Tag Archives: Eastern Europe

Balkans Tour 2017

I am writing this sat in Ryanair seat 23C – a bargain aisle seat costing just €4 to reserve. As the usual boarding chaos goes on around me it is time to reflect on another hugely enjoyable tour in the east of Europe taken together with my regular travel buddy Hamish. Having regenerated the spirit […]

Train Tours In Eastern Europe #4

Originally posted on On Track:
Gdansk to Kaliningrad to Minsk to Vilnius This trip started in the home of Solidarity, followed by a bus to the secretive Russian enclave, home of its Baltic fleet, a train to one of Stalin’s favourite cities and finally on to the capital of Lithuania. Gdansk turned into a gem…

A-Z April Challenge – Maribor

To set the scene, I was on my first interrail 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 had carried on […]

Bosnia – Bouncing Back

Many people will forever associate Sarajevo and Mostar with conflict. There is no doubt that both cities suffered greatly in the 1990’s Yugoslav war. Less than 20 years on from those brutal ethnic purges, permanent mental scars remain with the surviving inhabitants, as do a number of physical blemishes on pavements, roads and buildings, left […]

Kotor, Montenegro

Lonely Planet has just proclaimed Kotor as the number one worldwide city must see in 2016. I visited in 2007 and indeed can vouch for the fact that the place is amazing. Probably the most convenient way to visit is to fly to Dubrovnik in Croatia and then take a bus ride of around a […]

Angst In Ankara Station Part I – Extract From My Book

The story starts as we were travelling to Syria from Istanbul in May 2009……. Calm Before The Storm We had a 4 hour stopover in the Turkish capital so set off to explore. First we needed coins for the lockers, but were one short. Luckily an upright English teacher called Neil came to our rescue. […]

Three Bridges

I am celebrating having finally approved the proofs for my forthcoming book. To mark the occasion I am posting photos of three bridges. No not the town near Gatwick Airport, but three bridges from Eastern Europe, the subject of my writing. The first is the infamous bridge in Sarajevo, the place where Archduke Frank Ferdinand […]

Kaliningrad

This is a picture taken of the Pregolya River in Kaliningrad, whilst stood outside my hotel. You can see in the distance the vessels that make up the maritime museum, which I visited. The vessel in the middle is a Foxtrot class submarine. I clambered aboard and with just a few tourists it felt cramped, so […]

Travels In Eastern Europe

Exciting news! I made the deal to publish my new book last night so should be on for the spring. It will be an approximately 300 page paperback and an e-book. Now time to crack on with final editing, cover design, picture selection etc. I will keep the website posted with progress and also post […]