Italy: Rome

We hadn’t been to Italy before, and it was one of the two target countries for us on this leg of our journey. We will be house and pet sitting in Canalicchio, in the Umbria region of Italy, for about 3 weeks. Before our sit started, we planned for a few days of sightseeing in Rome.

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Croatia: Dubrovnik

We had a deadline for our rental car return (we’ve been traveling by car since Zagreb), so couldn’t meander the coast as we are normally wont to do. The first part of the 3½-hour drive from Split was inland on fast, modern and virtually empty highways (the toll for this leg was about $10 CAD), but the second half ended up hugging the coast as well as traveling through 2 international borders. On this route, you go through the Bosnia-Herzegovina entry border, and then a few minutes later through the Croatia entry border.  Continue reading “Croatia: Dubrovnik”

Croatia: Zadar

Getting there

For us, the journey to Zadar held as much interest and enjoyment as the city itself. The drive from Rabac on the Istrian peninsula of Croatia to Zadar was beautiful and varied. We started out in valley farmland, drove through a 5km tunnel and incredible highway infrastructure to and around the city of Rijeka (taking the faster, less scenic-but-still-interesting route–we had done the slower, scenic route on the way in), and then drove the coastal route E65 from just south of Rijeka all the way to Zadar. It’s a longer route by almost an hour, but oh, so worth it.

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Stans: Last words

Our month in Switzerland is over and it is time to move on. We have had a wonderful time. Our house-sitting experience was fantastic. We were nestled in the mountains with 360° views. We lived in a large, spotlessly clean and uncluttered penthouse apartment with high-end appliances, enjoyed weekly house cleaning service, drove a very nice car, and had the company of two really friendly Bengal cats (who shed very little).

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Stans: A meaningful museum in Geneva

While rooting around for Switzerland rainy day ideas, we discovered the Musée International de la Croix‑Rouge et du Croissant‑Rouge (International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum) in Geneva. We were at once excited and disappointed; excited because we have been proud Red Cross volunteers and wanted very much to visit, and disappointed because the museum was in Geneva, a three-hour drive away.

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Stans: Day trip to Rigi

We had attempted a day trip to Rigi the week before, but missed our bus stop and by then it was too late to get back to the right one so we could board a boat across Lake Lucerne. Fate was with us, though, because at the time we would have been up the mountain that day, the clouds had rolled in and views would have been obscured. Instead, we enjoyed that bus ride for the adventure it was, and picked a much better (both sunnier and warmer) day for what turned out to be a wonderful excursion.

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