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  • Day116

    Friday 13/07/2018 (Day 28 SZ) La Locanda Del Vagabondo CORSO DEL POPOLO 7, Villalfonsina, 66020, Italy -

    Well our fold down bed didn’t fling back up during the night and in fact we both had a pretty good sleep.... slower start as we phoned Mum and Dad and tried to phone John’s dad for his birthday today... but they were heading out so didn’t have time to chat... my dad and mum we had the usual conversation with them either holding the screen to the nostrils or up in the air... crazy pair... but we did somehow manage to have a conversation so that’s the main thing...

    Our trip today took us, not the Township of Rimini where we managed to see an old fortress from the outside... looked like they were preparing for a big event... from here we walked up the street finding some fruit and veggie markets so bought a lovely piece if watermelon 🍉 .... so looking forward to it... then we walked around the block... which in Italy is never a square block somehow you end up who knows where, but fortunately we saw the back of the Fortress after a few wrong turns so could work our way back to the car...
    Before we hit there we discovered a wonderful village square with unreal buildings off all sides... ohh how I love Italian villages they are full of hidden gems everywhere...

    John looking at the time said we had to run my tour director who keeps us moving... up the coast a bit then I land through big village after big village even found a huge upmarket shopping centre with you guessed it Maccassss.... had the usual John did that is... I am so over sweet goodies to share as we do they make me sick literally... really sweet stuff tends to really make my tummy feel very ill....

    So today I stayed away from the stuff for once...

    Then up the Hwy we went from one tunnel to the next on and on they went... some tunnels are there totally for the convenience of the farmer 👩‍🌾 so he can get from one side of the hwy to the next... could you see our government spending money for the sake of a farmer to produce... not on your Nellie they won’t...poor Buggers...

    So finally after coming past olive grove and grape 🍇 vineyards one after the other we finally hit our little abode...

    Well this time we are in a tiny village... one street with houses either side and a back street either side that’s it... we had to go to the Magic Bar to collect our key then taken to our apartment.... we are starting to slowly get used to surprise, surprise... but this one truly was a surprise... crazy the kitchen bathroom were kind of normal. It had 2 bedrooms, both were either side of the house we were on the top floor again, about 20 steps this time... but the roof was about 45% angle inside so I though the other place I had to duck low this one was even a bigger duck. I literally did lie on the bed and skim myself along it to get in and out of bed,., the silly thing is it had a table, longe book case etc all under the lowest part of the angle... no way any of could be used just looked good or on paper to say they had this gear here...there were 3 other beds in this room, and the same for the other bedroom... looked nearly mirror take of each other... all we could do was laugh it was so stupid you just couldn’t use it normally...

    So having done our usually unpack... we headed out to have a look and a drink at the Magic bar... the village had the obligatory Cathedral in the middle of town... one bar, one supermarket, and 2 hairdressers and heaps of older locals all sitting on chairs out the front of their homes, mainly little units, chatting and checking us out....

    Ordering at the bar was a challenge but we managed.. then we sat down and allowed to locals to stare and check us out...from here we wandered through the street checking out the old homes, doors and windows. Then by I believe Gods hand this lady started to speak to us... in Italian I said something then she immediately started to talk to us in English... turns out Ellena comes here every year from Canada... her husband was born here and loves to come yearly... they have been doing it for years... she comes a month before him to set everything up... this time their son, his wife and 2 granddaughters are coming for a month and her daughter and hubby for 2 weeks... she told us about a fig tree filled with figs for free... she said after dinner if we go back to the magic bar she would meet us and take us there...

    We went home I cooked dinner it was 10pm by the time we had it, then went back to the magic bar and yep met Ellena, who took us walking to the fig tree and telling us all about the locals and the village...

    Seems most had been tobacco farmers and when tobacco become unviable they had nothing until the now grape 🍇 Vino industry commenced... most are retired now.. and as she kept say very set in their ways... turns out Ellena was actually born in Italy but moved to Canada when she was 5..... met her husband Italian as well in Canada..... they have 3 children, she is a teacher does relief work now, is also a stage coordinator for stage plays and concerts... sings in choirs etc... etc.. fascinating lady and so lovely of her to take us under her wing...

    We gathered our back of figs, just so many I had to make it into jam... after we were covered in red fig juice, back to the magic bar... where we meet a heap,of teachers who have been coming here from Belgium for the last 20 yrs for 6-8 weeks holiday... they now own properties here now... Ellena says the locals don’t like it, but the group from Belgium 🇧🇪 is growing and buying more homes here.... They love it here and the main lady I talked to it turns out her husband was born here also... hence why they come back every year..... the Magic Bar is a happening place cars pull up and just chat to people sitting on the deck... all the older men sat here most not drinking just chatting until called by family to come him for dinner.... some did that then come straight back after the had eaten... the young guys also meet here as well... none stop action in Villafonsina...fascinating to watch it all unfold...

    It was funny as Ellena took us walking she spoke to each of the older locals sitting out... all asking what we worked out about us... all we could here her tell them they Australiana .....funny as....

    I would much rather be in places like this than cities so much happens in these small villages they are the hub of true Italy...

    At midnight we had to call it quits and head home... we hav another long trip in the AM, this one has been actioned packed... now to tackle yet another slopped roof so I don’t knock myself out...
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  • Day115

    Thursday 12/07/2018 (Day 27 SZ) Residence Frontemare Via Barce 2, Torre Pedrera, Rimini, 47922, Italy

    Well we survived the night and didn’t knock myself out after all... wifi had been an issue last night but managed to get it sorted for 1/2 hr then it went...

    Then John had to track back to get the car so we could load it..
    It must fascinate the other residents in these buildings. For most are in locals buildings not in tourist areas... some it gets the better of them so they have to take a peek who you are... the quickly open their doors take a peek then quickly shut it again.... funny really, I do the same when I see a strange around my neighbourhood, but instead of coming out I peek through a window... so we really are no different are we....

    So all packed we headed via Verona to see the arena we missed seeing 3yrs back on our a visit here when we bought Bill, Vic, Chris and Geoff ... we didn’t have time then to explore Verona and then be honest we don’t have a lot of time now..

    But we made it in time to have a look even found a good parking underground one so car not in the heat with all our food....

