Category Train Travel

Tashkent Train Station, Uzbekistan

Friday Photo – Tashkent Train Station, Uzbekistan

Two years ago today I arrived in the Uzbekistan capital, the culmination of a memorable tour of the amazing country together with its off-beat neighbour Turkmenistan. I arrived with Hamish by overnight train from Urganch, back then the gateway to Khiva. Arriving at 7 in the morning we managed to find a cafe in the […]

Tashkent Train Station, Uzbekistan

Monday Morning Blues – Tashkent Railway Station, Uzbekistan

I have chosen a train theme for today’s Monday Morning Blues on account of our social on Zoom tonight at 8pm BST. That’s because our main presentation tells the tale of a remarkable train journey aboard the iron ore train of Mauritania. Lindy Pyrah will be recounting her nighttime journey through the Western Sahara on […]

Thomas Cook Trains

I was incredibly sad that Thomas Cook went under because they are of course synonymous with travels from bygone days. I also worked for them for twelve months on a consultancy basis a while ago. Here is a piece that I wrote about Thomas Cook’s history…… Thomas Cook “Thomas Cook didn’t run trains,” I hear […]

Balkan Tour 2017 – Romanian Holiday?

Continuing the recap of my 2017 Balkan holiday……. Train to Romania? You will remember from my previous post that we had arrived at Belgrade Dunav Train Station to a hand-scrawled notice saying “No Trains Romania” with zero assistance on offer to ease our predicament. So would we make it to Romania after all? In true […]

Pristina Train, Han I Elezit, Kosovo

Proud Pristina

A look back on my 2017 Balkan tour as featured in my book ‘Travelling By Train Across The Balkans‘, today featuring the capital of Kosovo. Pristina, Kosovo We had purposely booked a hotel close to the train station as we would be departing on the 07.10 next day. It had claimed to be just 200 […]

Sunday Photo – Friesach, Austria

A year ago we undertook a train tour through Slovenia & Austria. Part of the trip saw us take a train from Klagenfurt to Semmering and I took this shot from the train window.

Train World, Brussels

Train Travel Enthusiasts Weekend – Brussels

This is an unusual post as it concerns a trip not yet taken. If you like trains read on and if you are interested in joining us just leave a comment and I will get back to you. Eurostar We will be travelling by Eurostar train from London St Pancras on Saturday 25th April at […]

Baku View

2019 Ends, 2020 Beckons

“A postponed journey means a very special future opportunity.” So say I after having to cancel two booked trips last January, which have now been re-scheduled for early 2020. More of those later, what about the trips actually undertaken in 2019? Athens A late February stay in our central Athens apartment so we could visit […]

Registan, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

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 […]

Train at Narvik Station, Norway

The Iron Ore Line, Norway To Sweden

An Arctic Circle rail journey from Norway to Sweden In January 2018 I undertook my third trip on the Ofoten Line from Narvik, deep inside the Arctic Circle in Norway. The line runs 43 kilometres from the Narvik to Riksgränsen on the Norway/Sweden border where the line continues through Northern Sweden as the Ore Line […]