Tag Archives: Georgia

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 […]

Backgammon Players, Sighnaghi, Georgia

Sunday Photo – Playing Backgammon, Sighnaghi, Georgia

Sunday is for relaxation and chilling will family & friends. I love the traditions in Eastern Europe where older men gather to play chess or backgammon. The picture below was taken in the charming town of Sighnaghi in the Kakheti region of Georgia. The backgammon board was placed on a bin and play commenced.

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 […]

St Nina's (The Enlightener of Georgia) Monastery.

Monday Morning Blues – St Nina’s Monastery, Bodbe, Georgia

I visited St Nina’s (The Enlightener of Georgia) Monastery in 2015 on a day trip out of Tbilisi.

Tbilisi, Georgia

A-Z April Challenge (Cities Visited) – T for Tbilisi

Tbilisi, Georgia I adore the Georgian capital having visited twice – arriving by train from Yerevan in 2015 and departing by train for Baku in 2019. How apt that I am writing about the wonderful city on St George’s Day. Here is an account of my 2019 visit. The very comfortable Art Rooms Hotel where […]

Kiev Monastery, Ukraine

Orthodox Easter Sunday

Today is Easter Sunday in the Orthodox calendar. A day of celebration for Greeks, Russians, Bulgarians, Romanians, Serbs, Georgians, Armenians, Latvians, Estonians, Ukrainians, Belorussians and a host of others. Here are a few Orthodox cathedrals & churches that I have visited over the years. Χριστός ἀνέστη!    

Baku View

2019 Ends, 2020 Beckons

“A postponed journey means a very special future opportunity.” So say I after having to cancel two booked trips last January, which have now been re-scheduled for early 2020. More of those later, what about the trips actually undertaken in 2019? Athens A late February stay in our central Athens apartment so we could visit […]

Registan, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Wilbur’s Travels – My 7 Travel Wonders Of The Past Decade

Travel is a great defining constant in my life and as I reflect on the last ten years of travels, I am extremely grateful that I am able to indulge in my passion on a regular basis. I have visited 22 new countries in the decade and revisited many more old favourites. I found it […]

The Tbilisi to Baku Train

Georgia & Azerbaijan 2019 – The Tbilisi to Baku Train

Continuing the story of our (Hamish & I) latest adventure out East…………. We arrived at 9.15 a.m. on our overnight train from Tbilisi. I was pretty damned excited having slept well, a feeling enhanced by the fact that I was in a brand new country. The train journey had been very comfortable in our two-berth […]

Tbilisi, Georgia

Georgia & Azerbaijan 2019 – Tbilisi

We arrived on an early October Thursday via Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen (the far less frenetic Istanbul airport on the Asian side of the great city). We had actually stayed the previous night at an airport hotel situated there – a first for Hamish & I. This was our second visit to the Georgian capital having […]