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Sun-washed Sidewalks in Split, Croatia

Split, Croatia

At the height of its glory, Diocletian’s palace must have been an amazing sight–built right on the water’s edge. During the fourth century it was all one massive complex of temples, palaces, walls, gates, baths, and everything else you would expect to find in a Roman Emperor’s palace.

Trundling Through Timeless Trogir, Croatia

Trogir, Croatia

 Driving down the Dalmatian coast we had to decide on where to stay in the Split area. We only had two guide books among us, Lonely Planet for the Balkans and a Rick Steve’s; but both of the books made Split out to be too big and overrun with cruisers for our taste. When we got to Trogir, we decided to drive through the town even though Rick suggested to give it a pass. We were enthralled with this beautiful medieval town as soon as we crossed over the first bridge leading to the island and our decision was easily made.

Looking for Lunch in Croatia…

Looking for Lunch in Croatia

Antonio’s Pig and Lamb Roast – Not for Vegetarians! As we drove down route 1 from Zadar to Sibenik, the vistas of the coast, wildflowers, vineyards, and isolated chapels on the highest part of the mountain, led us astray.  We followed dirt paths, climbed over rock walls, and just explored this new country. At one point, we pulled over into a restaurant parking lot where a man was beginning to cook two pigs and a lamb on a metal spit over a wood fire.  Even though our mouths were watering, he said they needed a couple of hours before lunch would be done, so we continued exploring and started to look for a similar restaurant so that we could try the Croatian …

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The Stunning Cascades of Croatia’s First National Park

World Heritage Site - Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

A UNESCO World Heritage Site – Plitvice Lakes Images of emerald green lake beds one on top of the other, almost like pancakes with the syrup running down the sides beckoned me, and Plitvice Lakes became number one on my list of things to do when I went to Croatia.  Not only did the pristine and unusual natural phenomenon call my name, but the park also marks the spot where the first shots were fired in the Croatian War of Independence.  That doesn’t happen in my national parks where I come from.

Instagramming Croatia

Instagramming Croatia

Croatia is a Stunning Country! We just basically just got back from our week-long road trip down the Dalmatian Coast and here are some photos to show you a little about our trip, a taste, a teaser.  There’s more on the way! Have you been to Croatia?  What did you think? What do you want to know about?  We’ll try to answer some of your questions in our upcoming posts!  Stay tuned!   Note:  This post is linked up with Noel Morata’s Travel Photo Discovery and Travel Photo Thursdays  Check it out!

Best Places to Visit Europe in Fall

Fall is one of the most beautiful and fun times to visit Europe. The weather is perfect, not too hot and not too cool. The harvests are finished and locals everywhere are celebrating with all kinds of festivals. As we have with our Europe in Spring, Summer, and Winter articles, we’ve asked fellow travelers to let us know where they think is the best place to go during the autumn season. Some places are obvious, like chasing the fall foliage in the Alps; other locations might just be a surprise! Check out all the Great Places to Head to during Fall in Europe Santorini, Greece by Tasha Amy of Backpackers Wanderlust When you think about Santorini, you don’t really think …

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Top Places In Europe To Visit In Spring

Traditionally folks travel to Europe in the summertime, but visiting some of the hot spots in July or August means lines, crowds, and lots of waiting. I’ve found that traveling to Europe during spring, fall, or winter really lets you get a less frustrating experience. Spring, in my opinion, is the best time to visit Europe, and it means bright green leaves on the trees, soft breezes, cheaper rates for hotels, and fewer tourists to get in the way of your great photo! It’s one of my favorite times of year to go south as the beaches are empty, but the temperatures are warm enough for a great walk and getting some sun on my face. Some of my favorite …

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How Europe’s Schengen Visa Works

If you are traveling to Europe from outside of the European Union, you will have to get a visa called the Schengen Visa. It is defined by the European Commission as a “short-term visa.” The visa is an agreement between 26 countries that allows visitors to Europe a one-visa visit without border controls. Basically, with a few exceptions, the Schengen Tourist Visa is a European visa allowing you to stay in the “zone” for 90 days.

Passports or Pass With Mary And Alicia

Alicia and Mary – Will You Pass the Travel Companion Test? In this episode of Passports or Pass we mix it up a little. Instead of having a couple, we are interviewing Mary and Alicia, two moms that travel together with their families.  Both Mary and Alicia are married to Army men, and they met before they started having children, beginning their travels with weekend ski trips in Colorado. As luck would have it, both ended up here living in Germany, and they began traveling around Europe together. They are dedicated travelers who firmly believe that traveling doesn’t stop when you have kids.

Secret and Stunning Places Around Europe To Put On Your Bucket List

Secret Stunning Places in Europe

The Most Beautiful Places in Europe There are so many stunning places to visit in Europe that I just can’t get over it. Every time I think I’ve found the prettiest place, I find a new one. Just for a little travel inspiration, I’ve decided to list some of the places I find to be the most beautiful on this continent. There is no order, no countdown. They all are gorgeous, and there is plenty more. I limited myself to one site per country and have only started out with ten total, but to be honest that’s just craziness since there are plenty amazing places throughout these countries, so stay tuned for more.

Enjoy the Journey – Stories From the Road

Enjoy the Journey - Stories From the Road

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness The act of moving is so inspirational to me! With its feeling of going somewhere new, someplace you’ve never been before to explore, to discover. It doesn’t matter that others were there before you, it’s new to you and that is exciting. I envy those folks that are traveling full time that really have the luxury of enjoying the journey. I love reading the adventures of people who are hiking, biking, motorcycling, rickshaw driving, or sailing all around the world. What guts they have! What stamina! You know what I mean. Some people …

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Ljubljana, The Prettiest City in Europe

Ljubljana, The Prettiest City in Europe

 Ljubljana: The Next Great Thing on the Tourist Trail? We arrived in Ljubljana towards the end of our train trip through Eastern Europe.  We had been on really nice trains and we had been on dilapidated trains.  We had been in some beautiful cities and we had been in some cities that weren’t so beautiful, cities that were re-inventing themselves, cities that had new cafes while at the same time many reminders of past wars and hardships.  We were tired.  We were hot.  We were done.

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