Everything starts already? in March, when my family and I decide to organize a trip by car, we are now used to this type of road trip, in fact already? in 2014 and 2015 we traveled around Spain by car. This year we will move to the East, the first thing I booked? Was it the return ferry that will bring us back? in Italy from Dubrovnik, so how already? said in March I have secured the tickets, and in the following months I have personally booked all the hotels that will host us along the way.
Finally we leave, around 5.00 am all by car, destination Vicenza, this is just a stage to dispose of the tiredness of the journey, almost 800 km, we arrive at the hotel and check-in, then we spend the whole afternoon in the pool, in the evening we decide to have dinner at the Roadhouse (well-known fast food chain) and after dinner we return to the hotel.
The next morning, after breakfast we reach Venice, leave our car at the Tronchetto Parking and with the People Mover elevated train we reach Piazzale Roma. The city? lagoon as known? unique in the world, we begin our visit by crossing the Constitution Bridge, so to speak the bridge of discord, too modern in my opinion and almost impractical. After the station we reach the Scalzi Bridge and leave the Grand Canal to sneak into the narrow streets of the city, we pass by the Church of San Giacomo dell? Orio, Santa Maria Mater Domini, we cross the tiny Ponte delle Tette, the Rialto Market, the Church of San Giacomo di Rialto and the famous Rialto Bridge with its tiny shops on both sides. We continue and reach Piazza San Marco where thanks to the Venezia Unica (a tourist card) pre-purchased online we visit the Correr Museum, the Clock Tower, the Civic Museum of Venice, the National Archaeological Museum, the Marciana Library and of course the Basilica di San Marco main church of the city. The current building? divided into three different registers, lower floor, terrace and domes, the Basilica? 76,5 meters long and 62,60 meters wide in a city? like Venice, which rests on a sandy ground, they tended to build buildings in width, more? than in height, this to have a more base? wide and give the structure a more weight? balanced. The central dome? 43 meters high. The facade has two orders, one on the ground floor which? punctuated by five large splayed portals that lead to the internal atrium. The second order forms a walkable terrace and has four more blind arches. a central in which opens a loggia that houses the quadriga. After the Basilica we visit the Palazzo delle Prigioni and cross the famous Bridge of Sighs that leads to the Doge's Palace, the bridge in fact served as a passage for prisoners when they had to go from prisons to the offices of the state inquisitors to be judged.
After the visits we reach the Tronchetto Parking, crossing the Grand Canal once again thanks to the Accademia Bridge. Having recovered the car, we reach our hotel in the locality. Quarto D? Altino and we have dinner in a restaurant a few meters from it.
After July,? With the good that I love you? as Riccardo Del Turco sang, the long-awaited August arrives, we leave our hotel and also Italy and enter Slovenia, to do this you have to buy the famous vinjeta, or an orange sticker to be applied on the windshield, the cost? really ridiculous if we compare it to the Italian motorway cost, in fact with only 15 euros you can? unlimited travel throughout the Slovenian motorway network for seven consecutive days. Our first stop in Slovenia are the Postojna Caves (Postojnska jama) 21 km of tunnels, the most? extended of the whole Karst area and the most? visited from Europe, the caves are full of stalagmites and stalactites, the internal temperature is almost constant on 8 ?. We put on our jackets and enter, the first part of the caves can be visited by climbing aboard an electric train that leaves us in the heart of the caves, then we continue on foot, always accompanied by a guide who illustrates and explains the incomparable wonders we witness . As for the fauna, the largest inhabitant famous of the caves? the Proteus, this little amphibian has many characteristics, in fact? the only one of its kind to live in total absence of light and? totally depigmented.
Let's go back on board the little train that leads us near the exit. After the Caves we reach the Postumia Castle or Castel Lueghi, in the municipality of Bucuie at 9 km. from Postojna, we reach it thanks to the bus provided by the park included in the combined ticket Caves + Castle.
