Some interesting facts about Albania

Since the collapse of communism I read there has been a revival of the strict Kanun code from the 15th century in northern Albania. This code covers every aspect of daily life and, according to it, the most important part are honour and hospitality. The hospitality of Albanians I experienced first hand myself. The ‘honour’…

Shkodra in Albania

A relatively easy ride today from Ulcinj (once Albanian, but now Montenegrin) to Shkodra, the last 20 km ridden in Albania. As it is getting late, and the internet is slow again, here in dot point form my first impressions of Albania. More to follow in the next couple of days. . . . .…

Mljet and Dubrovnik

In Korčula I was able to find a catamaran who was prepared to transport me and my heavy bike at great speed to Mljet island, which I wanted to visit for its beauty and national park. According to legend, Odysseus was held up there for 7 years. The same nearly happened to me… Upon my…

Korčula is firmly in Australian hands…

It seems. Given the number of Australian tourists here one could be forgiven for thinking that Korčula is situated on the Victorian coast. Something about it reminds me of Metung. Other than that Korčula town is an age old city on the channel that separates the island of Korčula from the Croatian mainland near Dubrovnik.…

Šibenik, Primošten, Rogoznica, Trogir, and now Split

If you ever make it to this part of the Croatian cost, these are the places to visit. Each of them possibly worth a stop of a couple of days. There are now more and more marinas (one town was even called ‘Marina’ – with a small heart for the dot on the ‘i’). Looks…

Zadar and small world

After an amazing one and half day ride from Plitvice, that afforded me to experience a change of climate and vegetation from the higher altitude dense beech forests via arid scrub vegetation dominated by small oak species to the Machis (Macchia) shrubland of the coastal area. The last descent involved 8 km of downhill riding,…

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes must be counted as one of nature’s unique wonders. Unfortunately also, for many a visitor seeking to enjoy this one, it also attracts many others with varying ideas on how that’s best done. Apparently, more than 1.2 million visitors are recorded annually. Today was my first time here. I had been dreaming of…