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!
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
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
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
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.
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
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