205-7 Valencia city of contrasts

Our travelling pace has slowed considerably and arriving late afternoon on the edge of Valencia we opted to wait until the morning to get the bus in and explore. We were blessed by a bright day and chose to wander by Gulliver’s Park and the central district, seemingly circling the Central Market. The streets around …

196 – Parents brought xmas with them!

As December fast approaches there are two types of people: Mrs Claus aka Maria – sad about not having a xmas tree, googled creative ways to decorate your van, wondering what santa is up to (visited his house and reindeer in Finland during the summer, but he also lives in Wales with my nan), bought …

186 – Wherefore art thou Romeo

We had a lovely lazy Sunday morning watching out for birds in the rain, before driving into Verona. It’s a wonderful city, rather understated. Driving along the river your eyes dart from bridges, to churches, bell towers and pretty houses. We parked up in pothole heaven (aka Parcheggio Libero Don Mazza) a tight but convenient …

185 – Flooded Venice on a shoestring

I was awake at 5am having dreamt of my venice painting. I’d almost not bought it as I’d never been, but Mark knew how much I liked it and promised to take me (he had actually forgotten this when I mentioned it this morning lol). It was still raining but due to improve by 8am …

177 – Soaking up the Slovenian Riviera

Being woken by roosters came as a bonus as our camp spot was near a school and we had been warned we could get trapped in if we didn’t leave early. So by 8am we had already arrived in the quaint town of Piran. Parking proved a bit of a struggle but we eventually found …

176 – Doggy Olympics and an amphitheatre

We were all a little slow to rise this morning. I’d slept through my alarm and we were so cosy after a mega thunderstorm last night. Honestly the sound of the rain was so heavy it felt like golf balls hitting the roof, and the first claps of thunder made me think someone had crashed. …

175 – Krka National Park & a Sea Organ

We were up bright and early to drive to Krka National Park. During the winter only two of the trails are open so we plumped for the Skradinski Buk waterfall, which you can walk to from Lozovac. Tickets were 30 kuna instead of 200 in summer and parking is free. It’s a pleasant boarded pathway …

174 – History as depicted by Frogs

Hoping to catch the sunrise I snuck out at 6am but it was already light. Still the valley view was wonderful and a great taste of what was to come. Again we took the inland longer route, and it was a dream drive of rugged scenery, hairpins and rural villages. Originally I’d hoped to go …

170 – A glimpse of the quiet Varazdin and Zagreb streets

We hadn’t realised that today is All Saints Day (a Christian holiday celebration for those who have passed into heaven), and thus everywhere is closed, bar a few cafes. This made it especially lovely to visit Varazdin Cemetery, and until I asked a local if there was a special service going on, we were confused …

168 – Baby wild boar and spectacular ceramics!

Quite often the highlight of our day is something completely unplanned and just a wonderful surprise. This morning we had a knock on our door at 7am, and a couple of builders asked if we could shuffle so they could park their work vans for a job opposite. We happily obliged (its illegal to wild …

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