Cycling Parenzana (Italy – Slovenia – Croatia)

Hello again!

Last week we went on a bike tour wich starts in Italy (Trieste) and is lined trough Slovenia and Croatia to the city called “Poreฤ”. It used to be train road there in the history. You can read more about itย HERE. On this official website you can also find maps and plans for the trip (either you want to cycle the path in two, three, four or five days). It is 123 km long with some amazing tunnels, bridges and viaducts.

We started cycling in Italian city called Muggia because there is a lot of traffic in Trieste so we avoided typical Italian drivers. ย ๐Ÿ˜›

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First day we drove from Muggia (Italy) to Groลพnjan (Croatia) where we slept. It is an amazing, calm, small city wich is known for its artistic residents.

In day two we made it to Poreฤ (Croatia). Time for a jump in the sea! ๐Ÿ™‚ An amazing cycling trip, I recommend it to everyone! 123 kilometers, one flat tire, hundred amazing views, six tired asses, few drops of rain and a ton of laughter! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Thank you for reading. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s a pleasure to share my adventures with you all!

 

 

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Vintgar (near Bled, sLOVEnia)

After work we take a short trip to Vintgar … It was a great place to relax, to enjoy the beauty of nature … HERE is the official site. Vintgar is very close to lake Bled wich is one of top 10 tourist attractions in Slovenia, so Vintgar is not so crowdy, because not a lot of tourists know about it. The temperature is great for summer days.

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Great place to chill! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you for reading. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hiking – Raduha (2064 m – Slovenia)

Since I am so busy these days, Saturday was the best – hiking a mountain Raduha, spending all day in nature. The path is great, you can choose from “difficult path” or “very difficult path”. We went up trough very difficult and down trough difficult. The view was awesome!

On the way up…

The peak itself ๐Ÿ™‚

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This is the mountain half an hour away from Raduha -it has a small edition of “Aljaลพev stolp” on it. You can find the real “Aljaลพev stolp” on Triglav – Slovenian highest mountain. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Grohat

On the way down,ย  we stopped at mountain meadow “Grohat” for some food and the great view of the mountain we just have been on. The staff is very friendly, kind and talkative. The food is amazing and not expensive at all! We drank Radler & apple juice and we ate 2 dishes “Ajdovi ลพganci” & “jeลกprenj” and we only paid 12 โ‚ฌ! ๐Ÿ™‚

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This was amazing day, I recommend this hike to all mountain lovers out there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Malta in May – day 7 (Ghajn Tuffieha bay)

Last day – time for some rest after all the hikes and wandering around. First, we visited the Golden bay.

Than we went for a short walk to Ghajn Tuffieha bay – we spent the time swimming, playing cards & reading a good book. ๐Ÿ™‚ In the evening we went to say good-bye to our Malta scout friend – Gail. — Thank you so much for everything… I think you can never feel the culture if you don’t talk and bond to a native. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Malta in May – day 6 (Marsaxlokk)

Almost the last day of our holidays – we went in a small town with famous Maltese boats – Luzus. ๐Ÿ™‚

Than we went on a short hike to Saint Paul’s pool. Full of jellyfishes & we met that dog and his owner there when he told us they are famous! ๐Ÿ™‚ We met Titti – the diving dog. Video below. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Here is the video of our new friend – they didn’t jump that day because of the jellyfishes ๐Ÿ™‚ But still – it was nice to meet them. ๐Ÿ™‚

Malta in May – day 5 (Gozo)

We talked about Malta and Comino and on day 5 we visited the third island – Gozo! ๐Ÿ™‚

You get on ferry from Il ฤ†irkewa and the ticket cost 4, 65 โ‚ฌ both was – there are some differences if you travel at night-time, if you have a car/a bike … The problem is that all the buses on Gozo drives once an hour and it all takes you back to its capital – Rabat/Victoria, where you can catch another. Again – we walked a lot! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Here are some highlights of our trip:

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Ex Azure window (it crashed a few months ago ๐Ÿ™‚

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mushroom island

This is all in Dwejra bay. ๐Ÿ™‚ From there we went to Ramla bay – one of island most favourite beaches with red/oker sand.

