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Trip Report tcreath's trip report to spectacular Croatia and Slovenia (plus Bosnia and Montenegro)

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Well, we just got back from our trip a few days ago and are recovering from jet lag and all of the exciting things, like laundry, that we always look forward to upon our return. ;)

I usually start out my trip reports with a little background, so here goes. My husband and I are in our mid-late 20's and are fortunate enough to travel to Europe about twice a year. We enjoy beautiful scenery, ancient history, meandering through small towns, wine and just experiencing new cultures. We are not really foodies, as we are both pretty picky eaters, but we do enjoy a good meal.

I bought the tickets to Croatia back in February as I found an excellent deal on British Airways that was about half the price of what the tickets normally go for. Still, the price was higher than we usually pay but more than worth it. Our original tickets had us flying into London Heathrow and out of Gatwick, with about 4 hours between the flights, then 7 nights in Croatia followed by a night in London and then a flight back to Chicago. However, the flights were changed and we ended up spending an extra day/night in London at the beginning of the trip, which was nice because we've been to London before but its been about 5 years and we were looking forward to experiencing it again, even if just for a day.

To add another fun element to the trip, about two weeks before our trip we moved across country, from St. Louis to Charlotte, as my husband accepted a job offer. We were originally going to move after our trip, but the company offered to pay for our tickets from Charlotte to Chicago (even though we were from St. Louis we always drove the 4 hours to Chicago because flights were so much cheaper) if he could start sooner. Since that was so generous of them, we decided to take them up on their offer. So the month or so before the trip, which is usually filled with excited anticipation for us, was instead filled with details of our move, preparing and selling our house, dealing with movers and then all of the emotions that come with moving away from friends and family. So I felt that I wasn't as prepared as I usually am the trip still went very smoothly because I tend to suffer from vacation overpreparedness, a condition many fodorites seem to share with me.

Below is our itinerary. Before anyone comments, I know that this was rushed. We tend to travel slower than this, but keep in mind that we were traveling to Croatia in November. Many hotels, restaurants and sights were closed. Because of this we didn't feel the need to travel as slowly, and this ended up working out pretty well. We didn't visit any islands because I simply couldn't find hotels that were open in places like Hvar so I finally gave up. But as much as Croatia was shut down, we rather enjoyed having towns mostly to ourselves, and we don't like crowds so this was another bonus. Okay, so here was our itinerary:

November 4 - Arrive in London in early am; one night Novmber 5 - Flight to Dubrovnik in am; 3 nights
November 8 - Pick up car and drive to Trogir; 1 night
November 9-11 - Drive to Novo Mesto, Slovenia; 2 nights
November 11 - Fly from Zagreb to Dubrovnik; 1 night
November 12 - Afternoon flight to London; 1 night
November 13 - Home

Stay tuned....


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