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Europe » Croatia » Central Croatia » Zagreb July 31st 2013

Here is the last of it. On our last day, we went to Domagoj's Pride Shop, went to Croatia's biggest mall, ate supper at Bobans and hung out with the family for a bit near Jelacic Square. The one out of the ordinary incident was the fact that Abbey and Ayden met Dražen Ladić. He was likely Croatia's best goalkeeper. There is no bigger sport in Croatia, so it was nice to meet someone of such importance. All in all, it was a very good trip! Thanks for following the blog!!!... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Zadar July 30th 2013

Sunday July 30 – Last night did not, in fact, involve the newest episode of True Blood, but there will be time for tv later. We got up early, as always, because as Tina is learning, traveling with me is fun, and we got to the bus station 15 minutes early for our 9:30am bus to Zadar. The bus ride was pretty quick, for Croatia distances, and we arrived at 11:15am. We got our onward ticket to Split for tomorrow and then waited for the local bus to the downtown for what seemed like an eternity. We technically could have walked it in about 20 minutes or so, but it was over 90 degrees F and we had our bags, and with my looming sciatica problem this did not seem appealing at all. We were only ... read more
Drive from Plitvice
Drive from Plitvice
Drive from Plitvice

Europe » Croatia » Central Croatia » Zagreb July 30th 2013

We made it to Zagreb today! Not before having to make the traditional stop at the Karlovac McDonald's though. Got to the hotel Dubrovnik at about 3. while dad rested, the rest of the crew went out to shop a bit. After that, we meet Domagoj, Lea, Ivana and Franjo for supper at the restaurant at our hotel. The food was Excellent. After eating we had to head out to Makšimir for the Dinamo Zagreb game. They were playing a team called Sheriff from Moldova in a Champions League qualifier. It was quite an experience. We had to pay 5 x the regular ticket price, found out only half of the stadium was available for seating due to penalties handed down on the club for racist violations, saw 10 times as many SWAT people than I ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Istria » Rovinj July 29th 2013

This was our night day in Rovinj. The day started with a nice breakfast at our villa. Had a nice visit with Lado Milli. He is a stone worker here isn't town and a very energetic guy. Dad and I were the last two down for breakfast. Lado asked us what our plan for the day was and my dad told him we were going to the beach. He and his wife them were giving my dad directions in Croatian and by the time we knew it, Lado was going to get us through a gate to a beach even though I had our destination picked out before hand. As we pulled up to the drop off spot, someone from the back of the van said "look at that guy, he is nude!" Yep! We were ... read more
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Sunday July 28 – Another early day. Up before 6am, out before 7am. We had a bus to catch at 7:30 and weren’t sure when the tram would come. We also didn’t know where to buy a tram ticket so early, so we went on without one and hoped for the best. It worked out. We only had three stops. Two other Americans living abroad were there and told us which stop we needed. In the end, they were on the same bus, in the seats next to us! But there was a guy in their seat and he told them that people just sit wherever, so they sat behind us instead. The bus arrived at 9:45am and we never saw them again. We walked to our guesthouse and saw there was no a/c but we ... read more
Plitvice lakes map
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Europe » Croatia » Istria » Rovinj July 28th 2013

We had a great breakfast early this morning as we prepared to leave Brinje. It was great to see Mira again and it is always sad when we leave her. She works incredibly hard to make us feel at home at her house. There is something special about her that connects to me as I think back to the trip I was a part of in 1987. Hopefully next time is not too long from now. We also had a great time with Domagoj, Lea and Luka. The kids are really growing and we can't wait to spend more time with them in Zagreb in a few days. Our first stop today was in Pula. I had always wanted to see the colosseum there and finally got my chance. It is in amazing shape considering it ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Central Croatia July 27th 2013

Today we spent our day in Selce. We went to the beach there since we could not find parking in Crikvenica. It was a good beach with a lot of people there. On our way home, Domagoj took us up over the top of the mountains through Krivi Put. It was the place of the most amazing views I have ever seen as I looked out over the Adriatic. Domagoj said it would have been even better if we were up there near sunset but we were a little early for that. When we returned it Brinje, we had a huge meal that consisted of mushroom soup, tomato-onion-cucumber salad, spaghetti bolognese and čevapčići. That was then followed by some ice cream. It was an unbelievable meal prepared by Mira. Off to the soccer field for a ... read more
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Europe » Croatia July 27th 2013

Hello again Everyone We are just leaving Dubrovnik,fantastic morning this port is the most stunning of our trip Breathtaking views ,we walked around the city wall early,as its very hot here These people have suffered here mostly Catholics live here, Muslims live mostly in Bosnia Very friendly people,lots to see Went to the markets it was fun watching everyone milling around Saw Corfu very beautiful beaches hope you like photos We leave now to go back to Venice Love Sylvia and KEVIN... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split July 26th 2013

We had a nice last night in Split. Dad was beat out though so we headed back to our apartment early. Tithe following morning, we left Podstrana and ate lunch in Šibenik. I always expect there to be more of a tribute or memorial to Dražen there. After lunch some of the group walked up into the old town for a while and dad and I waited for them in a nice, shaded, breezy walkway Inside the town's walls. From there, it was back to the auto cesta for the Ernest of the trip to Brinje. We got to Brinje and visited with Mira and Tomo for a while. After supper, we headed to Letinac to see Nevenka Perković. She seemed to be doing well. A couple of shots of rakija later, we were listening to ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Central Croatia » Zagreb July 26th 2013

Friday July 26 – Today was got up at 5:30am. We wanted to take the bus back to Ljubljana at 6:25am so that we could get the 8:15am train to Zagreb. The next train wasn’t until 2:45pm, and we would have wasted the day. The bus came on time and got us to the train station around 7:45am. The train was also on time, which was great since it is a train coming from Zurich. This was actually the train I had considered taking from Zagreb to Zurich to get home. I’m glad I just bought a flight instead. There were a lot of people waiting for the train, and we didn’t have a seat reservation, so I was worried. Many of the seats on the train had reservation tags, but many turned out to be ... read more
Cathedral
Cathedral
Us at the cathedral




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