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Croatia, Slovenia, and Montenegro Trip Report - very, very long!

Croatia, Slovenia, and Montenegro Trip Report - very, very long!

Mar 21st, 2005, 03:03 AM
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Thanks for a great report! I haven't had a chance to read it all yet, but wanted to comment on a couple things.

First: In Macedonia catsup, mayo or sour cream are all put on pizzas. I'm a particular afficianado of the sour cream myself! [Although the waiters usually ask if I, as an "amerikanka" know what I'm ordering! And I say "DA!"] The Macedonian catsup is very different from ours -- much sweeter and not as tart. The mayo is, of course, full-blooded & artery-clogging -- the genuine article. It is simply a cultural difference. No worse than bacon or pineapple or shrimp.

As for being questioned about being in Croatia -- happened to us when we were running late to a plane in FRA after an unscheduled night spent in Ljubljana -- I think "Herr Clueless" was on his first day on the job -- this was back in 2001 and I guess he hadn't gotten the message that Slovenia was on the fast-track to the EU.

A lot of your experiences make me smile as they are so "Balkan" -- they could have happened anywhere in former Yugoslavia!
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Apr 9th, 2005, 06:05 PM
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We're planning a similar trip for Sep. I enjoyed reading your report. Sounds like you both had a great time.
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Apr 10th, 2005, 05:38 AM
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Your trip report makes me want to go out and buy a ticket to Croatia right now! We briefly considered it for our honeymoon...but selected Italy instead. Croatia's next on our list , and your report will come in handy.

Thanks so much for taking the time to post the report! It was very enjoyable.
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Apr 17th, 2005, 06:13 AM
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Thanks much for the wonderful info. We will be taking the bus from Split to Dubrovnik. When you get off the bus are they taxis available?
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Apr 19th, 2005, 05:26 AM
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Croatia was amazing value for money, one of the few places we could afford to get to in Europe ( plus Greece although more was still reasonable 'value' compared with others ), at the recent Travel conference in Delhi they said Montenegro had the fastest developing tourism in all Europe, though I guess they are starting from a low position, but sounds a great place to visit now before it gets busy/expensive.
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Apr 19th, 2005, 05:57 AM
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Thank you so much for the fantastic trip report - I really apppreciate the very practical information you included.

Pri Planincu in Bled is one of my favorite restaurants from my trips, too (I ate there 5 meals in 4 days).
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Apr 19th, 2005, 05:29 PM
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Great trip report with loads of useful information. Thanks!
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Apr 20th, 2005, 01:58 PM
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Sorry if I overlooked, but where did you stay in Montenegro? I'm trying to decide where to stay on the coast. Are there ferrys/buses that go there from Dubrovnik?

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Apr 20th, 2005, 02:32 PM
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I enjoyed your report. Thanks for sharing. We were in Croatia last summer and absolutely loved it too!
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Apr 21st, 2005, 08:33 PM
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I am leaving for Slovenia & Croatia in 24 more days!! It was great to read your report. I was thinking of taking a day trip to Montenegro to Kotor and wasn't sure about it. After reading your report, I'll go.

I guess I did pretty good to be able to do it in 3 flights. At first I had 4 and changed to leave out of Orange County airport instead of Ontario CA airport and eleminated 1 flight.

How was your weather in March? You didn't mention being cold so I assume it was decent weather.

Thanks for a great report!

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May 7th, 2005, 04:12 PM
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Debday - It is easy to take a taxi or a bus from there to the city. Also, there are lots of people renting rooms who will give you a ride.

Furryd - We just took a daytrip there so didn't stay in any hotels. There are tour busses that go there from Dub. for daytrips.

Suesnothome - The weather was great. It was cold in Slovenia (30's), but warmed up as we went south. Dub was 60's and 70's our last couple of days.
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May 20th, 2005, 01:12 PM
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Could you tell me how long it took you to drive from Ston to Orebic? Trying to figure out my itin. Hear that Ston has great food and wanted to make sure I was there at mealtimes!
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Aug 1st, 2005, 02:56 PM
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Alyssamma, What a great trip report! I'm still chewing through the details. Thinking of doing a similar trip later this month. A couple questions (sorry, you may have answered them in parts of your report I have not read yet, and if so, sorry):

1. Do you need any special drivers license to rent and drive in those countries?
2. Are there any recommended shots? visa requirements for US citizen?
3. did you take your 3 kids? If so, how did they like the excursions? did you find any kid specific things to do, like amusement parks?

Thanks again.
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Aug 9th, 2005, 07:35 AM
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Thanks for your great report and provide me much useful information. My friends and I (3 adults) will visit Croatia on coming Mid Sep and would like to stay at the private room in Dubrovnik which you mentioned. Do 3 bed rooms is available? Do you have the email address of Ivo Gugic? Thanks again.
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Oct 31st, 2005, 09:56 AM
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Alyssamma -
Thank you for the detailed trip report. Sounds you & your wife had a good time.

I'm planning a trip to Croatia for next summer and can't wait! Your report will certainly be helpful.

PS - Don't knock the food habits until you try them! At the young (oh-so-haughty) age of 15 I remember ordering french fries in Dublin from a stand-up cafe. Wanting to be "cool" I took my order the same way the school girls in front of me had - with mayo. I still find myself dipping my french fries into mayo every once in a while...it's pretty good!
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Oct 31st, 2005, 12:21 PM
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Tartar sauce is even better on Fries - try it next time!
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Jan 17th, 2006, 06:31 PM
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This is a great trip report. I will be going to Slovenia and Croatia in Sept. 2006 and will check out some of the restaurants mentioned in this post.

Thanks for sharing the information!
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Jan 18th, 2006, 08:07 AM
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alyssamma, I didn't see this until now. Great report! I appreciate the budget figures. Did you look into the possibility of flying to London, and then taking a budget flight to Croatia?
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Mar 15th, 2006, 08:47 AM
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alyssamma, We will be leaving on 27 March for a 10 day trip to Dubrovnik and surrounding area. I LOVED your report and found all the practical info great. I was wondering what the weather was like last year at this time. I realize that this is a much different year and it has been much colder. There has probably been more rain too, since you said you had many sunny days. That said, what were the temperatures like while you were there?
Thanks, Char
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