I love railways. There is simply no better way to travel than by train. I love how the coaches smoothly slide on the rails; love wandering around, peeping into other compartments and passing the scenery more rustic than what one would typically see from a dull highway.
After spending a day exploring Belgrade (I recommend a trip to the fort that stands guard over the city, for views across the Danube & Sava Rivers and the plains beyond) it was time to attempt the Belgrade to Istanbul journey by train. After doing my research I decided upon the slightly unusual and not generally recommended route via Thessaloniki. Why was this route not recommended? I was ready to find out.