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Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest August 2nd 2009

DAY 109 We leave Ljubjana this morning for a train to take us to Budapest. We are taking the day train because an American we met yesterday told us that the train ride has beautiful scenery along the way. Plus we haven't fully recovered from the over night bus trip yet! The train leaves at 8:40 and we and the train are on schedule. We are told the day before when we purchase the tickets that there are 2 points in the train travel that we have to divert to buses because of track work. The trip will take approximately 8 hours, with only 1 border crossing into Hungary. In actuality we only have to divert once to a bus, and you would never know that we crossed any borders. The problem is we really wanted ... read more
TRACK MARKS
ST. STEPHEN BASILICA
PARKING ON THE GRASS

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana August 1st 2009

DAY 108 So we are on our way from Split to Ljubljana, Slovenia (Loo be yarna). Francine and Angie thought that they would be really really smart and take the back seat of the bus so that they could stretch out during the night and have a good night's sleep. So we raced to the back seats and were lucky because there were very few people on the bus. Our luck held out until about the 6, 7 stop and then a women and daughter had to sit in the back with us. But people got out a couple a stops later and they moved. Then about 11pm a group of 4 people came on the bus and there were no other seats so 3 of them had to seat in the back with us, Francine ... read more
NICE LITTLE DRAGON
DRAGON BRIDGE
NATIONAL MUSEUM

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split August 1st 2009

DAY 107 We awake in our little surprise stop of Makarska with the wind still blowing but the sun is out and we anticipate another beautiful day along the coast of Croatia. We slept in a little today and get down to breakfast around 9:30. The room is filled with holiday makers and we had to share a table with a couple who did not speak English. The buffet was large and we had a big breakfast. It was not the normal fare for us so it was nice and made the most of it. We left for the bus station and left for Split around 11:30. We have been told by everyone that Split is the most beautiful place and we had to see it. Well, after seeing Split we agree that it is nice ... read more
FRANCINE DOING HER BEST IMITATION OF A TOURIST
GRISIGONE PALACE
SQUARE NOT ROUND

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » South » Mostar August 1st 2009

DAY 106 Dubrovnik to Mostar to Split?! VIA Makarska We have decided to take the 8:00 AM bus to the Split this morning via Mostar, Bosnia & Hercegovina. It's about three hours to Mostar. We drive along the coast of Croatia is the most beautiful of all coastlines. The little villages tucked into the valleys and the small marinas scattered along make this such a scenic picturesque drive and we then head inland. The border crossing is uneventful and we don't even get a stamp in our passport. Nobody even knows that we have been there. The customs officials look at our passports for a second and nod. We want a stamp to add to our collection. 11.30am and Mostar. We check the bus time tables to see if it is feasible to go to Medugorje. ... read more
BOSNIA & HERCEGOVINA COUNTRYSIDE
MOSTAR TOWN
A RIVER RUNS THOUGH IT -  MOSTAR

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik July 31st 2009

DAY 105 The alarm goes off and it is 7:00 AM, we drag ourselves out of bed and get ready for the bus ride from Kotor Montenegro to Dubrovnik, Croatia. Just ready to leave when Francine asks what time it is because her watch is different than the alarm clock. We don't know at this point so we leave anyway and find out at the bus station that we are an hour early. So we had a time change that Angie did not account for on the alarm clock. But thank heaven we gained the hour and not lost it. The bus was an old one and it was overloaded. We were not able to sit together although did get seats. Fran was up the back row with and chatted with a lovely young couple from ... read more
MUSICIAN IN THE  STREETS
FORTRESS WALL
OLD TOWN CITY GATE

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor July 23rd 2009

DAY 104 What can we say about the 12 hour bus ride from Belgrade, Serbia to Kotor, Montenegro, other than we now have 101 ways to sleep on a bus seat. Angie's favorite one is to stretch our with her legs going across the aisle resting in the empty seat. No one needed the aisle anyway until the stops. Francine's most comfortable way to sleep was to curl up facing the seats and her head on her blow up pillow. The only problem was when the bus breaked and she nearly fell on the floor. During the night around 2am we stopped at the Serbian border, the border patrol kept looking and leafing through Angie's passport like something was missing. He said something to her in Serbian and Angie replied that she didn't understand. He just ... read more
FRANCISCAN MONASTERY OF ST. CLAIRE 1803
ST. CLARIE'S CHURCH
ST. MICHAEL'S 1300'S

Europe » Serbia » West » Belgrade July 23rd 2009

DAY 103 Flying to Belgrade this morning!! We are on our own for the next month. No more having to fit into other peoples schedules. We are up at 5:45 and leave the hotel at 7:00AM. We take the metro to the bus station. It's an hour ride to the airport. We are flying JAT airlines. This is the Serbian Airlines. We have no idea what to expect, but everything seems to be just like all the others. Going through security they pull out our water bottles and my hand cleanser that is 110 ml bottle, although is not full. They scrape off the price label to mind the # of ml, now this is being very conscientious. They fail to notice the 200ml bottle of sunscreen Angie had forgotten to put her in check bag.l ... read more
MODERN SIDEWALK ART
A FIXER UPPER
TRAIN STATION - BELGRADE

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens July 23rd 2009

DAY 101 We depart Delphi for Athens this morning. We take a two hour bus ride to the west side of the city then taking the Metro to our hotel. Since Pearle can not walk for any distance she is put into a cab and so is much of the groups luggage. This helps as we can use the metro with better mobility than being laden down with the heavy bags. We arrive at the hotel and we are once again rearranging our luggage as we have left some things at the hotel storage room prior to going to the Peloponnese. We have heard that two of our group can't find their passports and then Yvonne goes back to her room to check hers and finds that she also is missing a pouch that contained her ... read more
THE PARTHENON
TEMPLE OF ATHENA
TEMPLE OF ATHENA - GODDESS OF WISDOM

Europe » Greece » Central Greece » Delphi July 19th 2009

DAY 99 We are leaving Olympia this morning via train. It is a newer station but this doesn't guarantee the train will be on time. We are once again in luck as the train is on time. The ride is only 30 minutes to Pyrgo where we catch a bus to Delphi which will take an additional 4 hours. Delphi is a very small ancient city of Greece, situated in a rocky valley north of the gulf of Corinth, on the southern slopes of Mount Parnassus, site of a famous Oracle in the Temple of Apollo. The site was supposed to be the centre of the Earth and was marked by a conical stone, the omphalos (navel). We had lunch under the shelter of 2 huge oak trees that provided the needed shade and with a ... read more
CHURCH OF ST. LUKE
ST. LUKE MONASTERY
ST. LUKE

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Sparta July 18th 2009

DAY 96 Waking up in Sparta. The town of about 60,000 people had been built pretty much on the old ruins. So the town appears to be realitively new. There are a few ruins exposed but not really that much to spend time searching out according to our guide. So we take a day trip to the ancient city of Mystras, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Mystras is the only surviving expamle of a Byzantine palace complex in all of Greece. The complex was the seat of the despot of Moreas. There are several monasteries and many churches in the palace complex. Many started in the 1300's with the fortress being built in the mid 1200's and sits at the top of the mountain. The last Byzantine Emperor, Constantine XI, was despot at Mystras ... read more
BUS STOP - DO THE BUS STOP
MYSTRAS
MYSTRAS-MYSTERIOUS




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