Archive for September, 2008
Zagreb, Croatia
Zagreb, Croatia

Location: Zagreb, Croatia [umap id=”9990″ size=”t” alignment=”right”] I know I am way behind on this thing, but being on a boat, or on land but without any functioning equipment, makes it difficult. Finally got to a hostel with free internet and no demand from the other tenants, so here’s something from today. Last night I […]

Plitvice to Zagreb, Croatia
Plitvice to Zagreb, Croatia

Start location: Plitvice National Park, Croatia [umap id=”9999″ size=”t” alignment=”right”] End location: Zagreb, Croatia Caught the 06:52 bus (brrr…) and got into Zagreb no problem. Said a quick goodbye to Lucy, who had to catch a train to Slovenia, and headed off to the center and hopefully a hostel bed. 20:00 I’m staying at a […]

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Location: Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia [umap id=”10000″ size=”t” alignment=”right”] Up at 07:00, breakfast in the Hotel Bellevue dining room (pretty crap for €75/night) and on the trail by the 08:00 opening time. Lucy and I walked on most of the trails in the park, took a park bus, and a ferry, and were mostly […]

Split to Plitvice, Croatia
Split to Plitvice, Croatia

Start location: Split, Croatia [umap id=”10007″ size=”t” alignment=”right”] End location: Plitvice National Park, Croatia The cruise group kinda fell apart this morning. I guess hangovers and imminently departing buses/trains aren’t conducive to tearful goodbyes. Said a hasty goodbye to Farnaz, Dean, and Natasha, just in case, with plans to find them again at the bus […]

Makarska to Split, plus Trogir
Makarska to Split, plus Trogir

Start location: Makarska, Croatia [umap id=”10010″ size=”t” alignment=”right”] End location: Split, Croatia Nice night last night having drinks on the deck with some of the folks. Must resist saying “with some of the kids”. ;-) Nothing too wild, though, especially compared to some nights. Up at 07:30, shower, breakfast. Eggs and bacon: just as I […]

Makarska, Croatia
Makarska, Croatia

Camera is now also dead, along with the laptop, GPS, and my patience with this whole endeavour. Cruise is over tomorrow, then I can get off the boat and start fixing this mess. May write more someday. Sorry for short worthless post, but some people were asking what’s up. [Updated later] Bland morning. Lots of […]

Trstenik to Korčula, Croatia
Trstenik to Korčula, Croatia

Start location: Trstenik [umap id=”11894″ size=”t” alignment=”right”] End location: Korčula, Croatia Up early, decided to go for a walk up the hill above Trstenik. Found the winemaker we had visited last night (went to watch the harvest getting crushed and de-stemmed, and to taste some of his wine) and asked if I could have one […]

Dubrovnik to Trstenik, Croatia
Dubrovnik to Trstenik, Croatia

Start location: Dubrovnik [umap id=”11890″ size=”t” alignment=”right”] End location: Trstenik, Croatia 09:40: Well… I feel better, physically at least, than I probably deserve. Mentally… been better. [Lunchtime] Very lazy day, as expected after the spectacle last night. We aren’t going any place of cultural interest, just natural beauty, so all we have to do is […]

Mljet to Dubrovnik, Croatia
Mljet to Dubrovnik, Croatia

Start location: Mljet, Croatia [umap id=”11882″ size=”t” alignment=”right”] End location: Dubrovnik, Croatia Been up and on deck since 06:15 watching the sunrise over the islands and mountain ranges. Had two dreams last night, hopefully not prophetic. In the first a group of us (from the cruise) were walking along a canal somewhere. We came to […]

Hvar to Mljet, Croatia
Hvar to Mljet, Croatia

Start location: Hvar, Croatia [umap id=”11875″ size=”t” alignment=”right”] End location: Mljet National Park, Croatia The Turkish gulet “Javorka”, somewhere between Hvar and Mljet islands: Yesterday got a little bit crazy, and then a lot crazy. It eventually became clear that we weren’t going to get through on the main coastal road, so Joe (the Brit […]

Split, Hvar, Croatia
Split, Hvar, Croatia

Start location: Bus on the wrong side of the Makarska forest fire [umap id=”11869″ size=”t” alignment=”right”] End location: Hvar, Croatia 06:30, on a bus somewhere. Should have been in Split 2 hours ago. We stopped around 03:00 (?) at the side of the road. I figured engine trouble, or driver break, or something, and kept […]

Sarajevo to Split, sorta
Sarajevo to Split, sorta

Start location: Sarajevo, Bosnia [umap id=”11857″ size=”t” alignment=”right”] End location: On a bus somewhere south of Split, Croatia Sarajevo Pivara (brewery): Experienced a new kind of entertainment for the locals this morning: Go to the “pigeon square” with a bag of grain. Find pigeons. Find a tourist/target. Position self on opposite side of tourist from […]

