This year every Tuesday I will be recounting an overseas train journey. It could be a short hop or a long-distance overnighter. Every journey is special to me – the greatest way to travel by far. In 2012 Mrs Wilbur and I undertook a mini train tour of Spain taking in Santiago de Compostela, Córdoba, […]
The two giants of European football do battle at Wembley tonight with a place in Sunday’s final at stake. Spain Segovia is a fabulous destination in Spain. It is an easy train ride from Madrid and you can easily spend 3-days here without getting in the slightest bit bored. The cathedral is a masterpiece and […]
Now it starts to get serious. Three wins away from becoming European champions. Both these nations needed extra time to go through, with Switzerland also needing penalties to defeat favourites France. The match takes place in St Petersburg. Spain Many Basques do not consider themselves as Spanish. The language & culture are certainly much removed […]
Copenhagen plays host to the first last 16 tie of the day. Croatia On my 2015 Balkans train tour we found ourselves in Ploce. Having left the delights of Split we were hoping for another version of the same to wile away a couple of hours before catching a train to Sarajevo. Instead we found […]
Can Spain finally get a win in Seville or could they inexplicably be bowing out early? Slovakia I would definitely recommend spending a day or two in the Slovak capital. Why not travel by boat along the Danube from Vienna? You will find a very nice cobbled old town with lots of restaurants to sit […]
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 third game of the day takes place in Seville. Seville just so happens to be my favourite city in Spain. Superb tapas, the world’s finest flamenco, a magnificent cathedral, beautiful landscaped gardens of Los Jardines de Murillo, the wonderful alcazar and non-stop sunshine. A float down the River Guadalquivir is a very enjoyable way […]
The River Nervión and the Guggenheim Museum feature for this week’s Monday Morning Blues. This shot was taken on a gorgeous day at the end of October.
I took this picture from Gaudi’s Parc Guell whilst on honeymoon in 2000. The Port Olimpic was where they held the sailing events in the 1996 Olympics. One of the two towers you can see (on the right) is the fabulous Hotel Arts where we stayed for the first night of our honeymoon.
Korinth (Corinth), Greece The Corinth Canal in Greece is an incredible feat of engineering and was once an important navigational route which allowed ships to enter the Aegean Sea. Carved through the isthmus at sea level, the canal is 6.4 km long with a width of only 25 metres. Impossible for modern ships to go through, […]