Kapoor Year 14A: The Balkans travel blog

Kapoor Year 14A: The Balkans

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Kapoors Year 14A: Adriatic Coast travel blog
Sept 2019 – Nov 2019

We first started looking at visiting Croatia when we were in northern Italy in October 2009. Wow! I can’t believe that was ten years ago – where has the time gone?

Anyway, we were in Venice and we thought we might be able to travel via train or bus to Trieste and then on into Croatia. When we inquired at the train station we were told that travel that late in the fall was actually quite difficult, that there had already been an early snowfall in the mountains that separate the two countries and that bus and train connections were sporadic because very few tourists were interested in the route.

We had thought we would travel by land around the Mediterranean Sea by land as much as possible, but instead we opted to take a train directly to Rome where the weather was fine and definitely not snowing. We had never been to Rome before, so it made sense and Anil managed to find us a very affordable flight from there to Istanbul. The Adriatic Coast and Greece would just have to wait for another time.

Since, then, Croatia has been on our radar again and again, but the time just never seemed right. One year it was extensive flooding due to heavy rains in the spring, and other years the migrant crisis caused by the outbreak of war in Syria kept us away.

So far it’s looking good, the current weather is fine, not too hot and not too cold, and the forecast is favourable. We are making a stop in Los Angeles to celebrate our nephew’s birthday on Sept 27th and then we fly from there to Dubrovnik, via Zurich and Zagreb.

The only downside of having waited these ten years to visit Croatia is that the Netflix series ‘Game of Thrones’ has been a blockbuster hit and hoards of fans now descend on poor Dubrovnik where many of the scenes have been filmed. We’re probably some of the few people on the planet who haven’t watched a single episode of the series, so I don’t think we’ll be having to elbow the fans out of the way; we’ll just avoid the prime locations and search for the out-of the-way corners of the city and the country.

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NOTE You can click on the links below the Home Page Map for a detailed regional maps. This will give you a better view of our route and the cities we toured.

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29 
 
 
'Roses Of Sarajevo' Tour
 
30 
 
 
Crimes Against...
 
31 
 
 
IN MEMORIAM
 
32 
 
 
By Bus To Mostar
 
33 
 
 
Mostar's Old Bridge
 
34 
 
 
Early Morning Mostar
 
35 
 
 
By Taxi to Split
 
36 
 
 
Split, Croatia
 
37 
 
 
Diocletian's Palace
 
38 
 
 
Split's Beaches
 
39 
 
 
Time To Split?
 
40 
 
 
Over Night In Zagreb
 
41 
 
 
Dubai (In Transit)
 
42 
 
 
Delhi With Family
 
43 
 
 
Mumbai With Family
 
44 
 
 
Beijing (In Transit)
 
45 
 
 
Tokyo's Haneda Airport...
 
46 
 
 
Vancouver (In Transit)
 
47 
 
 
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