This four month tour began by piggybacking on to a friend’s interrail trip. We travelled through Switzerland to Italy by train, on perhaps the most scenic railway in the world, in an open caboose! After performing at the Ferrara Buskers Festival and some exploration of northern Italy, I cycled through Tuscany to Siena. A marathon bus journey took me to Luxembourg for a friend’s wedding and from there I cycled to Frankfurt & Munich. Travel through Austria led me into Slovenia to start my Balkan tour. My sister joined the adventure here. We ambled down the whole spectacular Croatian coast, inland through the fascinating country of Bosnia, stopping briefly in Serbia before arriving in Transylvania in Romania. Beth departed here, and I travelled on into Moldova, Bulgaria, and back in to Serbia. My journey by rail back to the UK granted me short stops in Budapest, Bratislava, Ljubljana, Padova & Paris along the way.
Enjoying the scenery back home before the trip begins. The South Downs National Park, overlooking Lewes from Kingston Hill
I joined my friend Ellie’s interrail trip. We wild camped the night next to a stunning lake in the middle of nowhere in Switzerland.
Lucerne, seen from the Zeitturm
Quick detour to visit Liechtenstein. Hitchhiking, with Gonzen Peak in the distance
A truly astonishing experience, trundling through deep Alpine valleys in an open caboose rail journey. Approaching the Italian border
Piazza Savonarola, Ferrara, Italy
Castello Estense di Ferrara
Prato della Valle, Padova
Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza
Ponte di Tiberio, Rimini. The coast to coast bike ride begins
Looking towards the Terza Torre after a night wild camping near the town walls of the spectacular mountain mountain republic of San Marino
Arezzo. A big party the night before, it seems
Looking towards Monte San Sevino, a very well kept secret. A picture perfect little Italian town on a hilltop
Palazzo Salimbeni, Siena. This stunning medieval city is another tour highlight
An Italian phonebooth
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan
Hauptbahnhof, Frankfurt, Germany
Schwabinger Bach in the Englischer Garten, Munich.
Millenials doing their thing during the Volksfest in Graz, Austria
Graz, as seen from the Schloßberg
Admiring the view across Lake Bled, Slovenia
Sailing in to Piran
Arriving in Rovinj, Croatia. (Or is it Venice?)
The stunning central railway station in Sarajevo. Note the communist era Coca-cola advert and art deco clock
The only other person I could find at the station.
Changing trains at Vršac, on the Serbian/Romanian border. Preceded by an absurd journey to the wrong bus station back in Sarajevo and a very questionable free taxi ride which got us back on track. This followed a laughable shack of a train that wobbled us across into Romania
A boozy weekend with friends for my birthday in a chalet near Brașov, Romania
Met some Kiwis and adventures followed in their superb 1980s Yugslavian car
Not far from Sibiu, in Transylvania
Turnul Scărilor, Sibiu
Dressed in traditional attire for Romania’s national day in Alba Iulia. Packed with horses and carts, homebrewed alcohol called Palinka and tasty Romanian food
Crowds and communist architecture
Haystacks in Maramureș County
An ornate wooden church, Desești
After a few days of roadtripping in Romania with an Italian backpacker I met, we took a sleeper train to Moldova. It had an average speed of 30km per hour, which I later discovered was because at the border, at 4am, it took an hour to literally separate and lift each carriage to change the train gauge!? Very much inside the scope of Soviet influence here, in Chișinău rail station.
Cycling across the Danube on this huge 2 mile bridge, the odul Prieteniei Giurgiu-Ruse
Arriving in Bulgaria and making new friends quickly in Ruse
A hazy sunset whilst changing trains near Veliko Târnovo
The Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis, Plovdiv
Looking down the bul. Tsar Boris III Obedinitel. The Roman theatre is 2000 years old
The hipster district, Kapana
The view from Nebet Tepe park
A car tramples over the cobblestones
bul. “Vitosha”, Sofia
Belgrade City Hall in a bit of a blizzard, Serbia
Looking towards the Fisherman’s Bastion, Budapest, Hungary
Shoes on the Danube Bank
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