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Monday Morning Blues – The Longest Day, Stonehenge

For the second time in recent years I find myself travelling along the A303 on the day of the Summer Solstice. The A303 links the South East with the South West of England and as well as being infamous for traffic hold-ups, it is best known for being where Stonehenge is situated. ‘The Henge’ has […]

Euro 2010 Match Day 10 – Italy v Wales

We come now to the final rounds of group marches. Italy have already qualified for the knockout stages and Wales are expected to join them. The match is played in Rome as all Italy’s matches have thus far. Italy Venice is unique amongst cities for its coexistence with the water that surrounds it and often […]

Bratislava Tram & Castle, Slovakia

Euro 2020 Match Day 4 – Poland v Slovakia

The Euros are getting into a swing now. Thankfully the medical drama of Saturday has turned out better than feared. Get well soon Christian Eriksen. The two Central European nations get their tournament up and running in St Petersburg. Poland My favourite city visited in Poland is the Hanseatic port city of Gdańsk. Lovely old […]

Euro 2020 Match Day 4 – Scotland v Czech Republic

The first game of the day sees the last of the British qualifiers making their finals bow. It takes place at Glasgow’s Hampden Park. Scotland Britain’s highest mountain is Ben Nevis in Scotland, at 1,345 metres above sea level. I climbed it (no crampons required) in 2011 and in so doing completed the U.K.’s ‘3 […]

Euro 2020 Match Day 3 – Austria v North Macedonia

So we move to match day three having finally got underway a year late. Here I continue with my memories from the competing nations. The second match of the day takes place in Bucharest. Austria Mrs Wilbur and I visited Austria for my 40th birthday and have revisited on many occasions. We started in Vienna […]

View of Helsinki from Baltic Sea

Euro 2020 Match Day 2 – Denmark v Finland

A Nordic derby takes place in Copenhagen this evening. My first visit to the countries was during inter-rail trips two and three – 1989 to Denmark and 1992 to Finland. Denmark So my first entry into Denmark was by train, starting in Amsterdam and onto Hamburg, then into Danish territory by ferry. Excitingly we our […]

View of Istanbul from the Bosphorus Ferry

Euro 2020 Match Day 1 – Italy v Turkey

Euro 2020 match day one – Turkey v Italy, Rome’s Stadio Olimpico

A History Of Ocean Liners In 50 Objects

For somebody that worked with most of the world’s cruise companies for eight years I have strangely never been on a cruise. I have however been on many ships and a few liners though though my work, usually for meetings or a grand tour. I was lucky enough to have lunch in the first class […]

Christmas In London – Fortnum & Mason’s Window Display

Wilbur’s Travels pay the annual visit to view Fortnum & Mason’s famous Christmas window display in London

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 […]