Category Travels in Eastern Europe

A-Z April Challenge – X Marks The Spot, Balaclava

The eX-nuclear submarine base in Balaclava in the Crimea was such a secret that the town of Balaclava did not appear on maps and even the families of engineers, scientists & technicians who worked there had no idea that the base existed! The facility is built into the cliff face and was hidden from the […]

A-Z April Challenge – Garni and Geghard Monastery, Armenia

Armenia is a wonderful country and its premier monastery is in a beautiful location. We visited Geghard Monastery, together with the Roman temple of Garni on a half-day trip out of the Armenian capital of Yerevan. We hired a taxi driver for £20 and set off. First stop was Garni, a Greek style temple dating […]

Haydarpasa Station, Istanbul

Originally posted on On Track:
Great news. The iconic Haydarpasa Train Station on the Asian side of the Bosporus will re-open for train journeys from 2019. The station has been closed since 2013 as it was refurbished and the line from Istanbul to Ankara was electrified. I first travelled from there in 2009 as I…

Wordless Wednesday – Riga Rail Bridge

Smashwords – An Author’s Friend

Smashwords is a self-publishing website that is very easy to use. I have an excerpt of my Eastern European travel book available to download for free entitled ‘Now Boarding, The Eastern European Express’. For any budding authors out there, I would urge you to give the site a look as they have loads of help […]

Škofja Loka

I had decided that I would do a side trip from Ljubljana and toyed with the idea of Maribor for old time’s sake (see Yugoslavia drama for details of the old time) or Lake Bled, but figured that both were too far when I would be flying home the same day. I therefore plumped for […]

Wordless Wednesday – Tirana Police Car

Ljubljana

Ljubljana was one of the few capital cities of Europe I hadn’t seen, so in February 17 I put it right with a mega cheap 48 hour solo visit. Easyjet from Gatwick and an Airbnb room in a central flat for a total of £110 made it almost rude not to!I arrived after dark, so […]

Balkans Tour 2017 – Timisoara, The Final Act

After eight late September days away from the UK we had arrived in the sixth and final country of our mini-tour of the region. Had we left the best to last? On balance, we probably had. First up our accommodation. I promised the lovely hostess Miriana that I would write about her on my blog […]

Statues of Timisoara

I was struck by some of the statues on my recent visit to Timisoara, Romania…..