Piazza San Marco, where the lions weep

An extremely helpful young man in the Wien Hauptbahnhoff helped me to work out a series of onward connections that would get me to Idar-Oberstein, the little Bavarian gem-cutting town … Continue Reading →

Slovakia – The Lesser Carpathians

To tell this story properly, I really have to go back to the day before yesterday and my less-than-commodious night on Vienna Station. It wasn’t that bad. I got some … Continue Reading →

Viennese Whirl

Today I commuted into Vienna from my hostel in Bratislava and I must say that I found the Hauptbahnhof mainline station a lot more welcoming in the daylight. A coffee … Continue Reading →

Home Cooking in Hungary

We left Ljubliana on the 0858h fast train to Budapest where the plan was that Zoltan would be waiting for us. During the journey Isobel asked me if we could … Continue Reading →

Ljubljana in the rain

Our train journey from Zagreb to Ljubljiana followed the path of the Sava Valley with its fertile lakes and picturesque little towns (or at least what we could see of … Continue Reading →


No, it wasn’t a comfortable night at all: there were just enough people on the train to make stretching out properly an impossibility and the sauna-level heating meant that some … Continue Reading →

Boris makes it to Bosnia

This morning the rain had stopped and the sun was peeping out ready for our sightseeing expedition in the old city, we breakfasted on the left-over pasta from last night’s … Continue Reading →

Overnight to Dubrovnik

We arrived safely in Dubrovnik on the coast of Croatia this morning, a mere four countries along from Macedonia, after only fourteen hours of somewhat stressful travel and with all … Continue Reading →

Stopping off in NORTH Macedonia at the best hostel in the Balkans

I’ve sent Izzy out to find her way around the city centre on a walking tour with just Boris for companionship. Hopefully, she will be able to find some accomplices … Continue Reading →

Footsore in Athens

Our single full day in Athens has been absolutely wonderful but we are setting off tonight on the night train to Thessaloniki so I simply can’t begin to do justice … Continue Reading →