    I did enjoy my little adventure around it... they had a weird sort of display behind temporary fencing... behind the fences were heaps and heaps of stage props... the stage props appears to be from different stage plays.... some interesting but also a bit weird they were out in the weather like they were... then on front of the temp fencing... was banners depicting all the different years from now down to 1814 stage plays have been recorded as being staged here in the huge arena that once held 30,000 people now only 15,000 for a reasons they say...
    around the arena is the obligatory tourist restaurants...Plus people everywhere, police on standby and even the military...comforting and confronting with so many around... but from past Italian visit they do have a big police and military presences in important places....

    So having taken the pics a little look around we had our meeting with Macca I even ate there today a chicken burger... then back to the car and down the rotten autobarn which keeps thieving our hard enraged cash.... the Hwy is as said boring as... you do see 100’s of grape and olive groves abounding... down this side if Italy... olive trees are everywhere here but this side they are prolific.... as are the grape vines... heaps of abandoned homes...

    The Hwy today was just non stop ants 🐜 travelling on and on... cars zooming past us and a John was sitting in 130 that is the allowable speed... Truck after truck like big ants nine stop in their mission to get from A-B unreal... and unnerving being alongside of them constantly ...

    We finally made it to tonight’s destination and a lot easier to find and to park than last nights.... when you read the description on Booking.com they always make it seem easy to get too.... that’s not always the case except tonight it is... Praise God I can tell you, the stress of being in the wrong area is just too much...

    We are tonight at the beach,... and in front of us is non stop umbrella city... there are just kilometres of area after area of Umbrellas and deck chairs for daily hire all in their little sections... all colour coded to the area that’s roped off... all have a bar, a volley ball or some sort of sport netted in... kids playgrounds and of course the ocean...the Adriatic Sea.... the opposite side to The Croatian coastline we were on only this side has the sand... Croatia has the pebbles.. quite funny or odd depending on how you view it...

    Well we walk into our apartment building about 8 floors and we breathed a sigh of relief to see No1 a lift and No 2 to be told we were on the first floor... normally I aim for the higher the better but after last nights effort we were only too happy to be in the first floor.. Our Manager Manuela just stunning... fluttering her long lashes at John... explaining how everything works.... including the key which was electronic... she took us up to our room, and blow me Dead the bed was hinged to the wall, to make the apartment look much bigger than it was... but in all honesty it really didn’t need to be a wall hinged bed... there was enough room... mind you the balcony had more room than the unit... ha ha ha.....

    We could see the sea from our apartment as advertised, just side on, but it was a view... as per the advertisement... the unit was soso... we are finding one each unit has a little of what we require just not everything... the only one that had it all was the one at the Alpine Lodge... crazy so far from everything bu set up unreal....

    So we did the usually bag match up and down to the car to get our gear.....then headed out to check everything out... one thing we really noticed was there were heaps of cloths and Nic knack stores all owned by Indians that whole lot... we walked through umbrella city... past unreal little restaurants and Indiana’s walking up and down the street trying to sell growing balloons..... Th other thing we noticed was heaps of people in wheelchairs..... I have never in my life seen such many people in wheelchairs....some very mobile by themselves others being pushed by a wife, husband or parent.....we must have seen about 13 or more....

    Also it looks like it’s just the beginning of the tourist season here it’s really not that busy for the amount of places open, beach umbrella localities or restaurants open... we imagine it must get busier but for now it isn’t too bad..l you have to laugh when the locals being holiday makers not tourist like us... are at the beach like Croatia they all have their cup blow up toys to float on... where they store them in they tiny units has got me bet because they all walk out with these massive blow floaty toys... this place is so well set up for families it has everything aimed at kids teens and parents...l even saw kids preforming Rap music on a stage in the Main Street as we walked by the restaurants... All set up with side show alleys everywhere... interesting to see how its approached in each country... And to be honest pretty much very similar... just different location... although I think Montenegro and Croatia were a little more laid back....

    We managed to get up and down the street without acquiring anything... John made sure if that ha ha...
    Cooked dinner and headed to bed...

    Info on the Verona Arena.... only FYI if you want more for me to remember about it..


    The building itself was built in AD 30 on a site which was then beyond the city walls. The ludi (shows and games) staged there were so famous that spectators came from many other places, often far away, to witness them.[citation needed] The amphitheatre could host more than 30,000 spectators in ancient times.

    The round façade of the building was originally composed of white and pink limestone from Valpolicella, but after a major earthquake in 1117, which almost completely destroyed the structure's outer ring, except for the so-called "ala" (wing), the stone was quarried for re-use in other buildings. Nevertheless, it impressed medieval visitors to the city, one of whom considered it to have been a labyrinth, without ingress or egress. Ciriaco d'Ancona was filled with admiration for the way it had been built and Giovanni Antonio Panteo's civic panegyric De laudibus veronae, 1483, remarked that it struck the viewer as a construction that was more than human.

    The first interventions to recover the arena's function as a theatre began during the Renaissance. Some operatic performances were later mounted in the building during the 1850s, owing to its outstanding acoustics.

    And in 1913, operatic performances in the arena commenced in earnest due to the zeal and initiative of the Italian opera tenor Giovanni Zenatello and the impresario Ottone Rovato. The first 20th-century operatic production at the arena, a staging of Giuseppe Verdi's Aida, took place on 10 August of that year, to mark the birth of Verdi 100 years before in 1813. Musical luminaries such as Puccini and Mascagni were in attendance. Since then, summer seasons of opera have been mounted continually at the arena, except in 1915–18 and 1940–45, when Europe was convulsed in war.

    In modern times, at least four productions (sometimes up to six) are mounted each year between June and August. During the winter months, the local opera and ballet companies perform at the L'Accademia Filarmonica.

    Modern-day travellers are advised that admission tickets to sit on the arena's stone steps are much cheaper to buy than tickets giving access to the padded chairs available on lower levels. Candles are distributed to the audience and lit after sunset around the arena.

    Every year over 500,000 people see productions of the popular operas in this arena.[3] Once capable of housing 20,000 patrons per performance (now limited to 15,000 because of safety reasons), the arena has featured many of world's most notable opera singers. In the post-World War II era, they have included Giuseppe Di Stefano, Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi and Renata Tebaldi among other names. A number of conductors have appeared there, too. The official arena shop has historical recordings made by some of them available for sale.

