April 17th - April 30th. We said goodbye to Sarajevo and headed to one of the Top Ten Countries on our list - Croatia. Or as it is officially known in Croatian, The Republika Hrvatska. But that doesn't work very well in the travel brochures, now does it?
This was the first time we've stayed in three cities in three weeks, but we really wanted to see the country so we started at the top in Split, hit the island of Hvar near the middle and ended up at the very bottom in Dubrovnik.
|On the bus with the goal clearly marked!|
|Goodbye snowy Sarajevo. Croatian weather was mixed but certainly warmer!|
|Roasted goat was tempting if you can deal with heads, tails, hoofs and hair!|
|The safe harbor in Split|
|Split was a city filled with ruins and rejuvenation|
|Michael enjoying local music in Split|
|The view from our deck|
|Our lovely airbnb hosts|
We enjoyed some great food here - especially at our neighborhood bistro. I had Octopus Goulash twice - because when you can, you should. Especially since this is not something that I'd whip up at home.
|Just looking at this photo makes me want to go back!|
|Hvar might be one of the finest places on earth|
|A quite morning coffee in the Piazza all to myself|
|Once we reached the top of the fort there were no more stairs left in Hvar!|
|The view from the deck of our apartment|
|Who wouldn't walk 20 minutes to town with this scenery?|
|Hiking downhill? We did consider it for a minute.|
|Dubrovnik really is this beautiful|
|The lovely narrow streets inside the walled city.|
|A TV channel was focused on the main street of the city 24/7|
Dubrovnik goes above and beyond the Croatian clean and tidy standards. It's almost like entering Disneyland just as the gates open. And it did feel like we were in a Fairytale at times. Most of the town is contained within the ancient city walls. They are so well preserved along with the buildings inside that you can't help imaging what it was like living here 800 years ago. Guess that's why Games of Thrones is filmed here.
|Everywhere you looked you were in a Fairy Tale!|
|Michael braving the ancient stairs|
|At least benches had been invented to go along with all those stairs|
Next up Ljubljana in Slovenia. That would be Loo-Bee-Yawn-Ah. See you there!
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Debbie and Michael Campbell