Category Train Journeys

Balkans Tour 2017 – Romanian Holiday?

You will remember that we have arrived at Belgrade Dunav Train Station to a hand-scrawled notice saying “No Trains Romania” and zero assistance to ease our predicament. So would we make it to Romania after all? In true ‘sod it, there will be a way’ style to which Hamish & I subscribe to anywhere outside […]

Balkans Tour 2017 – Night 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 in my opinion. For now there are still plenty of opportunities to bunk […]

The Pristina Express

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 the break-up of Yugoslavia, the […]

Sunday Photo – Palanka Train Station, Serbia

Wordless Wednesday – Approaching Belgrade Station

Wordless Wednesday – Belgrade Arrival

Balkans Tour 2017

I am writing this sat in Ryanair seat 23C – a bargain aisle seat costing just €4 to reserve. As the usual boarding chaos goes on around me it is time to reflect on another hugely enjoyable tour in the east of Europe taken together with my regular travel buddy Hamish.  Having regenerated the spirit […]

Sunday Photo – Train in Kosovo

Travels in Eastern Europe

Shortly I will embark on my latest journey east with my regular travel buddy Hamish. We have a rough itinerary mapped, a couple of Airbnbs booked and flights from and to the UK (the latter should say hopefully thanks to Ryanair’s latest PR own goal!). Apart from that we have little certainty as to whether […]

Trip Planning

I am planning. I love to plan. Planning is a big part of the enjoyment of any trip. Taking an organised tour is fine of course, especially if you do not have the time to plan or indeed do not have the time to deal with unforeseen travel delays, cancellations or when there is ‘no […]