    The opera productions in the Verona Arena had not used any microphones or loudspeakers until an electronic sound reinforcement system was installed in 2011.[4]

    In recent times, the arena has also hosted several concerts of international rock and pop bands, among which Zucchero Fornaciari, who holds the record of the highest number of concerts in the location, 38 from 1989 to 2017, and the highest number of concerts during the same tour, 22 of the Black Cat World Tour, Bruce Springsteen, Elisa, Laura Pausini, Pink Floyd, Alicia Keys, One Direction, Simple Minds, Duran Duran, Deep Purple, The Who, Dire Straits, Mike Oldfield, Rod Stewart, Sting, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Peter Gabriel, Björk, Muse, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Jamiroquai, Whitney Houston, Mumford & Sons, Kiss, Spandau Ballet, 5 Seconds Of Summer and 2Cellos.

    In 1981, 1984 and 2010 it hosted the podium and presentation of the Giro d'Italia with thousands packing the arena to watch the prizes being handed out.

    The 2011 Bollywood film Rockstar directed by Imtiaz Ali starring Ranbir Kapoor with music composed by Academy Award winner A.R.Rahman opens and closes with musical concerts shot here.

    On 24 September 2012 Leonard Cohen performed here as part of the First European Leg of his "Old Ideas" World Tour.

    On 25 June 2013 Paul McCartney performed at the venue as part of his 2013 Tour.

    British-Irish boy band One Direction performed on 19 May 2013 as part of their Take Me Home Tour.

    Spandau Ballet played a concert at Verona Arena on 6 July 2015, as part of their Soul Boys Of The Western World Tour.

    On 21 September 2015 the operatic pop group Il Volo performed in Verona for their final date of the Grande Amore Tour. The evening was recorded and broadcast by Rai1 and gained a share of 23%

    On May 13th 2016, the Australian band 5 Seconds Of Summer performed in Verona as part of their 2016 Sounds Live Feels Live World Tour.

    On May 28th and 29th 2016, the English singer Adele performed in Verona as part of her Adele Live 2016 Tour.
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  • Day114

    Wednesday 11/07/2018 (Day 26 SZ) Weggy Apartment 23 Via Weggenstein piano 4, Bolzano, 39100, Italy -

    We leave Slovenia today, and have over 700ks to get done.... In Australia you would have no worries about a trip of 700ks not taking all day + but over here it does... The traffic is the main problem.... and to top it off it’s raining today...which made the mountain roads that bit more tricky to drive on!
    So where have we been started in Slovenia, drove through Austria having to buy the vignettes to use the roads then they hit us for tunnels as well... then into Bavaria Germany, drive to Schliersee grabbed our parcel that was waiting for us since just after we left there 7 weeks ago, had lunch on the Hwy and headed to Italy, where the costs are mounting, tolls, tunnels, costs a fortune plus fuel... it is heaps dear than Montenegro and Croatia...
    So where have we been today, Slovenia to Austria, Austria to Bavaria Germany, the Germany to Austria, Austria to Italy.....Plus the amount of tunnels, from small ones to going through a Tunnel just at border of Slovenia to Austria....it was 7864m unreal then not to far up the Hwy there was another 7900, and another 6500m... Tunnels are a frequent occurrence over here you go through tunnel after tunnel, but to see them this big is unreal....

    Being on the Autostrada is very boring not much to see, so getting off it where we can is great, gives you a look at how others live... only downside is off the Hwy and into the real towns especially in Italy where hardly anyone speaks English it does make it difficult when you try and order black coffee with hot boiling water on the side... so I have had to turn to google translate for help from now on.. I find especially in Italy their coffee is just too strong so hot water tones it down a bit... but it’s a challenge asking for it different... Croatia, and a Montenegro were sometimes a problem, but so many spoke English.... not so in Germany or Italy very similar insular way they view the world... they don’t actually view anything outside there little world, they are so focused on themselves, it’s so evident.... the other countries teach their children to speak English not Italy.... you do get people who are willing to learn it and do try, but on a whole not as many as the other countries we have visited...

    We finally diverted off the Hwy going through what looked like some unreal looking mountainous scenery.... The Dolomites are a sight to be scene... huge an over powering as you drive along next to them in the highways.... running next to the Dolomites is a river a pretty mint green colour... sadly the greenery was so thick either side it was too had to see.

    We had a little stop at the base of the Dolomites next to the river, then headed off towards Bolzano Bosen our home for the night.... by now the Dolomites had gone just like that..... unreal to see such huge, huge mountains slowly peterout to just nothing.... then all the grapes vineyards started to appear in huge volumes....

    We thought we were staying in a little village, it’s a village alright with 108,000 people.... a massive village.... it was a bit unnerving driving into it with one way streets here there and everywhere... plus the fact we had park somewhere to access our key... we ended up in an a restricted area again like we ended up in Florence a couple of years ago.... 12 months after 2 bills arrived for us to pay fines over €100.... we paid it thinking we might at some stage need to go back to Florence, then another one came for another town near Verregio where Jess Godwell’s wedding was... we apparently drove into a wrong area....we didn’t pay this one... now I am expecting 2 lots from this city... we had to park in an area that yes was restricted and John still had to walk quite a way to get the key... the guy who gave us the key said he would fix the problem, but we will see.... there was no mention of any of problems to pick up the key.. or the restricted areas you need to go through to get to it...on the booking site, this should be on there to warn you not to park in restricted zones... the issue is like one way streets they are everywhere...

    So we finally get to our unit.

    Step 1: Accessing the unit... what we go through... to then we discovered you weren’t supposed to put you car near the unit... it was top floor, 65 steps to go up... inside on my side of the bed the roof came over on an angle so I had to nearly lie on the bed to get past it... making sure I didn’t put my head up at all or I would have knocked myself out... as we are self catering we have about 6 bags of gear we take in and out of ever place we stay..... this inself is a bit tricky fir some units that aren’t on the ground floors. We need this gear to be able to use for cooking and cloths etc... so every time we get somewhere we have about 3-4 trips to the car to bring it all in... 65 steps up and down is not fun....

    Step 2: then poor John had to take the car away to park it... parking is a criteria in our search engine... this had parking yes... nearby... didn’t mention it was 500 m away up an alley he could barely find...
    Plus unlike all our other stays this one wasn’t free... there was a cost of €10 over $10 plus you get the exercise to and from free bonus apparently....

    Step 3: power goes out as preparing dinner... so we text the guy who looks after then unit... it took him about an 1 1/2 hrs to get there but instead of him to see us he sends his sexy looking secretary to sort it out... but being kind he was on the lower floors reloading the power....

    Step 4: don’t knock they self out from the slanted roof during the night when you go to the loo....
    ...

