Category Soviet Union

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 […]

Sunday Photos – Kaliningrad, Russia

I should be in St Petersburg now at the start of a long anticipated trans-Mongolian rail adventure to Beijing. Sadly that has been put back until March 2021, though with Mongolia’s border shut like a clam for the foreseeable future, who knows when it might actually happen. Kaliningrad This means that Kaliningrad remains the only […]

Mauritius Sunset, Le Meridien Hotel

My Favourite Travel Photos – 11 to 15

What’s the point in taking photographs? This is the second in my series of favourite travel photos based on the memories they evoke and one or two that I consider passably decent. I am presenting them in clusters of five and today show my third favourite quartile. River Vltava, Charles Bridge & Prague Castle – […]

Moldovan Countryside Near Chisinau

Sunday Photo – Moldovan Countryside Scene

Yesterday I gave an on-line talk for The Globetrotters Club on the theme of Eastern Europe. One of the countries that I talked about was Moldova, amongst Europe’s poorest nations. They still practice traditional farming methods with horses often used instead of tractors. I call the photo below ‘Giant Haystacks’.

Tbilisi, Georgia

A-Z April Challenge (Cities Visited) – T for 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 […]

Kiev Monastery, Ukraine

Orthodox Easter Sunday

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!    

Friday Photos – The Khan’s Palace, Bakhchysarai, Crimea

The palace was built in the 16th century and became home to a succession of Crimean Khans (as in Genghis Khan), leaders of a Turkic Islamic Khanate. Many of the islamic population was wiped out during the Crimean War, as the Russian Empire used it as an excuse to purge its lands of tartars and […]

Odessa Port View From Potemkin Steps

A-Z April Challenge (Cities Visited) – O for Odessa

Hamish & I arrived in the Ukrainian city of Odessa in 2011 by train from Chisinau in Moldova. The intention was to take an overnight train onto Sevastopol, but we had stumbled across some sort of public holiday and all trains were full for the next three days. Train Arrival But Not Departure With heavy […]