The construction dates back to 1300, at the time these lands belonged to Italy. The Castle was considered impregnable being located in the shelter of a karst cave on a rock wall 123 meters high and was the refuge of the knight Erasmus, some rooms of the castle for? were slightly more? exposed and thanks to the betrayal of a servant the troops managed to kill Erasmus and take the castle.
After the visit the bus takes us back to the parking lot, we recover the car and leave Postojna to reach 53 km. to the north-east the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana. This city? has 287 thousand inhabitants and? the "P? largest of all Slovenia, considered the cultural, scientific, administrative and political heart of the entire country, it was born along the Ljubljanica river, its historic center is very nice and has been kept intact over time. We leave our stuff in the hotel and reach the medieval castle placed on top of the hill overlooking the entire historic center, we reach the top? thanks to a small funicular, the building? It was entirely rebuilt in the 60s, some traces of a castle dating back to the th century are still visible in the bases of the current walls. We return to the hotel for a moment, just enough time to freshen up and change, then we go out for dinner. In the evening Ljubljana? truly fantastic, the ancient buildings light up and along the banks of the river many street artists give vent to their passions, the many clubs swarm with people, you have to hurry to find a place. Does the first day in Slovenia end in the best way by savoring some specialties? local.
The following morning we drive to the Slovenian Railway Museum set up in an old industrial site. Here we see a collection of old steam locomotives, which includes some rare examples. In addition to the locomotives, we admire a vast collection of various equipment and tools as well as telegraphs, telephones, teleprinters and radio stations. We leave the museum and reach the Ljubljana Zoo, the area of almost 20 hectares is located in a natural habitat on the southern slope of the Ro? Nik hill. The zoo was founded in 1949 and was located in the center of the city, subsequently moved to its current location and enriched with new species over the years, currently hosting 119 species of animals.
We return to the hotel, leave the car and continue our tour of the historic city center. We reach the Cathedral of San Nicola, the only one in the capital, its construction dates back to between 1701 and 1706, the building? in Baroque style, inside we can admire many paintings made between 1703 and 1723 by the artist Giuglio Quaglio. During our gentle walk we admire the Bridge of Dragons and the Triple Bridge, then we reach the river bank and take a boat ride enjoying the sunset. Our second day in Ljubljana also ends with a dinner by the river, then we return to the hotel.
The next morning after breakfast we leave Ljubljana and also Slovenia continuing our journey towards Zagreb, another nation, another capital, with Zagreb we begin our visit of Croatia. This city? counts 800 thousand inhabitants, we reach our hotel near the historic center and after check-in we immediately begin the visit of the city, we reach the cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of Mary and the two Kings Stephen I and Ladislao I, the church represents the most religious building important of the country.
Originally built in medieval times, the cathedral houses a priceless treasure with objects dating from the 1093th to the 1217th century. It contains the remains of numerous protagonists of Croatian history. The construction of the cathedral began in 1880 and was completed only in , in the cathedral was seriously damaged by the earthquake that struck? the city? and therefore partially rebuilt in neo-Gothic style.
A few meters from the cathedral is the characteristic Dolac market, already? from a distance the glance is remarkable, hundreds of strictly bright red umbrellas. In this market? can you find everything there? that concerns food, fish, meat, vegetables, cereals etc ... honestly the level of hygiene leaves a bit? to be desired.
We leave the market and reach the main square of the city in the immediate vicinity, or Josip Jelačić Square, dedicated to Count Josip Jelačić, who became known for a series of military campaigns against the revolutionary forces in 1848 and for having supported the abolition of the servitude of the gleba in Croatia, in the center of it in fact there? a large statue of the Count on horseback. Yes ? made lunchtime and we stop in one of the many pizzerias for a break and to temper the high temperatures of a truly hot summer.