    It’s all about making us more resilient apparently....and all part of travel...
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  • Day113

    Tuesday 10/07/2018 (Day 25 SZ). Alpska perla Apartments Gorenji Novaki 80, Cerkno, 5282, Slovenia

    Another day dawn and yes praise God we are alive no mass murders on the mountain ha ha.....to be honest a night alone up here was quite relaxing and very surreal..

    Basically a day until 2 pm just sitting for John and preparing dinner 🥘 for tonight and for me catching up on my blog... so not a lot to talk about really...

    A few workmen were on the mountain early to do maintenance work so a bit of noise in the silence that surrounded us..l

    This afternoon we took the car out to explore around us... my goodness the roads are winding, winding,winding, uphill down dale... houses perched in the oddest spots... on hills... access to sheds via a suspended bridge style driveway... looked unreal. Houses tucked into spots so scary you would wonder why they put a house there.... we just took turns here and there, finally ending up at a little waterfall... then once we took a short all to it we ended up travelling what we realised later the edge if the Italian border to a little restaurant perched on a hill slope with a trout farm behind it.... it was one of the many restaurants or cafe/bar saying motorbikes welcome here... must be a thing about bike riders, but many out there places advertise quite loudly they are welcome... great views here of massive very rugged mountains in the background....

    Then after a drink, we had to turn around and head back hime 45 minuets, if we turn around... 2-3 hrs if we keep going forward... so back we go... the views over the mountains and valleys have been unbelievable and breathtaking... honestly it’s stuff even a movie can’t capture, my pictures can’t come anywhere near what bare eye can see....

    Then on the way home,I had every time we had been up and down noticed a bunker type set up, so,we stopped to investigate....Ohh 😮 my goodness is it unreal... the whole thing was about 150metres long with Room after Room in it a huge long hallway.. and other areas we couldn’t access...so surreal to see... we will have to google to see if there is any info on it all....

    Well what a short stay and how much have we tucked into our time in Slovenia, it has like the other places we have been to offers heaps to see and if you had a couple of years to travel you might get to experience the full experience each country had to offer....
    Being on the mountain has been lovely just so far from accessing other areas easily...
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  • Day112

    Day 110 A Dragons Tale!

    July 9 in Slovenia

    Monday 09/07/2018 (Day 24 SZ). Alpska perla Apartments Gorenji Novaki 80, Cerkno, 5282, Slovenia

    Both a bit tired today feeling slow at getting going...the usual down load late again as we had such a late night after our huge day of travel yesterday....
    Today we are heading to the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana not as far as yesterday, but still a bit of a run... and of course the big drive down the mountain again, this time that silly women as I call her the Nav took us a different route down the mountain so it was actually nice to see a different view...than the one we have done 2 times now... always people parked off the sides of the roads either Bush walking 🚶‍♂️ or push biking 🚴‍♂️... good on them rather it be them than me...

    So we head down the mountain to a fairly populated area, passing through villages with huge industry in them... we had read in many of these countries the governments had a push for big comps to set up businesses outside the city areas, some the rural communities had industries to sustain them... from all the industry we have seen here we are pretty sure that’s what they are doing.... I know our government had played with the idea but to date nothing that I am aware of....

    I must say it does look odd these little tiny villages with huge industry sheds in their back yard.... but with so many villages so close together it means many of the workers aren’t just in one community or village they are spread out say 20-50ks even away from their place of work...

    We made it by about 11 and you guessed it Macca was on the Hwy heading in. So yep an important meeting had to be dealt with...then to find the centre and a park... fortunately it’s not a huge city and not too busy... in fact the busiest thing in the city, is the push bike 🚲 riders who nearly run over you or take right away where ever they are even with cars... we nearly took out about 3 or 4 riders who just flew across crossing without stopping or checking... scary as one guy John had to move the car quickly to the right or he would have been on John’s lap... they are so dangerous for others and themselves...

    All parked up off we set and as I said is not a big town so we could walk around.... firstly crossing the Dragon Bridge easily found a tourist info centre for a map 🗺 then off we set... the markets were next to the info centre, a look at them, heaps of goodies all of which I had to look 👀 not touch... then onto the triple Bridge it’s actually 3 bridges together built the first part in 1842 then the other 2 sections in 1931, it is the entrance to the old town... among the other sights we managed to find, were Franciscan Church, Central Markets, Butchers Bridge which was loaded with locks... John tried to figure out how heavy it was, just one section of locks and he couldn’t even lift it... makes you wonder the bridge doesn’t collapse under all the weight... Cathedral Church of St Nicolas, and the Castle which yes it was on top of another hill, and yes we had to yet again climb to the flamin top of it...John had planned to come up the Funicular but it was in a completely different area to where we ended up... so up, up, up, we went yet again... we did take the funicular back down and how much easier is it...again this Castle was set up with an art display of models so really stupid to come to see a Castle and be hit with this...we did get to see a display on Dragons, I guess it wasn’t too bad.

    This Castle like the last one was filled with restaurants, and more upmarket type restaurants in both castles, art displays not really worthy seeing, from my perspective not too much of the old stuff which I love to see... it did have an amazing stair case to the top of the tower which had unreal views over the city.... our lunch ended up in and under level restaurant, just outside our window was the river that goes through town.... we could have done a river boat cruise, but we have been only doing one thing in each town so making the wisest choice isn’t always easy.... if I’d have known just how many steps there were I wouldn’t have gone up the Castle, but I will admit that wanting to see the city views was my driving force...

    That was Ljubljana for us after coming down from the Castle, we had groceries to buy on our way home...and both very tired from our last few days....

    We stopped at Hufier which is Aldies here, they called it that in Serbia as well... stocked up on a few items, then hit the road...spotting 2 castles on the way home but no time to investigate...

    On our way home we had to call into Cerkno the name of the village our hotel room is connected to...John needed to sort out about dropping the key back... once there they once again, told us we still had to pay, we were sure we had. So John had to go back over all our bank statements to prove we had paid, for the apartment...a lot of tooing and frooing and eventually after the office account who by our very good fortune had stayed back to work late was able to sort it out..l but Booking.com had deposited the virtual money in their account they had to just authorise it... they to,scus they never had to do this before and we told them it’s always been paid for we don’t have to worry about it before.... glad we stayed back to sort it out it took about an hour to get sorted... we sat there having coffee to star with then a drink and watched. A bus load of tourist 60+++ getting off it, and the tour leader running around sorting out they keys etc... so glad we aren’t on a tour especially with this one only one younger person in the whole group...
    By now it is again after 7 pm and we have the mountain to climb... once we finally get there it’s reality that we are the only ones up here... if you were in a little cabin you would go oh well that’s what where are in, but this is a huge complex, with 6 apartments, a little freaky being here by ourselves.... but we are and I am sure it will go fine.....

