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Syria Before The Conflict Part Five, Saladin’s Castle & Memory Tricks

Are you ever convinced of something only to find that the memory has played tricks on you? Well this happened to me whilst chronicling my 2009 Syria trip. I have just discovered some notes I scribbled along the way and have found two long held beliefs to be incorrect. First of all we visited in […]

Syria Before The Conflict Part Two, Castles & Monasteries

Aleppo had proved to be a superb host city, but this did not stop us from going on a couple of full on day trips by private taxi. First up was St Simeon’s Monastery, some 30km north. St Simeon is the guy who legend has it was driven up the pole! Simeon the Stylite lived […]

A Journey To Syria – Part Two

Originally posted on On Track:
The journey continues from part one…….. Ankara to Adana Depart 20.05 Scheduled Arrival 07.25, 674KM Feeling a bit peckish we perused the menu. There is something really special about eating in the restaurant car of a train. I automatically think of Alan Whicker and Murder on the Orient Express, tuxedos…

Free Fringe Frivolity

Originally posted on Wilbur's Travels:
Edinburgh is a fabulous city to visit anytime of the year, but August is extra special. This is when the Scottish capital grows a comedy extension to further embellish its already huge popularity. I first visited the Fringe in the late ’90s and laughed out load to the likes…

Western Crete – Part Two

For part one click here. Next day would be all about the journey and not the destination. We were headed for the beach at Elafonisi, which translates as Deer Island. It was described in certain quarters as the ‘ninth best beach in the world.’ Very pretty, very debatable rating in my opinion. We were journeying […]

Western Crete – Part One

Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and also one of the most beautiful. It may lack the signature towns of Santorini or Mykonos, but its natural landscapes are up there with their Cycladic Island peers and its place in Greek history as a warrior land from the times of the Ancient Minoans right […]

Train Tours in Eastern Europe #3

Originally posted on On Track:
Zagreb to Split to Sarajevo to Belgrade to Sofia to Veliko Tărnovo 2012 saw Hamish & I take in the capitals of three of The former Yugoslav countries, finally get a proper look at Sofia and visit perhaps Bulgaria’s nicest small city. First up the capital of Croatia. We resisted…

Lille

The Flanders city situated close to the Belgian border is one of the most easily accessible big cities from London. At just 1 hour 25 minutes by Eurostar train from St Pancras, it is as close as Birmingham and no disrespect to England’s second city, but the chance to experience some French ambience wins in […]

Harry Potter Paradise 

For £39 adults can become kids for a few hours with a visit to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour. A few thousand square metres undercover have been transformed into a marvellous magical world frequented by wizards, muggles, fabulous creatures and grotesque goblins. The greatest part is that you are there to witness the actual sets […]

Train Tours In Eastern Europe #1

Originally posted on On Track:
2011 – Budapest to Bucharest to Chisinau to Odessa to Sevastopol to Lviv to Kiev. This trip featured four overnight journeys, my longest ever single train journey, an overnight bus trip from hell, my greatest ever museum, a bus trip to a rogue Communist state and enough comical moments to…