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    Back at the end of June and beginning of July, my wife and I made a trip to Italy to hike in the Dolomites with some long time friends, and then we headed across the Adriatic Sea to Croatia to sightsee and enjoy some sun and water. My wife also has Croatian heritage (and a lot of Ukranian) so there was some cultural interest as well. Unfortunately since we were traveling without a car with backpacks, we were limited to buses and ferries as there are not trains in Croatia like most of western Europe. So we took ferries to get to most of the islands, and then you can usually find some bikes to rent to get around for the day.

    We flew into Venice but pretty much immediately headed to the Dolomites and the resort ski town of Ortesei. After about 10 days in Italy we then spent 8 days in Croatia between the cities of Pula and Split. Then ended our trip back in Italy (mostly Venice area) for another 3 days. Its hard to filter photos from such a trip...so hopefully this is a reasonable amount.

    Hiking in the Dolomites - this south Tyrol region in northeastern Italy is more like the Austrian alps and culture than Italy.


    In a few places we had fixed ropes to help, but we never needed (nor did we bring) any climbing protection:

    my wife and I - the Dolomites are a unique sub-structure of the Alps and very distinct due the the large platform carbonate (yes including dolomite) layers:


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    Now on to Croatia - in and around Pula. Lots of Roman ruins from the empire 2000 years ago
    The city with its large roman colliseum - still used for concerts etc

    Brijuni National Park (former summer palace and preserve for Tito - long time Yugoslavian dictator)

    This zone marked with orange floats is a flooded roman ruin that we snorkled through.

    Some bike travel on Brijuni

    This is what most of the natural beaches look like - only the tourist city beaches have sand brought in by trucks.

    We rented some water craft and went to some nearby islands - this one has the remnants of an old Roman rock quarry


    On to the city of Split and surrounding islands - this area was overwhelmingly touristy to me (as was Trogir which we only spent a few hours in).

    Our favorite part was going out the island of Solta - best beach and super laid back vibe. We road bikes around old historic villages and through olive grooves.



    Sunset from a ferry:
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    This is the biggest ferry we took - overnight from Zadar, Croatia back to Ancona, Italy.

    Obligatory shot of St Marks in Venice
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    Gorgeous pics! It looked like you had the Dolomites to yourselves.

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    Wow! what a great trip! Thanks for sharing.

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    Doink previously posted:
    "Gorgeous pics! It looked like you had the Dolomites to yourselves."

    Haha....I was just selective about the photos I showed...it was very crowded...more so than the Austrian alps.
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    Wow James, looks like a geat vacation beautiful places, thanks for sharing.
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    Beautiful pics and scenery - thanks for sharing it with us!

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