Tag Archives: Balkans
When I visited Skopje a second time in 2016 I found a city garishly transformed from a characterful Balkan capital to a Disney style freak show. I was therefore happy to negotiate a taxi journey to the environs, including this Roman aqueduct a few km from the centre. The largely neglected ruin stands in the […]
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 […]
In May 2009 I left Istanbul to embark on a journey overland to Syria. First up I needed to get out of Europe and into Asia. In Istanbul this is as simple as catching a ferry across the Bosphorus (or under it nowadays through the Marmara Tunnel, by train). You can read about my visits […]
I took this photo in June 2019. Travel seems such a far away place at the moment and this memory already seems quite distant…..
I visited Kotor in 2007, arriving by bus from the capital Podgorica. Situated on the biggest fjord in the Balkans, the small city has a wonderful walled old town and has become quite a tourist hotspot.
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 […]
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 […]