Dunave Krajnje

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  • Day6


    June 7 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Heute besuchten wir Sokol Grad eine Burg aus dem 13 Jahrhundert.
    Von dort hat man eine tolle Aussicht auf das Konavletal. Unterwegs habe wir noch eine Schildkröte gerettet die mitten auf der Straße war, erstaunlich wie schnell sie flüchteten könnte.
    Denn Nachmittag verbrachten wir vollends am Pool. Sonnenuntergang in der Piratenbar am Meer und Eiskalten Drink.Read more

  • Day144

    Bosnia Herzegovina

    November 17, 2016 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Bosnia Herzegovina is excluded from the list of countries our van insurance allows us to drive in but with the border so tantalisingly close we didn't see the harm in driving up to it and walking across!

    The campsite manager of a few nights ago had shared his thoughts on Bosnia Herzegovina. His home town was in North East Croatia and to get there he could either drive 400km through Bosnia Herzegovina or 800km within Croatia. He had decided he would rather undertake the longer journey than take the 'shortcut'. His thoughts were that Bosnia Herzegovina was really two countries, the predominantly muslim Bosnia and the mainly catholic Herzegovina. Whilst he had no problem with the Herzogovenians, he had felt extremely uncomfortable when in Bosnian areas, as if he was being watched. He said the muslim faith was very hard line there and that about 300 ISIL fighters had returned to Bosnia from Syria. We don't know how much of this was fact and how much was chinese whispers, nor do we know how much his experience was shaped by his preconceptions. However we found it very interesting to listen to his perspective. The creation of national borders has too often been done by removed politicians seeking an advantage, or as a compromise in the face of a feared situation. The interests of groups of people on the ground have often played only a small part and whilst it is almost impossible to please everyone, there are obvious tensions between groups with different histories, cultures and beliefs.

    The road in the sat nav seemed to end at the border but as we weren't wanting to go further, that didn't matter to us. We didn't see a single other vehicle as the route took us up higher into the hills. The further it got, the further the vegetation spilled over onto the concrete. Cow pats splattered the road and Vicky had only just told Will not to be surprised if we came face to face with a herd of cows, than we turned the corner and there was a cow, glancing with a bamboozled expression between us and the other 3 further up the hill. Rocks littered our path, some of them sizeable.

    We got to a point 1.3km away from the border where bushes closed in and the concrete ended. The track beyond was stoney so we decided to park the van up (there was no room to turn it round) and continue on foot. It was only as we were setting off we saw that the gravel track was actually a 'repair' where it looked like the road had been washed away. Driving on, we found there were several patches like this but we took it slowly and kept our fingers crossed that the tyres would hold out.

    The border was marked by a small sign saying 'state border' in Croatian. It didn't look as if it wanted pedestrians to continue along the path so we took some photos, reversed back to a point that was just wide enough to shuffle the van round and headed towards our second border of the day -Montenegro!
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  • Day144

    Hawk Castle

    November 17, 2016 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    South eastwards into the hills, perched on an outcrop of rock, surrounded by tall, thin, pointed conifers, lay Sokol Grad or 'Hawk Castle'. We visited it partially because of its situation, it being only a few kilometres from the borders with Bosnia Herzegovina and Montenegro. Not expecting to have access to the interior, we opened the gates of the adjacent churchyard to explore its perimeter, only to find someone at the ticket office. They asked if we wanted to visit and it seemed churlish to say no, so we bought a couple of tickets and followed him up the steep stone steps to unlock the dark wooden doors with huge metal keys. It reminded us of a slightly less grumpy version of Filch the caretaker in Harry Potter!

    As the only visitors we were left to explore at our own pace. Whilst not as large or ornate as some of the castles we saw in Germany this compact, purposeful and carefully restored castle helped breathe life into the region's medieval battles.

    The views over the valley and up the stony grey mountains that separated us from Western Herzegovina were awe invoking. The quiet surrounding us, broken only by a dog barking at a canyon echo of its own bark, made for an atmosphere where the imagination could run wild!
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