Asia, Europe · 22 Days · 29 Moments · September 2017

Dianne's journi to Italy & Dalmatian Coast

8 October 2017

October 9 Singapore for 16 hours before connecting flight to Adelaide
October 8 Up early to meet Zoran in the foyer for my transfer to Zagreb airport. Sad to say goodbye to Brenda and leave Croatia behind. Departed at 8.45am for Frankfurt and connected with my flight to Singapore, departing at 12.30 pm. All day on the plane before arriving in Singapore at 6.30 am October 9. A VERY long day! The food and service reminds me why I always fly Singapore airlines!! Shrimp salad, pork belly, stir fried fog and rice, Hagen Daaz chocolate ice cream and plenty of red wine! No photos today!! It's a bit like being in no mans land...light are off, blinds are shut, time is 5 pm on my watch but wherever we are, it's dark outside!

7 October 2017

October 7 Zagreb We started the day with our local guide and a walking tour of Zagreb. We were shown all of the government buildings, cathedral, markets and then had free time to grab a quick lunch and then explore. It was very different in comparison to previous towns. We returned to the hotel to organise ourselves for the optional tour of Kumrovec which also included dinner. Only a small group participated. Arriving at Kumrovec we met Gabriella our local guide and had a walking tour of the village, which was the birthplace of Tito. A very interesting tour. 10 families have remained living in the village which is now a museum. Following the tour, we went to Gresna Gorica for our final dinner of the tour. The restaurant was in a beautiful setting with views of the fortress. A great way to say goodbye. When we got back to the hotel we met in the bar for farewell drinks. Brenda and I ended our holiday and duty free with a couple of drinks as we packed for the trip home. Fantastic!

6 October 2017

October 6 Bled to Ljubljana to Zagreb Left Bled and our amazing view behind at 8.15 this morning as we headed toward Zagreb. Our first stop was Ljubljana. We met our local guide in the towns main square which for the past 8 years allows no vehicles ( other than delivery vans) The town is amazing, wide open streets, fruit/veg markets, flower stalls and unique architecture . Following our walk we had 2.5 hours to explore and have lunch. Our guide recommended that we try the mushroom soup in a " bread bowl" It was delicious. We are now Zagreb bound crossing the border into Croatia again, where we will spend our last two nights before our flights home.

5 October 2017

October 5 Bled to Bled Castle, Bled Island and Bohinj Lake Yes again....another amazing day. Slovenia is so green and beautiful and the Alp villages are a lot like Austria and Switzerland. A fantastic tour today with a lot of opportunity for free time in Bled. Made the most of the time with an early morning walk by the lake. Did the optional tour by polenta to Bled Island and then on to Bohinj Lake..great to see more of Slovenia! When we returned to Bled, took some time to explore the shops and sit in the Bled Pub with a piccolo of sparkling something! A lovely dinner at a local restaurant that Vrenda had eaten at. It was a fun and an opportunity to spend time with some of our tour group, Rebecca, Emily, Lachlan, Liana, James, Andrew and Celia. A great way to end a perfect day.

4 October 2017

October 4 Plitvice Lakes to Opatija, Postojna and Bled Left Plitvice Lakes early, heading to Opatija, where we had time to explore. A beautiful town. Had lunch before heading to Postojna home to one of the largest caves in Europe. We toured the cave by electric train for 2 km and then walked a further 1.5km with a local guide before taking the 2 km ride back to the entrance on the train. The caves were amazing! Heading to Bled where we will spend the next two nights.

3 October 2017

October 3 Trogir to Plitvice Lakes National Park Left the coast and Trogir and headed into the mountains toward Plitvice Lakes stopping for lunch to have a local goulash with potato mash and a cherry strudel for dessert. Arrived to meet our local guide for a 2 hour walking tour of the upper lakes. Absolutely beautiful! A very peaceful setting with our balcony overlooking the forest. Croatia is so beautiful and every area so different.
0ctober 3 Split to Trogir Left Split this morning and headed toward Trogir. What a beautiful town...winding lanes, shops, marina and Promenade and to make it better.....a long awaited for vanilla slice! Loved exploring this town! Just gorgeous

2 October 2017

October 2 Makarska to Split After lunch we headed to Split to meet our local guide for a walking tour including the Palace of Diocletian, before exploring the Old Town ourselves. We had the chance to check out the shops in the lanes as well as wander along the Promenade! The bus then took us to the Atrium Hotel, out of town. A great day! Split is gorgeous!!
October 2 Dubrovnik to Makarska Some stunning scenery as we drove along the coast. Stopped for a view of Bacina Lakes...beautiful. Spent some time exploring Makarska and had lunch.
October 1 Farewell Dubrovnik Had a fantastic 6 days in Dubrovnik. Went to dinner at Orsan on the marina, with Rebecca and Emily from Huntington Beach California. A beautiful setting. The food was delicious. After we took a taxi to the Cave Bar. Absolutely amazing!! Home to pack ready for the next adventure!

1 October 2017

October 1 Dubrovnik Our first official day on the Dalmatian Sunshine tour. zoran our tour guide and Drajan our driver and 31 tourists from the States and Australia!! Our tour started with a stop at the lookout for a panoramic view of The Old Town. We then headed to Dubrovnik Old Town to meet our local guide for a walking tour. We saw inside the Franciscan Monastery and Rectors Palace before having free time. Before leaving, we had a Bosnian style lunch at the Taj Mahal. Relaxing this afternoon with a farewell to Dubrovnik champagne.

