Belgrade, The White City
Z is for Zagreb
We left Zagreb and took the highway over the border to Belgrade, a journey of about 4 hours and $21 in tolls ($17.50 on the Croatian side and $3.50 on the Serbian side). Crossing the border was an almost trivial formality – we didn’t even need to get out of the car. While the roads […]
Motoring to Motovun
Good trivia question – what is alphabetically the last national capital? Congratulations – you guessed it, Zagreb, capital of Croatia. We drove from Rovinj to Zagreb, 251 Km, or about 160 miles which only takes about 3 hours by highway. The landscape changed from arid vineyards and olive plantations to huge swathes of deciduous forest. […]
Roving in Rovinj
Today’s travels will take us into the heart of truffle country and to the hilltop town of Motovun (see above), a fortified enclave in the heart of Istria. But first we drove about an hour to the seaside town of Poreč (the č is pronounced “ch” like in punch). Poreč is a popular seaside resort, […]
Plodding around Pula
Istria is, depending on whom you talk to, the most Italian area of Croatia, or the most Croatian part of Italy. Actually this town, and many others in Istria are officially bilingual and in this case the town is known as both Rovinj (Croatian) and Rovigno (Italian). Indeed Istria was part of Italy until not […]
Poo poo in Pula
After a few hours sleep, it was time to move the car. Thankfully there was someone setting up breakfast who was able to tell me that I could park above the hotel all day for free. Now, wouldn’t it have been a lot simple to have sent me that information via reply when I emailed […]
Europe Here We Come
There are actually a couple of direct flights to Croatia from Dublin. Aer Lingus has regular service to Dubrovnik in the very south and Ryan Air flies to Zadar in the middle of the country. After doing research I found another flight on Aer Lingus into Pula in Istria, in the north of the country, […]
What do you mean, “What size light bulb do I want”?
Time to get ready to roll out the blog again! On Tuesday we head to Dublin, Ireland for about a week, and then off to Croatia, starting in Pula, Istria, and ending 3 weeks later in Dubrovnik. Along the way, we plan on side trips to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro. From Croatia, we will be going […]
What? Watt? What?
My previous article got into wattage, lumen output, etc. This is about the actual size and shape of light bulbs. What you may or may not know is that every light bulb type has one or more letters and some numbers that are used to categorize it. Thing of this as the taxonomy of light […]
Bruisin’ for some Cruisin?
It used to be pretty simple to buy a light bulb. Barring specialty items, you just went to the store and bought a “standard” light bulb. The more watts the more light – 60 W was normal, 40 a bit dim, 100 W as bright as most sockets could handle. Oh yeah, you had to […]
Often people ask if we have ever been on a cruise. Having done lots of travel, we’ve been on most types of conveyance, including many watercraft. We’ve done our fair share of ferries from big slow ships to state of the art high speed catamarans. We’ve rented river cruisers on the Shannon in Ireland […]