    Fish, mashed potato 🥔 and salad... yes a good meal for a change..... then a movie and bed nearly a normal night... but what is normal hey?
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  • Day111

    109 The long Winding Roads!

    July 8 in Slovenia

    Sunday 08/07/2018 (Day 23 SZ). Alpska perla Apartments Gorenji Novaki 80, Cerkno, 5282, Slovenia

    Another day dawns another adventure awaits, today we are off to Lake Bled... how ever we are taking a suggested trip that the Hotel puts out. I picked up some brochures while at the hotel yesterday... one had ideas in what to do while here... it had 4 different car routes to take and stuff to look at. So being us we had to pick the longest but looked most interesting Route to Lake Bled... trouble is we got away later than anticipated due you guessed it sorting out photos so I had free space on my phone and the camera... this is a daily routine we try to do at night, but as we were so tired last night it had to wait until today... hence why we didn’t leave until nearly 10 am...
    So we got up the road had a cuppa at a little village and realised we had best go straight to Lake Bled on the shortest part of the plan, then head around the long part later....
    little did we realise that the whole day I man the whole day was spent either going through village after village or going up and down hairpin mountain ranges.... this country is totally unreal with its terrain... we thought Montenegro 🇲🇪 was hilly but this is unbelievable, exhilarating for John and Scary as heck for me....

    We made praise God in one piece to Lake Bled having been through so many little villages and even some flatish rural countryside where crop growing was abound.

    Arriving in Lake Bled to craziness people, cars, push bikes going here there and everywhere... trying to find a park was a mammoth effort, driving around and around trying to just find a space... for a city that had 1,000,0000 of tourists a year their car parking spaces are very poorly done..

    Anyway due to only finding a spot right at the back of the town area, it only gave us 2 hrs to have a look and you had to walk 1/2 the Lake which by the way is just beautiful...to get to anywhere worth looking at... so after walking through row boat section that said no swimming, no to about 10 different things that weren’t being adhere to anyway, especially swimming there skimpy bikini clad girls everywhere and young guys all around boxes.... babies in prams to toddlers running here and there. And a guy fishing when big signs every saying NO FISHING 🎣! Apparently they must not police there rules very much... The island in the middle with the Church of Assumption on it where you go and ring the bell 🛎 and all your wishes come true..to get there you had to get a traditional wooden boat called a Pletna and it was on another side of the Lake so a look at the Island plus take pics was all I could do... so we decided to walk...Stupid us up the darn hill to the Castle on top and the only way we thought was up 100’s or it felt like it.....Steps....... boy I hate steps and this trip is full of the horrible things....up, up, up and once there other than the view it’s just a few rooms filled with an art display... their castles over here unless abandoned are not like the ones in the UK rough ready and feel like the real thing.... anyway once there we also realised you could have driven there.... ohhhhhhh so peeved off all those steps, just think of my heart... I was in such a cranky mood poor John was coping it, so I sent him ahead... and I kept praying to calm myself down not let my anger rule... by the time I finally got to the top all sweaty and breathless I had calmed somewhat down, enough to not give the poor bloke a hell of a time.... I keep forgetting m hormone trouche and I a, sure my moods have been all over the place... seem a bit calmer when taking them regularly... travelling and medication taking aren’t a good mix, you forget to easily...

    Back down we headed another path seems there were about 10 different paths to the top... we had 15 mins to get to,our car before the ticket ran out... no free parking over here, you get a ticket everywhere you park including shops like, Spar, Plodine etc..l they usually scan it and it gets taken into account with your food bill, not sure how they work it. Or you just put it in and it lets you out... toilets cost, parking costs... tolls cost.... etc, etc.... We made it back on the dot we were going like the clappers to get down off the mountain it took about 30 mins to get up there... so then we head off to the rest of our Route planner trip... only the heavens have by now opened and the roads where narrower, winder, and scarier being wet and tight hairline one after the other... but the scenery was spectacular to say least...to be honest breathtaking... snow capped peaks, rugged mountains, pine forests, rainforests.. villages non stop..due to the rain it made it really hard to take it in very well and totally enjoy this unreal countryside... as we made our at past Lake Bovec we found a Fort..Fort Kluze built originally in the 15th century....
    By now the rain had settle.. so we could have a look, across the road we discovered a huge tunnel through the rock mountain, along another path which we didn’t have time to look at as another fort... Fort Hermann built late 1800’s ..... it was all used back in the 2nd World War..... used by Italians... even though it was built many years prior to that.... what had happened as we were nearly here, we actually passed from Slovenians to Italy back to Slovenia even seeing the Austrian border as we zipped by.... in these countries you go through many Most places or Slap places, so funny when you see it...

    So a quick look then onto another spot we cam across because cars were parked everywhere so we got out to see why and it was a massive waterfall, Boka 106m drop...as it was nearly 7pm I felt we should get back it would be late by the time we climb the mountain... so again a quick pic then off we speed on my hairpin winding, narrow roads, with me holding on for grim death... we finally got home at 9pm then I had to make dinner... so nearly 10 by the time we ate...

    A lot of Ks today... a lot of quick reaction driving for John he couldn’t look at much as he had to concern so much.... as I was t always on the sides over looking at lot of the views and hanging on taking decent shots today was hard. Plus a lot of what you wanted to take was above your head in or on the mountains.... and they were soooo biggg it as impossible to get many of the sights you were aiming for....

    Being here is a little spooky, the other Van is still here so 2 lots if guests better than just us.. what we did pass today besides 100’s of cars was 100’s of motorbikes and 100’s of pushbikes my glory they are game riding up and down these extremely steep mountains.... bad enough in a car let alone leg power... they are either into pain in a big way or they are mad... either way there sure is a lot of them.....
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  • Day110

    Saturday 07/07/2018 (Day 22 SZ). Alpska perla Apartments Gorenji Novaki 80, Cerkno, 5282, Slovenia

    Today we depart Croatia, after nearly 6 weeks here it feels a little sad 😢 we have to leave..... it’s also James Day, packing to be organised to talk with James is a bit of a task but we manage to be organised... they are all sadly still sick... it stated with a James having conjunctivitis again from childcare, then both parents now have a flu 🤧 as well.... anyway we called, he really is starting to know us know, which is lovely... so had a little chat... he is growing up so fast... doesn’t talk a lot but understands what you say....said our goodbyes for a week then packed the car and off to Rovinj, what a gorgeous amazing little medieval city/village is this one... with having to do a lot of Ks today we couldn’t spend much time here.

