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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…

The Bridges of Europe – Part Two, Southern Europe

Korinth (Corinth) The Corinth Canal in Greece is an incredible feat of engineering and was once an important navigational route which allowed ships to enter the Aegean Sea. Carved through the isthmus at sea level, the canal is 6.4 km long with a width of only 25 metres. Impossible for modern ships to go through, the […]

Year Of The Dog – A Chinese Restaurant Experience

In honour of the Chinese New Year of the Dog I am sharing again my stand-out restaurant experience in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, or Canton to give its anglicised name. My brother and I had travelled to the birthplace of Chiang Kai-shek, who served as the leader of the Republic of China between […]

My Favourite Travel Guidebook

For me, travel guidebooks are like your favourite football team – you should never change once you have nailed your colours to the mast. I have tried out Rough Guides, Footprint, AA, Frommer’s & DK Eye Witness, but for me there has only ever been one winner – Lonely Planet. They first guided me in […]

Roosevelt Tramway

Originally posted on On Track:
Click on TRAM to see a video of the tramway in operation from Roosevelt Island to Manhattan, New York.

Berlin – A Day Trip

I decided to suss out a day trip for my birthday. Ideally I wanted to leave from Gatwick, which is less than thirty minutes from my home, and it needed to be possible to fit in a good few hours exploring. I narrowed the choices quickly down to Toulouse or Berlin, both served by easyJet […]

African Safari

I had always wanted to go on safari and in 2003 this became reality when Mrs Wilbur and I visited the Kruger National Park.   100,000 Air Miles secured us flights with British Airways from London to Johannesburg, onto Cape Town & back to London. We very nearly didn’t make it as in my wisdom […]

Balkan Tour 2017 – A Journey To Kosovo

Kosovo is one of those places that conjures up thoughts of conflict and strife. Synominous with the Yugoslav Conflict in the same way as Sarajevo, Mostar and Srebdenica. The Islamic enclave and particularly its embattled capital Pristina certainly bore a heavy price due to the ethnic cleansing that the Serb forces carried out in those […]

Balkans Tour 2017 – Tirana

We found our hotel to be delightful and soon forgot our ‘taxi’ driver. Recently renovated the Hotel Areela was decorated very nicely throughout with plenty of interesting objects dotted about. We were about ten minutes walk to Skanderbeg Square, the social hub of the city. We had been there almost ten years to the day […]

Potter’s Portugal

Most people know the story about how the amazing J K Rowling wrote the beginnings of the Harry Potter series as a single mother sat in the Elephant House Cafe in Edinburgh, often staying for hours on end with a single cup of coffee and writing the story on free paper napkins. Inspired by the […]