June 2019
  • Day59

    Explore Dubai

    August 21, 2019 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ☀️ 37 °C

    We survive the day by exploring the Dubai Mall and then doing the air conditioned hop on, hop off bus.
    Dubai is amazing, the ornate, gold etc in the middle of a desert. We went up 125 floors in the tallest building in the world, you could see this. A lot of heat haze.
    The Mall is amazing in places too, The Souk area is splendid.
    Home around 5pm so hit the pool before tea over at the Mall for some very nice Lebanese.
    After tea we see the Aquarium and Underwater Zoo in the Mall. Very well done.
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  • Day58

    On our way home via Dubai

    August 20, 2019 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ☀️ 40 °C

    Flew to Dubai, got in at 11 pm and hit with the heat!!
    High 30's close to midnight!
    Got the hotel shuttle to pick us up and checked into a very lovely hotel (air conditioned!) with exceptionally attentive staffRead more

  • Day57

    By ourselves again

    August 19, 2019 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    We waved most of the tour off today at 6.30 am.
    After a leisurely breakfast we walked up to town centre and found the tourist bus for a 1 hour sight see of the city.
    Most we saw yesterday but there was some new streets and information also.
    After a light lunch we found the tunnel I walked yesterday so Steve could see it.
    When we both felt we'd "done" Zagreb, we walked back to hotel via Botanical Gardens, which was closed 😕
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    Looks like a fantastic trip, loved all the photos Maree and Steve

  • Day56

    Zagreb city tour

    August 18, 2019 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Zagreb is the capital of Croatia and is divided into the upper and lower town. The lower town is centralised, well planned and has beautiful Austro-Hungarian architecture. Many people enjoy living here, and it is the main business area. The streets are wide. We visited the “The Church of the Assumption of Mary”, the old market and Ben Jelacic Square.
    We walked up the hill to visit the Upper Town, which is the oldest area. Here the streets are narrower and we wound our way through them, enjoying the sights. We entered the town through the original entrance and saw St Mark’s Church, which is one of the original buildings, St Katherine’s Church, the Museum of Broken Relationships and the Lotrscak Tower. A cannon goes off everyday at noon from this tower. We heard the cannon, just as we made our way down the hill.
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  • Day55

    Last farm visit

    August 17, 2019 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Our local tour guide today was the Leader of the Noble Community of the area we visited. After all of Croatia's occupations by other countries all the "nobility" have left is a small "castle" and a handful of native pigs. They no longer own their estates as they were taken off them by the Soviets in the 1990's.
    Native Croatian Pigs. Were nearly extinct but now looked after by a volunteer group in a national park.
    Traditional lunch at a restaurant.
    Free time in Zagreb. Tea in city then a nice evening walk home
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  • Day54

    Back to Croatia, last stop

    August 16, 2019 in Croatia ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    Woke up to drizzly day, then rain but sunny again by afternoon.
    Over the border back to Croatia.
    Visited a bull beef farm. They only raise bulls for meat and have a biogas operation as well.
    Lunch at a nearby restaurant to eat "baby beef" from their farm.
    Then to a tobacco farm, very interesting.
    Then to Zagreb, the last stop of this tour.
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  • Day53

    Slovenian dinner and dance

    August 15, 2019 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    A great fun time. Not part of tour but 24 of us organised ourselves to go. A highlight.
    Crowd participation.
    Slovenian hat dance a hoot!!
    Lovely meal, forgot to take photos of!

    Looks like a great night