    On our way in what struck us was how neat and tidy this town was, gardens lined the streets the whole way to the main part of the city, so pretty and so inviting.... so different to many of the dirty towns we have been in, you could see the personal pride they were taking in this lovely city/village what ever it’s called... we needed a cuppa so after parking we found amongst the heaps of water front cafes/restaurants a place to sit watching over the over crowded little harbour with hundreds of little to medium sized boats... we shared the most yummy not to sweet cheesecake and had coffee... I so wanted to wander through this little ancient town where you could see that it has alleys here and there, the obligatory Cathedral sitting on top of a small hill with tiled red roofed houses all around it.... it looks idyllic like you are stepping back in time.

    What blew us away is the sheer number of boats in this tiny harbour... so many that you could see men trying to get their boats our, by pushing apart boats with a big stick so they could move their boat forward.... it was like watching a car yard full of cars one behind, in front, to the side of each other layer after layer of them... the good thing is they were on water so it meant they could move them easily apart... it was certainly interesting watching it all fall into place...

    After our cuppa we did a quick wander around the outer edge of the village before heading back to the car.... as we had a fair amount of k’s to do today we thought best keep moving. The countryside at times reminded us if around Kingaroy with it red, red soil.....growing grapes, veggies and olives... even spotted a lavender farm.... plenty of road side stands with Cheese, Wine, Olive Oil and yes Lavender...

    Our next stop was Umag, not as quaint looking as Rovinj, but another unreal little village offering tourist lovely restaurants p, boats fir cruisers around the bays..... what we did notice was much less tourist here so sadly there were heaps of empty restaurants where they are trying so hard to get you to eat......by striking up conversation to get you to come in, it did look sad as it was such a quiet tranquil little spot you could see they really were struggling... on trip advisor we had read some negative comments about coming here as it’s not like Rovinj and no it’s not but it certainly has a lot to offer..... it also has the obligatory Cathedral in the main square... very neat and tidy... also taking great pride in their presentation on how the village much, smaller than Rovinj, but again on a bay... with a massive Marina on the opposite side of the bay... it must be the last huge marina before the boarder...

    The restaurants all look really wonderful, many over hanging the water below. still blue tranquil waters that made you feel like just sitting and watching it.... the issue for these restaurants they were all have basically very similar menus! Nothing different to attract the people, but have noticed this in many of the city’s etc we have been in, similar offerings which makes it feel like same, same but not different menu offerings... nice menus but all too much the same...

    They all looked like they were struggling to stay open ... the other industry that seems like its struggling is the daily cruise excursions... all standing around by restaurants and boats trying to convince people to come to eat or head out on a sea trip... to be honest it looked sad as you know it’s their livelihood that depends on tourists, and not all tourists have big money... so we found a bakery for John a quick hotdog and some hot chips for me and we kept going...

    Before we new it we had hit the Croatian/Slovenian border again one lot we drive straight through then up the road another 2 boxes to show our passports... we thought we had a missive wait at the border with heaps and heaps of cars, but once through the line up went for at least 5-8 is up the road all backed up waiting to get through, just unreal to see how many heading into Croatia, the other thing we noticed was so many different number plates all from so many different countries....

    Our memories of Croatia will be all the Wine, olive oil, lavender bags/oil, cheese they make every town has some on offer of each of these... the sheer volume of the 1,000’s and 1,000’s of apartments, scores of marinas and 100’s and 100’s ATM’s we have never in all our travels seen so much access to an ATM they literally are everywhere... in big cities have heavy tourist areas honestly they are at least 59-100 metres apart....their focus is heavily on offering family holidays with all the trimmings that go with that... on this top end of Croatia the amount of theme parks, water parks, ATV parks, so many different types of adrenaline parks you name it, It’s a big thing that’s for sure and with the sheer volume of people coming in 100’s loaded to the hilt for the long term holiday, mostly with push bikes on the back of their cars, you know these parks will do well... the other thing on offer everywhere especially along the coast is Holiday Camps, it’s a huge business, Camp after Camp, after Camp... most not much bigger than say 30-50sites, but then to the other extreme of 100’s and 109’s of sites for Vans, camper and tents plus they usually offer little units as well......unreal to actually see the sheer volume on offer.....

    The 3 things I didn’t get to try was their local wine, the local cheeses and the BBQ pig, we saw being cooked outside in an open flue type cooker, I wanted to try the honey mead and of course honey is a huge industry here, all producing their own honey in each town... plus fruit and veggies stalls abound.....

    We haven’t seen any golf courses anywhere in Croatia or Montenegro..... we have noticed especially up north bike paths lots and lots along the hwys, but just as many riding in the roads... people on push bikes and Motor bikes traveling, it’s a big industry here and seems to cater well for them... again I know I mentioned it earlier but how weird it is seeing different countries number plates when we are only used to different states and not many of them.... this is country after country and trying to work out each country has been quite a challenge.... The first 2 letters of number plates is in 90% of times is the city or town the are from then letters and numbers that... Croatia has been a truly wonderful experience fir us both... now onto new ground.

    So we crossed the border then drove onto Slovenia’s first big city Koper! And of course our first port of call is a Maccas, you know whatever country you go to it’s always going to offer a good cuppa... once we refreshed a quick drive around Koper to see what’s to see.... again in the coast, Marinas, boats, restaurants and cafes and like so many little seaside towns in Croatia it has the walls of a fortified old city still in parts, what looks like a castle of fort to see, alleys and that real old village feel as you pass by the streets...This place is filled with teenagers everywhere, so must be a happening place or they certainly would be here...

