Tag Archives: Inter-Rail

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 […]

Memorable Overseas Train Journeys #2 – The Nordics

Interrail trips two and three took me to Scandinavia, the first in 1989 with Poll again and the second in 1992 with Hamish, who was to become my regular travel buddy over the last three decades. The scenery was absolutely stunning and some of the feats of engineering to cut train lines into the dramatic […]

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 […]

Overseas Train Journeys

So far I have made 191 journeys from train stations outside of the UK (not including those from airports or short suburban journeys such as Paris to Versailles or Amsterdam to Ajax Football Stadium). I have wracked my brains and noted them all down on my new blog page I have created a new blog […]

A-Z April Challenge – Warsaw

In 1992 I was to spend my first proper length of time inside the recently lowered Iron Curtain. We had taken an overnight train (another first for me) from Leipzig. Having been in Scandinavia prior to this, the contrast was stark. The following was what we experienced with our super cheap youth hostel….. It was now […]

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 […]

A-Z April Challenge – Interlaken

In 1987 I undertook the first of three pan-European interrail holidays and having failed to enter Eastern Europe (wait for letter M for more details) we headed back through Austria, Italy and eventually Switzerland. Yearning for some natural beauty following our visits to city after city, we decided to head for the Swiss town of […]

Norway By Train (Part One)

I have twice travelled extensively by train in Scandinavia, taking in all four beautiful countries that make up the magical lands. Whilst Denmark, Sweden & Finland are deserving of high accolades, it is Norway that really took my breath away, so much so that I still have a train trip there on my bucket list […]

Z – MY TWENTY-SIXTH (AND LAST) TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

As fascinated as I am with the zeppelin, I am far too young to have flown in one and there is not a chance with my vertigo that I would entertain riding a zip wire. So what to choose for my ‘Z’ transportation theme? Well, on the basis that my regular travel companions have stated […]

INTER-RAIL – MY NINTH TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

Island hopping was high on the list for the blogging treatment having visited Spetses, Hydra, Aegina, Poros, Santorini, Rhodes, Symi and more, but how could I possibly not plump for inter-rail? My 1987 experience gained from my three weeks of training around Europe has been hugely influential in my life, instilling an adventure gene that […]