Welcome to Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

On the 29th April 1993 on a sunny afternoon, a forty-eight year old haulage contractor named Graham Bamford placed a handwritten notebook on the grass of Parliament Square and sat … Continue Reading →

The Croatian Corridor

I had always planned to undertake the next segment of my trip by bus, going along the Coast of Illyria and then turning inland again once I’d reached the next … Continue Reading →


I left the hostel early and made my way through rain-slicked streets back down to the station, just managing to catch a glimpse of the huge Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, St … Continue Reading →

Back to Belgrade (Serbia)

This morning I left the comfort of the “Get Inn” and pulled my little suitcase down to the railway station from which no trains run any more. It has morphed … Continue Reading →

Skopje, City of Surprises (Macedonia)

My first train ride of this trip, the 0718h from Athens to Thessaloniki passed without many views of the celebrated mountain scenery of Northern Greece and I found I could … Continue Reading →

Athens, ancient and modern

The Zeus hostel is pretty crumby but at least it is safe and relatively clean in the “female only” dormitory and not too much of a walk to the centre … Continue Reading →

Lesvos, Gateway to Europe

Yesterday I unexpectedly lost internet coverage at my lodging so I had to set out for my day’s exploration with the minimum of preparation. Carrying guide books and maps is … Continue Reading →

The Straits of Mytilene

The picture shows an early morning view across the narrow straits which divide the Greek island of Lesbos from Turkey. I have arrived here at the beginning of a European Odyssey … Continue Reading →