunday Photo – 8

This picture was taken in January 2003 in Tallinn – a trip we took to celebrate my birthday, which just so happens to be today! We stayed for three nights – first day dull, second day sun & blue skies and third day snow. This meant we retraced our steps twice and got three sets […]

Friday Photo – 7

This photograph was taken in Minsk in 2013. Although Communism has officially ceased in the former Soviets, the attitudes still remain, especially in the older generation. This was never more apparent than when we visited the capital of Belarus where we encountered some of the most unfriendly people ever on our trips, especially in the […]