Tag Archives: Austria

A-Z April Challenge – Spielfeldstraße

Originally posted on Wilbur's Travels:
For my Letter M, I chose Maribor in the then Yugoslavia in the late ’80s, which is now part of Slovenia. I told the story of how we were refused entry and escorted back under armed-guard across the border into Austria. Could can read that account here. Spielfeldstraße was the…

Christmas Markets

Germany and Austria are considered as the homeland of Weihnachtsstimmung (Christmas mood) and the German speaking world takes the credit as the source of the modern Christmas. They were the first nation to bring a tree into the house and decorate it and are also the original region for Christmas markets. Their traditions have of […]

Euro 2016 Day 9

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Euro 2016 day 13

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Euro 2016 Day 5

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Memorable Overseas Train Journeys #1 – The Dutch Debut

This is the first in a new series of blog posts that I will be posting based on train journeys overseas. Fittingly I start where it all began with my debut journey of a 1987 inter-rail trip. Europe was our oyster…… We set off in mid-September on an overnight ferry to Hoek of Holland for […]

A-Z April Challenge – Spielfeldstraße

For my Letter M, I chose Maribor in the then Yugoslavia in the late ’80s, which is now part of Slovenia. I told the story of how we were refused entry and escorted back under armed-guard across the border into Austria. Could can read that account here. Spielfeldstraße was the nondescript border town where we were […]

Friday Photo – 14

Today’s photo is another of my favourite European views. It is taken from the Hohensalzburg Fortress unsurprisingly in Salzburg. You can see the River Salzach twisting towards the hills that were once alive with the sound of music!

On The Beaten Track Extract – A Bum Note

This extract follows on from our ejection under armed guard from Yugoslavia in 1987 (click YUGOSLAVIA for this part of the notorious night). So we found ourselves back in Austria at a small border station……. The backdoor to the station was locked – oh no, you don’t say, surely not……… Thankfully the front door was open […]

My Forthcoming Book – Extract Four, On A Train Bound For Yugoslavia

To set the scene, I was on my first inter-rail trip in 1987 aged twenty-two with my mate Poll. Three days into the trip, Poll had lost his passport near Munich and had to be issued an emergency one by the British Consulate, designed to get us home by the most direct route. Undeterred, we […]