Tag Archives: On The Beaten Track

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…

On The Beaten Track – Travels In Eastern Europe Free Sampler Download Link

Now available to download from Lulu Publishing (see Lulu button on the right hand side of this blog) or Amazon as a colour e-book or black & white paperback. Over 500 pages for just over £3 (ebook download) Read the Opening chapters for free by downloading ‘Now Boarding, The Eastern European Express’, from Smashwords. See My Book Extracts […]

Sunday Photo – 8

This picture was taken in January 2003 in Tallinn – a trip we took to celebrate my birthday, which just so happens to be today! We stayed for three nights – first day dull, second day sun & blue skies and third day snow. This meant we retraced our steps twice and got three sets […]

Friday Photo – 7

This photograph was taken in Minsk in 2013. Although Communism has officially ceased in the former Soviets, the attitudes still remain, especially in the older generation. This was never more apparent than when we visited the capital of Belarus where we encountered some of the most unfriendly people ever on our trips, especially in the […]

Georgia On My Mind

A country that is not overly visited from the West, but with so much to offer is Georgia, with its wonderfully cosmopolitan capital of Tbilisi, stunning vineyard-strewn countryside of the Kakheti region and the bizarre Black Sea playground of Batumi, amongst its highlights. The adventurous and time-rich amongst you might like to take the train and […]

Seedy City

This is a further extract from my book ‘On The Beaten Track – Travels In Eastern Europe’, which chronicles my travels primarily by train in 25 countries in the east of the continent, mostly taken with my regular travel buddy called Hamish. This passage comes from my 2014 visit to Tbilisi, the mighty fine capital […]

Friday Photo 4

This photograph was taken during our visit for Christmas 2003. I absolutely love Prague and never will tire of this view of Charles Bridge, St Vitus Cathedral and the castle in the Mala Strana area of the Czech capital. Let’s drink to Bohemia!  

Michael Palin

Today I had the honour of meeting one of my heroes, the charming and unassuming MP. He signed my copy of his book ‘New Europe’ and gratefully/gracefully accepted a copy of my book, which features many of the countries that he went to for his. I was typically tongue-tied in the presence of such greatness – […]

Friday Photo 3

This photo was taken in Old Town, Sarajevo in September 2012 during one of my Eastern Europe trips. This old boy did not smell too sweet, but was sat outside a lotto shop opposite the main mosque doing his numbers. Clearly he was not too lucky as he was back again the next day wearing […]

Sunday Photo 3

This photo was taken in Thessaloniki, Greece in 2006. We had arrived there on the overnight train from Konstantinopoli (Istanbul), the first such journey since my inter-rail days of the late ’80s & early ’90s. From then on until 2014, travels in the region, primarily by train, became a regularity, inspiring me to write On […]