In the afternoon we allow ourselves a splendid view of the city? and go up to 16? plan of the panoramic tower Zagreb360 ?. At the top we admire the whole city, its main streets and squares, looking to the east you can see the Moslavina mountains and to the west the? Umberak mountains. Let's go back to street level and walk towards the Museum of Illusions in via Ilica 72, the museum is spread over two floors of an ancient building, a real fun for young and old. Let's retrace our steps and reach the mythical Funicular, the most? an ancient means of public transport for passengers in Zagreb, recognized as a cultural monument to this day, it retains the original appearance and construction structure. This small funicular connects the city? low to the top, in reality? the difference in height? really minimal, you could easily reach the upper part of the city? through the stairs on the sides of the funicular, but we would like to say? have we tried it? so all aboard. As soon as you get off the funicular you are in front of the Lotr? Čak Tower an ancient tower currently used as a lookout point. A few meters from it is the parish church of the city? old Crkva sv. Mark, church of San Marco also recognizable thanks to the particular roof covered with tiles representing the coat of arms of Zagreb (white castle on a red background) and the Triune Kingdom of Croatia, Slavonia and Dalmatia.
IS? almost dinner time, in Zagreb there is a real street of food, Ivana Tkalčića, on this street the only shops present are pizzerias, bars and above all restaurants, we stop in one of them and have dinner.
The next morning we visit the other part of the city, always starting from Josip Jelačić square, we walk the entire famous horseshoe, a set of gardens that extends to the south, cuts to the west and rises to the north, forming an iron square horse for a total length of 2,5 km. In order we find the Park Zrinjevac, the Park Josipa Jurja Strossmayera, inside is the academy of sciences and arts which houses the Strossmayerova gallery, a permanent exhibition of works of art that belonged to the bishop Strossmayer from which it takes its name . Next we find the Ledeni park and inside the Art Pavilon a pavilion used as an exhibition gallery with an area of 600 square meters, during its history the gallery has organized about 700 exhibitions with artists ranging from the Earth Group collective to George Grosz, Henry Moore, Auguste Rodin, Andy Warhol, Mimmo Rotella, Joan Mir ?, Auguste Rodin, Alberto Giacometti and many others.
Our journey towards the south ends, in front of the Ledeni park there is the central station of Zagreb, we veer towards the east and we arrive at the city's Botanical Garden. The garden was founded in 1889 by Antun Heinz, professor of the University? of Zagreb and opened to the public in 1891 and is part of the Facolt? of Sciences. It has an area of 5 hectares, and is home to over 10.000 plant species from all over the world, including 1.800 exotic species. Inside there are also large ponds for aquatic plants. We leave the garden and go back north to visit the last straight of the cos? said? horseshoe ?, in the first piece of the three remaining there is the State Archives and the Facolt? of chemical engineering and technology, immediately after is the academy of dramatic art and the Ethnographic Museum. In the last part is the Croatian National Theater in Zagreb, we have traveled almost three km, considering the high temperature and the time, we decide to go back to the hotel to freshen up for a moment, then we go out for dinner going back to the gi cited food road.
The next day we leave Zagreb and reach the famous Plitvika Lakes, we arrive at our hotel located a few tens of meters from the entrance 2 of the park, we leave our stuff and begin our visit.
The park is located in the mountainous complex of Lička Plje? Ivica, in a territory of dense forests, the whole area occupies an area of 33.000 hectares and includes 16 lakes in succession, connected by waterfalls and divided into upper lakes and lower lakes based on their latitude. Inside the park there are also numerous caves of which only a small part? accessible. The park's woods are populated by 157 species of birds, 50 species of mammals, 321 species of lepidoptera (76 of butterflies and 245 of moths) and other animals, including brown bears, wild boars, wolves, lynxes and the roe deer. In 1979 Plitvice Lakes National Park was included in the list of World Heritage Sites. of UNESCO. To discover this national park, it would take longer? of a day but in any case considering that we arrived around 10.00 and leave at closing or at 18.30 we can be satisfied, we return to the hotel and after a refresh we reach an inevitable destination if we pass through these areas, that is a dinner at Licka Kuca a national restaurant unique of its kind, re-proposing the typical atmosphere of the Lika houses, the "Lička kuća" was built in 1972 as a special place, where guests are offered a rich variety. of native dishes. Right in the center of the restaurant is an open fireplace, where the lamb is roasted on a spit, and where other specialties are served. food from Lika is prepared "under the iron bell". The restaurant also houses a variety? of typical objects used in the past by the families of Lika. After dinner we return to the hotel.
