This site focuses on my visits to international tripoints, borders and areas of geographical interest. The main focus of the site is outlined in the areas of interest below which will be reflected within my visits reports and within designated sections of the website. As part of a wider group of enthusiasts I will provide links to their contributions in documenting the points where countries meet. I hope that you find the content of interest and please do contact me if you have any questions and comments.
Areas of Interest
Border Oddities & Extremities
The Vennbahn is a historical Belgian railway where the track (now cycle way) is deemed Belgian territory whilst the surrounding land is Germany.
Points of the compass country points will be recorded too.
Enclaves and Exclaves
The border between Austria and Slovakia near Devin Castle where the Moravia River joins the Danube
The border between Belarus and Lithuania at Sakaline
Capturing the breaking news on a variety of border related matters and providing updates on the website.
Embassies & Consulates
Observing the different diplomatic missions in the cities I visit. Reported under my country visits.
I live in London and work as a University teacher educator, following a career teaching in colleges and schools. I studied geography at school but during my career as a teacher my subjects were social sciences. This background has influenced my interest in the social, political and economic influences that borders have. Perhaps too, its because I live on an island that land borders have always interested me. Now that they have become much less formalised due to the EU and Schengen, borders on the edge of the EU are of particular interest. As outlined above visiting tripoints (15 and counting!) is a focus as well as capturing the associated border architecture – be that natural or artificial. Living near a border and its associated impact is something I try to discover. An associate member of the International Border Research Group. Now partially retired and looking forward to more time visiting and exploring borders near and far.
Plans for 2020 involve returning to Romania and Estonia and visiting new border areas and hopefully more tripoints.
Acknowledgements to all those who support and help me on my visits.
ISO – 3166
The International Standard for country codes and codes for their subdivisions is ISO 3166 this allocates a 2 letter designation to each country. Internal subdivisions have additional letters attached. For example Korea (the Democratic People’s Republic of) is KP whereas United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the ) is GB. The site will follow apply ISO 3166 in its labelling. More details are available here.
The content and photographs within this site (unless otherwise indicated) are the personal property of myself and cannot be copied or used with the express permission being given. I often do say yes, so if you want to use an image please let me know.
In order to find your way around the site, either click on the links (text in red) or use the menus at the top of the page. About leads you to the country pages, with links to individual borders. The European Tripoints menu leads you to my visit reports.
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