Tapas, sangria and spewing in metro stations.. welcome to Spain!

2nd October – 17th October

Barcelona, Spain.
Barcelona, Spain.

After a delayed flight from Rome due to massive storms, and a delayed last train from the airport to city centre in Barcelona… and a metro station that was closed… and a taxi ride due to the closed metro… we eventually arrived at our accommodation in Barcelona… at close to 1.00am (thank god for Spaniards thinking this is a reasonable time to go out, and thus our airbnb host happily waiting for us before he started his evening).   Continue reading Tapas, sangria and spewing in metro stations.. welcome to Spain!

Getting all historical in Rome

26th September – 2nd October

The one, the only, the great Colosseum. Now, I am not much of a history kinda person. It just doesn't get me as excited as it does some others. But that said, it was a pretty impressive sight.
The one, the only, the great Colosseum. Now, I am not much of a history kinda person. It just doesn’t get me as excited as it does some others. But that said, it was a pretty impressive sight.

After our lovely couple of days in Cinque Terre (I really wish it could have been longer).. We headed to Siena. Now, Siena.. Siena. I honestly can’t say it did that much for me. It’s a small old Italian city with lots of history (like most). It is quite unique given its shell shaped central ‘square’. And the buildings are all brown brick/stone. So, after two nights there I was excited to get to Rome. Continue reading Getting all historical in Rome

Stunning Cinque Terre

24th September – 26th September

The stunning town of Manarola, Italy. Cinque Terre is a fairly incredible place, and this town was perhaps my favourite of the ones we visited.
The stunning town of Manarola, Italy. Cinque Terre is a fairly incredible place, and this town was perhaps my favourite of the ones we visited.

There are some places that you just have to go.  I think that this was the case for us when it came to visiting a classic Italian coastal spot.. So a trip to Cinque Terre it was.  Continue reading Stunning Cinque Terre

Italy! Venice, canals, wine and seeing the parents

15th September – 19th September

Venice! It was lovely to explore the quieter parts of this amazing place with mum and dad!
Venice! It was lovely to explore the quieter parts of this amazing place with mum and dad!

It was time to make our way to Venice.. We were meeting my parents there (and they were putting us up in a hotel for a few nights, thanks mum and dad!!) Although we could make the trip straight to Venice, we decided to stop for a night in Trieste. Getting from Slovenia to Italy was not so straight forward, however, as trains do not travel between the two. Continue reading Italy! Venice, canals, wine and seeing the parents

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