This website is an archive from 2016

This site was actively maintained from 2006 to 2016. Since then I have kept it online for historical interest, but have made no further updates. Much of the information in these pages is now incorrect or obsolete.

A closer look at the Balkans

In these pages I look in more detail at a few topics relating to Southeast Europe as a whole, or to more than one country within the region. For details of specific cities and regions, please see the individual country pages.

Train on the Sarajevo-Mostar line

Scenic train journeys in the Balkans

A region with as many spectacular mountain ranges and valleys as the Balkans is bound to have a few scenic railways - but where? Read this article to find out.

How to travel from Croatia to Greece (and vice versa)

A whole page devoted to the single most common question asked by visitors to this site: what is the best way to get from Croatia to Greece? The answer is more complicated than you might think.

Example of a Cyrillic Character

The Cyrillic Alphabet in the Balkans

If you are going to travel through certain parts of the Balkans, it helps to be able to read the Cyrillic Alphabet. This page has some notes on the Bulgarian, Serbian, and Macedonian variations, with a table of Cyrillic characters and their equivalents in the Latin alphabet.