The following day we leave for Zadar, 120 km more? to the south, first place? on the sea of our trip to Croatia. How do you pronounce Zadar in Croatian, has 75 thousand inhabitants,? the historical capital of Dalmatia, then surpassed by Split, this city? has a rich history behind it. During the Second World War it was severely hit by aerial bombings, following the peace treaty of 1947 it was officially annexed to Yugoslavia. Only since 1991 is it part of Croatia and? today the capital of the Zadar region, university and archbishopric.
Once in Zadar we check-in and leave the car, we walk towards the historic center of the city? collected in the surrounding walls, we enter through the Porta di Terraferma erected in 1543 in the middle of the Venetian period, in fact we see the lion of San Marco in the center. Immediately on the right is the Piazza dei 5 pozzi which in ancient times served as a cistern for drinking water reserves. Continuing a little more? forward is in order, the Museum of Natural History, trg Narodni (Piazza dei Signori) where the Town Hall is located, and then the famous church of San Donato, the pi? visited and photographed in Zadar. It was probably built in the 1798th century on the area of the ancient Roman forum on the initiative of the then bishop Donato, who dedicated it? to the Trinity. In 1887 it was deconsecrated and used as a military warehouse until 1322 when it became the seat of the city archaeological museum. Freed from the surrounding buildings following the bombings of the Second World War, it is now used as an auditorium for concerts and conferences. We visit the Cathedral of Sant? Anastasia which is next to,? the main place of worship of the city, and? considered the most? beautiful of all Dalmatia. Built in the th century,? a fine example of Italian Romanesque, Pisan-Apulian style and bright Istrian stone. The interior of the church? particularly monumental, the main nave has a width three times greater than that of the side aisles and? divided by columns and pillars that follow each other. The presbytery, under which there is the crypt dating back to the th century,? slightly raised and has a finely worked wooden stall in a flowery Gothic style. The ciborium, dating back to , overlooks the main altar and the archbishop's seat in stone.
Yes ? made lunchtime, do we stop at a bar? we have a snack, we prefer to have the main meal in the evening. We continue our visit of Zadar and arrive in the last part of the historic center, here is the famous Sea Organ, an engineering work that consists of steps with cracks that act almost as a breakwater, whenever the wave it slams against the water, slipping into the cracks, emits a sound that comes out of the holes placed on the pavement of the seafront. Next to the Sea Organ is the Greeting to the Sun, a circle of solar panels placed on the floor that absorb sunlight throughout the day and illuminate the night by raising a ray of light towards the sky. This area of Zadar? very crowded, especially at sunset time, since we are almost there we stay in the area, we enjoy the sunset and immediately after the artificial ray of sunshine. After these shows, natural and otherwise, we go back to the alleys for dinner. To reach our accommodation, we take advantage of a very small passage in a boat that allows us to reach the other side without having to redo the whole tour through the Porta di Terraferma.
The next day, another spectacle of nature awaits us, the Krka National Park, 80 km more? to the south, and only 15 km from the coast. To reach the Park you can? opt for parking at Lazovac where a park authority bus takes visitors directly to the entrance or, as we did, reach the town of Scardona, leave the car and take a ferry to reach the park.
The park ? was established in 1985 and? the seventh National Park of Croatia,? famous for its variable-height waterfalls that cover a total height difference of 45 meters, one of the most? famous, as well? the "P? great ? the Skradinski buk waterfall. The Krka park has a rich fauna and a great biodiversity: 18 species of fish, 222 species of birds, 18 different species of bat, reptiles and amphibians for a total of about 860 species.
