Tag Archives: Travelling By Train Across The Balkans

Long Distance Bus Journeys – A Cautionary Tale

I have had my fair share of bus journeys that were memorable for all the wrong reasons. Disasters include: Blown tyres and wheel changes in Java and Laos Ending up in a ditch in Bali with us teetering over the edge of a sheer drop A complete breakdown and three hour wait for a replacement […]

Roman Aqueduct, Skopje - Filming A Pop Video

Friday Photo – Roman Aqueduct, Skopje

When I visited Skopje a second time in 2016 I found a city garishly transformed from a characterful Balkan capital to a Disney style freak show. I was therefore happy to negotiate a taxi journey to the environs, including this Roman aqueduct a few km from the centre. The largely neglected ruin stands in the […]

Haydarpasa Station, Istanbul

Friday Photos – Haydarpasa Train Station, Istanbul

Haydarpasa on the Asian side of the Bosphorus was my gateway to Syria back in 2009. It has been shut for since 2012, with trains eastwards departing from elsewhere in Istanbul. This meant the 2015 journey I undertook to Georgia started from the suburb of Pendik. It really is a grand old station that was […]

Pristina Train, Han I Elezit, Kosovo

Train Travel In The Balkans – A Reflection

Travelling By Train Across The Balkans It is now over 18 months since I published my book featuring train travel in every Balkan country. With train journeys anywhere off my agenda since February, it is with even greater fondness that I look back on past trips. Some of my most memorable Balkan journeys (all featured […]

View of Istanbul from the Bosphorus Ferry

Friday Photo – Leaving Istanbul

In May 2009 I left Istanbul to embark on a journey overland to Syria. First up I needed to get out of Europe and into Asia. In Istanbul this is as simple as catching a ferry across the Bosphorus (or under it nowadays through the Marmara Tunnel, by train). You can read about my visits […]

Monday Morning Blues – Kotor, Montenegro

I visited Kotor in 2007, arriving by bus from the capital Podgorica. Situated on the biggest fjord in the Balkans, the small city has a wonderful walled old town and has become quite a tourist hotspot.

Balkan Tour 2017 – Romanian Holiday?

Continuing the recap of my 2017 Balkan holiday……. Train to Romania? You will remember from my previous post that we had arrived at Belgrade Dunav Train Station to a hand-scrawled notice saying “No Trains Romania” with zero assistance on offer to ease our predicament. So would we make it to Romania after all? In true […]

Balkans Tour 2017 – Night Train to Belgrade

Continuing my recollections of my 2017 Bankan Tour….. Skopje to Belgrade Overnight Train No trip around Eastern Europe would be complete without an overnight train journey. One day there will probably be high speed routes and super modern trains in the region, making slow progress through the night a rarer experience – a huge loss […]

Millinery Shop Albanian Style, Sarande

Sunday Photo – Hats For Sale, Sarande, Albania

The Albanian town of Sarande is just a 30-minute hope across the Ionian Sea from Corfu.

Roman Aqueduct, Skopje

Balkans Tour 2017 – The Environs of Skopje

Continuing the recap of my 2017 Balkans tour….. Skopje, North Macedonia You may have gathered that I do not like the ‘new’ Skopje, the €500 million vanity project that looks like it was dreamed up by Liberace on acid. Thankfully we arrived armed with a couple of decent things to take in if, as was […]