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Old Jun 19th, 2006, 02:10 PM
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I think Croatia might be difficult for wheelchair bound people. Most of the historic centers have very uneven, stone surfaces. Numerous steps. I don't recall seeing one person in a wheelchair during our entire 2 week trip. It's too bad, really.
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Old Jun 19th, 2006, 04:59 PM
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thanks issy!

Then I think we will stick with Atlas as DH likes alot of history.

I'm also going to check with them about options ot Sarajevo.

Thanks a mil.....
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Old Jun 19th, 2006, 05:11 PM
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issy,

What room did you have at the Argentina? I assume you were in the Villa and not the Hotel?

Catbert: Thanks for pumping me up mroe for the Argentina!!
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Old Jun 19th, 2006, 06:48 PM
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Thank you so much for your detailed report, I'm (early) planning for a trip in May. Unfortunately with your description of Montenegro & bobthe navigator's lovely photos I fear my Trogir/Split/Hvar/Dubrovnik schedule is about to be altered .
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Old Jun 19th, 2006, 08:03 PM
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Hi Issy - Thanks so much for the report ! I am a member of the Croatia in September Club (and I have had my FF tix since last October so this is taking FOREVER!) and we plan on doing a lot of what you did. One thing we will NOT be doing, however, is "In Kotor, we climbed to the top of the Sv Ivan fort. I think itís something like 1300 steps". OMG, my legs would be quivering noodles by the time I got half way up.
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Old Jun 19th, 2006, 08:43 PM
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For the life of me I cannot remember what room we had at Argentina. But, yes, we were in the Villa part. We were on the same floor as the lobby (just up about 6 steps to the Villa rooms), at the end of the hall. Windows facing south and west.

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Our legs were actually a little shakey on the way down. I was feeling like a total stud-muffin climbing up that mountain. I figured it was the least I could do given all the gelato I was consuming. I was rather humbled, however, when on the way down I passed 2 or 3 people that were easily into their 60's. Now that's being in shape! I can only hope that I can do the same at that age. If you take your time, it is definately doable.
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Old Jun 19th, 2006, 08:48 PM
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Great report issy!
Tripgirl, The Hotel Park is a classy joint..harks back to the 20's....get a view of the beach...you will love it..an easy walk into the heart of Split.
As for the Argentina in Dub..grand place, indeed, although I now favor the Villa Dubrovnik...just a few meters further up the hill...go look at it while you're there..it's worth a visit.
Also be sure to try the Captain Restuarant in Old Town...rissotto is special! And the grilled meats are delicious.
Stu T.
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Old Jun 20th, 2006, 01:27 PM
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Bob- Thanks for posting your photos. That's a pretty nice looking boat!!

Here are the photos from our trip, if anyone is interested:
http://www.worldisround.com/articles/302105/index.html
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issy,

Will for sure take a look at your photos in a minute.

Question: When you paid your hotel bills were you charged in Kuna or Euro( hope not American dollars , you are from the US, correct?) I've been quoted for all hotels with the exception of the Trogir hotel, in Euros. Just curious how you were finally billed. Also do restaurant bills quote euros or kuna?

Thanks a mil.. Now on to looking at your photos....
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Old Jun 20th, 2006, 01:53 PM
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issy,

Great photos, you are clever with "kaboom and "hanging out"

Very nice, it looks like I am imagining; thanks for bringing it to life!

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Old Jun 20th, 2006, 02:10 PM
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We paid for everything in Kuna. FYI: Many places do not take credit cards. We maxed out our daily ATM limit on more than one occasion!

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Issie, these are fabulous! You are single handedly going to cause tourism to go up in Croatia several fold!
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I assume you mean restaurants, shops, etc and not our hotels?
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Old Jun 20th, 2006, 03:16 PM
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Hotels weren't a problem. But most stores and restaurants didn't accept them.
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Wow, issy!
Wonderful report, wonderful pictures, thanks. Now I really canít wait to get there! 10 more weeks to go
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Old Jun 20th, 2006, 05:42 PM
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Issy,
Amazing photos. What kind of camera did you use? With a wide angle lens? As per renting bikes on Mljet, exactly where, how much was the rental & do they supply helmets & locks? How did you get the bikes to St. Mary's Island? You can see that I love biking soooo, are they mountain or hybrids ?
I'm also a Septemberite & looking so forward to the trip.Thanks for sharing.
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Old Jun 20th, 2006, 05:47 PM
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Issy...

Absolutely beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing!
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Issy -
the picture of the board walk is beautiful (as are the other photos)
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Very nice work Issy.
You had better light at Dubrovnik than we did that day---great shots.
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Old Jun 21st, 2006, 07:15 AM
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Thanks for the kind remarks.

Syl- We have two cameras. One is a pocket size Olympus Stylus 410. This is the one I keep in my small purse if we are just out and about. The other one is a bit bigger, so I only bring it if I know there will be lots of scenery. It's an Olympus Camedia C-5060. It has a wide zoom. Both cameras are a few years old. I just aim and click. Nothing tricky. The scenery is just that beautiful in Croatia. For the bike rental in Mljet, there are a few places. First let me say that the town the ferry drops you off at is barely a town. Very small, so it's all self evident when you arrive. We went to the little grocery store (to the left of the ferry when you disembark) and rented bikes (hybrids) there (2 for 150 kuna) and picked up snacks/lunch. They did not provide helmets. I don't recall seeing anyone with a helmet in fact. There is no traffic to speak of and easy trails for riding. No need for locks. It's very quiet (heaven!) in the park and never really felt crowded at all.
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