Tag Archives: Travels in Eastern Europe

Statues of Timisoara

I was struck by some of the statues on my recent visit to Timisoara, Romania…..

Balkans Tour 2017 – Night Train

Originally posted on On Track:
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 in my opinion. For now there are still…

Wordless Wednesday – Prizren, Kosovo

Balkans Tour 2017 – Statues of Skopje

Like that well known sticky brown yeast spread, you will either love or hate Skopje. There is no denying that a visit is a memorable experience. There are more statues there than the Louvre, British Museum & Uffizi put together! Here are a few examples.

Balkans Tour 2017 – The Environs of Skopje

You may have gathered that I do not like the ‘new’ Skopje, the €500million vanity project that looks like it was dreamt up by Liberace on acid. Thankfully we arrived armed with a couple of decent things to take in if, as was indeed the case, we wanted to escape the tackiness for a while. […]

The Pristina Express

Originally posted on On Track:
When Pristina was just a moderate city in Yugoslavia it was an outpost on a vast rail network with Belgrade at its hub and major transit points in Zagreb, Skopje, Sarajevo, Ljubljana, Podgorica, Nis & Ploce. Pristina itself saw trains running to Skopje, Belgrade (via Mitrovica) and throughout Kosovo. Following…

Balkan Tour 2017 – A Journey To Kosovo

Kosovo is one of those places that conjures up thoughts of conflict and strife. Synominous with the Yugoslav Conflict in the same way as Sarajevo, Mostar and Srebdenica. The Islamic enclave and particularly its embattled capital Pristina certainly bore a heavy price due to the ethnic cleansing that the Serb forces carried out in those […]

Wordless Wednesday – The Old & The New, Skopje

Balkans Tour 2017 – Tirana

We found our hotel to be delightful and soon forgot our ‘taxi’ driver. Recently renovated the Hotel Areela was decorated very nicely throughout with plenty of interesting objects dotted about. We were about ten minutes walk to Skanderbeg Square, the social hub of the city. We had been there almost ten years to the day […]

Balkans Tour 2017 – The Bus To Tirana

After re-enacting the Titania breakfast with a view (and securing some takeaway cake for later), we arrived at the bus station at 9 in readiness for the 9.30 departure. Despite Mr Cool’s (the laid back bus ticket seller) assertions the previous day, we were lucky to secure the last two tickets. Unluckily they were for […]