Croatia

Beautiful Walled City of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Kutrubes Travel planned an exquisitely complicated tour for me through “eastern” Europe, helping me to make the most of seeing the highlights of these countries in the most meaningful way, without just zipping through.

I started out in Romania, flew to Bulgaria, then drove through Serbia, next to Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Boznia-Herzegovina, Slovenia, and ending in Venice, Italy.

This is a spectacular country and one of my favorites. When people ask me about some of the top places I have visited, Croatia is on that list – definitely in the top 10! First of all … Dubrovnik is spectacular.

Wait, that picture at the top looks familiar! Yes, Old Town Dubrovnik and its walls provided the setting for King’s Landing in the Game of Thrones. These city walls that surround the city and fortress are its most prominent features. Before the 13th century the Old Town was divided into two settlements by a marsh. The situation changed and formed the Dubrovnik Republic until the French occupation between 1806-1808. The walls were constructed between the 14th and 15th centuries.

After Dubrovnik, I was fortunate to be able to drive for hours along the country’s coastline … and just WOW! Reminds me a bit of Switzerland’s beauty. Every turn along the motorway reveals a picturesque town or stunning coastal vista.

When visiting Croatia, I think it’s worthwhile to visit Zagreb for its historic Roman ruins, Diocletian’s Place. Also of interest is the museum of Broken Relationships, a quirky museum full of objects retained after the end of relationships. A must is visting the walled coastal city of Dubrovnik. This port city is stunning, full of cobblestone streets and historic architecture.

One fun fact about Croatia is that they have approximately 1246 islands, isles, and inlets!

Downtown Dubrovnik, Croatia
At the coast in Dubrovnik, recognizable shot from Game of Thrones

Croatia was so good … that I took my family to see it in 2021! Split, Trogir, Brac, Dubrovnik and all places in between!

Somalia

Bricks of money in Somaliland Country Information:  The capital of Somalia is Mogadishu and the country's population size is about 12 million. The official languages are Somali and Arabic, and the dominant religion is Sunni or Shafi’i Islam. For those who do visit,...

Singapore

Feeding an orangutan in Singapore Singapore, founded in 1819. The capital is also named Singapore, and the population is over 5.8 million. There are many religions practiced in Singapore, with the main ones being Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and Taoism/folk...

Kuwait

Near the coast at the mall in Kuwait City The skyline behind the marina Country Information: The capital is Kuwait City and the country’s population is about 4 million. The official language is Arabic and the official religion is Islam. The time zone is 7 hours ahead...