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Balearic Islands Visit: -

Bavaria Visit: -

California Visit: -


Croatia (other) Visit: 1997-7
2007-08-20 - I cannot really remember much of my first visit to Croatia, during the Yugoslavian era, but the sheer beauty of the Dalmatian coast had left me with the desire to return as soon as things would be a little bit more settled after the war.

We arrived in Dubrovnik after an overnight ferry-cross from Bari. Several people awaited the tourists on the port and offered rooms for hire in their homes. We stayed with a very nice family who lived up on the hills dominating the old town. At sunset, the view from up there was really awe-inspiring. The room was simple and the return up-hill from downtown was quite a trek, but still, a fantastic deal for the price we paid.

By that time, there were no signs at all of the bombings that the city had suffered a few years back and the old city could be enjoyed in its full glory. We toured the ramparts, had romantic dinners in local restaurants and made day-trips to the National Park of the island of Mljet and Cavtat. In the absence of sandy beaches, we enjoyed the sunshine on some of the many rocky islands that lined the coast, which were easily accessible by small boats.

When we had enough of Dubrovnik, we took a Jadrolinija ferry towards the island town of Korcula. Nor so monumental as Dubrovnik but equally charming. Again, we did not have any difficulty to find a family who rented a room. This time, the family lived in the very old town and they were also very friendly.

Our next destination was Hvar and finally Split (we travelled to both by ferry too). In Split, we did not stay with a family, but with an old couple who lived in a simple appartment in the outskirts of the town. This was, by far, our worst accomodation while in Croatia.

In Split, we decided to rent a car and drive all the way to Slovenia. We stopped in the beautiful towns of Trogir and Primosten and past quickly by Zadar and Sibonek until we reached the National Park of the Plitvice Lakes. In this area, formerly inhabited mostly by Serbians, the scars of war were still more than obvious: burnt houses and locals who stood in aloof reticence seemed to be quite common. We stayed in one of the state-run hotels within the National Park, built in a "socialist" style. The park was a bit of a disappointment for us. Maybe we had set our expectations far too high and the number of visitors was really excessive. But still, the scenery was truly beautiful.

From there, we drove on to Rijeka, the port city which was a really surprise for us, and then to Opatija, a classy resort during the time of the Habsburg reign but which, like most of the rest of Croatia, did not have any sandy beahes. However, we found enough to do for a couple of days before we went to the peninsula of Istria, our next destination.



Cyclades Visit: -


Istria Visit: 1998-8
2007-08-14 - Our itinerary in Istria: We had hired a car in Split and driven North along the coast and then inland towards the Plitvice Lakes National Park. From there, we went to Istria, after passing through Opatija and Rijeka.

Our base was the historic town of Pula, which did not impress us too much. Excepting the amphitheater, there was not much to see in this small town. We made daytrips to some of the picturesque towns along the coast and in the hinterland. Our highlight was definitely Rovinj, one of our preferred towns in all of Croatia. The quaint streets on a promontory jutting into the Adriatic sea and the Venetian style huge campanile in the middle of the maze is as picture-perfect as it can get. Sure the place was touristy and the old town and the port area were starting to become a T-shirt hell, but there were also a number of art galleries and quirky shops that made for a good atmosphere.




Jordan Visit: 2008-1
2009-11-08 - As part of our Middle East itinerary, we crossed the border between Syria and Jordan and headed directly to the capital, Amman, Where we celebrated the New Year. We then continued to the Dead Sea, where we spent a few relaxing days in a fantastic resort. Our next destinations were Petra and the Wadi Rum Desert and, finally, Aqaba, from where we crossed into Israel.


Kansai Region Visit: 2009-4
2009-11-08 - Our itinerary in the Kansai region included the cities of Kyoto, Osaka, Uji, Nara, Himeji and a few relaxing days in the spa twon of Kinosaki Onsen, taking advantage of the last days of the winter crab season.

Korea, South (mainland) Visit: -


Norway (mainland) Visit: 2001-7
2007-09-24 - I normally dislike rainy and cold places. In a couple of brusiness related trips to Southern Norway, that was basically all I could see of the country: constant rain and a temperature low enough to make me want to stay indoors all the time (although surprisingly mild for the latitude). However, we still wanted to go all the way to Nordkapp, the mythical Northernmost point of the continent (OK, I knew it is a tourist trap, it is not in the continent and it is not even the Northernmost point... but still we wanted to make it there and enjoy the midnight sun).

Provence-Alpes-Cote d\'Azur Visit: -


Tanzania (Mainland) Visit: 1999-7
2007-09-24 - http://p.vtourist.com/375051-Travel_Picture-Tanzania.jpg
As a wildlife enthusiast, visiting Eastern Africa was one of my greatest joys in life. Visiting the vast tropical savannas and gazing at those fantastic landscapes that I had seen so many times in books and TV documentaries was the dream of my lifetime since I was a child. And when it was accomplished, it lived up to all my expectations and, even, far beyond. I have never returned, though. And, in a way, even if we still missed a large part of the sights, I feel a bit apprehensive about a possible return.

Uzbekistan (other) Visit: -
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