The big one for this Englishman takes place in Rome tonight. Ukraine Lviv is a very agreeable small city in the west of Ukraine, close to the Polish border. We travelled there on a marathon 27-hour train journey from Sevastopol via Simferopol in the Crimea in 2011. It was actually to be a venue city […]
The final match of the round of 16 takes place in Glasgow. Ukraine 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! […]
We kick off in Bucharest with both teams in with a shout of qualification. Ukraine Kyiv Pechersk Lavra is a vast monastery complex in Kiev. We spent over three-hours exploring in 2011 and could have spent many more quite easily. Kiev has many fine churches, with a gold dome seemingly obligatory. Austria Last time we […]
This Eastern European match up kicks off the days proceedings, played in Bucharest. Not too far to travel then. Ukraine Crimea is disputed territory at present, but in 2011 it was still very much officially part of Ukraine. The Khan’s Palace was occupied by the Tatars, an Islamic minority that resided in Crimea. Built in […]
The final fixture of day three takes place in Amsterdam. Netherlands Amsterdam was where my travelling began way back in 1987. It was my first inter-rail trip, with my first ever overseas train journey taking us from the port of Hoek of Holland past flat fields of cabbages to the iconic Dutch city. Our introduction […]
Hamish & I arrived in the 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 therefore purchased tickets for the overnight […]
Number 10 – Train Trip from Sevastopol to Lviv, Ukraine 2011 This remains as my longest train ride to date. 27-hours with one change of trains at Simferopol. The journey started in the Crimea, the disputed region that has now been annexed to Russia. It was a wonderful trip from south to north travelling in […]
This is the bluest train that I could find without a deeper delve into my archives. It was taken in 2011 after we arrived at the Black Sea Port by train from Chisinau.
Today is Easter Sunday in the Orthodox calendar. A day of celebration for Greeks, Russians, Bulgarians, Romanians, Serbs, Georgians, Armenians, Latvians, Estonians, Ukrainians, Belorussians and a host of others. Here are a few Orthodox cathedrals & churches that I have visited over the years. Χριστός ἀνέστη!
The palace was built in the 16th century and became home to a succession of Crimean Khans (as in Genghis Khan), leaders of a Turkic Islamic Khanate. Many of the islamic population was wiped out during the Crimean War, as the Russian Empire used it as an excuse to purge its lands of tartars and […]