Category Soviet Union

Odessa Port View From Potemkin Steps

Ukraine Trip 2011 – Part One, Odessa

In 2011 I visited Ukraine, first arriving by train in Odessa from Moldova. I wrote about the trip a few years ago and with the awful events taking place at the moment, I thought I’d share my travels during far happier times, whilst I pray for a return to peace. Train Journey: Chișinău to Odessa, […]

Sighnaghi, Walled Town, Georgia

Monday Morning Blues – Signagi in Georgia

Signagi is situated in the Georgian wine growing region of Kakheti in the shadow of the Caucus Mountains. In the 18th Century a 4km wall was built to protect against potential invaders and my picture shows a part of that wall that is still intact.

Ceiling of the Juma Mosque, Shamakhi, Azerbaijan

Sunday Photos – Memories of Azerbaijan

With foreign travel perhaps on the agenda again I am sharing a few photos of my last trip outside Europe to the Caucasus country of Azerbaijan. The former Soviet is considered as Europe by some, but is very different to the rest of the continent, especially if you venture outside Baku as we did. We […]

Sunday Photo – Camel, Khiva, Uzbekistan

Camels have to be the most comical creatures on the planet, as well as being amongst the most important to mankind. I photographed this chap in 2018 during my visit to two of the Stans.

Sunday Sunsets – Darvaza Gas Crater in the Karakum Desert of Turkmenistan

A visit to the amazing Darvaza Gas Crater in the Karakum Desert in Northern Turkmenistan is an unforgettable experience. The fires have been burning for close on 50-years now, the result of an accident when the Soviet authorities were drilling for natural gas. The sunset in the desert is pretty ethereal as I hope this […]

International Women’s Day – A Celebration Of Women In Pictures

Women of Laos

Monday Morning Blues – Uzbekistan Railways Engine in Bukhara

My something blue today is from my 2018 visit to glorious Uzbekistan. I photographed this beauty as I awaited the Afrosiyob to speed me to Samarkand. Join us over on Twitter to post a ‘blue’ image from your travels every Monday morning. @wilburstravels

My Iconic Travel Moments Part 2 – 2011 to 2019 (10 to 6)

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 […]

Monday Morning Blues – Blue Train, Odessa, Ukraine

This is the bluest train that I could find without a deeper delve into my archives. It was taken in 2011 after we arrived at the Black Sea Port by train from Chisinau.

Flame Tower, Baku

Friday Photos – Baku Architecture, Azerbaijan

Baku, Azerbaijan A year ago I was readying myself for a trip to Georgia and on by train from Tbilisi to Baku. 2020 has given us all a feeling of lost opportunities and a strong desire to explore again. Until we are truly able we have to make do with wonderful memories of past trips […]