Tag Archives: Travels in Eastern Europe

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 Track

Earlier this month I started my new spin-off blog dedicated to my travels by train and anything else topical related to overseas train travel. I have now posted over 20 articles with plenty of photos from thirty years of overseas train travel, a period that has seen me complete well over 200 journeys outside of the […]

My Top Five Overseas Train Pleasures

Originally posted on On Track:
The UK is getting all train nostalgic with the now regular trips that can be undertaken being pulled by such iconic engines as the Flying Scotsman, Brighton Belle and now the Tornado. The Flying Scotsman in Yorkshire Could we ever see a renaissance of the Puffing Billy and Stephenson’s Rocket…

On Track

I am pleased to announce the launch my new website http://www.ontrack.blog, a site dedicated to rail travels around the world. This will be a sister site to Wilbur’s Travels focussing on my train journeys around the world. With well in excess of 200 overseas rail journeys undertaken overseas since 1987, I have plenty of material […]

Slovenian Graffiti

One of the many impressive things that struck me on my recent visit to Ljubljana was the vibrant graffiti and street art. Take a look for yourself……..

Kotor – Not A Secret Anymore

Medieval Majesty in Former Yugoslavia The ancient walled town of Kotor is beautifully located between an alluring fjord and brooding mountains – an absolute joy; when I went in 2011 it was not that well known, which has all changed with it now firmly on the cruise ship itineries. Like it’s near neighbour Dubrovnik, it […]

A-Z April Challenge – Spielfeldstraße

Originally posted on Wilbur's Travels:
For my Letter M, I chose Maribor in the then Yugoslavia in the late ’80s, which is now part of Slovenia. I told the story of how we were refused entry and escorted back under armed-guard across the border into Austria. Could can read that account here. Spielfeldstraße was the…

My Forthcoming Book – Extract Four, On A Train Bound For Yugoslavia

Originally posted on Wilbur's Travels:
To set the scene, I was on my first inter-rail trip in 1987 aged twenty-two with my mate Poll. Three days into the trip, Poll had lost his passport near Munich and had to be issued an emergency one by the British Consulate, designed to get us home by…

My Top 15 Travel Pleasures – 6 to 4

6. Stumbling Across Something Great But Unexpected This can be a sporting occasion (European cup match in Budapest), a celebration (Armenian Independence Day in Yerevan) or a momentous event (being in Beirut on the day Israel pulled out of Lebanon for the last time).   My favourite however was the time my mate and I […]

Memorable Overseas Train Journeys #5 – Georgia to Armenia

To set the scene, Hamish & I were embarking on an overnight train from rain-lashed Batumi on the Black Sea Coast of Georgia to Yerevan, the splendid capital of Armenia. We had booked a berth each on the overnight sleeper and were hoping against hope that we had a private compartment. Makhinjauri (Batumi) – Yerevan […]