Tag Archives: Balkans

View of Istanbul from the Bosphorus Ferry

Friday Photo – Leaving Istanbul

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 […]

View of Lake Bled, Slovenia

Monday Morning Blues – Lake Bled, Slovenia

I took this photo in June 2019. Travel seems such a far away place at the moment and this memory already seems quite distant…..

Monday Morning Blues – Kotor, Montenegro

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.

Unirii Square, Timișoara, Romania

Balkans Tour 2017 – Timișoara, The Final Act

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 […]

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.

Roman Aqueduct, Skopje

Balkans Tour 2017 – The Environs of Skopje

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 […]

New Bridge & Building, Skopje

Skopje Then & Now (2006 v 2017)

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 […]

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 […]

Selfie Silhouette, Sarande, Albania

Wordless Wednesday – Selfie Silhouette, Sarande, Albania