Bovec, Slovenia

12th September – 15th September

Having a few days between our stay in Lake Bled and when we were travelling to Italy, we took the advice of the hostel owner in Bled and headed to Bovec for a few days.

Slap Virji, Slovenia. Look at that. It is like something from another world.. Or a sci-fi movie.
Slap Virje, Slovenia. Look at that. It is like something from another world.. Or a sci-fi movie.

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More Lake Bled, and more cycling.

8th September – 12th September

Look at the colour of that water! Vintgar Gorge, Slovenia.
Look at the colour of that water! Vintgar Gorge, Slovenia.

Having spent the previous day cycling, we decided to have a ‘rest’ on our next day, and took advantage of a drop off from our hostel at the Vintgar Gorge.  The Vintgar Gorge is a 1.6km long gorge that has been carved out by the Radovna River.  We snaked our way along the path through the gorge, past rapids, vibrant blue/green pools and 50-100m high canyon walls. Continue reading More Lake Bled, and more cycling.

Cycling the Slovenian countryside – Lake Bled

8th September – 12th September

Lake Bled. I had fairly high expectations for Lake Bled. And it did not disappoint. The lake was beautiful, and the surrounding area even more so.
Lake Bled, Slovenia.

I had fairly high expectations for Lake Bled, having previously seen so many stunning photos online.  And for me, it didn’t disappoint.  The Lake was beautiful, made even more so by the huge mountain ranges that provide a backdrop.  But as pretty as the lake was, the surrounding area, with all its tiny villages, dramatic mountains, gorges and grassy green valleys for me was even more incredible.  Continue reading Cycling the Slovenian countryside – Lake Bled

Ljubljana.. (I still don’t know exactly how you say it!?)

4th September – 8th September

Metelkova, Ljubljana. Ljubljana is one cool little city. This is one funky area of bars and artists in residence.
Metelkova, Ljubljana. Ljubljana is one cool little city. This is one funky area of bars and artists in residence.

After what felt like quite a while in Croatia, we eventually made our way to Slovenia.  I was actually quite looking forward to a change of scenery. And Slovenia was a definite change of scenery, and a pretty awesome one at that. Continue reading Ljubljana.. (I still don’t know exactly how you say it!?)

Rovinj, Croatia

1st September – 4th September

Rovinj, one very quaint little coastal town. Being in the far north of Croatia, there seems to be a greater Italian influence here.
Rovinj, one very quaint little coastal town. Being in the far north of Croatia, there seems to be a greater Italian influence here.

After yet another bus, our last stop in Croatia was Rovinj, in the far north of the country on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula.  It is technically bilingual, with both Croatian and Italian spoken.  The old town is situated on a small peninsula, so is largely surrounded by water.  This was a lovely little place to spend a few days.  It is a bit touristy, but we were staying out of the old town area, so it was actually quite peaceful. Continue reading Rovinj, Croatia

The stunning beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park

30th August

Plitvice National Park, Croatia. I was completely in awe of this brilliant water.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia. I was completely in awe of this brilliant water.

Before we came away I knew nothing of Plitvice National Park.  Had never even heard of it (probably more of a reflection of my lack of research to be honest though).  It is only since being in this corner of the world that I realise it is a must see place.  Having now visited, I see why. It is stunning. The water is so clear, the fish seem like they are floating in air not swimming below the surface.  And the colour is nothing short of incredible. Continue reading The stunning beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park

Zadar, Croatia

29th August – 1 September

Zadar, Croatia. I really quite liked Zadar. It was quiet and the old town was pretty.
Zadar, Croatia. I really quite liked Zadar. It was quiet and the old town was pretty.

After another two nights in Split with Dash (again, not a fan of Split, so I was happy to be heading on somewhere else), we made our way to Zadar for a few nights.  So while Split = shit, Zadar = rad-er.   Continue reading Zadar, Croatia

Heaven, also known as Brac Island

23rd August – 27th August

Brac Island, Croatia. This place was, in my opinion, absolutely perfect. The water was so crystal clear and bright blue. I just wanted to swim in it all day.
Brac Island, Croatia. This place was, in my opinion, absolutely perfect. The water was so crystal clear and bright blue. I just wanted to swim in it all day.

Brac Island, is one very lovely place.  After meeting Dash in Split and spending the night there, we caught the ferry across to the island for a few nights.  And I am so glad we did.  Split, in my opinion, is a bit, well, shit.  Just big, dirty, smelly and trashy.  Brac Island, on the other hand, is a gorgeous island with crystal clear blue waters and quaint little towns.

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Kastel Stari

18th August – 22nd August

The Croatian coastline on our journey from Dubrovnik to Kastel Stari. Not too shabby really.
The Croatian coastline on our journey from Dubrovnik to Kastel Stari. Not too shabby really.

After our short stay in Dubrovnik we headed further north (enjoying the view of the lovely coastline of Croatia along the way). We were meeting Dash in Split, so before that decided to have a few days to relax not far from there. So we found ourselves in Kastel Stari. A small town area just further north/west of Split. It was a quiet little area, which was just what we wanted. We really didn’t do much other than eat ice cream (‘sladoled’ in Croatian, as Ian liked to repeat several thousand times a day), swim and drink cheap Croatian wine. Continue reading Kastel Stari

Croatian coast, first up, Dubrovnik

16th August – 18th August

Dubrovnik, Croatia. View of the city walls and old town. Despite being incredibly touristy, the old town was still very picturesque.
Dubrovnik, Croatia. View of the city walls and old town beyond. Despite being incredibly touristy, the old town was still very picturesque.

Having spent the last couple of weeks in inland cities, I was looking forward to getting some coastal air again. So we made our way from Mostar to Dubrovnik. Continue reading Croatian coast, first up, Dubrovnik