Statue of Liberty, New York

The States is a land not much travelled so far by yours truly. I am very thankful that I have been to New York City, New Orleans, Miami, Los Angeles, Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Minneapolis and Cape Canaveral on work related trips, but I yearn to do some Amtrak journeys one day, whilst San Francisco […]

Orquestra Voadora, Rio Carnival Practice

When in Rio in November 2018, we ventured down to the waterfront of Guanabara Bay near to Santos Dumont Airport, the main domestic hub for the Brazilian city, where we had landed from Iguazu and had witnessed planes taking off and landing whilst we were up Sugarloaf Mountain. As we walked along the water’s edge, […]

The Caravanserai, Sheki, Azerbaijan. Wilburstravels.com
Tilya-Kori Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Whilst on my travels through Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan, I was taken aback by the sheer beauty of the Islamic art & architecture. Whilst the tile work and art on walls, doorways & minarets was quite exquisite, it was the colourful intricate interior ceiling designs of mosques, madrasahs, mausoleums, khans & palaces that really took […]

This Monday’s photo to help beat the start of week blues comes from my visit to Azerbaijan last month.

A fisherman casts his net on Lake Ohrid in North Macedonia. I visited in September 2006 on my first Balkan train tour that took me from Istanbul to Sofia via Greece, North Macedonia & Serbia. You can read about this trip and my many other journeys in the Balkan region in my book available from […]

Ceiling of the Juma Mosque, Shamakhi, Azerbaijan

Some of our best ever excursions have been when we have just found a taxi driver, negotiated a fare and pretty much controlled our own destiny. We resorted to book a couple of group excursions through a Baku agency and on the whole were left frustrated by the logistics and underwhelmed by the destinations. Why […]

Train at Narvik Station, Norway

An Arctic Circle rail journey from Norway to Sweden In January 2018 I undertook my third trip on the Ofoten Line from Narvik, deep inside the Arctic Circle in Norway. The line runs 43 kilometres from the Narvik to Riksgränsen on the Norway/Sweden border where the line continues through Northern Sweden as the Ore Line […]

Astronomical Clock, Prague, October 2019