D’ANNUNZIO’S ITALIAN REGENCY OF CARNARO

Posted by Pat on June 7, 2012 in Travel |

6 June – Rijeka Croatia AKA Fiume to the Italians I start my day on “my bench” along Lake Bled. Mama duck and her 12 fuzz balls rest along the shore while two lusty swans create waves. They hiss at little helpless ducks yet squeak at each other. The crews are out practicing their rowing. […]

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ZAGREB AND PLITVICE LAKES CROATIA

Posted by Pat on June 1, 2012 in Travel |

30 May – Zagreb Croatia I bus thru northeastern Serbia, its breadbasket. Good highways, flat farmland and lovely wild flowers of red poppy, lupine, yellow cornflowers and thistle. Because of its ragged horseshoe shape, we reenter Croatia, requiring us to once again get off the bus and individually go thru customs. Shaky relations between these […]

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DALMATIAN COAST AND THE BALKANS

Posted by Pat on May 25, 2012 in Travel |

18 May – Dubrovnik Hrvatska (Croatia) Arrival into Dubrovnik amid blue seas, sun and warmth. Short walk to Rooms Kaja where my host reminds me of Dean but with an accent and curlier hair. Quickly set off for Dubrovnik – among the 10 best medieval walled cities in the world. Explored the 1.24 miles of […]

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The Balkans

Posted by Pat on April 16, 2012 in Travel |

I graduated from Purdue University a history major. Yet, what I know of the Balkans could be counted on one hand 1) where it is 2) Tito lived there 3) Milošević was there 4) the Saracens, Mongols, Huns, Manichæans, Romans, Byzantines, Christian Crusades, Venetians, Ottoman Turks, Napoleon, Italians, Austrians, Hungarians, Nazis and Communists sacked and pillaged […]

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