Mostar, Bosnia (visiting famous Stari Most bridge)

October 25, 2014

Up at 4:30 am to get ready and catch the 6 am and 4 hour bus to Mostar. The road was high in the mountains and while I wanted to sleep, could not keep from watching the winding roads with the 1000 foot drops. 




















Split, Croatia

October 22, 2014

Flew into Split from Belgrade on cheap flight as I seem to be getting a little lazier as my journey begins winding down. ( 3 weeks left) Croatia is to be the "vacation" part of my journey which I always try to include on every trip. I have been to Dubrovnik before but my first time here. I am staying in Split 5 nights and Hvar Town for 4 nights then to Zagreb for one night. The city is beautiful and combined with all the sailboats on the Adriatic Sea it is that much more picturesque. Hiked to the park which overlooks the city and got a "birdseye" view of the city and harbor. Breathtaking is best word to describe. Weather has been amazing.

























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My # 1 Reason for traveling.

October 23, 2014

My favorite reason for traveling is that it makes me feel like a "kid on Christmas morning " EVERY time I visit a new destination and some old ones. That feeling of the unknown and opportunity of adventure overwhelms me and I am always walking around smiling as if I know something that no one else knows. Lol Also, while  visiting "old towns" in Europe I hear Andrea Bocelli singing in my head. Don't know why. Love his music and guess the architecture seems Italian. Lol Only my 3 grandkids, Kade, Madison and Lily have that power to make me feel the same way. 




Traveling during the "shoulder" season.

October 21, 2014

The "shoulder" season is the perod of time right before or right after the tourist season. Benefits are that it is always less crowded and less expensive. Usually the weather is also good for travel or even better such as in Europe when the masses descend in the heat of summer. Europe is much bettter in Spring or Fall with cooler temperatures. I have been rewarded traveling through Eastern Europe with magnificent weather and almost no one in the dorms. On 2 occasions I have had the dorm to myself. Nothing like a private room for only $12.