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Fast Facts: The Balkans

Fast Facts: The Balkans

WHAT WE DID: Traveled for 23 days around four Balkan countries. Stayed primarily in rooms (self-contained unit) booked through AirBnB, with the exception of a 3-night guesthouse in Plitvicka Jereza, Croatia. Our basic itinerary: Transit – train (Mav-Start) from Budapest to Belgrade, Serbia Belgrade (3 nights) Transit – minivan (GEA Tours) from Belgrade to Sarajevo, Bosnia Sarajevo (4 nights) Transit – bus (Eurolines) from Sarajevo to Split, Croatia Split (3 nights) Transit – 4-day car rental to travel to Plitvice…

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Penny & Me

Penny & Me

The penny continued its European tour across the Balkan Peninsula, enjoying beautiful places and friendly faces in Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, and Slovenia. In Belgrade, the diminutive coin was dwarfed by the grand structures of St. Sava’s Church and Belgrade Fortress. The penny was humbled to visit the historic streets of Sarajevo, saddened by the lingering scars of the city’s siege, but in awe of how the community has endured and recovered. In Croatia, the penny spent some time…

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Bled

Bled

One of the most well-known towns in Slovenia (a relative measure, for sure), Bled is a lively community whose self-named lake sits at the center of it all. We decided to strike out early from Triglav National Park and take a wander around neighboring Lake Bled before heading back to Ljubljana. As we drew closer to the town, the popularity of the place began to make itself known. Groups of people lined the sidewalks, queues of cars waited at intersections,…

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Triglav National Park

Triglav National Park

Just a couple hours northwest of Ljubljana, tucked along the mountainous borders with Austria and Italy, sits Slovenia’s sole national park. First established as a protected area in 1924, Triglav National Park is actually one of Europe’s oldest reserves. Home to Slovenia’s swath of the Julian Alps, Triglav offers a host of activities for outdoor enthusiasts – extensive hiking and skiing trails, as well as kayaking, canyoning, rafting, and rock climbing. Adding to its appeal, Triglav National Park seems to…

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Ljubljana

Ljubljana

Rarely have we felt so quickly at-ease with a city as we did after arriving in Ljubljana. It was certainly helped by our beautiful, sunny apartment, and by the impeccable blue skies and mid-70s temperatures, but there was something else about the capital of Slovenia that felt incredibly welcoming and comfortable. Ljubljana is a medium-sized city with a population around 280,000. The jade-colored Ljubljanica River cuts through the city, with walkways and cafes lining both banks, and a myriad of…

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