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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik March 24th 2022

As of today, here are the State Department warnings regarding travel to my destinations in May. Serbia: Reconsider your need to travel. It has not been updated since Oct, 2021. Belgrade is only 320 miles from the Ukraine border! Croatia: Exercise a high degree of caution. (Mar 2022) Greece: Same as Croatia France: Same as Greece Germany: Same as France So, what am I going to do? The cycling portion of my trip in May in Croatia, from May 14-21. Is the Adriatic Sea safe for tourists? Yet, Poland is rated the same as Croatia, France, and Germany, though they have received upwards of 3 million refugees from war torn Ukraine. At least Ukraine is listed as "Do not travel" as of March 20, 2022. Here are the warnings for the Ukraine: Military action is underway. ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik December 16th 2021

Day 1:part 1 2016 11 August I remember their trip like it was yesterday. I woke up around 6:15 am half asleep looking like I have bin in a fight the day before because of my big eye bag showing due to the lack of sleep. Although I was tired I knew we had to leave otherwise we would not get on our plane in time. With this in mind I sprung out of my bed and got ready with excitement gleaming across my face and body. Keep in mind I am not an adult so I didn’t have stressful things like passports and boarding passes to think about.Everyone else then not so gracefully got out of bed and ready for the day which turned out to be one of the best days of my life(for ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik December 10th 2021

Day 1:Part 2 2016:11 August I finished of writing about me and my family turning around the corner in the taxi to the the magnificent view of the town Dubrovnik. We paid the taxi driver and set off through the town to meet the Airbnb we were staying in, and the owner of it.We were walking through the historically beautiful town and I notice 2(two) things, one is that there were probably more stray cats there than humans and two is that there were bullet holes in the architecture which felt strange to think. If you didn’t know there was a war there in the 90s and you can even see stuff like bullet holes there now. When we met the owner we noticed her English was so good even though she was Croatian.This is probably ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik August 9th 2021

Bonjour à tous, Entre les kilomètres, et la chaleur, le soir je suis lessivé. Je n'arrive pas à lire plus de 10 pages, hier vers 10 heure, j'éteignais, et dans les bras de Morphée. Je crois avoir trouvé l'explication concernant ma "cagade" de réservation. J'avais rentré dans les demandes, un hôtel à Dubrovnik donc en Croatie, et lorsque, j'ai élargi la demande, elle est resté en Croatie, oubliant, qu'ici le pays était morcelé. Aujourd'hui a été beaucoup mieux que les deux jours précédents. Après un pdj super copieux, à 8h30, je programmais Ston, à 75 km. Ston en Croatie, est connue, pour ses remparts, construits en 1358, il mesure à l'époque 7km de long. A ce jour ils sont la plus longue d'Europe, voir les second du monde, derrière la grande muraille de Chine. Ston est ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik July 7th 2021

Unless you are a dedicated cyclist like me, you probably have never considered a cycling trip, or better yet, a cycling cruise. Perhaps you might want to reconsider this option, particularly since electric bicycles are now an option. But stop and think about all of the fun "off bike" that you might have. First, and foremost is the social aspect of joining a group that is both fun and interesting. There is plenty of time to socialize, at happy hours, meal times, cycling breaks, and on board activities. And time to meet locals as well. Second, the food is a big attraction, both on board, and on shore. Meal times tend to be the highlight of the day. The stories tend to get exaggerated, and with the help of some adult beverages, louder and more interesting. ... read more
Sail Croatia is the best!!!

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik March 17th 2021 Dubrovnik walk along the Wall Southside Dubrovnik's walls measure 2km around but the thickness varies according to where the builders perceived threats. On the landward side, the walls are four to six metres thick but on the seaward side only 1 1/2 to three metres. The height also varies according to the configuration of the terrain; in some places it reaches 25m This was the second part of the walk that I had taken virtually a couple of weeks back. The first 300 metres protect the seaward side, a slight rise takes you to the highest point of the south walls where the very oldest settlement once was and we saw the highest house of the town where an elderly couple still live. Then the walk descends to Fort Bokar which was begun in the ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik March 3rd 2021 2nd March - Dubrovnik Old Town Wall Walk Despite more than its fair share of attacks over the years, the walls protected Dubrovnik for centuries without ever being breached, but one thing that has left its mark on them is a more recent conflict – the Balkan Wars. The city was subject to major bombing during the 1990s, though it’s hard to spot it now. The walls are the main reason why Dubrovnik is well known as the Pearl of the Adriatic. The whole of the old city is encircled by 1.2 miles of thick stone,25 metres high and six metres wide in places and has been protecting the city for centuries – whether that’s from invaders or earthquakes. The first city walls were built in the 11th century but the shape today dates back ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik February 26th 2021

Staying safe, social distancing, wearing a mask, and acutely aware of my surroundings has led to unquestioned boredom for the last 11 months. We have tried to be as diligent as possible, avoiding group functions, dining in restaurants, shopping for food only when necessary.Just having received my second Covid vaccine does not mean everything is automatically better. But I think we are headed slowly in the right direction. Could that direction be Scottsdale in March, Washington, DC in April, and Europe in May? Maybe.In the meantime, I have broken up my "Ground Hog Day" routine by working two weeks on the local University campus. But there are very few patients here, even fewer people on campus as well. But my daily lunch time walks are quite enjoyable. There is somethin ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik September 1st 2020

All the way in the South of the Croatian Adriatic coastline lies a city often described as the "Pearl of the Adriatic" and certainly internationally the most know city of Croatia, Dubrovnik. It surpasses the international popularity of the capital Zagreb, certainly within the tourist community. In the recent decade Dubrovnik became the victim of its own success. A massive over tourism developed crowding the city with masses, arriving by cruise ships or charter flights. Especially in the old city it became impossible to walk the narrow streets, and finding space in cafes or restaurant became a logistical challenge, spoiling the enjoyment of visiting and the prices. And then came Nui and Nenad and everything was different ! Dubrovnik was deserted. Hotel prices halved, restaurants offered 20 to 30% discount on food and beverage and flexibility ... read more
City Walls western aspect
The empty Stradun
Impressions of Dubrovnik

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik September 22nd 2019

Lovely lazy morning with a late breakfast and then down to the quiet of the beach to meditate ( been a bit slack while I’ve been away). A gentle lapping against the stoney beach and gulls singing in the background made it the perfect location. About 45 minutes later I headed back to my room to prepare for a walk around the bay and heads to the next bay that leads to open waters along an old rock wall. Today is all about relaxation and soaking the Dubrovnik sun and sea. Walking back over the beach stones, small stones made their way into my sandals and took 3 attempts to get rid of them. Wandering off I pass the first so called sandy beach at my favourite sunset spot........ I am soon reminded from previous visits ... read more
Cape Walk
Cape Walk

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