Tag Archives: Albania

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!

Pristina Train, Han I Elezit, Kosovo

Train Travel In The Balkans – A Reflection

Travelling By Train Across The Balkans It is now over 18 months since I published my book featuring train travel in every Balkan country. With train journeys anywhere off my agenda since February, it is with even greater fondness that I look back on past trips. Some of my most memorable Balkan journeys (all featured […]

Bric A Brac Stall With A View, Sarande, Albania

Friday Photo – Bric A Brac Stall, Sarande, Albania

Millinery Shop Albanian Style, Sarande

Sunday Photo – Hats For Sale, Sarande, Albania

The Albanian town of Sarande is just a 30-minute hope across the Ionian Sea from Corfu.

Skanderbeg Square, Tirana

Balkans Tour 2017 – Tirana

Continuing my look back of my 2017 Balkans Tour – how did Tirana 2017 compare with Tirana 2007? We had just arrived by marathon bus journey from Sarande in Southern Albania and dilapidated taxi to our hotel from Tirana’s run down bus station…….. Tirana We found our hotel to be delightful and soon forgot our […]

Sarande, Albania

Balkans Tour 2017 – Corfu to Southern Albania

As I continue to remain in the UK for the next month or two at least, I am reliving my 2017 Balkans tour. It started with a flight to Corfu……. Corfu, Greece It seemed that I was the only easyJet passenger en route to the Greek Island who would not be staying for a week […]

Selfie Silhouette, Sarande, Albania

Wordless Wednesday – Selfie Silhouette, Sarande, Albania