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In the last installment, we had just left Zagreb. We made camp in what I think was the only camping site in the area (Autocamp Plitvice), which was little more than a grassy parking lot. We ended up parking right across from a family of Rom, who were fascinating to watch.

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Next stop, Budapest! :c)

For the new people, here are my previous installments:

http://torenheksje.livejournal.com/250308.html
http://torenheksje.livejournal.com/250685.html
http://torenheksje.livejournal.com/251353.html
http://torenheksje.livejournal.com/257096.html
http://torenheksje.livejournal.com/275869.html
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Sorry about that. Here are some photos of our trip through Slovenia (all two hours of it) and then across Croatia, from Umag to Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia. This is very photo-intensive, so if any of my flisters are dial-up, this is your warning. As usual, click to enlarge.

Some vineyards in Slovenia. It still looks remarkably like Italy, doesn't it?



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Venezia

Aug. 12th, 2008 03:55 pm
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Up early the following morning to catch the ferry from Fusina to Venice, which was conveniently located about 50 meters from our campsite. Speiky wasn't too sure about it at first, generally preferring to be *in* the water rather than on top of it, but he quickly settled down under hubby's feet and watched the sunlight dancing on the water.


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Next, to Croatia via Slovenia!
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We finally made our way through the traffic out of Munich, and headed south once again through random villages in Austria to Venice. I'm just going to post photos here, because I can't really do justice in words to how beautiful the Alps were. I'd seen them from the Swiss side, but not from the Austrian.

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Our original plan was to visit a couple of cities in Germany as we headed down to Italy. What actually happened was something more along the lines of a race against the weather.

Our first planned stop, Koblenz, was passed right by, as it was raining buckets. We ended up finally crawling into a campsite in Manheim at about 10 p.m. It was right on the Rhine, and we fell into exhausted sleep listening to German dance music from the cantina at the end of the campgrounds.



This is the view from just outside our camper early the next morning. Speiky got a quick swim in, and then we headed back out to our next stop, which was supposed to be Stuttgart. We'd come so far the previous day, however, that we skipped it and went straight on to Munich. Again, not much in the way of photos, since I was pretty much confined to shooting from the passenger seat window. But I took some goofy shots just to pass the time.





The traffic was horrific all the way through Germany. There is some extensive roadwork being done all over the country, it seems, and we spent waay too much time sitting still. Also the weather was still chasing us. When we finally arrived in Munich, it began to pour almost immediately.

Our biggest new toy this trip was the TomTom, and for the most part, it was a wonder and a joy. Every now and then, however, it seemed to get confused, such as when we were among tall trees or buildings. We spent over an hour trying to locate a campsite in Munich because "Tom" kept getting confused and sending us off into non-existent left turns.



Up early again the next morning, we hit yet more city traffic.



One of the more peculiar things we passed on our way out was a huge cemetery, the Waldfriedhof, right in the middle of the city. And across the busy city streets, lots of office buildings with stonemasons on the ground floor of the buildings, with displays of tombstones of every imaginable design right on the street. It was creepy in a very efficient sort of way. I didn't manage to get any photos of them, alas, as I was on the cemetery side of the road. I was able to get glimpses of something unusual over the tops of the walls and between the gaps in the gates - wooden grave markers. They looked a little like two-dimensional birdhouses.

We finally made it out of town, and then on to Austria and the Alps. I'll post that one next. I promise, it gets more interesting and more beautiful from here on out. :c)
raxacorricofallapatorius: (butterfly)
So...vacation planning is in full swing. Now that we're less than 2 weeks away from actually leaving, I thought it might actually be a good idea for us to sit down with a map and work out a basic driving route. So far (and subject to change) it goes a little something like this:

Germany
Cologne, Stuttgart, Munich

Italy
Venice

Slovenia
Triest

Croatia
Pula, Rijeka, Zegreb

Hungary
Lake Ballaton, Budapest

Austria
Vienna

Czech Republic
Prague

And then make serious tracks back through Germany and home. I have no idea how much of this we're actually going to accomplish in three weeks, but we're going to try like hell to hit 'em all. :c)

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