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A Few Hours In Vitoria & Basque Football, Spain

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Region, Spain My friend reminded me that it is four years ago that we paid a wonderful visit to the Basque region of Spain. I am therefore re-posting my blogs from that long weekend trip. As we had plenty of time over the next two days to explore the rest of Bilbao, we […]

European Train Tour #5 – Italy

Europe is a wonderful continent. Culturally & geographically diverse and incredibly easy to navigate from the Arctic to the Mediterranean or even the Atlantic to the Pacific. The best way to explore the region is by train with a vast network of train tracks criss-crossing the continent, connecting amazing cities and countries. Arm yourself with […]

Aleppo Souk, Syria

My Top Ten Big Cities Outside Europe – #1, Aleppo, Syria

Aleppo, Syria – population 1.8 million (estimated) Vying with Damascus to be the oldest continually inhabited city in the world (6,000 years and still counting despite the recent devastation), Aleppo became my favourite from the moment that we met in May 2009. I had travelled by train from Istanbul to Adana in Turkey and then […]

Sunset, Havana, Cuba

My Top Ten Big Cities Outside Europe #2 – Havana

Havana – Population 2.2 Million Havana is like all the best Spanish cities moulded into one – the edgy old town of Cadiz, the oceanside promenade and Art Deco of Barcelona, the majestic buildings of Madrid, the music & dance of Seville, the cuisine of Valencia, the bars of Bilbao, the fortifications of Malaga, the […]

The Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

My Top Ten Big Cities Outside Europe #3 – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh – Population 1.5 million The Cambodian capital is a special place. Synonymous with the suffering of the Khmer Rouge genocide, but also rich in royal history with a stunning palace complex and fine temples. Phnom Penh sits astride the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers, both waterways providing the lifeblood of the city. I […]

Cannes, France

Sunday Photos – Tour de France

With the delayed Tour de France now in progress, I am reminded of our train/car tour in 2015 when we started in Nice and ended in Paris via Avignon, Lyon, Strasbourg and Eparney. Here are a few shots from the tour. French Cemetery, Verdun, France Palace of the Popes, Avignon Abbaye de Sénanque, Provence Cannes

Sunset Over The Acropolis, Athens, Greece

Sunday Sunset – The Acropolis, Athens, Greece

Every first Sunday of a month it’s time to post a sunset picture. Here we have the cradle of civilisation bathed in a warm orange glow.

OLD TOWN HAVANA, CUBA

Friday Photo – Colourful Photo Opportunity, Havana, Cuba

I took this shot during my January 2017 visit to Cuba. I love the vivid colours. These ladies clearly dressed to impress and saw the blue doors as a perfect contrast to their pastel dresses.

Xania Harbour, Crete, Greece

Sunday Sunset – Xania, Crete, Greece

This month’s’ Sunday Sunsets photo comes from Xania (or Chania) on the Greek island of Crete. Why not pop over to Twitter #sundaysunsets to see other submissions from around the world? @wilburstravels

Thomas Cook Trains

I was incredibly sad that Thomas Cook went under because they are of course synonymous with travels from bygone days. I also worked for them for twelve months on a consultancy basis a while ago. Here is a piece that I wrote about Thomas Cook’s history…… Thomas Cook “Thomas Cook didn’t run trains,” I hear […]