SATURDAY OCTOBER 7 ZAGREB
Started the day with a 2 hour bus/walking tour of old Zagreb, bulit on 2 small hills. Had our own time but not enough before we raced back to the Westin Hotel freshened up and off out to drive to the countryside to the outdoor museum village of Kumrovec, the birth place of Marshall Josipa Bosrov 'TITO'. Then to a restaurant called .............. TBA........ for a traditional Croatian dinner. Beef soup, .. roast veal, duck, mashed potato, pasta, and apple strudel.
6 October 2017
OCTOBER 6 BLED-LJUBLIJANA-ZAGREB
OCTOBER 5 BLED
After breakfast we walked down to the lake, walking towards the castle and taking lots of photos. Visit to the castle was just as interesting as last time. A little later in the morning took a pletna to the island in the lake, followed by trip to Bohinj further up and into the alps. Very beautiful town, lake and villages .
Returned home to potter around Bled, sparkling wine at the Pub Bled and the dinner at OSTARIJA PEGLEZ'N not far from the HOTEL PARK ( same restaurant as one we went to in April)
5 October 2017
OCTOBER 4 : PLITVICE- OPATIJA- POSTAJIA- BLED
Left at 7.45 driving till 6.25, with stops in OPATIJA for lunch. On to POSTAJA CAVES. Absolutely spectacular!! Huge chambers... stunning formations..... colours from iron oxide... magnesium oxide. We were taken in 2kms on a train carriage then walked one till we were many kms below. OMG the head just kept swivelling!
Arrived in Bled to stay at the PARK HOTEL which is directly adjacent to the Bled Lake... the VIEWS!!!
4 October 2017
OCTOBER 3 TROGIR-PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK
We left Split at 7.30 this morning and headed towards Trogir, a Greek founded town on the other side of the bay from Split. There was little traffic so we made good time and we were able to explore Trogir without too many people around but by the time we left at 10am it was becoming quite busy.
Dianne and I had a 'vanilla slice' for morning tea - it was yummy!
Not from Trogir we were amongst several other buses and trucks which were pulled over by police to search the vehicles and check documents. It was very disappointing to be held up for about 45 mins or more as it impacted on the time we had to spend in the National Park. The walk through the park and up around a couple of the middle lakes was truly beautiful and though hard work at times with the steps and uneveness was worth the effort.
We are staying in the Jezero Hotel right at the top of the path into the National Park.
3 October 2017
OCTOBER 2 SPLIT: Stopped at Makarska for lunch, another pretty coastal town, then headed for Split. This town of about 200,000 is spread across the hills. Evidence of recent bushfires is still apparent across the mountains, and it seems that many houses were lucky to have escaped unscathed. The walking tour was very good. We wandered the smaller streets and found a different type of shop with lovely ornaments and hand creams.
2 October 2017
1 October 2017
OCTOBER 1 OLD TOWN DUBROVNIK: THE HIGHEST POINTS AND BELOW.
LEFT HOTEL AT 8AM TO DRIVE TO HIGH POINT OF CLIFFS TO T
LOOK DOWN ON THE OLD TOWN AND ITS SURROUNDINGS.
Had a fabulous walking tour, visiting the Rectors Palace and the Pharmacy museum within the amazing Franciscan Monastery.
Left Dianne to climb the steep steps to walk the CITY WALLS.- just half of it. Resting this afternoon before having dinner at Cococabana Beachm just below our hotel.
Old Town Dubrovnik
Headed into the Old Town after the disappointment of the Crows loss in the Grand Final.
Took the short cablecar ride to enjoy amazing views. Then back to the bottom to explore the Old Town.... the longest deepest stairs.... small lanesways.... amazing buildings.... icecream... a couple of Guiness at the Irish Pub Kakara .
Met tour group tbis evening... Zoran is our guide, Most of group either from Australia or US.
30 September 2017
FRIDAY September 29 BOSNIA-Herzegovina Day tour: Mostar
Having packed our passports we headed along the Adriatic coast coast to the west to enter the coastal section of B-H. Passed tbrough Nuem and headed for Kravica Waterfall and managed to climb down and back up!!! Off to POCITELJ a gorgeous old but possibly struggling town.
Drove to Mostar, met local guide who gave us some insight into the war of the 90s and thw reasons for it. Had chevapiti for lunch. Mostar has UNESCO listed sites.... the STARI MOST BRIDGE, the MOSWUE of Mostar.
29 September 2017
Elephiti Islands day tour. Motored to LOPUD, SIPAN and last of all KOLOCEK. Very relaxing day on the water and strolling around these picturesque islands. FISH lunch on boat.
Kotor was my favourite. Another beautiful city with gorgeous lanes.
Wednesday September 27
Arrived in Dubrovnik on Tuesday Septrmber 26 and Milan, our driver gave us a commentary as he delivered us to the Valamar Lacroma on the peninsula. The OLD CITY looks fabulous from the cliff top so we cant wait for a birds eye view, perhaps from the Cable Car.
Today we went to MONTENEGRO by minivan stopping at the boder for passport check. Very strange that MONTENEGRO is not a part of the EU yet uses €, whilst Croatia is but uses Kuna - which is about 5 for $AU. Visied walled cities of Budva and Kotor.