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Europe » Croatia » Slavonia » Vukovar May 3rd 2013

Vukovar, Croatia This little city of about 40,000 is right on the Danube. On the other side is Serbia. This location has not always proved to be advantageous to the citizens of Vukovar. During the most recent Balkan war the Serbian army and Slobadon Milosovic, the Serbian leader, took a dim view of Croatia’s move toward independence. The Serbs tried to capture Vukovar but managed only to almost completely destroy it by lobbing artillery across the river until 90% of the city was leveled. We saw the first evidence of the war as we were pulling into the port facilities. There is a tall brick and concrete water tower on the edge of the port which is riddled with holes. I am told that the present government wants to leave it as it stands ... read more
Vukovar
Vukovar
Vukovar

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Zadar May 3rd 2013

We woke early this morning as Suzy is on the move again . This is one of the problems of working. We need to move on every couple of days and don’t get the chance to stay put fora few days. Today will be another six hour drive from Ljubljana to a campsite at Nin, Camping Zaton just outside of Zadar. We left our campsite and paid up 47.60 euros all told for two nights camping at an ACSI equivalent rate, two nights WiFi and the tickets for the bus. . The day was overcast and muggy. We thought that we had outrun the rain but it came again in patches. The sky grey and a splattering of rain and nasty flies and hornets on Suzy’s windscreen. The journey was not that interesting. We had to ... read more
Between Slovenia and Croatia
Croatia the border which will not exist in a months time
There's a lot of bears and wolves round here

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Zadar May 3rd 2013

Woke up early. Suzy the motorhome is parked up and not moving anywhere today. Out of her front window she can see an empty site with a few motorhomes scattered around. Through her back window she can see the Adriatic. What more can a girl want? Washed pots and showered. There is everything you could wish for on this site. We spoke again to our neighbours in the Roma Home and very friendly they were too. After a leisurely breakfast we headed out of the campsite along the access road to the village. We were informed by reception that the bus stop was near to the pub in the village which sported the Beccs beer sign. Turn left and we would find the bus stop. Easier said than done. We tried to the left and found ... read more
Zadar
Zadar
Zadar

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split April 28th 2013

Sunday 28 April 2013. Split, Dalmatia, Croatia Today was our first tender stop. This means that we cannot dock as the ship is too big - so we anchor offshore. A few of the lifeboats miraculously become 'tender boats' and are used to ferry the passengers from the ship to the shore. The advantage of tender stops is that they usually drop you off at the heart of the destination. The disadvantage is that you have to take a ticket and wait your turn in the Vista Lounge. All of the guests on tours get to go first. With this in mind we decided to go and have a posh breakfast in the restaurant. This always takes ages but the quality of the food is excellent and we knew we would have to wait for a ... read more
M in the Holy Crucifix Church
M on the Coastal Path
The Clock Tower, Split

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik April 27th 2013

Saturday 27 April 2013. Dubrovnik, Croatia. We had a good breakfast and, after changing some dosh for the local Kuna's, caught the local bus to the Old Town. We visited the Tourist Office and obtained a map and then went straight to the jetty to catch a boat to Lokrum Island. Lokrum takes its name from the Latin word "acrumen" meaning "bitter fruit" which refers to the orange and lemon trees which have thrived on the island since ancient times. We passed the Monastery Complex as We made our way to the first point of interest on the Island which was the Botanical Gardens. In 1991-1992, during Croatia's War of Independence the garden suffered more than 50 direct artillery hits that damaged many of its plants and destroyed much of its infrastructure and also the botanical ... read more
The Monastery at Lokrum Island
Showboating Costa Cruise Ship (3)
M in Dubrovnik Old City

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Europe » Croatia December 2nd 2012

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Europe » Croatia October 26th 2012

In the Croatian language, slap means waterfall. The biggest waterfall in Croatia (there are many) is located in Plitvice National Park where I was last week the day before tackling Croatia's highest mountain, Dinara. $US ≈ 5.8 Croatian kuna (KN) Plitvice National Park Croatia's premier park. Even though I had driven there the previous day all the way from Sarajevo (~7 hours with stops) I should have given it a pass because the weather was not at all conducive to view the scenery. I contemplated skipping it even as I was driving to the park entrance because the fog was so thick and the entrance fee is a steep 110KN (park open 7:00 - 19:00) plus 7KN/hour to park. Additionally, it seems by October the amount of water has significantly decreased after the typically dry Balkan ... read more
Plitvice National Park
Plitvice National Park
Plitvice National Park

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik October 25th 2012

Day 5 The next morning we were up and out and homeward bound. Well, not completely homeward, our final destination was Dubrovnik. To get there we had to return the hire car to Herceg Novi, get the cross border bus, negotiate our way from the bus station into Dubrovnik and then find our lodgings. Easy. And so it was. The car we dropped off in a car park right next to the car hire place; we then walked up the hill into Herceg Novi and had a spot of lunch in the Trg Nikole Durkovica square and finally headed to a café on Njegoseva, which has wonderful views of the water, and rested there for a while before heading up a further hill to the bus station. We bought our tickets ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split October 21st 2012

We arrived at Split to not very nice weather to start off the day. As we didn't berth at the dock we were ferried to the dock by tender (life boats). The sea was a bit rough and we were thrown around a bit in the tender - I was thrown against a pole in the tender and ended up with a very black bruise but otherwise okay. Split is the largest Dalmation city, and the second largest urban centre in Croatia on the shores of the Mediterranean, more specifically on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea. A very popular tourist population destination being one of the oldest cities in the area approximately 1700 years old although archaeological research establishes the city as several years older. We decided to just walk around the town and ... read more
Diocletions Palace, Split
Split foreshore
Old Town Main Square

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik October 21st 2012

We have heard a lot about Dubrovnik and how beautiful it is and everyone was right - it was just gorgeous. It is an historic and beautifully picturesque town known mainly as a major tourist resort facing the sea at the base of the rugged limestone mountains. Its medieval double walls and fortifications make you feel as though you have stepped back in time. For the history buffs - it was founded in the 7th century by the Romans, and under the protection of the Byzantine Empire, of Venice, of Hungary until 1526, and of the Ottoman Empire until 1806, but it governed itself as an independent republic. In the 16th century, Dubrovnik had one of the greatest merchant fleets in the Mediterranean. Napoleon abolished the city-republic, and in 1815 the Congress of Vienna gave the ... read more
View of old fort from top of mountain
Dubrovnik town from cable car
Swimming cove - locals swimming




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