Croatia & Italy
It has been just under a year since my trip around the world. Since
then I've been working in San Diego, met a wonderful woman (Cristine), been
rock climbing regularly, and generally just enjoying life. However, at the
back of my mind something was nagging at me, I needed to go traveling again.
Cristine and I
discussed all kinds of places to visit and finally came up with Croatia,
although it turned into a side trip to Italy as well.
Croatia was not quite
what I had expected. The country feels very European, but you can still see
some of the influences left over from communism (terrible communist housing
for one) and the war (pock marks on the walls of buildings from bullets). For
the most part Croatia is an up and coming nation with an only slightly troubled
past. I hope you enjoy the pictures plus the inevitable commentary.
Clay tennis courts in Dubrovnik
The wall surrounding the old-city of Dubrovnik.
The ocean view of Dubrovnik.
Notice the different colored tile roofs. The gray ones are those buildings that were not hit during the Serbian siege of 1991.
Cat caught between the tiles.
Roman diocletians palace (converted into a church) in Split.
Reviewing the blue bible over a hot cup of choclate (as in, a choclate bar melted down and put in a cup).
Sibenik rooster on a stick.
The beautiful town of Skradin on the banks of the Krka river.
Base of the Krka waterfalls. These falls are formed by algae becoming encrusted with limestone and forming these beautiful terraces.
Roof of the old mill in Krka.
Entrance to Paklencia (fantastic climbing area).
Looking down where my sun glasses fell off my head and went hurtling way down there.
Happy to be at the top.
Whew, that's a long way down (can you see the cars?).
View on our ascent up the mountain.
The view from our window towards Paklencia.
The not-so-wild life.
Rocky beach bar in Rovinj in Istria (there were dolphins jumping out there, really.).
Scary stairs in the bell tower. "How scary," you ask ...
Yes, that scary!
Rovinj, view of the bell tower and waterfront property.
I guess the dog couldn't read the sign.
My baby, and the view from Zlatni Rat (park) towards Rovinj.
View of Zlatni Rat.
Our trusty Chevy Matiz (official confluence point search vehicle).
Approaching Venice by boat from Croatia. One the left is the Chiesa di Santa Maria della Salute and on the right you can see San Marco's Campanile (bell tower).
Il Piazza di San Marco
View from the Ponte dell' Accademia
Cristine, somewhere in Venice.
More photogenic Venice.
They sure don't make them like they use to.
Gondola on water.
Il Ponte di Rialto
Need a Gondola?
Chiesa ... Salute...
The reason we don't have any more pictures of our trip is because I set
the camera down in the Roman Forum and walked away. It is my belief that
cameras -- left unattended -- in the Roman Forum probably only stay that
way for -- on average -- one minute, and I left it sitting there for about
15 minutes. So, instead of being saddened by this event I've taken up
drawing in Paint to provide everyone with an idea of what the rest of our
trip was like.
Finale Lagure, Italy
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