After having visited most of the natural beauties of this wonderful park by walking along the paths, we equip ourselves with tickets and go to the embarkation pier to reach the Visovac lake located between the Roŝki slap waterfalls north of the whole park and those of Scardona. In the middle of the lake? there is an islet, on which there is a convent of Franciscan friars, a church and a museum. The excursion includes a visit to the islet and then a visit to the Roŝki slap waterfall where we stop for about an hour and take a bath. After drying, we go back on board the ferry and retrace the path backwards, then we reach the other ferry that will lead us? at the exit of the park and then we reach the car.
Our next stop? Split where we arrive in the late afternoon, we meet the owner of our accommodation, a beautiful apartment made of wood and natural stone, we leave our stuff and after a nice refresh we reach the city center, where, after a short walk, we stop for dinner.
The following day after breakfast we begin our visit to Split, the capital of the Split-Dalmatian region, the main center of Dalmatia which with its 180.000 inhabitants,? the second city? of the country after the capital Zagreb. Split? also university and archiepiscopal seat. The city? was founded as a Syracusan colony, later became a city? Roman, developed around the sumptuous Palace of the Emperor Diocletian, and? right there that we go.
Diocletian Palace? the cultural site of greatest interest, beauty and charm, as evidenced by its nomination as a UNESCO heritage site. Built by the Emperor Diocletian on the threshold of 300 BC as a residence in which to spend the last years of his life,? a splendid fortress built with the white stones of the island of Brac. Its walls surround the present historical center of the city? and? can be accessed through four doors. We enter through the golden door where the gigantic statue of Gregory of Ninth Bishop of the city is located, the sculpture? was made in 1929 by Ivan Me? trovć, tradition has it that touching his huge thumb brings good luck, and like the famous comedy by Peppino De Filippo? Non? true but believe it ?, we touch it. Inside the historic center, alleys, buildings, bars and restaurants make the atmosphere truly unique.
We arrive in Piazza Peristil, on our right we see the tiny church of San Rocco, currently a tourist information center, in front of us the characteristic square surrounded by steps on which comfortable red cushions are placed where we stop to look at this fantastic air museum open. We pass the colonnade on our right and visit the Cathedral of San Doimo which stands in the building certainly more? ancient? the mausoleum of the Roman emperor Diocletian. In the middle? from the seventh century, the mausoleum of the emperor, persecutor of Christians, became a cathedral in which the places of honor were reserved for the altars with the relics of San Doimo and Sant'Anastasio, martyrs executed in nearby Salona. The external octagon of the mausoleum was surrounded by a portico (periptero) with 24 columns. Its interior? circular plan with four semicircular and four rectangular niches. At the center was placed the sarcophagus of Diocletian which pi? later it was destroyed. The niches are surmounted by eight Corinthian columns of red granite, on them, another eight more columns? small. The relief of the frieze that runs all around depicts Erotes hunting, masks and human heads. Two medallions with ribbons are of particular interest in which archaeologists and the Split tradition recognize portraits of Diocletian and his wife Prisca. ? The construction of the dome is interesting, made with bricks laid in a fan shape in its lower part and with circular laying in the upper part. The dome shone thanks to a glittering mosaic, like that of the Vestibule. Today the cathedral? above all liturgical place whose continuity? millennial? attested by the Sunday masses and the renewed splendor of the procession on the day of the patron saint of the city, San Doimo, on 7 May. Among the most? important elements of the cathedral are its doors which in 1214 carvings? in walnut the Spalatino Andrija Buvina representing the scenes of the Gospel in 14 cassettes of each door, from the Annunciation of the archangel Gabriel to the resurrection of Christ. To the left of the entrance is a th century hexagonal pulpit, made of precious green porphyry, in the past completely gilded. The right side altar was consecrated to San Domino, bishop and martyr of Salonitania. Its ciborium was sculpted in 1427 by Bonino da Milano in late Gothic style, and in 1429 the Split painter Dujam Vu? Ković embell? the altar with frescoes of the four evangelists. The left side altar, consecrated to the second patron of Split, a salonitan martyr, dyer Anastasio of Aquileia, was built in 1448 by Juraj Dalmatinac (George the Dalmatian), the greatest builder and sculptor of his time. ? particularly beautiful is the central relief on the sarcophagus with the representation of the Flagellation of Christ, where the sculptor represents Christ at the mercy of suffering and pain. The main altar was erected between 1685 and 1689. In the northern niche there is the altar made by the Venetian sculptor Morlaiter, dating back to 1767, into which the relics of San Doimo were transferred three years later from the Bonino altar. The most important work important in the baroque choir of the cathedral are the wooden backs of the stalls carved in the first half? of the thirteenth century, which were originally placed in front of the main altar. The bell tower of the cathedral? 57 meters high and? the "P? original medieval Dalmatian construction, begun in the th century. At the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries the bell tower was completely restored and somewhat modified. Shall we go up the steps leading to the top of the bell tower? we enjoy the beautiful panorama of the whole city. The summer of 2017 will be certainly remembered for its sultry heat, we decide to go back to the room for a couple of hours, to cool off and rest, in the afternoon we return to the center and go to the Archaeological Museum of the city, considered the most? ancient of Croatia (1820), the museum exhibits objects dating back to the Roman and Christian periods, numerous sculptures inspired by the mythology of the Illyrians, as well as a rich collection of medieval coins and gems.
