Two Halves ~ October 18, 2015

  • October 18, 2015
  • Day 41
  • Dubrovnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Split, Plitvice Lakes
  • 55-70 degrees, sunny

Two halves make a country. Croatia was divided into two parts as far back as the Ottoman Empire. From Dubrovnik to Split, you drive through a strip of Bosnia and Herzegovina. People have vivid memories of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina war in 1991-95. The three bus drivers fought. The hotel receptionist remembers the sound of bombs and having 24 hours to evacuate her home before it fell into enemy hands. I kept a low profile during the passport check point.

  • 1st between Dubrovnik, Split, and Plitvice Lakes… Marathon nine hours by bus

Fort Imperial ~ October 17, 2015

  • October 17, 2015
  • Day 40
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • 55-70/degrees, sunny

Fort Imperial stood on the high ground becoming a key military position. This former fortress built during the Napoleonic years became the stronghold for the Croatian during the 1991-95 war with Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • 1st Fort Imperial
  • 2nd an American and Korean join me for the 1,643 foot ascent to Fort Imperial
  • 3rd, 4th view from Fort Imperial


 

American Montage ~ October 16, 2015

  • October 16, 2015
  • Day 39
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • 60-75 degrees, drizzle, light to heavy rain, to no rain

Though the buildings and walls are Roman built, the sounds are a montage of American tunes. Duo street musicians play Johnny Cash while those passing by sing the lyrics. Frank Sinatra’s classics are heard in restaurants. All commercial people (bus drivers, cinema ticket sellers, grocery clerks, manicurist, etc) speak a degree of English. American words are a striking contrast to the written Croatian words my eyes keep seeking to make sense.

  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Dubrovnik