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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split August 4th 2013

TRYING TO BEAT THE HEAT As reported previously, we have been sharing the heat wave and it's effects with the natives and visitors. Our campsite in Prebold was a perfect location for our visit to the center of the Hop-growing and brewing Industry in Slovenia. As we headed into the local city of Celji, we found Large fields of what appear to be giant pole bean plants turned out to be HOPS. Natural growing hops are supported by trees but here they have poles to support their growth, We also learned about the industry and the attendant celebrations throughout the year. We were able to use our motor scooter to access Celji, locally known as the City of Legends, and one of Slovenia's oldest cities. We were able to learn of the legends of conflict between ... read more
Church of St. George, Ptuj
costume collection, Ptuj Castle
European capital of culture, 2012, Ptuj

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Drvenik August 4th 2013

FOCUS ON THE BEAUTY OF NATURE For the first time in weeks we woke the morning of our exploration of Plitvice Lakes, to a cloudy sky. The clouds remained most of the day and was a blessing for our 6 hours hike thru the park as well as aiding in the drama of photography. We had been warned that lines for tickets were know to be very long and so we were at the ticket office at opening (am). Probably the 3rd in line and we had long solitary periods during our hike. It was beautiful and comfortable to explore this UNESCO World Heritage site that is made up of 16 lakes and we were able to move around by following footpaths and footbridges. Of course as all of these lakes empty into numerous dramatic waterfalls, ... read more
Big waterfall 2
Big waterfall
boardwalk 2

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia August 4th 2013

Sunday August 4 – Today is the last full day of seeing new things on this trip. Tomorrow I start my journey back to Split and then to Basel the next day. I am still excited to get home, but sad that the vacation is ending and work is beginning. Surely teacher summers should be longer? Today Tina and I decided to start the day slow, and then go to Lokrum island, which is only 15 minutes away from Dubrovnik by ferry. We got up when we did, ate eggs for breakfast and then got the bus to the old town. We even tried a different bus this time, we were feeling so adventurous. We walked over to the dock and paid for our return ticket to the island, which also included entry into the island ... read more
Monastery ruins
Monastery ruins
Peacock

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik August 3rd 2013

Saturday August 3 – As if we knew what to do at 5:30 in the morning. We got up even earlier than before and headed out at 5:20 to the bus stop near the apartment to catch the bus to the main bus station. We waited for a while, but the bus did not come, and we were not sure we should wait all that long, so we decided to walk over instead. It wasn’t that hot yet, so it wasn’t a big deal. What made me the most nervous was the possibility of getting lost. It just shouldn’t be that hard to find our way around, yet we constantly had trouble finding our way in this city. I don’t know why. We took a route we weren’t sure about and went through the palace, but ... read more
City walls from outside
City gate
Dubrovnik

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Trogir August 1st 2013

Thursday August 1 – This morning we made some eggs for breakfast and then took the boat to Trogir, a city with a medieval old town. The boat ride took an hour, and I enjoyed seeing the shore from a boat for a change. We arrived around lunch time, so we picked one of the many restaurants that all look exactly the same lining the water and ordered pizza. It was quite salty actually. Not the best I’ve had here. We spent some time walking around the old town, including a long stop at the cathedral. It was built in the 13th century, which of course, still blows my mind. It had beautiful carvings and chapels. It also had a small treasury and a bell tower which was great to climb for the views. When we ... read more
View from boat
View from boat
View from boat

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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split July 31st 2013

Wednesday July 31 – Another early day indeed. We were up at 5:30, and not super quiet for our roommates. Not quite payback, because I wasn’t that loud, but it was nice to not worry too much about being quiet since they weren’t worried last night. We were waiting for our 6:30 bus back to the main bus station by 6:15, but the bus did not come until 6:45. I was a little worried about missing our 7am bus to Split, but it worked out fine. Croatia is quite a long skinny country, so it takes a while to get from place to place. We got to Split around 10:25 and the guy whose apartment we rented picked us up and drove us around for an hour to get us acquainted with the area. My sense ... read more
I'm in Split!
Split
Promenade

Europe » Croatia » Central Croatia » Zagreb July 31st 2013

Here is the last of it. On our last day, we went to Domagoj's Pride Shop, went to Croatia's biggest mall, ate supper at Bobans and hung out with the family for a bit near Jelacic Square. The one out of the ordinary incident was the fact that Abbey and Ayden met Dražen Ladić. He was likely Croatia's best goalkeeper. There is no bigger sport in Croatia, so it was nice to meet someone of such importance. All in all, it was a very good trip! Thanks for following the blog!!!... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Central Croatia » Zagreb July 30th 2013

We made it to Zagreb today! Not before having to make the traditional stop at the Karlovac McDonald's though. Got to the hotel Dubrovnik at about 3. while dad rested, the rest of the crew went out to shop a bit. After that, we meet Domagoj, Lea, Ivana and Franjo for supper at the restaurant at our hotel. The food was Excellent. After eating we had to head out to Makšimir for the Dinamo Zagreb game. They were playing a team called Sheriff from Moldova in a Champions League qualifier. It was quite an experience. We had to pay 5 x the regular ticket price, found out only half of the stadium was available for seating due to penalties handed down on the club for racist violations, saw 10 times as many SWAT people than I ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Zadar July 30th 2013

Sunday July 30 – Last night did not, in fact, involve the newest episode of True Blood, but there will be time for tv later. We got up early, as always, because as Tina is learning, traveling with me is fun, and we got to the bus station 15 minutes early for our 9:30am bus to Zadar. The bus ride was pretty quick, for Croatia distances, and we arrived at 11:15am. We got our onward ticket to Split for tomorrow and then waited for the local bus to the downtown for what seemed like an eternity. We technically could have walked it in about 20 minutes or so, but it was over 90 degrees F and we had our bags, and with my looming sciatica problem this did not seem appealing at all. We were only ... read more
Drive from Plitvice
Drive from Plitvice
Drive from Plitvice

Europe » Croatia » Istria » Rovinj July 29th 2013

This was our night day in Rovinj. The day started with a nice breakfast at our villa. Had a nice visit with Lado Milli. He is a stone worker here isn't town and a very energetic guy. Dad and I were the last two down for breakfast. Lado asked us what our plan for the day was and my dad told him we were going to the beach. He and his wife them were giving my dad directions in Croatian and by the time we knew it, Lado was going to get us through a gate to a beach even though I had our destination picked out before hand. As we pulled up to the drop off spot, someone from the back of the van said "look at that guy, he is nude!" Yep! We were ... read more
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