    Then on we head, on some of the wildest roads since Montenegro we have been on.... through village after village after villages some no more than 1k apart but with different names... they have little restaurants/cafes but certainly not the big cafes scene of Croatia.... we finally arrived or we thought we had arrived at our village hotel we had booked with booking.com

    On getting out of the car which was next to the obligatory Cathedral and town square, they were in the Tho’s of setting up for a concert, Opera it would seem is the concert tonight... we entered the hotel, which was a bit hard to find, we were greeted by the guy at the desk... ohh you are the Australian’s yrs we have your booking, but your apartment is 10 is away... 10ks away we said.... yes he said and it’s on top of the mountain in the ski village... hmmm ok... by now it was pretty late but we had no choice... the guy before we left kept being apologetic for the apartment and if we didn’t want to stay there it would be a lot dear to stay here at the hotel... okkkk what’s the go, we are thinking... So with his rough directions we set off and climb, climb, climb through tiny village after tiny village until no villages, just pine forests and hairpin narrow roads. We started to think either we got it wrong or he gave us the wrong instructions, as we had gone past the 10k mark well and truly and by now we were in a dirt track.... John was about to turn around when we see an electronic gate which we tried to get to work or push the button to get some one to open it, the voice at the end and John couldn’t sink so I had to get out and try and open it... it did eventually open... then we had to climb high in by now a bitumen road again... around hairpins then suddenly we hit a huge building, we still climb higher and yep here’s another building with apartment 6 written in a car space... so we get out and climb the stairs to what is a massive building a ski lodge... there are chairlifts around, and kids playing, people around not a lot but a few.... we finally spot a guy in a bar and ask how we get to our room... there not a soul in the bar and he us shutting at 7 which is in 20 mins... we find our apartment and wow it’s fantastic, but the whole place is nearly empty.... we half unpack, then hit the bar fir a drink, thinking we could get some info... but the barman was busy packing up.... it would be opening to tomorrow... The guy at the hotel told us the restaurant would be open Sunday but not today... but from the barman we gather it’s been the same both days and I don’t think they open any restaurant just drinks...

    Thank goodness we can self cater because it’s advertised as having a restaurant fir meals, you can get breakfast there is a pool, sauna and salt room... well it’s true on all accounts but not here 15ks up the mountain it’s at the hotel at the village below... all that’s up here is a very empty ski lodge, a fantastic looking apartment, if your into mountain bike riding well you are in the prefect spot because that’s what people come here for at present.... by 8pm all bar 2 cars had gone and not a person in sight.... we settled in for the night, discovering no wifi as advertised and why we chose this place and no washing machine as was advertised as well..... however every other Knick knack in the kitchen you could think of..... except tongs ha ha good thing I have my own...

    We are here now so have to make the best of it... just a long way down and back up when we head out to do our sightseeing... we chose this spot because it was in the middle of both areas we want to see... Lake Bled and Ljubljana.... little did we realise it was high in a sheer mountain ⛰ and that every road around it was full of hairpin roads to get from A-B..... see how we go!
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  • Day109

    107 RnR coming to an end!

    July 6 in Croatia

    Friday 06/07/2018 Put Danijela Tominica 11 , Lovran, 51415, Croatia

    Today was another RnR day, getting my dairy up to date, trying to upload pics has become a night mare... the net is so bad here.... finding it very difficult! Can’t upload pics unless I use my data not good as I will go through it too quickly... So we just had a complete down day... didn’t go anywhere all day.. that is a first indeed...

    We have enjoyed our time here... the weather had been a bit fickled, a deep haze comes over the bay.... and makes it look 👀 very hard to tell Sea from sky... also makes it feel a bit oppressive... However when sunny ☀️ it looks so clean, crisp and flat... smooth as silk... having the islands 🌴 around the bay seems to clam the whole bay, even on bad days it’s more the atmosphere than the water being unsettled.... even though we have been so far from the actual water, it’s been so relaxing just seeing it... we will miss these views for sure...
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  • Day108

    106 Island adventures!

    July 5 in Croatia

    Thursday 05/07/2018 Put Danijela Tominica 11 , Lovran, 51415, Croatia

    Today is another adventure day, heading to the Island of Krk to find it’s delights!

    And there were delights that be found for sure! But before we headed there John had yet another appt with Macca on our way through Rijeka... and yes he was meeting again... they even do a great Americana which in Europe is a black coffee... then into the car and off we go... Krk has a massive Bridge like the Island if Pag.. ...the difference is a Pag had a view point to stop and look at the bridge but Krk doesn’t have one... it actually looks a lot higher than Pag’s if that’s possible...

    We made our way to the Township of a Krk... another beautiful old city that had been surrounded by a fortified wall as so many have in Croatia... also as most of the other ones they are either crumbling or have been ravaged by the locals for the own homes...
    Also like so many of the towns on the coastal areas, the ocean looks amazing to swim in, inviting you in with its unreal colour... the rocks everywhere for people to relax on... the bays that these areas are always in are just magical, the water so clam, great for kids..... not like our surf which is so dangerous...
    Everyone has a padded mat to sit on the beach, beach shoes to walk into the Rocky Waters edge, a blowup floaty, some little but many the bigger the better and cafe/bars everywhere that only sell drinks, they don’t they sell food just drinks!

    People everywhere laying all over the rocks...... always reminding me of Vimeo’s Seals on Rocks saying from our 2000 Cosmos trip.....one thing we have noticed 100’s I mean 100’s come out for swimming in late arvo... cars parked here, there and everywhere so you can get a spot to swim....

    Krk township was very quaint again with lots of little alleys,the obligatory Cathedral/ monastery in place! It had a fantastic lookout a really lovely community square, a harbour and lots of cute little shops and lovely looking restaurants... I could have spend ages looking around it, but we had to go after we had a bit to eat, from the kebab shop.... we had parked the car around off one of the bays a bit away from the township, so we had to head hack to the car again, via the bays... watching everyone all the ladies in their bikini’s

    Back into the car and off to Vrbnik, wow was this place unreal... like out a movie set also. They had a winery, sold honey like everywhere else..
    Yes a Cathedral, the narrowest alley in the world.... heaps of back packers here..unreal doors...restaurant perched on the edges of his over looking the ocean a far way below..again it could have been explored for ages, but we had to move on...the last 2 days of sightseeing have been really,really hot, you can feel the humidity building, surely there will be a storm to break it...

    On our way to Vbnik we passed a massive Marina and dry dock port..
    It was huge....very well set up that’s for sure... the other thing we passed was hundreds and hundreds of olive trees and grape vines... but wine industry here... I so wanted to buy a bottle but my currency advisor had a tight rain on the means... so no chances I am afraid...

    Back to the car and off to Silo, Silo’s beaches were totally different, they were flat and surrounded by marshy grasslands, sandy mud, areas with little streams going out to sea... Totally out of place compared to anywhere we have been in Croatia, again people every where! We drove to find a beach for a swim, but only found high stone walls everywhere... John did check out a spot but decided to bug a crawl back up the rock wall... but he said there were people everywhere down there, all swimming... so back into the car and off we set towards the bridge when John saw the sign to the caves, so,off we went to see them..

