Visit Mostar: 21 Things To Do by JetSettingFools.com

Visit Mostar: 21 Things to Do

The historic city of Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina is both charming and complicated; idyllic and evocative. The first sight of the centerpiece bridge makes visitors swoon – but seeking out lesser-visited corners of the city can result in an everlasting love. When we visit Mostar, we like to dig into the history, venture into nature and connect with locals. Since we’ve spent more time in Mostar than most tourists, we’ve devised a list of 21 things to do in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina to help other travelers experience the city.

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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. Lake Bohinj is a postcard-picture scene, naturally designed in hues of unbelievable blues and shades of intense green. Cradled in the Julian Alps, the glacial lake is watched over by the mountain peaks that rise around it and is protected within the boundaries of Triglav National Park.

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2-Night Halong Bay Cruise in Vietnam

2-night Halong Bay Cruise: Why one night is not enough

My desire to visit Vietnam was ignited the first time I glimpsed a photograph of Halong Bay. It countered the image of Vietnam I had conjured in my head; the one where chaotic streets are overcrowded with motorbikes and stifled with pollution. The picture of Halong Bay showed a different scene entirely – one of tree-covered karst mountains rising from an azure sea. I was intent on traveling to Vietnam just to see Halong Bay with my own eyes. I didn’t know it then, but my expectations would be surpassed when we actually experienced the UNESCO World Heritage site on a 2-night Halong Bay cruise.

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London Craft Beer Crawl Bermondsey Beer Mile JetSetting Fools

London Craft Beer Crawl: Bermondsey Beer Mile

In a dimly lit room, the wooden floor creaks and a fire crackles in the corner fireplace as a business-mannered bartender fills dimpled glass mugs with tepid cask ale. This is the scene in a typical London pub – and could accurately describe any one of the thousands of pubs in the city (yes, thousands). Classic pubs are a staple in London; a throwback to a bygone era that remains oddly fashionable in the present-day metropolis. (Read about our Classic Pub Crawl along the River Thames.) However, there is an alternative beer scene brewing in London: small craft breweries are opening throughout the city for microbrew consumption. Differentiating themselves from characteristic London pubs, the small batch breweries are often informal and industrial. Determined to get a good taste of the burgeoning scene, we joined hipsters and beer lovers for a self-guided London Craft Beer Crawl on the Bermondsey Beer Mile.

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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.

Celje Castle History



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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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