30 September 2017

September 30 Well a disappointing and early start to the day watching the Grand Final. Headed to the Old Town by local bus with our first stop at the cable car for a view over the Old was worth waiting in the queue! We spent time exploring the Old Town before heading back to the hotel to meet our guide and tour group for the next 9 days.

29 September 2017

September 29 Day Tour: Dubrovnik to Bosnia & Herzegovina Left Dubrovnik and drove along the Adriatic Coast early this morning to head across the border not once, but three times each way on our day tour, passing through Slano and Neum. We had an opportunity to stop at the Waterfall Kravica and then on to Pocitelj , which was a beautiful town to explore! We arrived at Mostar where we were met by a local guide and then had a couple of hours to explore the Old Town and the Mostar Bridge. Sampled a local favourite cevapcici with soft bread for lunch before returning to Dubrovnik. Another amazing day and the last of our 8 day tours!

28 September 2017

September 28 Dubrovnik to The Elaphiti Islands Left Dubrovnik Port on our boat Mara bound for three Islands on our day cruise. We stopped at Lopud,Sipan and Kolocep where we had free time to explore. A great day. Delicious fish for lunch, wine available all day and some great people! Just as we were ready to head back to the port it rained...good timing!

27 September 2017

September 27 Day Trip Dubrovnik to Montenegro: Kotor Had an opportunity to explore the Old Town before heading back across the border to Croatia. Very impressive! A great day.
September 27 Day Trip Dubrovnik to Montenegro: Budva Left Dubrovnik, crossed the border into aMontenegro and headed to Budva, a popular holiday destination. Sampled the local seafood and explored the Old Town. It was fantastic!

26 September 2017

September 26 Left beautiful Venice this morning via Roma for Dubrovnik. Arrived late afternoon. The hotel is amazing..great room...nice view! Lovely sunset views from the terrace with a birre...salute! Have had a relaxing night..ready to see Montenegro tomorrow!!

25 September 2017

September 25 Walking tour of Venice from a locals point of view. Wandered lanes not frequented by tourists..saw some great sights and was immersed in the culture of Venice. Tour ended with a 30 minute gondola ride. The slow wander back to our hotel included a stop for a beer at a local bar, shopping, meeting a new fluffy friend( missing Halle) a beer with a view of the canal, a Prosecco in our hotel garden and a farewell to beautiful Venezia bottle of Moet! Croatia bound tomorrow!

24 September 2017

September 24 Day at leisure in Venice Wandered along the canal, explored the shops, went to Piazza San Marco, Bridge of Sighs and captured some more memories of Venice. A relaxing day.

23 September 2017

September 23 Dolomites to Venice At the foot of the mountain we stopped at Lake Misurina for lunch. Beautiful views. Next we headed to Cortina home to the 1956 Winter Olympics before returning to Venice after another fantastic day!
September 23 Dolomites from Venice Headed to the Dolomites stopping in at Pieve De Cadore birthplace of Renaissance painter Tiziano. Next stop was Lake Santa Caterina before winding around the mountains to get a closer look at the Dolomites. A very different experience from 2015! Sunny.....beautiful
September 22 Venice Great to arrive and see clear blue skies this time. Our room at the Olimpia overlooks a small canal. An interesting start to our 4 days in Venice. Can't believe it could happen twice!! Off to the Carabinieri!! Listened to the Crows last quarter and celebrated their win with a complimentary Prosecco and a couple of vinos. Was great to return to Rio Novo Ristorante...were very spoiled! Love Venice more each time❤️

22 September 2017

September 22 Crows v Cats Prelim Final Arriverderci Roma...looking forward to Venice again!!

21 September 2017

September 21 A leisurely day in Roma After our Tuscany tour, a much more leisurely day today. Wandered some more lanes, saw the Pantheon and Pinocchio's workshop and found a lovely ristorante to have a Prosecco and Roman Pizza. One last look at the beautiful Trevi Fountain. A much needed change of pace!

20 September 2017

September 20 Tour of Tuscany Visiting Sant' Antimo Abbey, lunch at the winery and a stroll through beautiful Pienza. Brought home a bottle of Brunello Di Montalcino red to try!!! Salute! Memories from 2007!
September 20 Tour of Tuscany An amazing day today..perfect weather and a change is scenery and pace as we headed to Tuscany for the day. We explored Montepulciano, Montalcino and Pienza. We visited an abbey and had lunch in the vineyards...a delicious 3 course meal with wine tasting. A great experience!
September 19 Rome Great to return to Rome. Staying in a great spot near the Trevi Fountain. Spent some time wandering and exploring the area this morning and of course indulged in a few local delights...yummy Roman Pizza, sfogliatella and bacio gelato! Beware the pickpocket...wallet gone!! Brenda arrived late afternoon after being delayed for 2 hours and we joined our Walking Tour of Trastevere with food and wine tastings, dinner and some insight into culture. Fantastic tour!

17 September 2017

September 17 & 18 Have ticked most of the boxes while I've been in Singapore. Didn't get a chance to swim because of the afternoon rain! Had my two Singapore favourites, Claypot Chicken at Fatty's and Popiah from Ngee Ann City. Wandered some of the shops, have wound down and am feeling semi relaxed. That's a good start!!