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Venice - Doge's Palace

After the visit to the island we found the Palace had no que and being over 65 we could get in get in for €13 each. We had a fantastic 2 hrs or so in the palace. A masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the Doge’s Palace is an impressive structure composed of layers of building elements and ornamentation, from its 14th and 15th century original foundations to the significant Renaissance and opulent Mannerist adjunctions. The structure is made up of three large blocks, incorporating previous constructions. The wing towards the St. Mark’s Basin is the oldest, rebuilt from 1340 onwards. The wing towards St. Mark’s Square was built in its present form from 1424 onwards. The canal-side wing, hous

Venice - Murano and Burano

2 nd Post Venice On the next day we went in and booked on a boat trip to Murano and Burano. Murano In 1291, all the glassmakers in Venice were forced to move to Murano due to the risk of fires. In the following century, exports began, and the island became famous, initially for glass beads and mirrors. Aventurine Glass was invented on the island, and for a while Murano was the main producer of glass in Europe. The island later became known for chandeliers. Although decline set in during the eighteenth century, glassmaking is still the island's main industry. Burano Burano is also known for its small, brightly painted houses, which are popular with artists. The colours of the houses follow a

Venice - Basilica di San Marco

1st of 4 posts for Venice. After arriving at the campsite at Fusina we purchased a 3 day ferry ticket to go the 30 mins across the lagoon to Venice. As it was quiet in St Marks square we decide to go to the Basilica di San Marco. The inside is covered in gold mosaic pictures. The building’s structure dates back to the latter part of the 11th century. Much work has gone toward embellishing this, and the famous main façade has an ornamented roofline that is mostly Gothic. The gold ground mosaics that now cover almost all the upper areas of the interior took centuries to complete. In the 13th century the external height of the domes was greatly increased by hollow drums raised on a wooden fra

Lipica stud Farm

On a wet Tue we visited the famous Lipica stud Farm in Slovenia. They are born black and after 4 to 6 years turn white. The history of the Stud farm and Lipizzan horses is closely intertwined with the Habsburgs who ruled as many as 650 years over an extensive part of baroque Europe. Horses, the Spanish horse was considered an ideal breed, were at the time a crucial strategic advantage and were thus of outstanding importance to the Habsburgs. The soil and climate of the Karst are very similar to that of Spain which is why the Archduke Charles chose to build the royal stud farm in 1578 in the Karst in the abandoned summer residence of the Bishop of Trieste in this area.

Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes is the oldest and largest national park in the Republic of Croatia. The park is situated in the mountainous region of Croatia, between the Mala Kapela mountain range in the west and northwest, and the Lička Plješivica mountain range to the southeast. With its exceptional natural beauty, this area has always attracted nature lovers, and already on 8 April 1949, it was proclaimed Croatia’s first national park. The process of tufa formation, which results in the building of the tufa, or travertine, barriers and resulted in the creation of the lakes, is the outstanding universal value, for which the Plitvice Lakes were internationally recognised on 26 October 1979 with their inscr

Split and Trogir

We moved down the coast towards Split and went to a campsite on the island near Trogir. The pitch is 3 m from the beach overlooking the bay. We walked into Trogir and had a look around and decided we would stop for 2 weeks or so as the weather was ideal about 25c and full sun most days. Dropping to 13c at night. From Trogir we went via boat to Split for the day. A fantastic old city with some building dated to 300 AD. We also did a 3 island trip which when out to Maslinica is a port village on the island of Šolta then to the Blue lagoon for some swimming in the crystal waters and finally back to a restaurant on the south side of our island of Čiovo . We had mackerel BBQ and Croatian cabbag

Micro switch problem.

We have had the wire break four in the last 2 years. The wire breaks so that no hot water comes out of the tap in the kitchen once the pressure has gone. The bathroom is ok and the toilet water is fine so the pump is ok. We even met a couple in Germany with the same fault. The micro switch in the tap switches the pump on when the tap is opened. I am told you can fit a Whale pressure switch in line to bypass all the micro switches. The wire is quite brittle and eventually breaks. I have re soldered the cable and I am going to replace the wire with 0.5 mm 11A 12V flexible cable next time it fails. I did the video below just to show how to get access to the wire.

Krka National Park & Sibenik

We moved south to a small camp site Auto camp Stradin above the Krka National Park. The site had a swimming pool and free transport to the ferry to the park. We spent a day in the park walking round the waterfalls and building. We also spent a day in Sibenik with its old town, castle and cathedral. The campsite made there own wine and we left with 3 ltr. I managed to do 2 x 5k runs from the site and had a flight of the drone as well. Auto camp Stradin Krka National Park Sibenik

Paklenica National Park

Paklenica National Park is located slightly inland from the coast of North Dalmatia, situated about 47km north (northeast) from Zadar. The nearest coastal town to the park is Starigrad Paklenica. The Park is south of the Velebit range of mountains (the largest in Croatia) and covers an area of just under 100 square km. It had a mixture of high peaks with stunning views, deep gorges and beech and pine forests. The Park is an ideal place to visit for the adventurous – there are several challenging hiking trails, and climbing is also popular here. We walked the 6Km to the hut and had Beans and Sausage. We stopped on a campsite on the coast in Starigrad next to the Alana Hotel. Paklenica Nationa

Krk Camping Omišalj

So the short drive into Croatia and over the bridge onto the island of Krk. We found a 5 star campsite just over the bridge. With large pitch with electric and water as well as a drain. The Shower/toilets are from a 5 * hotel as well. Washing machines and even wn ok with electric bikes. Had a look around and then stopped in a bar for a couple of large beers. The next day we cycled along the coast to a roman site and early christian church unfortunately was not open. The weather was good 18c and sun with a water temp of 22c. Slight down site is the view of the oil terminal and under the airport flight path but only 3 or so a day. Bathrooms Town Site

Caves and Castle

We first visited Postojna Cave the train takes you 3.7km into the caves and then you walk for 1.5km into the massive cave system. The tour takes 90 mins in the 10c cave. We then stopped overnight in the car park and after breakfast moved the 9km to the largest cave castle in the world at Predjama. We had audio guide tour taking about 1 hr and seeing most of the rooms and the cave castle behind. Postojna Cave Predjama Castle

Piran

After an overnight stop in Monfalcone just to the east on Venice we headed over the border into Slovenia. Stopping for a couple of nights near Piran. I managed a couple of swims in the sea and a 20 min run as well. We went on the tandem to Piran and spent the morning looking round. Some great views from the town walls. Camp Lucija.

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