Athens: In Search of Hellinikon

In my first Athens blog I mention travelling via the then new airport in 2001 narrowly missing out on landing at its predecessor Hellinikon. In the third instalment of the ‘In Search of…’ blogs I went to visit the old and now ghostly aerodrome and was surprised at what I found (other than tumbleweed). Navigational […]

Thessaloniki: Journey to Athens

Again I’m in seat 66 (it must be something to do with timing and reservation systems) but I switch to 65 to face forward. Coincidentally 66 has a stain on it but the cabin is in better condition overall than the Belgrade to Skopje run. Christ could anything be worse!? And the toilet has no […]

Zagreb: A Broken Relationship Blooms

My first few hours in Zagreb are lost to my own misadventure seeking accommodation closer to the station until my common sense returns me to my original choice (Hostel Shappy – more on that coming up in another blog). Zagreb train station is one of the best equipped for tourist info, certainly a step up from […]

Bratislava: Red Trams, Red Lanterns

Red is the colour of Wales, and of many other countries including that of my now former home China. I suppose the adage ‘you can take the boy out of China but you can’t take China out of the boy’ seems correct and I continue to be intrigued by Europe’s Chinese diaspora. What led them to […]

Budapest: Subway Glances

BERNINA, BERNINA… If you can remember that jingle then you’ll remember the seventies and it’s that which instantly came to mind on my recent visit to Budapest. In my last blog I mentioned the nostalgic beauty of the Budapest Metro; primary coloured plastic seats fit for Miffy and friends. I am mid-travels at the moment […]

Budapest: Opulence, Flags and Pinball

In Guangzhou, a city of several million people I barely heard a police or ambulance siren. Two days in Budapest finds me near deafened by them. The cities Chinese restaurants are fantastic and their proprietors are somewhat surprised when I greet them with a ‘Ni Hao.’ By contrast to Warsaw, Budapest’s Chinese diaspora outnumbers the Vietnamese […]

Tallinn: The Curse of the Terrible T’s Continues…

  Today’s workshop is brought to you by the letter T, which as you will see is not good luck for me… On a map, any given feature looks the same in 2D, however seeing it in reality from either a plane or in this case a large sailing vessel is all very different. Do […]