Category Travels in Eastern Europe

Train Tours In Eastern Europe #4

Originally posted on On Track:
Gdansk to Kaliningrad to Minsk to Vilnius This trip started in the home of Solidarity, followed by a bus to the secretive Russian enclave, home of its Baltic fleet, a train to one of Stalin’s favourite cities and finally on to the capital of Lithuania. Gdansk turned into a gem…

On Track

Earlier this month I started my new spin-off blog dedicated to my travels by train and anything else topical related to overseas train travel. I have now posted over 20 articles with plenty of photos from thirty years of overseas train travel, a period that has seen me complete well over 200 journeys outside of the […]

Slovenian Graffiti

One of the many impressive things that struck me on my recent visit to Ljubljana was the vibrant graffiti and street art. Take a look for yourself……..

A-Z April Challenge – Spielfeldstraße

Originally posted on Wilbur's Travels:
For my Letter M, I chose Maribor in the then Yugoslavia in the late ’80s, which is now part of Slovenia. I told the story of how we were refused entry and escorted back under armed-guard across the border into Austria. Could can read that account here. Spielfeldstraße was the…

My Forthcoming Book – Extract Four, On A Train Bound For Yugoslavia

Originally posted on Wilbur's Travels:
To set the scene, I was on my first inter-rail trip in 1987 aged twenty-two with my mate Poll. Three days into the trip, Poll had lost his passport near Munich and had to be issued an emergency one by the British Consulate, designed to get us home by…

My Top 15 Travel Pleasures – 3 to 1

3. Staying In An Apartment Apart from when on a school exchange visit to Brittany in 1980, up until 1998 I had only ever stayed in a youth hostel or hotel or slept on a train whilst abroad. This changed in the summer of ’98 whilst on a work trip to Athens. To cut costs […]

My Top 15 Travel Pleasures – 6 to 4

6. Stumbling Across Something Great But Unexpected This can be a sporting occasion (European cup match in Budapest), a celebration (Armenian Independence Day in Yerevan) or a momentous event (being in Beirut on the day Israel pulled out of Lebanon for the last time).   My favourite however was the time my mate and I […]

European Train Tour #4 – Eastern Europe

This is more an account of several train tours undertaken between 2006 and 2014, which form the basis of my second published work ‘On The Beaten Track’, available as an e-book download or a printed tome from Amazon. In all the book gives an account of over 15,000 track kilometres in the region, with a […]

Memorable Overseas Train Journeys #5 – Georgia to Armenia

To set the scene, Hamish & I were embarking on an overnight train from rain-lashed Batumi on the Black Sea Coast of Georgia to Yerevan, the splendid capital of Armenia. We had booked a berth each on the overnight sleeper and were hoping against hope that we had a private compartment. Makhinjauri (Batumi) – Yerevan […]

Memorable Overseas Train Journeys #4 – Turkey

Journey – May 2009, Ankara to Adana Depart 20.05 Scheduled Arrival 07.25, 674 KM Following the passport dramas at Ankara train station, we were finally able to relax on the Toros Express bound for Adana in Eastern Turkey as we followed our route into Syria. After dumping our gear in our sleeper compartment, we shuttled […]