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Posted by on Jan 15, 2013 in Budget, Croatia, Europe, Travel Info

Budget: Croatia 2012

Budget - Croatia 2012

Croatia isn’t cheap. But I didn’t make it cheaper for myself. I could of walked more, eaten at corner stores only, or found cheaper local digs. But I was tired. And you’ll see by the quick pace I was maintaining, that exhaustion was imminent. Thus, I took the easier way out and headed to a restaurant. Although I did smarten up in Dubrovnik when I had a kitchen to cook in. Otherwise, Croatia could easily do serious damage to your wallet.

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Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in RTW, Travel Info

2012 Summary

2012 Chrystal Collage

2012 has been an extremely fun year for me. I travelled 4 continents and 14 countries. So I figured I would give you a summary type post about my entire year filled with my a dazzling photo of moi (har har) along with a Post line-up for each country I visited. Here we go.

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Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 in Croatia, Europe

Dubrovnik from Above

Dubrovnik is dubbed the Jewel of the Adriatic. And it most certainly is. With its old city centre so painstakingly restored and its placement jutting out to the blue Adriatic – Dubrovnik is certainly one of our worlds most beautiful cities. One of the best ways to experience the city is to explore it from Above. 

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Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Croatia, Europe

Dubrovnik From Within


I had no plans for Dubrovnik. I just wanted to BE in the city. There was no specific activities I wanted to do, foods I needed to eat, or sights I needed the see. It was the city itself; Dubrovnik; that I wanted to be apart of. To wander around aimlessly, to watch the boats pulling into the harbour, and take in the history of the city. And that is EXACTLY what I did.

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Posted by on Jul 18, 2012 in Croatia, Europe

Orange in Hvar

Oh Hvar – You shine so bright. Hvar has a fortress on a hill that dominates the cities backdrop and oozes with history. I love me a fortress on a hill – especially one that affords me this Orange rooftop and ocean view. Hello Adriadic. Now – I spy with my little eye something that is Orange. 

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Posted by on Jul 16, 2012 in Croatia, Europe

Sitting at the top of Split

As I past the “Welcome to Split” sign, I started to worry – all the buildings were tall, concrete, and white; In a world – Ugly.  Where was the Split that the books described? Where was the Split that the other folks I’d met were beaming with excitement over? I saw no ruins, I saw no charm. I only saw the unadorned monochrome buildings within sight. Where were the Orange roofs and the ancient ruins? But I needn’t worry – I only had to wait to exit the suburbs and be welcomed into the old town – into the Split I was anticipating.

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Posted by on Jul 12, 2012 in Croatia, Europe

Zadar – Beauty & Convenience

I like beautiful things. I really do. And so do you. But I also have a penchant for hoarding my pennies. Or budgeting shall we say. So when I met Zadar, Croatia – I was thrilled that my love of beauty and Penny-crunching intermingled flawlessly into a convenient little bundle. 

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Posted by on Jul 11, 2012 in Croatia, Europe, Explore, Travel Info

How Expectations Can Ruin a Destination – Plitvice National Park

I think I finally set my expectations too high. I wanted to be awe-struck. All the images I had seen before made it look like a magical waterfall kingdom. Yes, Plitvice National Park was beautiful, that is indisputable, with its turquoise lakes and gushing waterfalls – but I was just expecting something more. I was expecting a wonderland. Plitvice National Park you are nice but you are not the natural wonderland that my mind conjured you up to be. It’s not you – it’s me.

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Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Albania, Croatia, Europe, Montenegro

Balkan Road Trip: Short Time Frame Quick Coverage

Balkan Road Trip: Short Time Frame Quick Coverage

I just discussed my upcoming voyage into the Balkans. What I didn’t mention was I hadn’t worked out all the kinks yet. I was specifically having trouble with getting from Dubrovnik, Croatia through Montenegro, and ends in Southern Albania. I wasn’t sure where I wanted to stop on my short time frame and was worried I’d miss out on something magical. Until I found Balkan Road Trip – the company.

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