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Poppies in the Moat

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If you didn't know already, I have a slight obsession with the Tower of London. It's probably my favourite part of London, and one of the few parts of London that is actually in the City of London (as opposed to Greater London, for example Parliament and Big Ben are in the city of Westminster, which is part of Greater London).


The John Lennon Wall, Prague

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Whitewashed countless times by the Secret Police, the John Lennon Wall never stayed empty long, flowers, portraits of Lennon himself and Beatles lyrics always reappeared by the following day. It has become a bit of a pilgrimage for backpackers these days. A normal wall on a secluded square in central Prague, opposite the French embassy, taken over by young Czech's who disliked the Communist regime airing their grievances on the very public wall.


Bratislava & Beyond; The Bratislava Bucket List Tour

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The Bratislava Bucket list tour is a day trip through Bratislava offered by Busabout, where your lovely guide and driver will show you all the sites you should and need to see around Bratislava. In spite of seeing the castles, and having lunch in TV towers, and wine in a wine region, the day really does make you realise exactly how much the world has taken advantage of Slovakia. Suffering through wars, and occupations, as well as being the poorer state of Czechoslovakia. It's a full on day, stopping at castles, and crossing borders, and visiting a real bunker!


Velvet Divorce & Bratislava

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I've been wracking my brains trying to work our what I can tell you about Bratislava..

I went there a bit blind, to be honest. It wasn't the place I was most looking forward to visiting this summer, but figured there must be something to see because we were spending two nights there. And don't get me wrong, there is stuff to see. Just... more around Bratislava than in the city itself, it's a good base, shall we say.


An Hour in Austria

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It was a day that seemed to go on forever. Maybe it was the early rise to go for one last swim in the sunshine in Lake Bled, or maybe the trip really did last as long as it felt. Today we were heading for Bratislava.


Some White Water, a Raft & a Bunch of Beginners

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People I know call me 'brave' an awful lot, they use the word 'adventurous' around me a fair bit. I go travelling regularly, either by myself or with a group, and apparently that is a brave and adventurous thing to do. Although, not really, to me it's just my way of getting through. Adventurous, to me, are people who go all out camping in the wilderness, trying extreme sports like throwing themselves down mountain's on bike's or bungee jumping, or white water rafting.

Trails, and Tales, of Triglav

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The thing about Slovenia is, whether you've just arrived in Ljubljana or Bled, or you've taken a day trip out to a National Park you've never heard of until now, the place is full of surprising beauty. No matter which corner you turn, it's there.


Bohinj is Beautiful, too

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Slightly less well known amongst foreigner's is Slovenia's largest permanent lake Bohinj. The lake is a glacial lake damned by a moraine. 

5 Reasons to Return to Bled

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We only had two nights in Bled, and even tho' the place is small, I didn't get time to do everything I wanted to. Especially since we spent one of our days was spent on the most incredible trip (which I'll be writing about at the end of the week). I didn't even get to do some of the things on this list, like visit the castle, or go on the toboggan!

Here are my 5 reasons to return to Bled, not that you need an excuse...

The Fairies of Slovenia

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I have a small confession to make:

I believe in fairy's.

And I judge you if you don't. Already in love with Bled and Slovenia, I was even more excited when Nick told me that there were many fairy's in the folklore surrounding Slovenia. Particularly with reference to how Lake Bled came to be.



Bled the Beautiful

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"Bled is the most beautiful place you're ever going to see," Nick claimed as we pulled out of Ljubljana.

Of all the places we were visiting, Bled was the one at the top of my list. It was the one place I was already secretly in love with. I'd built it up so high in my head I thought I was bound to be disappointed (ever the pessimist) but as we got closer and closer to town we were surrounded by gorgeous snow capped mountains. It was beautiful before we even got there.


Wordless Wednesday (Almost)

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Doesn't theSoča look stunning? This river runs through Triglav National Park in Slovenia, it's also where you'll go white water rafting (not on this section, tho') if you go on the Emerald River adventure. This image has not been photoshopped in anyway, the water is really that gorgeous green/ blue colour.

Have you visited this area of Slovenia? 


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Love at First Sight in Ljubljana

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If the historic centre of Zagreb is like Duloc from Shrek, then Ljubljana is yet another Fairytale Capital city. In an area of the world where most people expect to find dull grey communist style buildings left over from the days of the Iron Curtain; Slovenia shows that not all is what it seems.



Mending Hearts at the Museum of Broken Relationships

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Call me a pessimist if you will (everyone does, I won't judge you) but don't you find that sometimes when you travel you build a place up before you've got there? Whether it's a town, or a particular spot that you've read about. You've got an idea in your head of what it's going to be like and the more you build it up the higher your expectations become. Yet you know in reality it will never live up to that.

That was how I felt approaching the Museum of Broken Relationships.


Zig Zagging Across Zagreb

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Walking the two blocks from our drop off point to our hostel in the heat only a city can hold in, Zagreb reminded me of somewhere. Not anywhere I'd been in the last week, tho', gone were the stunning blues of the Adriatic at every turn. Here in Zagreb was a city that showed it's past with both Habsburg and communist style buildings. Zagreb was not like anywhere else I'd visited in Croatia, in fact the place it reminded me of most was Budapest, tho' on a much smaller scale. It even had trams in the streets and a funicular, here you really felt like you were in Eastern Europe.


I'm Feeling So Bohemian Like You

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You got a great car, yeah what's wrong with it today? 
I used to have one to maybe I'll come & have a look... 
I really love your hairdo yeah, 
oh I'm glad you like mine too, see what looking pretty cool will getcha... 
Dandy Warhols Bohemian Like You (this is the trek song I would've picked, Nick!)

The Bohemian Trek is, in my opinion, the most underrated tour Busabout offers. Starting in Split, and ending in Prague. The trek, and the places you visit are kind of like being whisked through a fairytale where you learn about both the good and the bad guys. I feel slightly under pressure writing about this trek knowing that Nick- who was my lovely guide for this week- has read my last post & feel the need to really get my facts right! On the first day you travel up to Zagreb where you see an entirely different side of Croatia than the Adriatic scene's I've been showing you the past couple of weeks. You spend just a night here, tho' the city has more to of…

The Day I Sort of Got to Krka

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In spite of having two almost full days in Split, I didn't make it to Krka National Park like I had been hoping. I still want to go and swim under waterfalls, but it hasn't happened yet.