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Trip Report: 2 Low Country Gals "Czeching" out Central Europe...

Trip Report: 2 Low Country Gals "Czeching" out Central Europe...

Apr 5th, 2007, 12:11 PM
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Hello to my fellow fodorites! I wouldn't typically top my own trip report, but I have finally gotten around to figuring out how to post a link to my trip pictures and in a tiny URL format. I hope it works!

Also Fair Warning...this link is my kodak gallery photo album of this trip and there are approximately 1500 pictures...so you may want to think twice about viewing the pictures since it may take a few minutes for your computer to pull up the photos!

If you do view the pictures I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them!


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Oct 7th, 2007, 12:06 AM
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LowcountryIslander: Thanks for the lovely novel! I just printed out all 53 pages of your trip report to read with my yellow highlighter. I took a peak at it and it's a great report. My "printer" is sighing with relief as I'm going to let it go to sleep for the night...I've printed out a couple great trip reports today!

I also took a look at your beautiful photos...I got all the way through the Prague photos...yep...I think you have over 200 photos of Prague alone.

You're my kind of traveller...an excellent planner and a thoroughly generous reporter. A million thanks for sharing!

I'm planning our first family trip to Poland and the Czech Republic for September 2008! Will be traveling with husband and 2 college-age daughters.

If you're still around, I might be back with questions if you don't mind.
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Oct 12th, 2007, 05:48 PM
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Melissa5...

Thanks for reading my trip report! I'm sorry I didn't reply sooner but I just got back home last night from 3 weeks traveling in Turkey. You know what that means, I will be working on another trip report!

I will be happy to try and answer any questions you have about Czech Republic or Poland. I loved the areas of both countries I visited last year.
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Oct 13th, 2007, 08:16 AM
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Oct 13th, 2007, 07:34 PM
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Marcy:

What a delightful, definive report on some of my favorite places in Central Europe! Your pics tell the story well.

Point of remarkable interest...your picture #22 clearly shows the two towers at the Mala Strana side of the Charles bridge...the left tower is smaller.

Just so happens that on one of my several visits to Prague, the manager of our hotel (Three Ostriches, "U Tri Pstrosu", smack alongside the bridge), gave us the brief history of the smaller tower which he referred to as "The Judith Tower"...I had never heard that before and as I stood in slight shock he continued to say that it was named for the 8th century Bohemian Queen Judith...My late wife's name(d.1991)?...Judith Tower.

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Oct 13th, 2007, 08:15 PM
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Stu...

Great story about the Judith Tower!

Thanks for the compliment on my trip report and photos. I am just starting out when it comes to taking pictures, dare I call myself a "budding photographer", but I do enjoy taking pictures!

I'm just back from 3 weeks in Turkey and once I get "re-adjusted" to my regular routine here at home I will be putting together a trip report on Turkey.

Thanks again for posting the feedback...I love knowing my trip report is being read!
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Oct 13th, 2007, 10:18 PM
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Oct 14th, 2007, 04:15 AM
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Oct 21st, 2007, 09:13 PM
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Hi LCI
I am travelling to Croatia in July-August 2008 and would like to know the name of the apartment you stayed in in Hvar Town. It sounds perfect for us
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Oct 22nd, 2007, 02:17 AM
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I just got back from Croatia on Saturday night, and have loved reading your wonderfully detailed and fun report. It has brightened my memories and made me even more nostalgic!

I never got to Hvar - that's for another time! - but I did spend a little time in Trogir, Split, and Korcula town as well as Dubrovnik. I spent a day in Montenegro like you, and also a day and night in Mostar which was absolutely stunning. I can't recommend that part of Bosnia highly enough.

Of the rest of your report, I've only been to Budapest, but I do plan to visit Prague and Krakow at some point - you have whetted my appetite even more for these places now!

Thank you for taking the time to share so much.
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Oct 22nd, 2007, 05:28 AM
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ts2671...

I used a website called http://www.hvar-travel.com/ to book my Hvar accommodations. The apartment listing had no specific name and I don't remember the reference number the agency gave the apartment on their website. I will try to find the number and post back here.

juliat...thanks for the compliment on my trip report!
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Jan 15th, 2008, 01:27 PM
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LowCountryIslander,

What a great trip report!!!!! I am taking a similar trip to yours this Spring and this has provided a wealth of information and more than a few chuckles. I'm glad I found it. Thanks so much for taking the time to write such an informative and witty report.

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Jan 15th, 2008, 07:56 PM
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Maitaitom...

WOW! what a compliment! I am a HUGE fan of your trip reports...they have me roaring with laughter!

I'm glad that I was able to provide some information for you!

Have a great trip! I'll be expecting to see your trip report this spring
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Jan 16th, 2008, 08:43 AM
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LCI...

Thanks. Your report brought the entire region to life for me. We are all getting very excited. Of course, I might have to ask a few questions when I get the chance.

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Jan 18th, 2008, 05:08 PM
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Hi again LCI
I checked the hvar website and there is an apartment Marija Bol - it appears to be right on the water. Is that the one you stayed in?
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Jan 18th, 2008, 07:12 PM
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ts2671...

The Hvar apartment we stayed in was not on the water. It was in the Old Town area, just one block from the main square and a few blocks from the harbor. Hope that helps!
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Jan 19th, 2008, 02:38 AM
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Thanks. I think I found it..apartment Marija Grad. The ceiling in the bedroom looks a bit low..did that worry you at all..were you happy with the apartment.
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Jan 19th, 2008, 04:45 AM
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ts2671...

Yes, the ceiling did slope down and it was fairly low where the head of the beds were, but it was not a problem (I'm 5'8"). I did like the apartment because I liked the location being one block from the main square and I really liked the big terrace that was just outside our door, it was was covered and it was quite nice to be able to go sit out there and have a meal or just relax.

There are 3 flights of narrow stairs you have to walk up to get to the apartment, this did not bother me, but it may for some people.
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Jan 23rd, 2008, 06:51 AM
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Loved your trip report...so much great detail!!

Have a quick Croatia itinerary question for you. My husband and I are flying in and out of Zagreb in May. We land on a Monday and have to leave on Sunday out of Zagreb. Is there a particular part of Croatia that you would recommend for our trip given our restraints??

Thanks!
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Jan 23rd, 2008, 08:06 AM
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pgshorty,

Thanks for taking the time to read my report.

I highly recommend going to Plitvice National Park and it's not to far a drive from Zagreb. I spent the night at one of the hotels at the park. We arrived in the evening, stayed at the hotel and spent the next day exploring the park. We were there on a slightly cloudy day with some rain showers and I thought it was beautiful, I can only imagine how amazing it would be in better weather!

If you are renting a car, you may want to consider going to the coast, which is were I spent most of my time. Split is about a 4 hour drive from Zagreb on an easy to drive highway. I didn't spend much time in Split, just a few hours before catching a ferry, but if you look at some of the other Croatia trip reports (one from treath, I think that is her screen name, is a standout)you may get a better idea of what is in Split to see and do.

I LOVED Dubrovnik, but given your time constraints I'm not sure if you really have enough time to get there and "do the city justice". Unless you can get a cheap flight from Zagreb to Dubrovnik then it might be "do-able"

Another spot in Croatia I enjoyed was the island of Rab, which is north of split. You may want to check out some of the northern portions of Croatia, I haven't been, but heard there are some interesting spots there and now for the life of me I can't remember the name of the coastal city everyone talks about in the northern part of Croatia, but I've been told it's a good spot as well.

Have a great trip!
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