Lake Bohinj, Slovenia 3-day Itinerary JetSetting Fools

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia 3-Day Itinerary

Fresh air. Clear water. Green forests. Towering mountains. Wide pastures. Deep gorges. Flourishing nature. Lake Bohinj is uncomplicated and raw; she’s the girl next door that doesn’t have to dress up or put on make up in order to attract attention.… Read the rest


3 Hikes Near Florence, Oregon Oregon Coast Trail Marker JetSetting Fools

3 easy hikes near Florence, Oregon

The coastal town of Florence, Oregon, population 8,500, is situated in the central portion of the state where the Siuslaw River flows into the Pacific Ocean. In the charming Old Town district, Bay Street runs parallel to the river where locally-owned restaurants and shops are housed in historic buildings.… Read the rest


Nature paths in Ljubljana: The art-lined promenade leads into Tivoli City Park and to the Tivoli Castle

Nature paths in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia is a very walkable city. The bright and wide pedestrian-only streets that run along the river through the heart of town are only the beginning. In the week we’ve spent discovering the city, we’ve found several nature paths in Ljubljana and love how the city and nature coexist.… Read the rest


Visiting Plitvice Lakes: Planked pathways lead through the park at the lake's edge

Visiting Plitvice Lakes in late winter

Visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park is continued from Arrival to Plitvice Lakes National Park

If I had a bucket list, visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia certainly would have been on it. Declared a national park in 1949 (Croatia’s first) and a UNESCO Heritage site in 1979, the crystal clear lakes and streams are connected by a series of stunning waterfalls.Read the rest


Arrival to Plitvice Lakes: The first view of the waterfalls is a stunner!

Arrival to Plitvice Lakes: A winter surprise

I’ve wanted to see the waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes National Park since our first trip to Croatia in 2011. It’s location in the northern interior of Croatia doesn’t make it the easiest place to get to (read: no airport), but our slow travel through the Balkans is being carried out via bus – and Plitvice Lakes is conveniently on the route between Split and Zagreb.… Read the rest


Hiking Marjan Hill: First views back to Split, Croatia

Hiking Marjan Hill in Split, Croatia

We have been enamored with the historic cities – Lecce, Kotor, Dubrovnik and Mostar – that we’ve visited in the past three months. While they are each unique in their architecture and culture, they are – to a degree – similar in their setting: the cobblestone streets, narrow alleyways and wide squares…and not a whole lot of green space.… Read the rest


A Dubrovnik nature walk along the rugged coast

Dubrovnik nature walk

In our week-long stay in Dubrovnik, Croatia we have covered some ground. Besides walking nearly every street and taking in the sights within the historic walled center, we also took in the views of Dubrovnik from the top of Mount Srd and from the rocky coast east of the city.… Read the rest


Hiking Mount Srd provides ever changing views of the city and sea below

Hiking Mount Srd in Dubrovnik: From the top down

Hiking Mount Srd in Dubrovnik is continued from Dubrovnik Cable Car to Mount Srd

After spending two hours on top of Mount Srd exploring the area and taking in the 360 degree views over Croatia’s coastline and the hills of Bosnia-Hercegovina and Montenegro, we searched for the trailhead that would lead down the hill to Dubrovnik.… Read the rest


Hiking in Kotor: Climb the ramparts to the castle

Since arriving in Kotor, Montenegro, we’ve been determined to hike the town walls – and all 1355 steps – to the San Giovanni Castle that sits at the top of the hill high above the city. A few days ago, we started the hike, propelled by the stunning scenery even though the skies were covered in dark clouds, but only made it halfway before a storm swept through.… Read the rest