I have to keep reminding myself that I'm still in Croatia and not Italy.
Spent my last days exploring the Plitvice Lakes National Park which has stunning turquoise lakes and waterfalls. The guide book says this is the region where the war for independence began, and there are still landmines in the area. No hiking anywhere in Croatia unless on marked paths or without a local. Someone told me they send out some sheep just in case - mmm, mutton stew?
Also made the most of the Adriatic Coast by chilling out in Pula on the Istrian Peninsula. Pula's very close to Italy and Germany, and everyone speaks both languages here more so than English. Interesting Roman architecture and relics. The Amphitheatre is the best preserved one around; built in the 1st century AD and used to hold gladiatorial combats.
Croatia's been great but it's now time to move over the border to Slovenia. Ciao!