    However first we had to go through a little village that was nearly all out of white stone... looked unreal so ancient the way it’s been done...again we have had a day of complete surprises.... The cave we were sure if still open, but by now it was 5.30pm so I felt we should start back..

    Every place has something interesting to, offer and look at... we had looked everywhere to have a dip and as yet have’t found that quite little out if the way spot... then just as we’re about to come away from the place between the white rock village and Silo we found a perfect place..
    I was in 7th heaven as there was fairy statue growing wild everywhere... we couldn’t believe it would grow so close to the salt water..but it was... the swim was very,very refreshing for me cold frog that I am now... only down side was the cruiser boat parked near us and 2 ladies non stop giggling 🤭....but still a great way to finish our day off on The Island of Krk....

    So back over the bridge up the freeway, towards home, we headed....
    We have loved Croatia 🇭🇷 and Montenegro 🇲🇪 they have both been complete surprises , filled with heaps to see and do... as I have said before and will again if your a yachty Croatia has so much to offer... so much to see, nearly every little beachside village you can moor at get off your boat, go to restaurants, Cafe/Bars, wander the amazing little ancient villages.... you could spend a couple of years here justice checking out all the little ports up the coastline..

    My saying is about Croatia, they heaps of Marinas more than anywhere else in the world I have ever seen...more ATMs than I have ever seen, in so many of these little out if the way places there are ATMs every 50-100m especially in the busy tourists area, but still heaps in the not so busy tourist areas... and crazy drivers, no one sticks to the speed limit, everyone smokes and talks on the phone in the car even though the law says you can’t... there are speed limits but they are ignored, smoking is a right of passage to adulthood... and when your old and shrivelled up from all the smoking you still puff away... it’s full of motorbikes from countries all over Europe...
    it’s been an unreal time and experience.... some of the places we have stayed have been ho hum... others have been wow... all have been either slightly under or around the budget some have been just over..so I guess it’s even itself out pretty well...
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  • Day107

    Wednesday 04/07/2018 Put Danijela Tominica 11 , Lovran, 51415, Croatia

    Today we are off to explore Pula...been looking forward to going to Pula..

    We started out heading up the range, when I say up, I mean up... we think the Great Dividing Range is Big it’s a baby compared to the ranges in Croatia and Montenegro..so u, u, up we went..... unreal the hairpins.... trying manoeuvre the bends with on coming traffic is fun...not... but the views when you could see them are just amazing over the bay... not too many houses didn’t have a magnificent view over the bay we can see.... fantastic scenery that’s for sure....

    So onto Pula on the unreal Hwy that they have, huge bridges, huge tunnels, everything so new and so well done..it all comes at a cost of course at the toll booth... but t be honest for the ease of such fantastic roads it’s worth it..l

    Pula is another one of the ancient cities with Roman Ruins... driving in I t dies feel that big actually, but we are expecting to be over run by tourist and again I think we were very fortunate that we are at the beginning of the season... there were. A good amount but it was easy to get around and not be over run by tour groups and 1,000 of tourist...

    We arrived and parked right in front of the Amphitheatre... getting there early mean 2 things not many around bonus and it wasn’t open,but to be honest you could pretty much see most of it from outside... so once it did open we opted not to go in... we had by now had an appt with Macca again getting to be a habit... had a quick look at some of the streets then headed back to the car to move it to somewhere cheaper.... pretty xxxy where we had parked in front of the Amphitheatre...

    Then off we set again to explore around the town... Alleys, Roman Forum, Towers, ancient church’s, the harbour, then lastly the Fortress we thought... until we could see a smaller Roman Amphitheatre below the fortress... John had been watching the guys doing excavation on it little bit by little bit... not in a hurry to get the job done by any means...

    All very interesting all easy to get around and see, Pula old town is not that big..
    We accidentally found the Markets after we had, had our lunch... we had gone to see Macca again, but he was indisposed with heaps and heaps of people no room at that inn that’s for sure... So we headed up the main shopping area and had a Pizza... they are ok but nothing amazing a bit tasteless... anyway the Markets were just shitting up as we arrived such a shame..much to John’s delight...l

    We wandered back to the car via other streets, the doors here like Rijeka are unreal... I must have snapped over 50 or more...did put any up, I think people are over my doors... but I did get some beauties...

    Into the car then off to find some Forts... we could see them on the map from the tourist info centre, now had to find them... the first one was fairly easy. The 2nd much more of a challenge... finding the first one Fort Punto Christo... like finding a movie set... it was all locked up, but we found a gate unlocked so we went in only a little way... I was scared stuff there might be a guard dog in the premises... I don’t know why I thought this but I did..it’s very run down and a lot has vines growing all over it... but a lot of useable area has had restaurants set up kind if in them, pretty rough restaurants, but signs, temporary fences around them, gear every where, quite a mishmash of stuff everywhere..not being game to go too far it did look huge... we walked around it... honestly you could put a movie production here and it wouldn’t need anything to make it look like a lost castle in the jungle... I just loved the whole idea of it all... such a shame it’s not open to the public, it is just awesome....

    Then onto Fort Grosso...looking at the map there are about 10or more forts in the area... what a shame we don’t have time to find them all.... we had enough trouble finding this 2nd one it was up a dirt track our poor little car didn’t really like at all... but again what a hidden treasure... it is in much worse condition than the first fort... looks like someone had started doing work to it structure as it crumbling, steps put in and a few areas to make it a little safer... but then stopped... it, also has next to it a Armed Forces building in a bunker into a grassed mound... you could here the aircon going... a bit weird next to a crumbling fort that looks more like a castle... up a very rough dirt track.... anyway we looked around it for a bit just us again like the last one, very exciting exploring these hidden treasures....

    Well time to head home, but via as much of the coast as we could... views when seen unreal.... villages here there and everywhere... we found one village that had been abandoned a few years back, but now has people taking over the old homes... many have no roofs or are crumbling, in little alleys here and there... another interesting treasure to find... below the township, way below is a massive coal fired power station and a huge port... very interesting as well...

    Up the road was a hotel over looking the bay... the views were astounding... The Croatian coastline is just amazing... rarely any sand but the rocks and pebbles make the water colour even prettier without the sand being stirred up... then we followed the coastline back just beautiful...

    I had a ball today looking and finding these out of way abandoned places...
    But at the same time very sad to see them falling into disrepair as I know without a shadow of doubt if they were in better shape and opened to the public,there would be heaps visiting them.... so many Aussies are in awe of stuff like this centuries old not 100’s of years.....Great day finished by a leftovers dinner....
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