After the museum we leave the historic center and take a beautiful walk along the recently renovated Riva promenade, we stop to admire the sunset and then continue along via Marmontova, a beautiful road that runs along the entire west side of the historic center. After the visits we stop for dinner in one of the many restaurants, the atmosphere? fantastic and finally in the evening the air becomes pleasant, after dinner we return to our apartment.
Are we halfway? of our vacation, the following day we have to reach Medjugorje in Bosnia but first we allow ourselves a visit to the city? of Trogir (Trau), going back towards Zadar of 25 Km. Trogir is considered one of the cities? Venetian pi? beautiful and best preserved in the whole of Dalmatia. It has only 13.000 inhabitants and preserves numerous works of art, the city? ? connected to the island of Bua by a swing bridge.
We leave the car in a public parking and reach the heart of the historic center. We reach Radovanov square where the Cathedral of San Lorenzo is located, built starting from 1213 on the foundations of the previous Cathedral, for the visit we pay a modest entrance fee which also allows the climb to the bell tower. In the same square there is also the Loggia and the Clock Tower. After the Cathedral we continue to stroll through the tiny streets of the center, we stop for an aperitif and then we leave the city? to continue our journey to Medjugorje which is 170 km away. We take the A1 motorway and cross the border between Croatia and Bosnia with many difficulties, the controls are really slow, we reach Medjugorje before evening, we settle in our hotel, a structure surrounded by greenery on the outskirts of the city, the structure ? inserted in a sports center with gym, soccer fields, swimming pools and tennis courts. In the evening we reach the center of Medjugorje, or the church of San Giacomo, the first construction dates back to 1892, and was finished five years later, did it deteriorate? in a short time as it was built on unstable ground. The current church was completed and blessed on January 19, 1969. With the first apparitions and the arrival of numerous pilgrims, many changes and constructions were necessary in the vicinity of the church. A white statue of the Queen of Peace has stood in the square since 1987, made of Carrara marble by the Italian artist Dino Felici, which has become one of the symbols of the sanctuary. Pilgrims who wish to dedicate part of their time to personal prayer and Adoration to the Blessed Sacrament can do so in the chapel of Adoration, built in 1991, located on the left side facing the church. The chapel ? open all day and on the 25th of the month also all night and? It is possible to do silent nocturnal adoration to the Blessed Sacrament. We have dinner near the parish and return to the hotel.
The following morning, at 6.30 o'clock we wake up, and after a hearty breakfast we reach the nearest area by car. low of Mount Crnica, overlooking the hamlet of Bijakovici, where the six visionaries lived at the time of the first apparitions in 1981, in the locality? del Podprdo, which means precisely? under the Hill ?. The pi? common for pilgrims climbing the hill,? that of praying the Holy Rosary and meditating on its mysteries. To facilitate this contemplation, over the years the Podbro path? was enriched with 15 bronze plates depicting the mysteries of joy, pain, glory. Do I not express myself in any way on whether or not to believe in the apparitions, each one? free to live their religion as they see fit. We equip ourselves with caps and go-pro and begin our ascent.
