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Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul April 24th 2015

Friday morning we walked back to the Blue Mosque and Aya Sofya in order to get pictures of both with a clear blue sky as the backdrop. We wandered around admiring the mosaics on the fountain between the two, we took more pictures of the carpet of tulips, and were amazed at the multitude of people milling around. Unfortunately for many of them, the Blue Mosque was closed.. Fun Fact: There are 16 million people living in Istanbul!! 7 million live on the Europe side while 9 million reside on the Asian side. We knew this city was big, I even compared it to Toronto but you do not get a true appreciation or understanding of its vast size until you have seen it from the highest point and then while cruising down the Bosphorus. Fun ... read more
Topkapi Palace
Macky Sall

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul April 22nd 2015

After eating up the leftovers in our fridge and packing our bags once again, we headed down to The Riva to have a nightcap in order to use up most of our Croatian Kunas. After enjoying the nightlife on the promenade, we made our way back and prepared for our early morning departure. A shuttle was to pick us up at a corner near our place at 4:30AM to take us to the Split Airport. While reading before settling in, I thought I would just check a couple of things regarding the shuttle and hotel when we reached Istanbul. While scanning through my emails from the hotel, I came across a tidbit I had missed before leaving home. They wanted to be paid in Euros of which I only had enough to cover our shuttle in ... read more
Obelisk of Theodosius
Serpent Column
Aya Sofya at Night

Europe » Croatia April 21st 2015

Our time in Split has been great and somewhat more relaxed than past cities. Once we found our apartment and settled in we were thrilled with it as well as the location. Although we are in the Old Town, in an old building, the apartment has been totally renovated and is completely new and modern. We have enjoyed sitting out on our terrace in the sunshine after touring around each day. On Sunday, we began our day walking down The Riva, which is the official name for seaside pedestrian walkway. It is lined with restaurants on one side while on the other there were numerous booths set up selling meats, cheeses, oils, soaps, linens, jewellry, etc. We then arrived at the remains of Roman Emperor, Diocletian's palace. In its day this was a huge complex with ... read more
Cathedral and Bell Tower
Bell Tower Steps
I am NOT going any further

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split April 19th 2015

Friday we had an absolutely magnificent buffet breakfast at our hotel in Biograd Na Moru. It was plentiful and nice to have some things we have not had since leaving home in March! Later in the morning we set off to walk around this quaint beach town. Since it is still before high season it was quite devoid of tourists. On our way we stopped to watch some men using shale-like rock to create a beautiful wall. They chiseled, cut, and filed the rocks to the perfect shape and then added it to the growing design. We continued through the small town, stopping to read about the damage done to Biograd during the war in 1995 by Serbian community members. It showed various points on a bronze plaque where devastation had occurred 20 years ago. There ... read more
My New Friend
Beam Me Up!
Terrace View

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Biograd na Moru April 16th 2015

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of the word 'relaxation' is " to spend time resting or doing something enjoyable, especially after doing work." In our fast-paced society of today we are constantly on the go, often making sure our days our full. There are a variety of synonyms and terms that people use to describe "relaxation" such as "just chillin', down time, taking time to smell the roses, chillaxin", kicking back, cooling your jets, just hangin', takin' it easy, vegetating, and knocking back", to name a few. Curtis and I have never been really good at this to say the least ( I blame his ADHA:). We always seem to pack a million things into a day at home and on this trip it has not been much different. We have tried to cram ... read more
The Love Path

Europe » Croatia » Istria » Crikvenica April 14th 2015

Travelling down to the tip of the Istrian region to the port town of Pula was on the top of our list yesterday. We drove first to the small village of Bale, a quiet picturesque place with the Soardo-Bembo Castle built between two towers. These, along wth the town gates and fortifications all date back to the Middle Ages. We were virtually alone in this timy hamlet with a handful of cafes and locals going about their daily routines. We drove further down until we reached Pula, Istria's biggest city. It is a busy port but also has some of Croatia's top Roman ruins. This city has long been the centre of trade, industry, and military strength and in 177 B.C. it became an integral outpost of the Roman Empire. Pula was destroyed following Julius Caesar's ... read more
Roman Amphitheatre
I Am 'Spartacus'...........not!

Europe » Croatia » Istria » Motovun April 12th 2015

Curtis and I are quite compatible as travellers. His laid back, "go with the flow" attitude counterbalances my incessant worrying and detail-oriented character. As husband and wife, we are a team in all aspects of our relationship, complementing each other very well. However, after spending 24 hours a day together for the last 39 days we have somehow evolved into Abbott and Costello! The old "Who's On First?" routine pretty much sums up how several of our conversations go in a day! There are some moments where we just look at each other during a discussion, shake our heads because the conversation between us has made absolutely no sense at all and we have been talking in circles. At the end of it we just have to laugh and try again! Later in the morning we ... read more
Hill Town of Groznjan
Street in Groznjan
The Smithy

Europe » Croatia » Istria » Rovinj April 12th 2015

What a gift to get up Saturday morning and go out on our balcony and take in the beautiful view of the Adriatic, where the water is as still as glass and the white steeple of St. Euphemia is set against a brilliant blue sky. We are so very lucky. We walked along the water's edge all the way to Hotel Eden, where we were to meet the car rental people. He was there right on time and we picked up our little Chevrolet Spark. Curtis was a little miffed that the lady who had rented a car also got the red Fiat!!! He asked her how she got it and she replied, "I don't know. I just rented a car online and this is what they gave me." Green with envy he said he has ... read more
Sveti Lovrec Gateway

Europe » Croatia » Istria » Rovinj April 10th 2015

We trudged down to the bus station at 6:30 this morning in order to catch our bus from Ljubljana to Rovinj. As we walked along the streets we were amazed at the number of people already up and about. Upon arriving at the bus station we set down our bags at the assigned post and waited with anticipation. Dozens of highschool-aged kids were getting of the train and walking into town. Evidently school starts at 7:30 am! At 7:10 our big, blue Crnja bus pulled in. We showed our ticket and asked if we had to change buses in Trieste (as indicated on our sheet). The driver said no, that this bus went straight to Rovinj. Thank goodness as we were both a little worried about the transfer, recalling the bus drop off point in Trieste ... read more
Drinks on the Terrace
View from the Bell Tower
Croatian Island

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled April 8th 2015

We were up with the birds this morning as there was a lot of renovating going on in our building and they begin work at the crack of stupid! After breakfast we made our way to the bus station and bought our ticket to go to Lake Bled, Slovenia's leading mountain resort which is a 75 minute ride by coach bus. At 10 am we boarded the bus and drove through the gorgeous Slovenia countryside. We passed several small towns nestled in the mountains that looked like they had come right out of a fairy tale. After several stops to pick up passengers, we finally arrived at Lake Bled. As we followed the road down to the lake and rounded the bend, we had our first glimpse of this magnificent lake. It reminded us of Lake ... read more
Bled Island
Bled Castle
Hold on Tight

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