I took this picture in 2011 whilst visiting Ukraine. A lovely September day when Crimea was firmly part of Ukraine.

The Khan's Palace, Bakhchysarai, Crimea

Continuing the recount of my tour of Ukraine over a decade ago. See my previous posts from Odesa, Sevastopol Arrival and Balaklava. Khan Do Attitude Bakhchiseray is a stop off on the main line from Sevastopol to Simferopol in Crimea. Back we went to the scene of the previous day’s hell. I was pleased to […]

Submarine Base Entrance Balaclava, Crimea, Ukraine

Continuing our wonderful trip to Ukraine from over ten-years ago. Picking up where we left off, we had at last found a hotel in Sevastopol after a horrid overnight bus journey from Odesa, followed by a frustrating time at the train station trying to procure train tickets to Lviv. The Balaclava Hemet A sixty-minute kip […]

This week’s picture comes a ten minute walk from home on the beautiful Surrey Downs.

In 2011 I visited Ukraine, first arriving by train in Odessa from Moldova. I wrote about the trip a few years ago and with the awful events taking place at the moment, I thought I’d share my travels during far happier times, whilst I pray for a return to peace. Odessa to Sevastopol by Bus […]

View of Helsinki

To celebrate my planned train trip around Scandinavia, I have gone for a picture from my last visit to the region in September 2019, for this week’s Monday Morning Blues. I had a week working in the Finnish capital and took the opportunity to fly my big sister Jackie over for some sightseeing. This picture […]

Odessa Port View From Potemkin Steps

In 2011 I visited Ukraine, first arriving by train in Odessa from Moldova. I wrote about the trip a few years ago and with the awful events taking place at the moment, I thought I’d share my travels during far happier times, whilst I pray for a return to peace. Train Journey: Chișinău to Odessa, […]

Continuing my weekly series of overseas train trips from down the years…….. To set the scene, Hamish & I were embarking on an overnight train from Batumi on the Black Sea Coast of Georgia to Yerevan, the splendid capital of Armenia, via Tbilisi. We had booked a berth each on the overnight sleeper on an […]

The Black Sea port city of Odessa was my entry point into Ukraine in 2011, arriving by train from Chisinau in Moldova.