We broke out of prison and headed for the border! The hostel Celica is a nice place
to stay but the rooms are small, of course, with them being prison cells. We left
Ljubljana and headed south towards Mostar on a 2-lane road with lots of curves and
fun to ride.
The right hand picture shows a village and the road around the lake that we followed.
We crossed in to Croatia and then Bosnia to get to Mostar. The town is famous for
its Old Bridge. In fact, Red Bull Energy Drink has one of its cliff diving series
of contests here off the bridge. Local young men jump off for donations every day.
Look close and you will see one centered on top ready to jump.
Also, there is craft beer. As a dedicated craft beer drinker and past brewer I look
for it wherever we go. They had a very good IPA, my favorite of beer.
Our hotel is just a block from the bridge between a Muslim Mosque and a Christian
Church. The Muslim call to prayer blasts out of loud speakers on the minarets and
the Christian hours ring out from the bells in the tower. There are 4 Mosques and
2 Churches in this picture but the noisy church is out of the picture to the left.
Leaving Mostar we returned to Croatia and south to Dubrovnik. This town dates back
at least to the Romans. We wound around mountainous bluffs, along bays of the Adriatic
Sea and through small towns.
We also looked out for wild Boars but never saw any.
Dubrovnik has a large, steep bluff behind it and we rode the gondola to the top.
Our hotel is across the street from the round tower in the lower right.
The straight street, left to right, used to be a canal but is now the pedestrian
mall and main access. It is also the lowest point in town. The town rises steeply
to the far and near sides of the mall.
Seaward side of the wall. A
cross street on the near side of town.
The town has thousands of steps on the dozens and dozens of little lanes that lead
here and there. There are shops and homes as well as all the restaurants, cafes and
bars to serve the thousands of visitors each day. Cruise ships can each land thousands
of visitors by themselves.
We stayed at Turtle Apartments. There are only three rooms and the owner took very
good care of us. We stayed 4 nights and enjoyed it. Here are some of the permanent
guests at Turtle Apartments. (There are 7 turtles in the picture.)
Next we are to cross due east to the Bulgarian Treffen on the shore of the Black