We return to the hotel to free ourselves from the sweat and dust raised by the reddish soil that characterizes this hill. In the late afternoon we go to the church of San Giacomo completing so? this day dedicated to Our Lady of Medjugorje.
The next day we reach Mostar, 30 km. to the Northeast. The name Mostar derives from its "old bridge" (the Stari Most) main tourist attraction of the country and from the towers on the two banks, called the "bridge keepers" (mostari), which together with the surrounding area? been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site? in 2005. The city? ? built along the Narenta river and with its 115.000 inhabitants? the fourth city? of the country. We leave the car in a parking lot and begin our visit, unfortunately there? that we immediately notice are the signs left by the bombings that took place between 1992 and 1993 when the city? sub? nine months of siege by the Serbian and Montenegrin troops, there are several abandoned buildings with obvious signs of machine guns, there are also numerous small cemeteries scattered around the city, practically there are some? one for each neighborhood.
We enter the Stari Grad (old town) crossing the famous Stari Most (old bridge), exactly in the center of it there are some guys who in exchange for some Bosnian Marks throw themselves into the river below. The Stari Most? an Ottoman bridge built in 1600, was completely destroyed following the bombings on the morning of November 09, 1993, was rebuilt immediately after the end of hostilities? and finished on July 22, 2004. The bridge? humpbacked, 4 meters wide and 30 meters long, it dominates the river from a height of 24 meters. We continue along a very narrow alley full of shops with all kinds of souvenirs (including bullets, disused bombs and gas masks), we stop for a drink in a room created in a cave, complete with a gallery that reaches the road above. A few meters more? ahead on the left stands the Koski Mehmed-Pashafu Mosque built at the beginning of the th century by Koski Mehmed-Pasha. From the minaret, just five meters from the Neretva River, you can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the city. The atmosphere inside the courtyard? really welcoming and offers us a pleasant and relaxing break in a unique context.
We retrace our steps and leave Mostar, returning to the hotel in Medjugorje we decide to spend the whole afternoon in the pool. In the evening we go out for dinner, a walk to buy some statuette of the Madonna and then return to the hotel. It ends like this? our stay in Medjugorje and Bosnia.
The following day we arm ourselves with patience for the usual checks and we cross the border with Croatia. Two weeks have passed since our departure, we have moved frequently and visited many fascinating places, this last week we will spend it in total relaxation and fun at a tourist village in Dubrovnik, sea, swimming pool, and of course I will not miss it. a visit to the city.
We arrive at the structure and after check-in we begin the exploration of the same, the village is located north-west of the city. on the peninsula of Babin kuk, here there are many other accommodation facilities, four of which belong to the same hotel group as ours and, thanks to the formula we have chosen, we can freely turn between the various villages and take advantage of the services made available to guests.
We spend the whole day following our arrival at the hotel, spending the morning on the beach at the Copacabana beach and the afternoon in the pool.
The following day, 14 August, we decide to visit the historic center of Dubrovnik which is only 4 km from our village, we reach the parking lot located in front of the entrance to Porta Pile, we pass the walls and we notice on our right the large fountain of onofrio .
