Tag Archives | Ironroute

From Istanbul to Berlin by train, zig-zagging across the former Iron Curtain.

Sofia: spotted by locals

Spotted By Locals – Sofia, Bulgaria

A non-descript side street, a stained white wall. Paint peeling from the window frames and sidelong glances from passersby.

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
Cuddly currywurst in Berlin

The Berlin Wall – The Unheard Story

The final instalment of the Iron Route Journey. East, West, Good, Bad, Win, Lose, Draw.

Another look at 1989.

Continue Reading Comments { 16 }
Break it down and take it with you

The Day I Held the Iron Curtain In My Hand

Sometimes things go wrong in life. The printer at the car hire company breaks, the sat nav doesn’t work, the

Continue Reading Comments { 25 }

Street Art in Prague: The John Lennon Wall

Who needs cobbled streets and medieval mysteries when you can have psychedelic colours, wonky lines and hearts full of passion?

Continue Reading Comments { 21 }
A Statue in Vienna

Photos of Vienna – The Seventh Stop on the Iron Route

I arrived in style, travelling from the aged grandeur of Keleti Pu station in Budapest to the ultra-modern Vienna West

Continue Reading Comments { 9 }

Budapest Parliament. This Is What Democracy Looks Like

You have to put yourself in my shoes.

Boots, really, with thick rubber soles to keep out the cold and to keep a foothold on the ice. Boots that worked hard and worked fast, striding between commuters in a winter-worn Budapest. Five feet, six inches above them, a troubled mind tangled through what it had just seen.

Continue Reading Comments { 5 }
Finally we tore it down - iron curtain logo in Budapest

The House of Terror in Budapest

I stand in the queue, a man turns me back.

I stand in another queue. Alone, in silence

Continue Reading Comments { 19 }
Swimming in Budapest baths

The Water of Winter: Baths in Budapest

The steam rising out of the drain cover caught my attention first. It was a cold, vengefully cold mid-winter morning in

Continue Reading Comments { 35 }
Zagreb Plants

Travel Zagreb Through Photos – The 5th City on the #IronRoute

This Photo Friday, I bring you Croatia’s Capital at its warm and wintry best. Check out more about the #ironroute over here and watch this space for the words…They’re on their way…

Continue Reading Comments { 15 }
What is the iron curtain

The Cold War, the Iron Curtain & Somewhere In Between

Cold War. Iron Curtain.

Four words, two phrases, several meanings.

When I went to school, a third of the world lived under “communist” rule. Travel was restricted…

Continue Reading Comments { 8 }
Ljubljana Street Art in Slovenia

Ten Things You Never Knew About Ljubljana, Slovenia

I hope to bring Ljubljana to life for you here on Inside the Travel Lab, piece by piece, over the course of 2012 as part of my #IronRoute Project. Yet to spare you the overload experienced by my hard drive, oh long-suffering reader, I’ll start with this bite-sized list and fill in the gaps later.

Continue Reading Comments { 34 }
Italian foods chocolate cake trieste

Sweet Treats & Sauerkraut: Three Flavours of Trieste, Italy

Italian food. There was a time when I couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about, but I can barely remember that now. The moment my train slowed to a stop in Trieste (and, if I’m honest, quite a while before that) my daydreams wandered…

Continue Reading Comments { 3 }
Train at Sezana station between Trieste and Ljubljana

Longing for Ljubljana – Travel From Trieste

I’m going to tell you a secret. I’ve longed to visit Ljubljana. I’ve longed to let my tongue run over the improbable syllables of its name before I even knew how to say them…

Continue Reading Comments { 10 }

Trieste: Italy’s Dark Piece of Iron Curtain History

Trieste, Italy Behind me, I know that sapphire lights stud their way across the stone. […]

Continue Reading Comments { 30 }
Berlin Wall

Hitting the Wall – Reaching Berlin

Eighteen days ago I set out on a journey of more than a thousand miles. It took me through nine different countries, six different currencies, two continents and it strayed both in and out of

Continue Reading Comments { 14 }

Feel the love

The John Lennon Wall in Prague

Continue Reading Comments { 2 }

Prague: Not so crowded after all…

Naysayers will have you believe that Prague is too crowded to enjoy any more. Well, […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
Travel by train zagreb to budapest

A Tale of One City – On The Iron Route

The sign on the platform read Budapest. I climbed onto the train, no easy feat at the moment as I clutched…

Continue Reading Comments { 4 }

A Piece of the Iron Curtain

A piece of the iron curtain gathered by an eyewitness at the border between Austria […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
sofia bulgaria lonely

Sofia, Bulgaria: Empty & Lost

Blinking with sleep into the buttercup-yellow light, I stood on the platform and looked around.

An abandoned train stood opposite, incoherent graffiti scrawled along its length. The escalators had seen better days (I hoped) as they slumped…

Continue Reading Comments { 18 }