A Travellerspoint blog

May 2009



so i jumped on a train to croatia after i hiked the 12 kilometers through cinque terre. it was so lovely but i recomend not doing it with a pack. it was tough and hott...so i was planning to head to vienna then to croatia but i took longer then i thought in cinque terre so the i missed the train to vienna. i had to figure out the next stop so i figured why not head to croatia. i arrived at 4 am in zagreb and caught the train at 650 to split. i met a woman at the internet cafe who rents rooms out of her home. she was funny and a bit kookie so i figured why not. it was a lovely room with a patio and so i spent the day at the beach and the afternoon trying to locate old family friends..well related through marrrage but long story. the phone number i had did not work and i attempted email them was not getting a response and after talking to my cousin decided to take a bus to find them since i had their address...with lost of help from the bus driver adn some strangers i met along the way i found their home. no one was home of course but i left a note.caught a train back to the center of town where i was staying and had dinner and went to the plaza where they play music and everyone sits on the steps and the restaurant provides pillows to sit on and had some beer.the city center is in the walls of the Diocletian palace. it looked like it was out of a movie the entire town. amazing.so the next morning i had planned to head to Dubrovnik to see where my grandmothers family was from when i got an email telling me the family friends wanted to meet with me and show me around. so we went to the museum and to the beach park had some beer and showed me around town it was nice then that night i went to their home and we talked and had home made schnapps..YUM and food and more beer. it was nice we caught up with family stuff and we spoke of my grandmother who had passed away about 2 years ago. we spoke about memories we had and cried and laughed occasionally at he same time and had more beer and food. it was a nice night so much so that we did not notice how the time went by. it was almost 2 when i told them i had to go home since i planned to catch a bus to dubrovnik at 730 am.. so i went to bed and missed my bus in the morning .. surprise surprise. so i walked down to the ferry port and asked what is the next ferrry i can talk to another island. so i bought a ticket round trip to supertar beach and spent the day laying on the beach and swimming in the turquoise water. made it back to split just around 5 and had pizza for dinner and sat on a bench and watched the sun set in split. it was lovely i caught a train that night to Zagreb and arrived the next morning in Zagreb. where family was waiting for me at the station. they kindly told me i could stay with them and would not have to stay in a hostel. we went to the house where they told me i could take a nap and freshen up if i wanted before we went sight seeing. which i took up both offers. so after my long nap and almost as long a shower we set out to have lunch. and then off to a small town just this side of the Slovenia border. it was so cute and we went to have crepes and some thing called cream slices when Dubravko(family member) remembered i have more family close by. my grandmothers cousin lived close by and that we should phone them. so he did and they told him they had to bring me over right away because the family was all there for a baptism. so we got the cream slices to go and head back in the car to the house it was set atop a hill and my grandmothers cousin had a huge land where he grows grapes makes his own wine and has goats and it was breathtaking. the house overlooks the valley where the vineyard is....i met family member i never even knew i had. they were so nice and loving. so we drank some of the best wine i have ever tasted and sat on the patio at a long table full of family and even met one of his daughters who lives in Vienna and told me i had to come stay with her when i go to Vienna(which i now next on my agenda). these family members are the last of the Mortigjija family line. my grandmothers maiden name. it was a wonderful day just absolutely wonderful. they are all convinced i should move here..so beautiful i couldnt argue with them...today i spent the day in down town and uptown Zagreb and looking at old historical buildings and museums. it was nice and low key..tomorrow who knows

Posted by soniastar 14:04 Archived in Croatia Comments (0)

Rome if you want to Rome around the world...


well i visited Rome and there was lots to see the sistine chapel and the colossium..wow. yet it did not have the same feeling as Florence...on my way to Rome i jumped on a train with some people i met at the hostel and headed to Pisa for the day..we wandreed and found the leaning tower so awsome...i really liked the smal winding streets with little cafes and little shops...had some good pasta and headed packtothe train station to wait for my train to Rome and my companions headed back to florence...i was sitting in the train station when a blond girl in a hat walked by me and i took a double take and she stopped and we both pointed at one another..i knew her from hawaii..she was a waitress at Kelly O'neils my favorite irish pub..we chatted for a bit she had left hawaii and was now living in chicago..she was there with a guy i suppose is her boy friend...small world right. we went our own ways..caught my train to Rome...made it to my hostel fine and the next day headed to the Vatican and sat in the sistine chapel in awwww....the next day i curuised the city alone and saw all the sites..that night i met some traveler and we wandered the city the next day together...it was an awsome day..i took like a million pix...then i headed to the train staion for my overnight train to sisiley to see my friend from Hawaii sean...i got to sisiley and got settled in and did nothing but watch tv and checked my email and laundry..it was an awsome day...went to a sicilian restaurant ..food was amazinng...today we are going to check out the sights...exciting..oh by the way..Seans house is so nice i dont know if he will be able to get me out..hahaha

Posted by soniastar 01:34 Archived in Italy Comments (0)

Florence has my heart


i love love love did i say love florence...amazing i could stay here for ever...not that i can afford to but its a wonderful dream...spent all day checking out museums ..getting lost and wandering around the city center..i loved it..i do have a bit of a cold so that is putting a damper on my dinning experience...trust me it is hell..but i will survive...gonna save picking up some gelato till i regain my sense of smell/taste.. other then that i have died and gone to heaven.. my hostel sits out side the city .. about 10 minutes my bus and is atop a hill in an old italian building..i love it tooo much..i hike down to catch the bus down a gravel path passing a small vineyard...yeah i love it here
ps i will post pix as soon i have wifi i got hundreds

Posted by soniastar 11:02 Archived in Italy Comments (1)

Hola de Spain(Barcelona,Spain)sumtimesplanschange 4 da beta


hola from barcelona..so i couldnt catch a train to Madrid so i caught one to Barcelona instead,..sux to be me..woke up on the train to watch the south of france passing by out my window..i wont metion the half naked frech man who i shared the cabin with hahaha..there was also a nice german couple...took a sleeping pill and i was out...got here and walked around, found a hostel ...showered got dressed and wandered the markets. Sat across fromt he beach and drank sangia and ate some tapas...walked to the main street and watched the street performers... just taking it easy today and maybe tomorrow see the sites...next stop unkown.

Posted by soniastar 09:37 Archived in Spain Tagged train_travel Comments (1)

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okay so there is a rather large language barrier here..i have been getting by with maps pointing and lots of sign language..weird how different a location can feel when you can't really communicate...any ways wandered through paris yesterday..i visited JIM and got lost in the most famous cemetary in the world .went to the top of the Eiffel tower and lounged at luemburg garden in a green chair and just took in the sights..walked to the louve but they were not allowng anymore people in ...thats okay its free on the first sunday of the month and that is tomorrow so thats the plan..today im heading to Norte dame and maybe the arche...Sorry if i mispelled any or all french landmarks..thats what i do..tee hee...so last night i returned to the area where my hostel is and decided to eat locally and drink even closer...i am a bit out of the city so i am not trying to travel at night by myself even though i did the first night i arrived in paris since i could not find my hostel...so i decided to have a glass of vino after dinner ..one glass turned into a bottle and i sat and exchanged world in different languages with people from my hostel..made friends with the bartender and he let me stay well after bar closing..its costing me today my head is pounding and i am having trouble getting myself out the door..with all that said i better take off for now and head someplace...my time in paris is coming to an end way too quickly and i still fee like i have lots to see...ta ta for now

next location disney paris on monday and then off to Spain(Madrid)

Posted by soniastar 02:42 Archived in France Comments (0)

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