? It was built in 1438 by the Neapolitan builder Onofrio Giordano, also known as Onofrio della Cava, with whom the Republic had stipulated a contract for the construction of the city aqueduct. On the left instead is the staircase that gives access to the upper part of the walls, the line to access it? remarkable then we decide to give it up also why? the heat ? to the limit of endurance and on the walls there is no ?? shadow. We continue instead with the visit of the church of San Salvatore, near the Franciscan Convent, the church was built in 1520 by the senate of the city? as a thank you for saving Ragusa from the earthquake; an inscription on the facade of the building remembers him. The church, spared from the subsequent earthquake of 1667 which destroyed a large part of the city? Dalmatian, has a single nave with a cross-ribbed vault and pointed gothic side windows. We continue along the Stradun, the main road that divides the city in two, at the end of the Stradun is the church of San Biagio built in 1715 on the foundations of the ancient medieval Romanesque church, we enter to visit it and immediately after we stop in a bar to a coffee. The last religious building we will visit and of course the Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary, the first building was built between the 1667th and th centuries in Byzantine style. Between the th and th centuries it was then rebuilt in the Romanesque style. According to a legend, the reconstruction was possible thanks to a donation from King Richard the Lionheart, after being saved from a shipwreck in the town. The current Cathedral was built after the serious injuries sustained in the earthquake of in Baroque style.
We continue our pleasant walk through the narrow streets of the city, then we reach the car and return to the village for lunch, we spend the rest of the day participating in the games organized by the animation.
On the day of August we don't leave the village, we spend the morning at the Coral beach club, a fantastic bathing establishment complete with double beds with soft cushions, the beach also has a bar and an à la carte restaurant. In the afternoon we stay in the swimming pool where on the occasion of the mid-August the games and entertainment? particularly active, as well as the evening.
The next day we spend the morning on the beach, while in the afternoon we return to Dubronvik to see the city? from above, we reach the Zicara ClabeCar cable car, the first structure was built in 1969 and as the current one connects the city? old woman of Dubronvik at the top? of the hill of Srd at 405 meters high, the total length is 778 meters which are crossed in less than four minutes by two cabins that can hold up to 32 passengers each. Arrived at the top of the panorama? breathtaking, in addition to the structure of the cable car on this hill there are a bar, a restaurant, a white granite cross and an amphitheater that can? host up to 120 spectators. On a day like this with clear air the view can? range up to 60 km. away on the Mediterranean Sea, while the city? Dubronvik's old lady looks tiny. Are we holding back a little longer? and we enjoy the sunset, then we go back to the valley and we allow ourselves a dinner and a walk in the streets of the city? before finally saying goodbye.
We spend the last two days entirely in the village, passing from one structure to another, swimming pools, beaches, fun and relaxation, so to speak, in fact in the afternoon of the first day I go to rent a jet ski to explore the coast and the Otocic Daksa islet, while the next morning with my girls we have fun with the inflatable park anchored in the sea near Copacabana beach.
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We spend the last two days entirely in the village, passing from one structure to another, swimming pools, beaches, fun and relaxation, so to speak, in fact in the afternoon of the first day I go to rent a jet ski to explore the coast and the Otocic Daksa islet, while the next morning with my girls we have fun with the inflatable park anchored in the sea near Copacabana beach.
Like all things, especially the beautiful ones, we have arrived at our last day of stay in Croatia, tonight at 22.00 our ship will take us back? in Italy. We spend the morning in the pool, then a shower and leave the room for good, after lunch we check out, saying goodbye and thanking everyone. We leave the structure and go to the port where we spend our last hours in Dubrovnik walking near it, around 18.00 we discover that much of the promenade is closed to traffic and in the blink of an eye stalls and fast food kiosks materialize, the thing more? characteristic are the very long iron trolleys transformed in the manner of a furnace where above, thanks to a simple system of chains made to turn by a motor, about twenty lambs rotate which are then sold by weight and served in dishes that the customer consumes on tables in wood placed nearby.
After this last experience? the time has really come to reach the boarding which unfortunately begins very late, the wait allows us to chat with some guys who like us wait in line and each of us exhibits their adventures in Croatian land, thinking back to ours we feel a sensation of nostalgia,? it was all really beautiful from Venice to Slovenia, the caves, the Castle, the city? of Mostar and the faith of Medjugorje in Bosnia, Zadar, Split, Trogir and Dubronvik in Croatia.
On the morning of August 20th at 10.00, we arrive in Bari two hours late. I would like to close this travelogue by thanking all those we met along our journey, waiters, hoteliers, entertainers and common people with whom we shared a few moments. THANK YOU ALL.