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Day 29

Bosnia Herzegovina

Another bus tour into Bosnia Herzegovina. First stop Pocitelj, a small traditional Muslim town with old mosque & cobbled streets .
Drove through the Neretva River valley showing fertile agriculture area-mandarins, grapes, olives, figs.
On to Mostar which is an amazing city with an eclectic mixture of Bosnian Muslim on one side of river (very Turkish) & Croatian catholics on the other. The architecture reflects this on oposing sides of the river.
The city was devastated during the Homeland War including the Old Bridge-made famous by Hamish & Andy, who jumped off it into the cold Neretva River below (10').
Young Mostar men are not known to be 'men' until they have jumped off this bridge by the end of the summer. There were a couple of guys waiting for enough donations to warrant a jump & eventually 2 did. 21m drop into cold water!



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Day 28


Joined a bus tour today for Montenegro. Scenery very similar to Croatia as we follow the coast around.
Car ferry across Kotor Bay, couple of hours in Budva, which is another walled city.
Stopped at a lookout to view St Sveti island-an exclusive island for the rich & famous with magnificent villas & apartments.
Next stop Kotor- another walled city but has 5km of walls which climb a hill to a fortress at the top. Looks like the great wall of China! Situated on a 'fjord'.



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Day 27

Walked around the old city walls (2km & more steps-not counting anymore!!). Magnificent views over the old city & the Adriatic. Never get sick of it. Beautiful sunny day today.


Cal left us for Barcelona late morning, so Craig & I climbed the Lovrjenac Fort, which is detached & on a neighboring promontory.
Great views of the Old City.


Caught bus into New City & New Harbour-not very exciting, so got back & had sunset drinks on one of the bars perched on a rocky ledge on the outside of the walls, facing the Adriatic-HIGHLIGHT!



Watched the locals dive off the rocks below us for their afternoon swim.


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Day 26


Caught bus to Dubrovnik (4.5hrs $30). Beautiful scenic drive, reminiscent of the Amalfi coast.
Lots of islands off the coast, difficult to distinguish mainland from islands.
Dubrovnik is amazing, the old city is completely surrounded by fortress walls, but inside it is a busy hive of activity. Our accommodation is within the old city.
Walked around a little this afternoon, then caught the cable car up to the fortress on the hill (major influence in the protection of Dubrovnik during the Homeland War of 91-95)



Found a friend on fortress hill.

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Day 23


Left early am to drive to Prague airport to catch plane to Split (via Frankfurt). (3hrs $500)
What a contrast to what we have been experiencing! 23' with the smell of sea air! The city and surrounding towns just hug the coastal areas. Inland is mostly barren limestone hills.
Split is bustling with tourists and alfresco dining and nightlife.

Split Riva

Split Riva

Cal met us again today. Went out for dinner to celebrate his real birthday. Had our first seafood meal of the trip sitting in an outdoor restaurant at the 'Riva' (waterfront).


Cal 24 on Split waterfront.

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