Category Ukraine

Sub Standard 

Having suffered an excruciating arrival into Sevastopol by overnight bus from Odessa followed by a stressful two hours trying to secure train tickets to Lviv a few days hence and finally taking 90 minutes to find a hotel with vacancies, we would finally have a fabulous treat in store. After recovering with a late breakfast […]

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 […]

On The Beaten Track – Travels In Eastern Europe Free Sampler Download Link

Now available to download from Lulu Publishing (see Lulu button on the right hand side of this blog) or Amazon as a colour e-book or black & white paperback. Over 500 pages for just over £3 (ebook download) Read the Opening chapters for free by downloading ‘Now Boarding, The Eastern European Express’, from Smashwords. See My Book Extracts […]

Friday Photo – 22

Today’s photo is a giant metal statue that looks over Kiev in Ukraine. Officially she is called Mother Motherland, but locals and visitors alike know her more by her nickname of Iron Tits!!

A-Z April Challenge – Odessa

Hamish & I arrived in the Crimean city of Odessa in 2011 by train from Moldova. The intention was to take an overnight train onto Sevastopol, but we had stumbled across some sort of public holiday and all trains were full for the next three days. With heavy heart, we purchased tickets for the overnight […]

Just The Ticket

  To set the scene, Hamish & I had just undertaken a horrendous overnight bus journey from Odessa to Sevastopol due to all the trains being full. Predictably we had shared the journey with thirty beer-swilling, chain-smoking, salami eating, joke telling construction workers. Sleep had therefore been sporadic at best……. When we arrived at Sevastopol […]

Champions League

Following up from my Manchester post yesterday, City have drawn Dynamo Kiev in the first knock-out round. I was in Kiev in 2011 as part of a train trip that took in Budapest, Bucharest, Moldova, Crimea and Ukraine – you know where you can read all about it! (On The Beaten Track). The Champions League […]

My Forthcoming Book Extract Three – On A Tram In Odesssa

To set the scene, Hamish & I were headed to the bus station with dread in our hearts as we were booked on an overnight bus to Sevastopol due to all the trains being fully booked……… The tram ride to the bus station was hell. The tram was as packed as before, but this time […]