Do not miss Korcula when visiting Croatia! Marco… Polo…

korchula

When in Croatia, visiting the island of Korcula is a must. It is as if you were visiting a miniature version of Dubrovnik.

korchula city center

We rented a car for the day in Dubrovnik (from Avant Car Rental) and drove a couple hours to the ferry stop across the island. Thankfully our car had GPS so we didn’t get lost but you can easily look this up in your phone maps. We parked in the lot near the ticket station and bought a ticket on the car ferry since it was actually about to depart in a few minute. We heard that parking in Korcula was limited so we decided to just leave it parked in the mainland. Continue reading “Do not miss Korcula when visiting Croatia! Marco… Polo…”

Oh those city walls in Dubrovnik

dubrovnik, croatia

dubrovnik windows

The beautiful city walls of Dubrovnik should be at the top of your bucket list when visiting. Inside the old city you will find narrow streets full of restaurants, a church,  stores and of course… many, many, many steps so make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes. You can enter the city walls from the old Harbor or Pile Gate but either entrance will give you access to spectacular city views.

fortress in dubrovnik

Not only will you feel like if you are in an episode of Game of Thrones but walking thru the city walls will give you the best views of the vast blue water surrounding the city.  I spent most of my money there eating back ice cream – Cokolada Extra Ice Cream.

war museum

Dubrovnik is a city full of history and one of my favorite experiences was taking the cable cars to the top of the mountain and visit the Museum of Croatian War of Independence. The building itself is a fort and you can climb the stairs to the top and see the city from a different angle. Afterwards you can even rent an ATV and go on a safari trip up there as well.

boats

There are so many things to do and places to visit. You can take a ferry to Lokrum Island from the old city port and bathe in the nude beach (not my cup of tea but I heard its beautiful) or hike up to the fort.  You can also island hop the Elafiti islands and enjoy the beaches and the hiking trails.

dubrovnik 2017

I truly fell in love with this city and its people! To see more of our adventures in Croatia check out my video.

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Macedonia has the nicest people, like for real!

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city of skopje
Kale Fortress

This fortress is located near the old bazaar and there is no cost to enter. You can climb the tower walls, walk to the end of the fort walls, or have a picnic outside the gates.

turkish tea
Having Turkish coffee in the Old Bazaar

The great feature about our hostel  (Shanti Hostel) was that it was located near a big supermarket and Macedonia Square. For lunch we grabbed some kebabs and for dessert we drank Turkish coffee and tea. So delicious and while I was prepping to take this picture, two nice girls sat next to us and started talking to us. The love taking pictures and after a few minutes talking they offered to give us a tour of their city. SERIOUSLY!! How nice of them to even offer that to two complete strangers 🙂

mother son statue in skopje
Water Fountain of Alexander the Great as a child with his mother in Macedonia Square

We hiked down from the Museum of Contemporary Art to Macedonia Square where you start getting surrounded by many statues and water fountains. This water fountain shows Alexander the Great as a child with his mother , Olympias.

bus stop

The next day we went to the bus station to catch the bus towards Mt. Vodno and ride the Cable Cars. The bus station is full of many buses and bus stops. A nice street sweeper probably saw the confused look in our faces and helped us find the right booth to buy the tickets and he even took us to the right bus stop.  He was so NICE! After several minutes of waiting for the bus we went back to the ticket booth to make sure we were waiting for the right bus but bad news. . . that bus does not come on Monday’s so we had to find an alternate bus route. We were told to go to another bus stop and while crossing the street we found the same street sweeper and he guided us again to the new bus stop without any hesitation. SERIOUSLY, he was so nice and loved how we were able to communicate all this time without any english.

milenial cross
Millennial Cross

The cable cars do not work on Monday’s so we hiked up the road for about 2 hours and finally made it to Millenial Cross. You will see beautiful mountain views of the countryside and if you are brave enough, you can hike to Matka Canyon from here.

matka canyon
Matka Canyon

Matka Canyon has a nice hiking trail on the edge of the cliffs that face the river, kayaks, and boat tours. We took a boat ride to one of the caves and even thought it was pretty dark you can still see and hear the bats flying above you.

mother teresa museum
Mother Teresa Memorial House

Back in Macedonia Square, we visited Mother Teresa’s Memorial House. It is a beautiful modern museum where you can see many pictures, mementos from her home and a chapel located on the top floor.

skopje fields

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Diving in Croatia’s underwater winery

zuljana bay

It was a pleasure to meet Sanja – one of the most bravest women I’ve met during my travels. She is a marine biologist and activist at Ekoloska Udruga Mala Sirena which is an NGO dedicated to protecting the marine ecosystems and educating the public about the environment. We met her during our trip to Croatia last week where my friend and I scuba dived to the underwater Edivo Vina winery in Zuljana (located in the Peljesac Peninsula). We were very nervous but she held our hand and walked us thru the whole process. Once we were all ready with our gear it was time to jump off the boat and view the beauty under water. There were corals and fishes and laying at the bottom of the reef was the underwater cellar. A unique experience to view the clay pots in a rack submerged upside down at the bottom of the sea.

zuljana painting

The Edivo Vina winery is a spectacle to see underwater but if you are not interested in diving you can visit their location in Drace and learn about the process while you taste the various wines they offer.
Check out my video here to see more about our adventures.

What made the whole experience so incredible was meeting Sanja. She taught us about the corals, showed us the fishes found underwater and explained the various projects her organization is working on. You can see her vertical gardens near the beach and her work to clean the environment and the Zuljane Bay Marine doesn’t go unnoticed. Such a beautiful town! She is an incredible person who’s mission is one that we can all take part in to help the world become a better place. We learned so much from her and hope to one day to come back and visit her lovely town again.

You can learn more about her diving center at www.divebarbara.com and view all the amazing projects she is working on at www.ekomalasirena.org.

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