Tag Archives: Overseas Train Journeys

Khiva Train Station

Monday Morning Blues – Uzbekistan Train Stations

I have magical memories of my 2018 trip to Uzbekistan. We zipped about on the train taking in Bukhara, Samarkand, Khiva & Tashkent. Here are a couple of the station buildings.

Kotor, Montenegro

Euro 2020 Rest Day 6 – Non Qualifiers Serbia & Montenegro

Serbia & Montenegro used to be one country following the post war break up of Yugoslavia. In 2006 Montenegro gained its independence and adopted the Euro as its currency, despite not belonging to the EU or being a Euro member. Montenegro I visited in 2007, taking a train from Bar on the Albanian border to […]

Ottoman Bridge, Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Euro 2020 Rest Day 6 – Non Qualifiers – Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kosovo

So now we know the Euro 2020 final will be between Italy and England. Phew! Two former Yugoslav nations are the subject of nations that did not qualify for the finals. Bosnia & Herzegovina Mostar is a wonderful city to visit. Synonymous with the Yugoslavia War when the iconic Ottoman Bridge was blown up, it […]

Euro 2020 Quarter Final 1 – Spain v Switzerland

Now it starts to get serious. Three wins away from becoming European champions. Both these nations needed extra time to go through, with Switzerland also needing penalties to defeat favourites France. The match takes place in St Petersburg. Spain Many Basques do not consider themselves as Spanish. The language & culture are certainly much removed […]

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, Lyon

Euro 2020 Match Day 16 – France v Switzerland

Favourites France take on the resolute Swiss in Bucharest. France Lyon is the gastronomic capital of France with many Michelin star restaurants (21 at time of writing) and some fine classical cafes. The city is on the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers and makes for a perfect place for a riverside stroll. You […]

Semmering Train Station & Railway Hotel

Euro 2020 Match Day 14 – Italy v Austria

Italy impressed in the group stages by winning all three games without conceding a goal and are up against the Austrians in London at Wembley. Italy We visited Bologna as a starting point for a train tour of Northern Italy taking in Venice, Verona and Lake Como too, before crossing the border to Switzerland. We […]

Moldovan Countryside Near Chisinau

Euro 2020 Rest Day 1 – Non-Qualifying Nations – Moldova, Greece & Norway

With the group stage now over there are a couple of rest days before the 8 last 16 ties. As there are no games, I thought I’d feature some of the European nations that did not qualify for the finals. Moldova Moldova is said to be the poorest nation in Europe. This is personified in […]

Dogu Express, Turkey

Euro 2020 Match Day 6 – Wales v Turkey

The match takes place in Baku at 17.00 BST. Turkey were pretty dire in their first match, whilst Wales managed a draw. Wales For some reason Wales is famous for its sheep! There are plenty of them of course, but I am not sure there are any more than in other parts of the UK. […]

View of Helsinki from Baltic Sea

Euro 2020 Match Day 2 – Denmark v Finland

A Nordic derby takes place in Copenhagen this evening. My first visit to the countries was during inter-rail trips two and three – 1989 to Denmark and 1992 to Finland. Denmark So my first entry into Denmark was by train, starting in Amsterdam and onto Hamburg, then into Danish territory by ferry. Excitingly we our […]

Istanbul to Thessaloniki Train

A-Z April Challenge – N Is For Night Trains

Anybody that follows Wilbur’s Travels will know that I adore an overseas train journey and absolutely adore an overnight train. They have to be one of the bargains of our time, being transport, hotel & restaurant rolled into one. And environmentally friendly too! Favourite overnight train journeys have included Bangkok to Laos, Hue to Hanoi […]