8 things to do in Belgrade, Serbia by JetSettingFools.com

8 Things to Do in Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade is gritty and raw; a real city. After bouncing through fairytale Slovenia and down the stunning coastline of Croatia, the city of Belgrade was jarring. A stroll down the length of the main thoroughfare is a feast for the senses: honking horns, thought-provoking architecture and the scent of grilled meat mingled with cigarette smoke wafting through the air. We were in awe of the deeply-rooted traditions and how they meshed with quirky new trends. The history of the city both fascinated and perplexed us.

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Visit Plitvice Lakes National Park Croatia in Autumn a Photo Essay JetSettingFools.com

Visit Plitvice Lakes in Autumn: A Photo Essay

Besides the dramatic coastline, Plitvice Lakes is Croatia’s most well-known natural wonder. The chain of 16 lakes filled with vivid blue water are linked by a series of waterfalls. Streaming, thundering, tumbling and babbling, the flowing water has carved a deep canyon into the limestone rocks. But, what makes Plitvice Lakes extraordinary are the tufa barriers over which the water spills from one lake into the next. The naturally occurring phenomena, in which calcium carbonate is the culprit in a complicated formula {Ca (HCO3)2+water dispersion → CO2+H2O+CaCO3↓ (tufa)}, has been at work for 7,000 years, resulting in mounds of mineral deposits covered in algae and other plant life. In scientific terms, it’s complex, if not a bit drab; to the casual observer, it is quite simply breathtaking to visit Plitvice Lakes.

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Walk from Piran to Strunjan on Slovenia's Coast

Walk from Piran to Strunjan on Slovenia’s Coast

From the tip of the Piran Peninsula, the rocky Slovenian coastline trails east two and a half miles toward a protruding landmass of bulking cliffs covered in trees. The protected natural reserve, Strunjan Nature Park, is rich with diverse geological phenomena; the layers of rock that plummet into the sea formed by the crashing waves, wind and rain. Natural vegetation, as well as olive groves and vineyards, grow on Strunjan, which can be explored by foot on intertwining trails. A shoreline path connects the two peninsulas, providing a pleasant way to walk from Piran to Strunjan on Slovenia’s coast.

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Celje Castle, Slovenia JetSettingFools.com

Celje Castle, Slovenia

Ninety-six. That is the number of castles listed on Slovenia’s official tourist website. While seeing all 96 is not a goal of ours, we had seen four of the most popular – Bled Castle, Ljubljana Castle, Skofja Loka Castle and Predjama Castle – and decided to visit one more, Celje Castle, which happens to be the largest medieval castle in Slovenia.

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Taking the Scenic Train in Slovenia Bohinj Railway JetSettingFools.com

Riding the Rails: Scenic Train in Slovenia

For most people, the purpose of taking a train is to get from Point A to Point B. However, when there is a train that navigates through stunning landscapes, the sole reason for riding the rails can simply be for the scenery that passes by the window. The Bohinj Railway in Slovenia, which was recently featured by Lonely Planet as one of “the best train journeys you’ve never heard of,” is just that kind of train ride – a trip that proves it can be more about the journey than the destination. After three days of hiking in Lake Bohinj, we couldn’t think of a better way to give our legs a rest than to hop aboard the scenic train in Slovenia – taking it all the way to the Italian border – just to get a firsthand look at the land.

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Hiking Trails Near Lake Bohinj, Slovenia by JetSetting Fools

Hiking trails near Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

As the bus pulled away from the Lake Bled station in the direction of Lake Bohinj, Slovenia, there were more empty seats than those occupied. Of our fellow passengers, a few carried backpacks and tents, some were donning only swimsuits, others were geared to hike. During the 40-minute ride, as we followed the curving Sava Bohinjsk River, we overheard fellow passengers conversing. It seemed everyone was in agreement: for anyone looking to flee the crowds of Lake Bled and completely step into nature, Lake Bohinj is the place to go. Our anticipation was mounting. Not only did we want to breathe the fresh mountain air and swim in the clear cool water, we were also eager to set out on the hiking trails near Lake Bohinj.

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Strolling the streets is one of the many things to do in Lecce, Italy

10 Things to Do in Lecce, Italy

Ahhh, welcome to Lecce, Italy; a historically preserved, walled city situated in the heel of Italy’s boot in the Puglia region. Within the old city center are numerous Baroque-style churches, half-buried Roman ruins, locally-run restaurants, a plethora of shops and artist studios. The city, rich in tradition, still abides by local customs of mid-afternoon closures and evening strolls through the streets. During our month-long stay, we navigated the maze of cobblestone lanes and discovered the 10 best things to do in Lecce, Italy.

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3-Day Itinerary for Iceland in Winter JetSettingFools.com

3-day itinerary for Iceland In Winter

We made a last-minute decision to make a four-night stopover in Reykjavik, Iceland while flying from the Netherlands to Costa Rica. It was our first time to the island nation and our list of things we wanted to see was extensive. We had three full days to explore and we were intent on making the absolute most of our time, cramming everything we wanted to see in our 3-day itinerary for Iceland in Winter.

Our winter visit presented a few challenges. First, we had fewer hours of daylight – about seven hours total each day. On the upside, dark skies are necessary for viewing the Northern Lights, so we considered the short days to work to our advantage in that respect! Second, we had to factor in the weather. While the temperatures are actually more mild than most people would think – averaging 31*F in January – elements like wind and snow could quickly alter plans.

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Abandoned Olympic bobsled track in Sarajevo

Abandoned Olympic bobsled track in Sarajevo

As we watched the third taxi drive away leaving us still standing on the curb, we started to wonder if an adventure to the abandoned Olympic bobsled track on the hillside of Trebevic Mountain was going to happen. The first driver said he didn’t know where it was. The second simply said no. The third told us he hasn’t gone there since the war. When we had read about visiting the remains of the 1984 Sarajevo Olympic bobsled track no one mentioned any difficulty in catching a cab.

Actually, the details about visiting the track were fairly vague. There are tour buses that make the trip, but none stay long enough to explore. Some people hike it, but most get lost and find it takes much longer and is much more strenuous than they anticipated. No sections of the track are labeled on Google Maps.

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3-Day Itinerary of Sightseeing in Rome JetSettingFools.com

3-Day Itinerary of Sightseeing in Rome

When we made plans to go to Rome, the purpose wasn’t to take in the sights or to immerse ourselves into the culture. We were going for one reason: to meet my mom and sister. It wasn’t our first time in Rome, but it was for them. Their trip was a two week introduction to the Big Three: London, Paris and Rome; we were joining them for the last leg. Like most first-timers to a city, they wanted to see the sights and had plotted a 3-day itinerary of sightseeing in Rome.

It’s been a long time since I’ve participated in a mad dash of tourist sights, but I wanted to experience the city with my family, so I jumped on board with their schedule; Kris was more content to wander on his own. Our days started fairly early – earlier than our typical days, anyway – and ended long past dark. With the tour guide book in one hand and a camera in the other, we determinedly routed our way through an ambitious 3-day itinerary of sightseeing in Rome.

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