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Ramla bay

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And from there we went for a really long hike – WARNING – paths are misleading. It looks like there is a path even application “Maps.me” (it’s navigation where you don’t need internet connection – great app for all the travellers!) says so. You can walk up to several kilometers when the path ends or it is full of rocks, thorns and other difficulties. But it was a great adventure! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Salt pans

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Malta in May – day 4 (Comino)

There are 3 different islands in “Malta”: Malta, Gozo and Comino – the last one is the smallest with only a few residents. It has an amazing beach called Blue lagoon and some amazing cliffs. We went for a hike around the island (3 hours) and here are the photos. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Blue lagoon โค

You can get to the island with small boats – we gave 10 โ‚ฌ per person (both ways). ๐Ÿ™‚

Cliffs, caves, beaches … ๐Ÿ™‚

Land…

& some facts … ๐Ÿ™‚

Comino

Situated between Malta and Gozo, the smaller island of Comino is a paradise for snorkelers, divers, windsurfers and ramblers.

Only 3.5 square kilometers, Comino is car-free and apart from one hotel, is virtually uninhabited.

The island’s main attraction is the Blue Lagoon. In summer, this sheltered inlet of shimmering aquamarine water over white sand is very popular with day-trippers. Other beaches on the island include Santa Marija Bay and San Niklaw Bay.

Comino is also worth a visit in winter, and is ideal for walkers and photographers. With no urban areas or cars on the island, one can easily smell the scent of wild thyme and other herbs.

Comino was inhabited in the Roman period, but did not have much significance until the Knights arrived. It then had a dual role: hunting grounds and a staging post in the defence of the Maltese Islands against the Ottoman Turks.

The island had proved a useful base for pirates operating in the central Mediterranean and, though stark and barren today, it was home to wild boar and hares when the Knights arrived in 1530. The Grandmasters went to great lengths to ensure that their game on Comino was protected: anyone found breaking the embargo on hunting could expect to serve three years rowing on a galley.

After WWII, Comino remained a backwater until its fortunes revived with tourism in the mid-1960s.

Where to Stay

Comino has one resort hotel, which is ideal for those looking for a tranquil getaway.

(http://www.visitmalta.com/en/island-of-comino)

 

Malta in May – day 3 (Valetta, Blue Grotto …)

1. Valetta

The third day we spontaneously end up in Valettaย in the morning. ๐Ÿ™‚ Cute city at the seaside – it is totally different from our capital city in Slovenia.

 

2. Blue Grotto

10 โ‚ฌ for a beautiful boat ride. It lasted around 20 minutes and we went into some caves – Blue grotto is the one with amazinglyย blue coloured water. They believed that the caves are homes for some mermaids. ๐Ÿ™‚ We didn’t see any, but the water and light are really playing some magical games with each other. ๐Ÿ™‚

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3. Anchor bay with Popeye village

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We didn’t enter the village because there was a lot of people, so we decided to take a hike from anchor bay to Golden bay. ๐Ÿ™‚ We walked for two hours and the views were amazing.

ย 4. Hike from Anchor bay to Golden bay

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Verona – Florence – Pisa – Cinque Terre (Italy)

Today we found photos from last year trip to Florence. And off-course, we couldn’t stay in the same place for 5 days if so many beautiful things were out there to see, so close and so amazing. We walked for hours, exploring, searching, having fun. We slept later, when we got home. ๐Ÿ˜›

1. First stop: Verona

Amazing city with so much history! Here are some photos of Colosseum Verona, great Roman architecture. I sat there thinking about all the gladiators who died there, all the slaves who were sitting at the back, all the “big fishes” in front …

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Juliet’s house

They say, Verona is one of the most romantic cities in Italy, because of Juliet .. And her Romeo. ๐Ÿ™‚ A lot of couples locked their lock of love there. ๐Ÿ™‚

2. Florence

There were our hotel – usually we go to camps and hostels, but I got this trip as a birthday present – so we were there in a luxury. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ponte Vecchio

This is an amazing bridge, with really wonderful jewelry workshops, but it is expensive. And the ice cream? The best on the world! But a piece of advice – don’t buy it ON Ponte Vecchio – it is 8 โ‚ฌ one, so we gave 16 โ‚ฌ for two ice creams. But it was worth it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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… with the death mask of Dante Alighieri. ๐Ÿ™‚ And everything else of course! We met a lady from Boston and she was really big fan of Dan Brown’s inferno book, so she was in heaven when she saw the mask. I must admit, it was amazing.

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Pisa

Torre di Pisa, leaning tower of Pisa – one of the seven world wonders. ๐Ÿ™‚

Cinque terre – best for last

I loved those small cities, i loved the views, the beaches the paths … I want to g back sometime to hike all those paths between – we traveled by train because we didn’t have enough time for hiking.

So nice to look back on those memories. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am really greatful to be there, feel a bit of Italian culture and met a great woman from Boston who told us about livin in America. ๐Ÿ™‚