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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Skradin July 16th 2017

Krka National Park Krka is another beautiful spot, famous for the water features – waterfalls, travertines, rivers and lakes. It’s massively popular amd well worth the visit. We spent two nights staying in an apartment above the village of Skradin, which has easy access to the National Park. It’s relatively expensive to visit the park so we decided to spend one full day there, taking the 8am boat into the park. This is the first boat of the day and definitely a good choice as the number of people in the park jumped dramatically at around 10am, giving us a couple of peaceful hours. They limit the number of people to the park to 10,000 per day – and that’s in a 2km square area, with one main trail on boardwalks and one swimming area – ... read more
Dragonfly with nymph
Waterfall and watermill

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » South » Mostar July 15th 2017

Sometimes the journey is better than the destination and sometimes the journey just never seems to end. Let’s just say that we had an interesting journey from Zabljak to Mostar. It started well; we chose to start with the windy route through more of the National Park and it was lovely, more valleys and meadows. Then we continued the journey towards the BiH border, the problem came when we came to a junction on the Tara river; the gps was quite insistent that we turn right and the route we had looked at the day before said turn left. As we had neither a paper map nor access to the internet we decided to trust our gps machine. This was fine to the border then suddenly became not so ok; a narrow road in very poor ... read more
View from the bridge at sunset
Bridge lit up in the evening
Old town and bridge in early morning

Europe » Montenegro » Žabljak July 13th 2017

Leaving Lake Skadar we drove to the beautiful Durmitor National Park via Niksic and Ostrog Monastery. The monastery is high up and built into the cliff face, originally built in the 17th century but after earthquakes not much of the original remains and it mostly dates from the 1920s. It’s a very popular place, lots of people visiting on coach tours. It’s Serbian Orthodox and houses the remains of Saint Basil so is a place of pilgrimage. Great views over the valley way down below. Watched a baptism service at the tiny church down the hill, the priest and family marched round and round the church, singing hymns. We stayed in the village of Zabljak on the edge of Durmitor NP, a small village with shops and lots of accommodation; I believe it’s a popular place ... read more
Walking through meadows, Durmitor NP
View into the Tara Canyon, the deepest in Europe
View from the top of the ski lift, Savin Kuk

Europe » Montenegro » Rijeka Crnojevica July 9th 2017

We left Kotor via the narrow twisty road that goes up above the town where there were great views back over the town and Bay of Kotor. As we continued to drive upwards the road became more and more narrow and such tight switchbacks it was just a thick line on the gps. The road leads up to the top of Mt Lovcen and on top of that is the mausoleum of Njegus, an incredible location for the communist looking mausoleum. The views were excellent, I read somewhere that you can see as far as Italy, not sure at all about that but is was a BIG view. Back down again and we stopped for lunch at the beach looking out to the island of Sveti Stefan, incredible blue waters and very busy. Spent the night ... read more
Mt Lovcen
Sveti Stefan
Red-backed shrike, in a garden in Budva

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor July 5th 2017

Picked up our hire car that will be with us for the next month. Managed to navigate out of the narrow lanes of Dubrovinc and onto the route to Kotor in Montenegro. Hadn’t anticipated the hour long crawl through customs with all of the other traffic and in the midday heat. Apart from that the journey was a pretty one, particularly the drive around the Bay of Kotor. Stopped briefly to have a look around a couple of towns, first in Hercvig Novi which was wonderfully quiet after the crowds in Dubrovnic. Very peaceful with pretty and ancient stone buildings, lots of churches and great views from the sea front fort. Further into the bay is Perast which was much busier, very small and more lovely stone buildings, these clearly from the times when the Ventians ... read more
Hercvig Novi Anchor graveyard
Perast sea front

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik July 4th 2017

Dubrovnic is a beautiful walled city of dense red roofed houses, palaces, monasteries and churches. Swooping swifts follow you everywhere, particularly first and last thing. It is super crowded but don’t be put off by that, the quietest time is early in the morning, a great time to walk around the city walls, peer down onto lovely gardens that can’t be seen from the streets and appreciate the density and colourfulness of the roofs. A hike up to the top of Sdr mountain (there is also a cable car) also gives great views, this was lovely to do in the evening, watching the sun go down. Lokrum island makes a great half day trip, a 15 minute ferry boat ride from the marina, it’s a small nature reserve with acres of woodland and gardens with an ... read more
View alsong main street from city walls
View from City walls
Cloister in Franciscan Monastry

Europe » Slovenia » Kamnik June 29th 2017

We stayed in the small village of Soça in the beautiful Triglav National Park area of the Julian Alps. We had hoped to stay longer in this area but accommodation was all booked up so we packed a lot into a few days. It’s an absolutely beautiful region with alpine mountains, meadows and river valleys. We managed two hikes in the area, the easier one along the Soça river, called appropriately the Soça Valley walk. The highlight (for us of Slovenia and the holiday) was a big hike up from the tourist office in the village of Trenta to the mountain hut near the 7 lakes called Zasavska Koca na Prehodavcih. Trenta is at 620m and the hut at 2 071m elevation. The 3 ½ hours it took to make the climb up started through pine ... read more
Soca Valley, Julian Alps in the distance
View on the way up
Nearing the hut

Europe » Sweden » Stockholm County » Stockholm July 23rd 2016

23rd July, Stockholm Three days in this beautiful, historic city. Staying out at Angby, a small beach with Stockholm's nearest campground, just 20 or so minutes from the nearby metro station to the city centre. Highlights have been: wandering the cobbled streets of Gamla stan, the old area, relaxing on the Under the Bridges Tour, the guided tours of the Moderna Museet and Nobel Museum, out of town visiting Sigtuna and Drottingholm Palace. I had wanted to visit the modern art museum since reading a Guardian article some months ago about Hilma af Klint a local artist whose paintings I was quite taken by. We arrived just as a guided tour was statting so ended up with a 40 min summary of art from 1900 through the paintings in the gallery. We felt much more knowledgeable ... read more
Gramla Stan
A runic stone in Sigtuna
Stockholm City hall, where the Nobel Prizes are awarded

Europe » Sweden » Norrbotten » Kiruna July 18th 2016

17th July Abisko NP Yesterday we arrived in Sweden, in pouring rain. It was a pretty drive along the last part of the Lofoten Islands, fjords, lakes and mountains. The weather here was so bad we opted for a cabin, and very nice it is too. This is a big ski resort and somewhere to see the Northern Lights. We watched the increasingly heavy rain from the cabin window feeling very comfortable. The forecast said that the rain would be gone by morning and it was. We could finally see the landscape rather than a blanket of white and ventured out to enjoyed a couple of long walks in this stunning environment. A huge lake below us, snow dappled mountains around and lots of small lakes, alpine flowers and bogs. Started with a walk up to ... read more
The big lake from the mountains in Abisko

Europe » Norway » Northern Norway » Lofoten Islands July 16th 2016

Arrived by ferry at the port of Moskenes, at thoe western end of the chain of connected islands that make up Lofoten. The villages that the area is known for looked beautiful in the warm evening sun, with the steep cliffs rising behind as the backdrop. The campsite we'd planned to use was full so instead of a 200m drive we had a drive of about 40mins to a beach front site. The wonderful weather had changed abruptly on turning a corner, it was freezing, damp and foggy where we ended up! Knowing the Norwegian weather we just pitched the tent then drove all the way back towards the ferry, this time stopping frequently to take photos. Finally started cooking dinner at our freezing campground around 10pm. The next morning we hoped to drive back into ... read more
Oyster catcher

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