Reliving my 2017 tour of the Balkans……. Timișoara, Romania After eight late September days away from the UK we had arrived in the sixth and final country of our mini-tour of the region. Had we left the best to last? On balance, we probably had. Our spacious & modern apartment was set in a lovely […]
Continuing the recap of my 2017 Balkan holiday……. Train to Romania? You will remember from my previous post that we had arrived at Belgrade Dunav Train Station to a hand-scrawled notice saying “No Trains Romania” with zero assistance on offer to ease our predicament. So would we make it to Romania after all? In true […]
This week’s’ bird is a bit of a cheat, having been shot in my own back garden! The story goes that some parakeets escaped captivity a few years ago and have bred incessantly. We get quite a few in our vicinity and although not indigenous and quite frankly a bit of a bully, they are […]
Continuing my recollections of my 2017 Bankan Tour….. Skopje to Belgrade Overnight Train No trip around Eastern Europe would be complete without an overnight train journey. One day there will probably be high speed routes and super modern trains in the region, making slow progress through the night a rarer experience – a huge loss […]
This weeks’ Monday Morning Blues shot is taken from the lovely Sporades island of Skyros. Less well known than nearby Skiathos & Skopelos, Skyros has fewer tourists and maintains a more authentic, idyllic feel. Why not join the MMB group over on Twitter by posting a weekly photo featuring the colour blue to help get […]
The Albanian town of Sarande is just a 30-minute hope across the Ionian Sea from Corfu.
Continuing the recap of my 2017 Balkans tour….. Skopje, North Macedonia You may have gathered that I do not like the ‘new’ Skopje, the €500 million vanity project that looks like it was dreamed up by Liberace on acid. Thankfully we arrived armed with a couple of decent things to take in if, as was […]
The ‘new’ Skopje is not my cup of tea. I first visited in 2006 and loved the vibe of the place. Authentic, a little run down but an earthy energy to the city. Fast-forward a decade and what I found was massively different, a horrendous beautification project akin to a woman having plastic surgery to […]