Belgrade Serbia Rivers, Bridges, Islands, and Lakes

Serbia is a country of rivers, lakes, valleys, and mountains. Each one “tells its own story”. I’ve been exploring Belgrade’s riverside and Savamala District on foot. Early spring weather is warm and beautiful – perfect for walking. Transportation isn’t Belgrade’s forte. There’s a trolley-bus system but no metro, and traffic is heavy. Drivers are impatient…

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Dubrovnik Croatia

I arrived in Dubrovnik yesterday afternoon to clear skies and a Mediterranean climate warmer than Berlin but nippy at night. My apartment is in the hills overlooking Croatia’s stunning Dalmatian Coast, Old Medieval City, and Adriatic Sea. Getting anywhere requires climbing lots of stone steps. Although Old City and the Franciscan Monastery are less than a half…

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Opǎtija Croatia

I arrived in Opǎtija (means abbey in Croatian) last night and in characteristic fashion got lost finding my hotel. The train from Zagreb to Rijeka arrived at about 9:30 pm. It was impossible to find a taxi, so I took a local bus. When I got off the bus, no one was in sight. Some high school girls passing…

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Backstreets and Ballet Zagreb Croatia

On Tuesday I hung out in Zagreb’s backstreets – fun! First stop was the Dolac district where I enjoyed a cappuccino and discovered the open-air food market – called “the belly of Zagreb”. Dolac Market The backdrop to Dolac Market is St. Mary’s Church built in the 18th century. On the other side of the market there’s a square filled with fragrant flower…

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Split to Zagreb

I arrived in Zagreb early this morning – 3:00 a.m. The city and country transitions on this trip have been a bit rough. This one was no exception. A few minutes before departure passengers received news about cancellation of the overnight train (9 pm to 7 am) from Split to Zagreb. Instead, a bus picked…

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Marjan Hill Split Croatia

Marjan (pronounced MARyan) is an exquisite hill on the Split peninsula. It overlooks Split and the Adriatic sea and is covered in a Mediterranean pine forest. The area is a beloved park enjoyed by Split locals for picnics, weekend excursions, and recreation. Marjan has beaches, jogging paths, hiking trails, tennis courts, a zoo, and the…

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