Tag: Eastern Europe

Croatia: Zagreb, Hip Yet Medieval Capital

  Zagreb, with a tram running through the central square, has a lower and upper section.   Standing in front of our hotel at the farther end of the square, I thought that Zagreb was a flat city. However, when we made our way a few blocks north,  we could see that there was an upper and…

Croatia, Plitvice Lakes National Park

    Considered one of the most pristine nature preserves in Europe, Plitvice Lakes National Park is located in central Croatia, and within a two hour drive of the Adriatic Coast.  Sixteen lakes flow into one other, like tiny Niagara Falls spilling out of infinity pools. The water runs across limestone forming lakes, caves and waterfalls.  Natural…

Ljubljana, Slovenia’s Capital and a Lovely City for a Sojourn

Ljubljana, pronounced [ljuˈbljàːna] is a lively university town in Slovenia, the country wedged between Austria and Italy. After an 1895 earthquake, architect Jose Plecnik redesigned the town using aspects of Roman, Medieval, Baroque and Hapsburg architecture that reflect its  history. I keep thinking of it as  “Little Venice”  because of the  small bridges that arch …

Dubrovnik, Croatia, A Fairyland City on the Dalmatian Coast

It’s not surprising that the outside scenes for the HBO fantasy “Game of Thrones” are filmed here. Located on the Dalmation Coast, east of Italy on the Adriatic Sea, the walled city of Dubrovnik juts out into the bright blue water like an unwieldy Ottoman fortress  with many rounded section and towers. The interior—carless, by…