Helsingor and the Empire of the North

Probably the last thing Grahame wanted at the end of his arduous sailing trip across the North Sea and through the fjords of Northern Jutland was to extend his a … Continue Reading →



Broadstairs Dickens Festival

The Broadstairs Charles Dickens Festival has been taking place on the third week in June since 1937, when the local council wanted to celebrate one hundred years since the famous … Continue Reading →


Into the Carpathian Mountains

We are back in Nyiregyhaza (Eastern Hungary) after our trip over the roof of Romania almost (but not quite) as far as Moldova. It has been wonderful to have Grahame … Continue Reading →


Maramures, Land of Fairytale (Romania)

Crossing the border from Hungary into Romania is a salutary experience these days for a couple of Brits. The officer at the checkpoint took a long look at our passports … Continue Reading →


The Storks return to Tokaj (Eastern Hungary)

I found my way to Budapest airport for my meeting with Grahame without any difficulties and even had time to stock up on picnic food for our four hour road … Continue Reading →


Late train to Budapest

The 1626h fast train to from Bratislava to Budapest was the last of my Interrail journeys on this trip as my ticket expired at midnight on Tuesday. There were a … Continue Reading →


Boat trip to Bratislava (Slovakia)

It seems that the any seasoned traveller nowadays must have travelled down the River Danube on one of the those elongated, floating hotels that ply their way between Passau on … Continue Reading →


The Imperial Treasury of Vienna

I arrived in Vienna at some time after 11pm and an excellent set of instructions sent by mobile phone from Grahame got me onto the Metro and across town to … Continue Reading →


Appointment in Prague (Czech Republic)

The last time I came through Prague I practically walked my feet off exploring the famous sights of the medieval city so this time I thought it would be safe … Continue Reading →