Tag Archives: Overseas Train Journeys

Tuesday Train Journey – Aleppo to Latakia, in Syria

This year every Tuesday I will be recounting an overseas train journey. It could be a short hop or a long-distance overnighter. Every journey is special to me – the greatest way to travel by far. In 2009 I was extremely fortunate to visit Syria where first stop was Aleppo, which remains my favourite city […]

Western Balkan Trains

Railway Gazette have reported in September that there is going to be sizeable investment into train infrastructure in the Western Balkans. Agreement has been reached between Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia to improve connections and journey times.  Progress is definitely needed of course, but at a cost to the throwback […]

Norway Train Upgrades

On my inter-rail trips of 1989 & 1992 I undertook many train journeys through the glorious Arctic landscapes of Norway and the rest of Scandinavia. There was no way that my travel companions or I could afford a sleeper berth in those days. Hell, we could scarcely afford a beer in those pricey Nordic lands! […]

My Iconic Travel Moments – 2011 to 2019 (#5)

Number 5 – Train to Georgia You may well know by now that I love an overnight train journey – throw in a dining car with fabulous views too and I am completely bowled over! In 2015 I travelled to Georgia from Istanbul, taking a train to the edge of the Kurdish region of Turkey […]

Travelling By Train Across The Balkans, Book by Will Linsdell

Travelling By Train Across The Balkans

My train travel book is now available from Amazon. Travelling By Train Across The Balkans chronicles my trips over the past twenty years or so in the intoxicating region. It features train travel in Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Northern Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia and European Turkey. The Balkan Peninsula conjures up […]

Place Stanislas, Nancy, France

Fancy Nancy in the Lorraine region of France

My first foreign jaunt since the first lockdown so me & Mrs Wilbur venture to France on Eurostar in November. We were met at St. Pancras with monster queues due to the extra checks and the fact that only 2 people were manning the French passport control. This led to a departure delayed by 30-minutes. […]

Locomotive, Sheki, Azerbaijan. Wilburstravels.com

Sunday Photos – Train in Sheki, Azerbaijan

Oh how I long for an overnight train journey again – that would represent a long overdue return to normality. The last such journey I undertook was in late 2019 with journeys from Baku to Sheki and back sandwiching a single nights’ stay in the fine city slightly off the beaten track. The train arrived […]

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 […]