The Voyage to Vilnius

Via Rundale and Hill of Crosses Rather than going straight to Vilnius (an approx 4.5 hour drive/bus journey) we made a full day of it, stopping first at Rundale Palace, built for the Dukes of Courland by the Italian-born architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli (whose works include the Winter Palace in St Petersburg) in his trademark late [...]

Roaming Round Riga

Day 1 Arriving in Riga just before 12, we waited at one of the group's hotels, Hotel Justus, for our guide, the characterful Toms, bedecked in his trademark green bodywarmer. We'd asked him to extend the usual 3 hour old town & market tour to also include Riga's unique Art Nouveau quarter and for many [...]

Pressing Pause in Parnu

After a little persuasion from our contact at the Estonian Tourist Board (and a lot of trouble getting hotel rooms in Riga due to Latvia holding the rotating EU presidency) our itinerary was altered to add a stop in the Estonian seaside spa town of Parnu and drop a night from Riga. Usually just a [...]

Time for Tallinn

The first stop on the #JayWayBaltics blogger trip, my and JayWay's first project like this, was Tallinn. Making use of a convenient direct Ryanair flight from Girona to Tallinn, we touched down in the Estonian capital on the evening of May 4th. The well-oiled baggage-handling process meant we wasted no time in getting from plane [...]

Conversing on the Costa Brava

My second TBEX Europe following hot on the heels of the previous one just six short months ago in Athens. Walking into the first one where I knew just one person, this was a very different experience. Within those six months there had been WTM London, Travel Massive meetups in Prague and Berlin not to [...]

The Big Fat Slovak Wedding

First stop of my Summer 2015 European Odyssey, my colleague's wedding to a lovely lady from the far east of Slovakia. A huge affair with 120 guests from the US, Slovakia, Czech Republic and a token Brit (me). The 11 hour night train ride from Prague got me to Michalovce around 10am. A 15 minute [...]

Parting with Prague

Leaving Prague late on the night of the 24th of April felt like saying Na shledanou (till we meet again) to a dear old friend. There will be some water under the bridge in the time I'm away and we'll each have changed a little. I know I'll be going back and it's just a [...]

Hello world, again!

Easter Monday - the ideal day to resurrect a blog? My first travel blog started in December 2008 with a 5 week visit to Japan, (which will be) imported here for completeness. If you trip over any messiness in those old posts - likely caused by missing plugins - I'm getting to it ok!