Ed Neumann

Joined April 2018
  • Day20

    Plitvic Lakes National Park

    May 19, 2018 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Croatia's first national park, Plitvic Lakes park is comprised of 16 azure blue lakes cascading one into another in amazing waterfalls. Many of the falls are viewed by walking a 2 mile loop trail, mostly of wood bridges, just above the water.

    After lunch we headed for our last stop in Croatia, Opatija.Read more

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  • Day20

    Monte Carlo of the Adriatic

    May 19, 2018 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Leaving Plitvic Lakes bejond we traveled west to return again to the Adriatic sea coast and the town of Opatija.

    What an amazing contrast to our earlier stops! A, seaside resort and haven for royalty since the 19 th century the area reeks of money and high class.

    Most of our tour group breaded out on an optional tour. Barb and I opted to takes the day oon or LeAnn and remained in town.Read more

  • Day19

    Marshal Tito

    May 18, 2018 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    From Klanjec we traveled to Kumrovec, the birth place of Josip Broz Tito and former president of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (often referred to by locals as the "ex" Yugoslavia). His home and the surrounding village has been maintained in its original style with many 4th and 5th generation craftsmen still working in original shops but producing items Coure the tourist trade now.

    Three day of our visit was International Museum day so there were many school children were on the grounds enjoying a beautiful day.
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  • Day19

    Art and History

    May 18, 2018 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Our day trip from Zagreb began at the quaint village of Klanjec, birthplace of sculpter Antuna Augustinčića and a gallery of his famous works. His Peace Monument bronze stands before the United Nations building in New York city.

  • Day18

    Zagreb Continued

    May 17, 2018 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Our group toured the Donji Grad (Lower Town) of Zagreb. It's home to many civic and historic monuments.

    A short funicular ride brought us to Zagreb's Gornji Grad- Upper Town - the area developed in medieval times, 11th to 14th centuries.

  • Day17

    Capital of Croatia

    May 16, 2018 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Leaving the countryside we entered the hustle and bustle of Zagreb. One fourth the total population of Croatia, over 1 million people, live here. We checked into our hotel, had dinner and were in bed by 9. Long day.

  • Day17

    Karanac, Croatia

    May 16, 2018 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    From mountains and rolling hills we transitioned to the fertile plains of northeastern Croatia. The verdent countryside filled with acres and acres of feed corn, sugar beets, potatoes, wheat and much more are broken by quaint, small villages and welcoming people.

    We were welcomed to a working farm with bed and breakfast style accommodations. Seems everywhere we go here we are greeted with trays filled with shots of home made plum brandy; strong stuff! Freshly made donuts filled with homemade strawberry jam were part of a very warm welcome as well

    We assisted in the making of soft cheese to be served with our breakfast tomorrow before heading out for another dinner hosted by a local family. Great food, more plum brandy and fellowship. All slept well inspite of, our perhaps because of, all the farm sounds.

    After a hearty breakfast we participated in a pottery making class presented by a local artisan. Later we walked about the village and stopped briefly to help a local chef prep food, a local special stew (Cobanac)with Hungarian paprika, onions, beef and lamb and "secret ingredients " (Hungary's influence is strong here due to proximity)for our lunch. Then we were off to a winery to taste wines made from locally grown grapes.

    The winery looked like a California estate transplanted into this rural village. The wines we tasted were suprisingly good and very inexpensive. We bought a bottle for ourselves and the wine maker's family sent us off with three to share with lunch. Lunch was fantastic! In spite of walking 3-5 miles a,day I'm certaim we are gaining weight. I personally think we're on a Hobit diet: breakfast followed by second breakfast 2 hours later then 2 hours later, eleveses, the lunch with afternoon tea, dinner and supper. And always plum brandy (Slibowitz) and "živjeli!" Croatian toast.

    After lunch we departed for Zagreb.
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  • Day11

    Old Town and a Familiar Game

    May 10, 2018 in Croatia ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    We toured grad, or old town, Dubrovnik. Our guide shared the fascinating early history of the Repubic of Croatia, a nation then of diplomacy and trade. It was the first nation to recognize the USA as independent.

    While it looks old, and much is, it was significantly damaged during the Yugoslav wars in the early 90's so much had been repaired and restored.

    Game of Thrones fans may recognize a few locations as scenes from several seasons were filmed here with some off the town serving as King's Landing. Many locals played as extras.

    It is a beautiful city surrounded on three sides by the acute blue, crystal clear waters of the Adriatic.
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