Another Baltic derby in the Euros takes place in St Petersburg. Sweden The Iron Ore Line runs from the ice-free port of Narvik in Norway to the Baltic port of Luleå in Sweden’s Baltic Coast. The final leg to Narvik is known as the Ofoten Line which was constructed to transport iron ore from the […]
The day’s final game throws up a ‘Catholic derby’ is played in the wonderful city of Seville. Spain The Moorish city of Córdoba in Andalusia is an absolute gem. It’s undoubted star is the Mezquita, constructed around 785AD at the behest of Abd ar-Rahman I. Córdoba was the capital of the Muslim-controlled region of Al-Andalus. […]
The Euros are getting into a swing now. Thankfully the medical drama of Saturday has turned out better than feared. Get well soon Christian Eriksen. The two Central European nations get their tournament up and running in St Petersburg. Poland My favourite city visited in Poland is the Hanseatic port city of Gdańsk. Lovely old […]
The historic shipyard in Gdansk in Poland, home of the Solidarity Union led by Lech Walesa the first president of the newly independent Poland
Number 10 – Train Trip from Sevastopol to Lviv, Ukraine 2011 This remains as my longest train ride to date. 27-hours with one change of trains at Simferopol. The journey started in the Crimea, the disputed region that has now been annexed to Russia. It was a wonderful trip from south to north travelling in […]
A highlight of most years is to visit a Christmas market somewhere. There is honestly no better way to get into the festive spirit. This year a trip into London and watching dvds of Elf, Christmas Vacation & Wonderful Life will have to do the trick. Germany and Austria are considered as the homeland of […]
I have visited the Polish capital maybe half a dozen times. The first time was in 1992 when I arrived by overnight train from Leipzig and stayed in an extremely spartan youth hostel, the second in 2008 with three buddies for a weekend and latterly a few work related trips. The reconstructed Old Town, […]
The World Heritage site castle was built in the 13th & 14th Centuries in Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance & Baroque styles, initiated by King Casimir III The Great. The views from the top are wonderful, whilst visits to the State Rooms, Armory and the Cathedral situated within the fortification walls are fascinating.