Mostar to Sarajevo, BiH
Mostar to Sarajevo, BiH

Start location: Mostar, Hercegovina [umap id=”11818″ size=”t” alignment=”right”] End location: Sarajevo, Bosnia Mostar train station: You can tell they don’t have a lot of rail travelers here – the ticket window (no self-serve machines) only opens 1/2 hour before the trains depart, which is easier than it sounds since there are only four trains per […]

Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

I am safe and sound here in Sarajevo, but I am having techinical difficulties ranging from a dead laptop to see-through swimming trunks and no clean underwear. Gotta sort all that out, plus lunch, before there is much in the way of blogging. And photos? Ha, not till I get the damn laptop fixed. Email […]

Mostar and Podvelezje, BiH
Mostar and Podvelezje, BiH

Location: Mostar, Bosna i Hercegovina [umap id=”11807″ size=”t” alignment=”right”] Excursion: Smajkici Managed to get up at 06:50 to catch the sunrise on the Stari Most (the famous old bridge), but shouldn’t really have bothered: the sun didn’t rise over the mountains to the east and down into the Neretva valley until well after 08:00. Wandered […]

Split to Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Split to Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Start location: Ferry off the Croatian coast near Split [umap id=”11781″ size=”t” alignment=”right”] End location: Mostar, Bosna i Hercegovina [Split bus station] Got to Split no problem. Got to laundrette, no Julie (the woman who had been arranging my cruise for me). Woman who was there was very friendly. Said nice new public showers were […]

Rimini-Ancona-Split, Croatia
Rimini-Ancona-Split, Croatia

Start location: Rimini [umap id=”11776″ size=”t” alignment=”right”] End location: Ferry between Ancona and Split, Croatia 09:00, Breakfast at Morri’s (sounds like a movie?) Up at 07:20, shower, shave, some packing, and breakfast. I’ve discovered shaving oil, by accident (it was the first thing to catch my eye at HEMA, and in good traveling-experimental spirit, “why […]

Rimini, Italy
Rimini, Italy

It took a couple of hours on the stupid hotel laptop but I now have a decent plan for the next week, which takes me up to the cruise, so I’m good for a couple of weeks more or less. No places to actually sleep yet, but I don’t seem to be too worried. [Lunch] […]

San Marino
San Marino

Location: San Marino [umap id=”8282″ size=”t” alignment=”right”] The hotel has a very friendly front desk manager and a perfectly good WiFi network, but for some inexplicable reason they would rather hand me their laptop to use than to give me access to the WiFi network. Needless to say, their laptop leaves much to be desired, […]

Bologna to Rimini, Italy
Bologna to Rimini, Italy

Start location: Bologna, Italy [umap id=”8371″ size=”t” alignment=”right”] End location: Rimini, Italy Fairly pissed off with the world today. It started off well enough, with a breakfast of very good raisin pastry and cappucino (2.20 euros total) at a cafe near the albergo, but went downhill from there. Actually, that’s not quite true: the day […]

Bologna, Italy
Bologna, Italy

I suppose today is a day to contemplate two towers, those gone and those still (barely) standing. (What’s up with the Italians and leaning towers, anyhow?!) It’s been a long hot day, and this is all I’m going to accomplish before bed.

Torino to Bologna, Italy
Torino to Bologna, Italy

Start location: Torino, Italy [umap id=”8368″ size=”t” alignment=”right”] End location: Bologna, Italy 12:13 Torino Porta Nuova train station, waiting for the 11:55 to Bologna to depart. My compartment mate is a very friendly young Italian man who unfortunately only has 25 minutes in Bologna to catch his connection to Rome. Conversation turned to American politics […]

Saluzzo – Crissolo, Italy
Saluzzo - Crissolo, Italy

Location: Crissolo, Monviso area [umap id=”7842″ size=”t” alignment=”right”] Maximum altitude: 1350 m 4429 ft Today didn’t work out as planned. The idea was to take a bus from Saluzzo to Paesana, then take another bus on up the valley to Crissolo. From there I was hoping to get some nice fresh alpine air and hike […]

Saluzzo, Italy
Saluzzo, Italy

Location: Saluzzo, Italy [umap id=”7682″ size=”t” alignment=”right”] Long day, but short post. Will try to catch up soon. I have just gorged myself on all kinds of goodness, and washed down with amazing wine. Not necessarily that the wine was amazing itself, but that it is sooooo good, and is still nothing special, around here […]