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Trip Report The Tweesters Travel with Tito: 2 weeks in Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia

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This trip report may take a while, and I won’t promise that I’ll finish it soon, but if I wait until I have it completely pulled together then it just might never happen! Thank you to all of the wonderful Fodorites who contributed suggestions, tips and lots of background information. Then end result was a fabulous trip!

Setting the stage:

Who: “The Tweesters” - My sister “C” and me. Two (still-able-to-call-ourselves) middle aged sisters, who enjoy traveling together.

When: April 27 – May 10

Travel pace: stay 2 – 4 nights per location -- long enough to get a flavour, but short enough to have a variety of experiences.

Transportation: Public. (planes, trains, buses, ferries)

Travel style: engage with locals (and interesting fellow travelers) to get a feel for the heart of a place. We’re fine if we don’t hit all, or even most, of the “must see” tourist sites, if it means we’re enjoying the food, the streets and the people. (C would add “enjoying the shops, looking for unique artsy finds.”) All in all we keep it very low key and don’t rush around.

What’s with Tito? Clearly Tito is a polarizing figure, but we took a lighthearted view based on a quirky large old framed photo of Tito (aka “Marshall”, aka “Josip”) that C found at an antique shop in Sarajevo. We had them remove the frame so it would fit in the suitcase, so that Tito could travel with us as we experienced his old stomping grounds. I think he enjoyed being with us and posed for photos in each stop on our journey.

Summary itinerary:
 Fly from Toronto to Sarajevo (via Munich).
 4 nights in Sarajevo (Airbnb apartment in Old Town)
 Train to Mostar
 2 nights in Mostar (at the wonderful Pansion Cardak)
 Bus to Split
 4 nights in Split (Airbnb apartment in Diocletian’s Palace)
 Fly to Zagreb; train to Ljubljana
 3 nights in Ljubljana (Airbnb apartment at the south end of the center)
 Fly to Toronto (via Munich)

We checked the weather forecast as we headed out on our trip....and it wasn’t looking particularly good. The call was for lots of rainy weather and unseasonably cool temperatures. Luckily forecasts are often wrong and this turned out to be the case this time! For much of the first week, while we were in BiH, it was a bit on the cool side and generally overcast, however we rarely had to get the umbrella out. The second week was glorious – sunny and high of 23-25 most days.

Looking back on the trip, we’re pretty happy with the mix of places we went and the time we allocated to each place. I don’t think we would have changed anything. (Perhaps we could have squeezed in a bit more time for Slovenia. We loved it but only had 2 full days there.)

Next post: Sarajevo

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