Category North Macedonia

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.

Euro 2020 Match Day 11 – Netherlands v North Macedonia

The match in Amsterdam is a bit of a dead rubber with the Dutch already through to the knockout stages and the plucky Macedonians on the way out of the competition. Netherlands The second city of Rotterdam is far less visited than Amsterdam, but is a decent place to spend a few hours. I went […]

The Khan's Palace, Bakhchysarai, Crimea

Euro 2020 Match Day 7 – Ukraine v North Macedonia

This Eastern European match up kicks off the days proceedings, played in Bucharest. Not too far to travel then. Ukraine Crimea is disputed territory at present, but in 2011 it was still very much officially part of Ukraine. The Khan’s Palace was occupied by the Tatars, an Islamic minority that resided in Crimea. Built in […]

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 […]

The Bridges of Europe Part 5 – Eastern Europe

Having already written about bridges in Southern, Northern & Central Europe as well as the UK, it is now time for the East of the continent. My classification of Eastern Europe is pretty much behind the old Iron Curtain (minus Prague which I pinched for Central Europe), stretching as far as the Caucasus Mountains. Budapest, […]

The Volatile History Of The Balkan Peninsular

The Balkans region is a wonderful place to visit, being so full of history and contrasts. You can read about my travels there in my book available on Amazon. A brief history of the region appears in the book and is also shown below, giving you a flavour as to why this is such a […]

Roman Aqueduct, Skopje - Filming A Pop Video

Friday Photo – Roman Aqueduct, Skopje

When I visited Skopje a second time in 2016 I found a city garishly transformed from a characterful Balkan capital to a Disney style freak show. I was therefore happy to negotiate a taxi journey to the environs, including this Roman aqueduct a few km from the centre. The largely neglected ruin stands in the […]

Balkans Tour 2017 – Night Train to Belgrade

Continuing my recollections of my 2017 Bankan Tour….. Skopje to Belgrade Overnight Train No trip around Eastern Europe would be complete without an overnight train journey. One day there will probably be high speed routes and super modern trains in the region, making slow progress through the night a rarer experience – a huge loss […]

New Bridge & Building, Skopje

Skopje Then & Now (2006 v 2017)

The ‘new’ Skopje is not my cup of tea. I first visited in 2006 and loved the vibe of the place. Authentic, a little run down but an earthy energy to the city. Fast-forward a decade and what I found was massively different, a horrendous beautification project akin to a woman having plastic surgery to […]

Pristina Train, Han I Elezit, Kosovo

Proud Pristina

A look back on my 2017 Balkan tour as featured in my book ‘Travelling By Train Across The Balkans‘, today featuring the capital of Kosovo. Pristina, Kosovo We had purposely booked a hotel close to the train station as we would be departing on the 07.10 next day. It had claimed to be just 200 […]