Category Travelling By Train Across The Balkans

Roman Aqueduct, Skopje

Balkans Tour 2017 – The Environs of Skopje

Continuing the recap of my 2017 Balkans tour….. Skopje, North Macedonia You may have gathered that I do not like the ‘new’ Skopje, the €500 million vanity project that looks like it was dreamed up by Liberace on acid. Thankfully we arrived armed with a couple of decent things to take in if, as was […]

New Bridge & Building, Skopje

Skopje Then & Now (2006 v 2017)

The ‘new’ Skopje is not my cup of tea. I first visited in 2006 and loved the vibe of the place. Authentic, a little run down but an earthy energy to the city. Fast-forward a decade and what I found was massively different, a horrendous beautification project akin to a woman having plastic surgery to […]

Skanderbeg Square, Tirana

Balkans Tour 2017 – Tirana

Continuing my look back of my 2017 Balkans Tour – how did Tirana 2017 compare with Tirana 2007? We had just arrived by marathon bus journey from Sarande in Southern Albania and dilapidated taxi to our hotel from Tirana’s run down bus station…….. Tirana We found our hotel to be delightful and soon forgot our […]

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 […]

Friday Photo – Ottoman Bridge, Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

I visited Mostar during a trip to the former Yugoslavia in October 2007. What a wonderful place, which has bounced back from a troubled past to become a thriving compact city once more. This is typified by its famous bridge over the River Neretva, which was completely destroyed in the ’90s conflict but has been built back […]

Sunday Photo – My Forthcoming 3rd Book

Cambodian Drama I am currently going through the editing process of my latest book, which will be released on Amazon soon. The ebook cover is ready and is this weeks’ Sunday Photo. It is my first foray into fiction writing and it follows an average English couple who unwittingly get mixed up in a terrifying […]

Hornbill Publishing UK Logo

Hornbill Publishing – My New Website

To coincide with the imminent release of my third book, a fictional novel entitled ‘Drip by Drip’, I am absolutely delighted to launch my new publishing website – http://www.hornbillpublishing.co.uk. The label will initially feature my own works only, the number of which I am actively aiming to increase. In time I hope to be able […]

Monday Morning Blues – Lake Ohrid Fisherman, North Macedonia

I visited Lake Ohrid in 2006. The place was legendary for its rare albino peacock, which was living in the grounds of a monastery by the lake. Such was the rarity of the bird that the town of Ohrid contained countless postcards, giftware, posters etc. of the red-eyed beast. We went in search of him, […]

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 […]

Sunday Photo – Lake Ohrid, North Macedonia

A fisherman casts his net on Lake Ohrid in North Macedonia. I visited in September 2006 on my first Balkan train tour that took me from Istanbul to Sofia via Greece, North Macedonia & Serbia. You can read about this trip and my many other journeys in the Balkan region in my book available from […]