Tag Archives: My Forthcoming Book

Panoramas of Eastern Europe

Its great to get high in an altitude sense to get a different perspective on your surroundings. Here are a few of my favourites from the East of Europe. Prague is probably my favourite city in Europe. I fell in love with the Bohemian capital during an inter-rail trip in September 1992, when I visited […]

My Forthcoming Book Extract Five – Going Large In Bucharest

In 2011 I visited Bucharest for a day at the start of the journey to Moldova, Crimea and Northern Ukraine. Whilst there we visited a big building…….. The Palace of the Parliament in central Bucharest is the world’s largest civilian building with an administrative function and the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon in Washington DC. It is […]

Sarajevo Trams

The capital of Bosnia & Herzegovina has the oldest tram system in Europe and the second oldest in the world after San Francisco. It opened on New Years day 1885 with the city used as a guinea pig for the Austro-Hungarian empire, of which Sarajevo was a part at that time. It was a test […]

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 […]


To set the scene, Hamish & I were embarking on an overnight train from Batumi on the Black Sea Coast of Georgia to Yerevin, the splendid capital of Armenia. We had booked a berth each on the overnight sleeper and were hoping against hope that we had a private compartment. We were therefore somewhat displeased […]


I have never been on a nuclear sub (the foxtrot was non-nuclear), but during one travel experience I certainly imagined that I had. The occasion was a visit to Balaclava submarine base in the Crimea, then very much part of Ukraine. We toured the once secret venue that used to house the Soviet nuclear submarine […]


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 […]

The Trans-Siberian

I saw this article and it set my pulses racing, so I had to share. The Portugal to Ho Chi Minh City train marathon is number one on my travel bucket list! If only I could get six months paid leave……. Copied from an article posted by Bryn Thomas on Wanderlust website and supplemented by some […]

Minsk Circus

In 2012 I travelled to Minsk by train from Kaliningrad and amongst the fabulous things to do in the Belarus capital was a visit to the circus. The performance was great, but just as memorable was the purpose built venue and the fabulous statues that adorned its outside. Take a look…. You can read more […]

My Forthcoming Book Extract Three – On A Tram In Odesssa

To set the scene, Hamish & I were headed to the bus station with dread in our hearts as we were booked on an overnight bus to Sevastopol due to all the trains being fully booked……… The tram ride to the bus station was hell. The tram was as packed as before, but this time […]