For years, the Balkan countries have been one of my favourite regions to explore. I caught the Balkan bug in 2009, when, spontaneously, I jumped on a train from Athens...
Venice has numerous look-alike cities in Europe. Take “Venice of the North”, a title worn by the likes of Stockholm, Amsterdam, St. Petersburg and any Northern European city boasting a...
Madrid used to be my city of horror. Let me back-up here. An innocent investment banking analyst in London, I was once a living example of a serious work-life imbalance....
(Continued from “GMT+2: Istanbul”) After a 2-hour flight, I was finally reaching Tbilisi. Passport control officers and taxi drivers alike greeted our large delegation in English – and switched to...
(Continued from “GMT+1: Florence and Bologna”) The economy flight with Turkish Airlines could compete with business arrangements of many other airlines. A handed out menu was followed by a hot...
Day 1: Travel from London For my trip to Florence, Italy, I decided to come unprepared. Hundreds of books have been written about this city, and going through them seemed...
My recent visit to sleepless New York made me long for a destinfation completely different. As if by magic, due came the getaway to Ireland I had been planning for...
Thousands of people make their way from London airports and train stations every Christmas season. With quite a mass of travellers, trouble is just waiting to happen. This year was...
…It was a pain to get up at 2:50am, but the bus would not wait. Instead of a longish lie-in, I had to drag my weary bones all the way...
(Bosnia and Herzegovina)
One sunny morning in August, I find myself on a plane to Moscow – my first holiday in Russia in over 30 years. I have only once before visited Russia…