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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik September 17th 2014

These pics are from Wednesday....The other ones were from yesterday....... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik September 15th 2014

So we left 10am Sat morning, flew 8 hrs to Singapore. We asked for window and aisle and got the middle seating....plane seating was 2,3,2....Trip was actually ok, we watched movies didnt sleep and arrived in Singapore at 4.10 their time....The airport is enormous....3 Terminals all joined together and we decided to kill time an walk from Terminal 1 where we landed to Teminal 2 which was about 20 mins....The shopping in the airport is amazing, very designer and heaps of variety eating places too....We had dumplings at one place before moving to the internet place where we got 20 mins free time...We then found a great chinese place that had free wifi so that killed time....After that we wandered around again Lachy had a very hot curry before we headed to our gate to leave ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia September 12th 2014

After Intrepid had officially finished, Bill, Alan and I moved to our new apartment in Dubrovnik old city. We ran into Svet, Phil, Kristy and Annie having coffee so we were able to say goodbye. Our apartment man met us, and it was an exhausting climb up over 200 medieval stairs to the apartment (but it was worth it!) While we waited for the room to be finalised, wd had lunch and Alan made the waitress laugh and blush (as he inevitably does!). Later that evening we met Svet, Brit, Maree and Emer for dinner and drinks. The next day, Bill and I went for a short trip to the incredibly close island of Lokrum. On the island, there is some lovely nature walks and peacocks walking freely around the island. All along the shoreline, there ... read more
Saying cheerio to Alan in Dubrovnik
Hvar
Ruins of the Diocletian's palace

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik September 1st 2014

13th Sept we fly out at 10am arrive Singapore at 6.10pm our time 4.10pm their time. Leave Singapore at 1.05am our time (11.05) arrive in Frankfurt 1.40pm our time (5.40am their time) Fly from Frankfurt 11.45pm our time (3.45) arrive in Dubrovnik 1.35am (5.35pm) I am guessing we will sleep well that night ready for Lachy to start training the next morning. We stay in Dubrovnik until 25th Sept then travel to Split until 27th Sept. 27th Sept until 7th Oct we are in Zagreb 7-9 Oct Venice 9 Oct fly from Venice 2.40pm their time 10.40pm our time to Frankfurt 4.05pm their time (12.05am our time) Leave Frankfurt 5.30pm their time (1.30am our time) arrive Bangkok 9.40am their time (12.40pm our time) Leave Bangkok 11.59pm their time (3am our time) arrive Brisbane 11.50am.... read more

Europe » Croatia » Slavonia August 27th 2014

We met our Intrepid group of travellers. There were 9 other people aside from us, and our leader who was Croatian. The group was a good mix of nationalities - Australians, Brits, Americans and a New Zealander. One of the British travellers was our good friend Alan from Oxford - 87 years young and fighting fit. We met Alan on our 2008 Intrepid Middle Eastern Adventure - 4 weeks through Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Turkey. We met Alan again in 2009 in Budapest and again in 2011 at his home of Oxford, and he also came to visit us in Brisbane later that year. After a welcome dinner with our group and then drinks at a funky open air multi-storeybar, we went back to the hotel to rest for a big day ahead of exploring Budapest. ... read more
Osijek old town
Nice Croatian beer
Me and Bill at his birthday dinner

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Hvar August 26th 2014

We are done with trains! Having booked our awkward, cost-cutting - but still over budget, 9 hour journey home, flying from Dubrovnik to Southend, via Dublin, I can say that we will not be catching another train on this trip. Our ferry from Hvar will arrive in Split in a little over an hour and then we will try to find a bus which will take us down to Dubrovnik. I think ferry has definitely been our favourite method of travel so far; reading a book out in the open air, with the warm sun shining in a near-cloudless sky, it is certainly more relaxing than the train, although substantially slower. Our stay on the island of Hvar was a definite contrast to the rest of our trip, after all of the sightseeing, activities and culture ... read more
One of many attempted action shots...
Chelsea by the Water
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik August 26th 2014

Even though I knew I would be completely fine alone in Spain for two days, I had been slightly nervous about it leading up to Gina leaving. It ended up being a very relaxing and self assuring experience. I was fine eating at restaurants alone and felt comfortable navigating the city by myself. Right after Gina left, I ended up going back to sleep til about 12 pm afternoon then I did some laundry, packed etc... nothing too impressive. Around 4 pm I got myself together and met a friend for dinner before the FC Barcelona game. We went to a highly rated restaurant that was literally about 100 yds down the street from where my apartment was... I'm still slightly confused by how Gina and I never realized that it was there. It ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik August 25th 2014

It was really time for me to go to Dubrovnik. I board a bus for a trip from Split to Dubrovnik. I am really excited, for this was going to be one of the highlights of this years European vacation for me. I did not even know about Dubrovnik until the television series Game of Thrones which is partially filmed there. I noticed from the show some of the beauty, and I thought that given the opportunity I must visit there. This was my opportunity. The bus ride was about four and one half to five hours long, and I paid for the scenic route which takes one along the coast. Simply beautiful. We had a couple of stops along the way for breaks, and after one stop, I starting chatting with the man sitting beside ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split August 24th 2014

I take a very early train to Split from Zagreb. After about a six hour train ride, I arrive in Split. Split lies on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea, and what I first notice is how beautiful the landscape is, and the Adriatic Sea was breathtaking. By the time I arrive, it is around lunch, and the streets were full of tourists both in vehicles and on foot. Split is one of the oldest cities in the area, and it is traditionally considered just over 1,700 years old. It looks modern at first walking from the train station to my hostel, however once I cross the street walking towards Diocletian's Palace on the main strip, it looked like both an older city on the right hand side of the strip, and something you would ... read more
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