Category Soviet Union

Wordless Wednesday – Russian Sunset.

Sunset in Russia’s Baltic enclave Kaliningrad.

Baltic Greats – Riga to Tallinn Part 3

Tallinn, Estonia Having arrived from Tallinn by train, we soon found our impressive Airbnb that was right on Town Hall Square in the Old Town. As well as a splendid view of the town hall & square from our window, we were also directly above a brightly decorated Christmas Tree. We had arrived on Russian […]

Trains at Valga Station, Estonia

Baltic Greats – Riga to Tallinn, Part 2

Making Tracks Having seen much of Riga’s special charm, we decided on a little side trip to the Baltic Coast. The Jaumeri area has long been popular with the city’s inhabitants due to its proximity to the capital, the white sands of its blue flag beaches and the pine fresh air that invigorates visitors. Riga […]

Riga Art Nouveau Buildings

Friday Photos – Art Nouveau Architecture, Riga

Riga is famous for its Art Nouveau (or Jugendstil) architecture, a form most popular from the 1890’s until around 1910. There are over 100 buildings of this style in Riga, with the best examples in Alberta Street. The excellent Art Nouveau Museum is also at the end of the same street.

Aerial View of Riga

Baltic Greats – Riga to Tallinn, Part 1

In 2019 we had a trip booked to two Baltic capitals but had to cancel at the last minute. We decided to rebook for 2020, following exactly the same itinerary that we had planned before flying Air Baltic, staying in central AirBNBs and taking a train between the two cities. All worked like clockwork, the […]

Kaliningrad, Russia - Maritime Museum At Sunset

Wordless Wednesday – Kaliningrad, Russia

Wilbur’s Travels – My 7 Travel Wonders Of The Past Decade

Travel is a great defining constant in my life and as I reflect on the last ten years of travels, I am extremely grateful that I am able to indulge in my passion on a regular basis. I have visited 22 new countries in the decade and revisited many more old favourites. I found it […]

The Tbilisi to Baku Train

Georgia & Azerbaijan 2019 – The Tbilisi to Baku Train

Continuing the story of our (Hamish & I) latest adventure out East…………. We arrived at 9.15 a.m. on our overnight train from Tbilisi. I was pretty damned excited having slept well, a feeling enhanced by the fact that I was in a brand new country. The train journey had been very comfortable in our two-berth […]

Winter Palace, Sheki, Azerbaijan

Monday Morning Blues – Winter Palace Interior, Sheki, Azerbaijan

Earlier this month I was in Sheki where I visited the impressive Winter Palace. A memory that helps me beat the Monday Morning Blues. It would be great if you could join me and my Twitter pals in posting a photo featuring the colour blue over on Twitter every Monday morning. Together we can beat […]

Tbilisi, Georgia

Georgia & Azerbaijan 2019 – Tbilisi

We arrived on an early October Thursday via Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen (the far less frenetic Istanbul airport on the Asian side of the great city). We had actually stayed the previous night at an airport hotel situated there – a first for Hamish & I. This was our second visit to the Georgian capital having […]