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The Best of Croatia in 7 Perfect Days

Posted by on Jan 16, 2020 | 0 comments

The Best of Croatia in 7 Perfect Days

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Let’s face it, Croatia is just one of those incredible destinations that leaves travelers wanting more after their first visit. If you’ve visited, you know.

I have visited Croatia twice before, but both trips were primarily limited to Dubrovnik. I knew there was so much more to see. To be totally honest, it was probably the spectacular Adriatic vistas showcased in Bravo’s “Below Deck” a few seasons ago that had me dreaming of a trip back to Croatia’s sunny shores.

My husband, Dave, also had Croatia high on his must-see list. And thanks to our current home base near Munich, Germany, all of Europe is practically on our doorstep these days. So there seemed no better time to dive into a more in-depth exploration of the best that Croatia has to offer.

Our plan was to start our 7-day trip in the northern part of the country and work our way south to Dubrovnik, hitting as many Croatian highlights as we could squeeze in along the way.  

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A Summer of Surprises in the Balkans

Posted by on Jul 29, 2011 | Comments Off on A Summer of Surprises in the Balkans

A Summer of Surprises in the Balkans

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This month has been quite an eye-opening experience for me. I learned that I’m not cut out for high altitude marathons, that maybe I do enjoy cruising and most importantly that the six countries that once made up the former Yugoslavia have more to offer tourists than I ever imagined.

Over the course of 5 weeks, I visited 19 different countries – 12 of them new to me – bringing my final country count up to 103 by the time I set foot back on U.S. soil yesterday. It was an amazing month(+), here are some of the highlights…

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(Not Exactly) A Ferry Tale: The Jadrolinija Ferry from Dubrovnik to Rijeka

Posted by on Jul 16, 2011 | 29 comments

(Not Exactly) A Ferry Tale: The Jadrolinija Ferry from Dubrovnik to Rijeka

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We had high hopes for our 23 hour ferry ride from Dubrovnik to Rijeka, Croatia. After all, we’d recently had a wonderful 7 days at sea aboard the MSC Splendida so cruising the famed Dalmatian Coast on Croatia’s Jadrolinija Line sounded like the perfect way to get from Dubrovnik to our next stop in Ljubljana, Slovenia (Rijeka is about 2hrs away by bus).

We’d taken all reasonable precautions to ensure a delightful experience. We splurged on an outside cabin with ensuite bath versus riding out the hours in the ship’s lounge or on deck (like many others). I’d been on an overnight ferry before (from Tallinn to Stockholm) and it was a fantastic experience. Just like a mini-cruise ship with all the amenities. My cabin was adorable.

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In Dubrovnik Summer Sizzles but Winter is Wiser

Posted by on Jul 15, 2011 | 0 comments

In Dubrovnik Summer Sizzles but Winter is Wiser

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With marble streets surrounded by blistering white city walls edging the emerald-colored Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is a real stunner. We arrived at noon from Montenegro after one of the most scenic bus rides I’ve ever taken along the Bay of Kotor. As you follow the cliffside road by the sea, you get your first views of the city walls of Dubrovnik from above. It’s almost enough to make you gasp.

We made our way from the main bus station to the old city and entered the city walls through the Pile Gate. Just a few steps from the Stradun (Dubrovnik’s main boulevard) we located our apartment for the next two nights, Apartment Bete. We’d booked through AirBnb for the first time and I was curious to see what the apartment would be like. It turned out to be just as advertised and the owner was lovely. After settling in, it was time to head out into the heat of the day and see the sights.

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Dubrovnik: Pearl of the Adriatic

Posted by on Jan 9, 2007 | 0 comments

Dubrovnik: Pearl of the Adriatic

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I couldn’t get all the way from Peru to Dubrovnik on Skyteam, just as far as Zagreb (the capital), so I had to book an additional flight on Croatia Airlines – it was dirt cheap, even for business class, so of course that’s what I booked.

Unfortunately, since it’s not high season, the flight times were few and far between so I was faced with a little time to kill in the Zagreb airport. This turned out to be harder than it sounds.

The airport was tiny – the kind of tiny where you can just pull right up to the front door and leave your car for as long as you feel like it and no one cares. There was no business class lounge (ouch) and only one food place boasting minimal options. The worst part was that everyone in the darn place was smoking. It was like walking into a really smoky nightclub. Even though it was cold, I found a place to sit outside for a while just to get away from the smoke.

The flight was a quick 30 minutes and as we approached Dubrovnik the views out my window were amazing.

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