Tag Archives: Albania

Tuesday Train Journey – Pristina to Hani I Elezit in Kosovo

Words & pictures from my 2017 train journey from Pristina to Hani I Elezit in Kosovo

Prickly Pears For Sale, Sarande, Albania

Monday Morning Blues – Prickly Pears For Sale, Sarande in Albania

In 2017 I paid my second visit to Albania, arriving by ferry from Corfu to Sarande and then taking a bus up to Tirana. Sarande is a beautiful coastal town, perhaps more synonymous with Greece than Albania. Join us on Twitter to post your own blues busting photos each Monday morning – @wilburstravels

Western Balkan Trains

Railway Gazette have reported in September that there is going to be sizeable investment into train infrastructure in the Western Balkans. Agreement has been reached between Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia to improve connections and journey times.  Progress is definitely needed of course, but at a cost to the throwback […]

Ottoman Bridge, Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Euro 2020 Rest Day 6 – Non Qualifiers – Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kosovo

So now we know the Euro 2020 final will be between Italy and England. Phew! Two former Yugoslav nations are the subject of nations that did not qualify for the finals. Bosnia & Herzegovina Mostar is a wonderful city to visit. Synonymous with the Yugoslavia War when the iconic Ottoman Bridge was blown up, it […]

Unirii Square, Timișoara, Romania

Euro 2020 Rest Day 2 – Non-Qualifying Nations – Iceland, Romania & Albania

24 nations qualified for Euro 2020 and according to whose list you consider as accurate, there are between 44 (United Nations figure) and 51 (Wikipedia) countries in Europe. Here are three more that didn’t make it to the finals. Iceland The tiny nation of less than 5 million people qualified last time and actually knocked […]

Read An E-Book A Week – Reading At A Discount

Book Cover of Drip by Drip a thriller set in Cambodia and available from Amazon

Long Distance Bus Journeys – A Cautionary Tale

I have had my fair share of bus journeys that were memorable for all the wrong reasons. Disasters include: Blown tyres and wheel changes in Java and Laos Ending up in a ditch in Bali with us teetering over the edge of a sheer drop A complete breakdown and three hour wait for a replacement […]

The Volatile History Of The Balkan Peninsular

The Balkans region is a wonderful place to visit, being so full of history and contrasts. You can read about my travels there in my book available on Amazon. A brief history of the region appears in the book and is also shown below, giving you a flavour as to why this is such a […]

European Train Tour #4 – Eastern Europe

Train Tours Around Eastern Europe This is more an account of several train tours undertaken between 2006 and 2014, some of which are featured in my book about train tours in the Balkans. 2006, Istanbul – Thessaloniki – Meteora – Skopje – Lake Ohrid – Nis – Sofia We were due to take a October […]

Police Car, Tirana, Albania

Monday Morning Blues – Albanian Police Car, Tirana

I spotted this police car parked up outside Tirana’s main police station in 2007. I didn’t think it would fare to well in chasing criminals, but I am sure it had its day!