Cathy Bianchini

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Cathy Bianchini

Keeping this travel blog enables me to reflect and record my journeys as well as communicate with my family and friends. Heading overseas as a solo traveller but you're never really alone for long! The world is a small place and I often find family and friends in different locations to meet along the way and many times I meet new friends! The more you travel, the more you find yourself planning for future trips! Don't let the grass grow under you feet.

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik October 9th 2018

To make the most of my last day, I was up at 8 and showered and packed by 9am, so that I could go and have breakfast at Lady Pi Pi down the street. After a nice meal of freshly squeezed orange juice, macchiato long and a toasted ham and cheese sandwich with fresh tomato on the side, I was ready to hit the shops and wandered through the old city for the last time. All sorted I left the apartment at 1:15 to make the walk to the bus stop, where I waited about 15 minutes for the shuttle bus to the airport. It was another beautiful warm day and I made the most of catching the last sun rays, before I will be inside for the next 33 hours ?. Bus to airport was ... read more
Alleyways of Dubrovnik are quiet at this time
My last coffee in the old city of Dubrovnik

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik October 8th 2018

Slow start to today as I enjoyed not being on tour and my new apartment. I had booked a tour for this morning that was a 3 hour walking tour covering history and Game of Thrones locations. I met my local guide Jelena at 10am at the Plocë Gate, after a quick coffee nearby. There were only 8 of us in the group so it was really great and personal. Jelena spoke really well and knew her stuff - I actually learnt a lot from her about the history. Old Dennis may have told us the same info but who knows! The tour started on the Plocé Gate, which was used in GoT as the walk of shame location. We then went into the old city and she explained about many of the famous landmarks and ... read more
Dubrovnik Old Harbour
Dubrovnik Old Harbour
The Spanish Steps - where Cersei stood naked.

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik October 7th 2018

Well, the weather was not good today! I guess it was bound to happen sometime but I was devo that it happened on the day we were going to go to the Elaphite Islands. We all met in the lobby at 9 as previously instructed where Melinda advised the Captain of our boat said we couldn't sail today, due to the weather. Apparently all cruises were cancelled for today. She was busily trying to work out an alternate itinerary for the day so said we should perhaps go and get coffee while she worked it out. Kim, Don and I headed toward the beach area (with rain jackets and umbrellas) to find somewhere to have coffee but there was hardly anything open. We ended up finding a place and just killed some time there. Melinda organised ... read more
The 100+ steps down to the Stradun from my apartment
The view at night from my balcony. St Lawrence fortress

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik October 6th 2018

We all met in the lobby of our hotel at 9am to walk to our bus and head into the old city of Dubrovnik. Once we arrived at the Pilé Gate, we met our local guide Dennis (yep, food Croatian name!),. It was crazy there as there were huge groups of tourists off cruise ships. Dennis told us that there was one day a few years ago where they had over 16,000 visitors into the old city, which isn't really big enough for that to be an enjoyable experience for anyone! UNESCO got involved and recommended they restrict the number to 8,000, which they have done but I believe they will reduce it further next year to 5,000. They will also control how many cruise ships can come into port on any one day. Of course ... read more
Inside the Cloister of the Franciscan Monastery
Dubrovnik laneways
Lots of activity in the main square

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik October 5th 2018

We met our local tour guide, Vesna, at 9 am and proceeded on our walking tour of the old town of Kotor. This place is just beautiful and everything I glimpses the "wall of Kotor", I am in awe. The wall is 4 and a half kilometres long and took about 1,000 years to complete. To walk to the top there are 1,400 steps and it is unbelievable how hight up it goes, all the way to the fortress on top. We started the tour at the 'sea gate' in the city wall where Vesna explained that the water used to come right up to this gate, in ancient times. We then walked through the town, stopping along the way for Vesna to tell us something about particular buildings. On tower, just inside the sea gate ... read more
The cathedral
Looking up at the church in the wall
The wall up to the fortress

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor October 4th 2018

This morning we were on the bus by 9 as we had to drive to the port to get the car ferry across to the peninsula on the mainland. We only had to wait a little while to drive in the bus onto the ferry and once we were in, we hopped off the bus and went upstairs. It was very windy this morning - apparently this was coming from some cyclone activity near Italy - so after sitting outside for a while, I had to end up going inside once the ferry started to cross the channel. The ride across didn't take very long and then we were back in the bus and heading down the peninsula towards Dubrovnik. Intererstingly, some of the Dalmatian coast was given to Bosnia Herzegovina after the war, so if ... read more
The town of Ston, with the wall on the right
The city walls - Kotor
Inside the old town at night with he walls & fortress lit up in the distance

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Korcula October 3rd 2018

Happy birthday Julie ❤️ No plans today so woke when I woke and went down to breakfast around 9:30. After breakfast I decided to walk along the coast until I could find a nice beach and just hang out. The weather was very pleasant today, sunny and warm without any humidity. I walked past many interesting little spots that looked tempting to dive into - the water was crystal clear, blue green and inviting! This part of the world had the cleanest water of anywhere. I ended up walking about 4kms when I decided to stop at a little beach bar called Korcula Hill Beach Club but there was no one there and it was shut. I made myself comfortable on the 'sand' (which was in fact little stones) and enjoyed laying in the sun for ... read more
The view along my walk
Looking back towards Korcula town
My beach spot

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Korcula October 2nd 2018

This morning was spent packing up and getting my bag out my door before 8:15, after which I headed downstairs for a quick breakfast as we needed to be on the bus by 8:45am. We then drive to Split to wait in line at the ferry terminal. Kim and I did a quick walk to find some coffee - which we did but I'm not sure it was worth the walk! We had to go inside a bar, which was filled with smoke, to get the coffee. We couldn't get out of there quick enough and both felt like we had actually just smoked a cigarette haha. Our bus drove onto the ferry whilst we all walked in board and found an area we could hang out together. It was a pretty old ferry so no ... read more
Entry into the old town of Korcula
The alleged home of Marco Polo
Streets in the old town of Korcula

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Trogir October 1st 2018

We were on the bus at 9 this morning for the one hour drive to Krka National Park. It was a lovely drive where we got to see a bit more if the Croatian countryside while Melinda told us lots of information about the country. When we arrived in the National Park, we walked with Melinda down through various sightseeing spots to the area facing the main waterfalls. To be honest, there are waterfalls everywhere you look but the ones at the bottom are the most spectacular. They have done a fabulous job of building paths and boardwalks so that you can experience this park from many different angles. This is another place that I will let the photos do the talking. We had quite a bit of free time here to explore and walk different ... read more
The water was a little bit too cold for a swim
Panorama to show the different waterfalls
So green and clear

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Trogir September 30th 2018

This morning I was woken around 6:30 thanks to the noises coming from the room next door. Eventually got out of bed, showered and headed down to the restaurant for breakfast. It was lovely sitting in the outdoor terrace to have my breakfast, which is included in the booking. At 8:30 I went to the reception area to meet our tour leader, Melinda, and the rest of the tour group. There are 14 other people on this tour and they are all couples and older than me, which seems to be common on these tours. Most of them are Aussies although there is a couple from Atlanta in the US and a couple from New Zealand. At 9am we met our local guide, Ana, and proceeded on our walking tour of Trogir. It was very interesting ... read more
Architecture in Trogir
The church tower, Trogir
Cobblestone alleyways

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