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From Rijeka to Grenoble in 26 hours


I decided to move to France, after visiting country and my friends for several times during past year and a half. Evelyn and I took another long trip to get to Grenoble from Rijeka, where we visited my sister 🙂

2014-02-15 11.57.342014-02-15 11.57.47So here is how the trip went.

We were gonna start by taking a train to Slovenia and then hitchhiking to Italy, but train was not going due to some issues with the lines, instead they had a bus taking us to our destination in Slovenia. We were lucky that they let Evelyn on as usually they wouldn’t allow dogs on board.
At that point I felt that the trip will go smoothly as it started so well 🙂

2014-02-15 15.01.21We met three interesting girls from France on the bus who fully enjoyed two days they spent in Rijeka and after an engaging conversation we went out in Postojna, where we walked to the hitchhiking spot I knew from on of my previous trips.

It took only ten minutes before a car picked us up, mum and her daughter who were taking a plane in few hours to go for a weekend in Paris, that’s what I would call synchronicity 🙂

2014-02-15 15.43.11They were kind and dropped us directly to the Slovenian-Italian border where we got another ride in a short time. This time we only went few kilometers to Trieste where I planned to board the train.

2014-02-15 16.33.022014-02-15 16.44.18We had a short break for food and beer 🙂

As I traveled this route before and I was very familiar with Italy’s train connections I decided to by a ticket for a train to Venice, but only to a place called Portogruaro to save some money. In my experience they check tickets after few stations and they wouldn’t ask again so we could safely stay on board until we get to Venice.

2014-02-15 16.58.342014-02-15 19.29.14Everything went smoothly and we came to Venice in early evening just in time to see a city full of people in carnival mode, we were traveling on a Valentine’s day 🙂2014-02-15 19.31.41

 

 

 

 

2014-02-15 22.42.51There we got another train, this time to Milano and I bought a ticket to Verona. I was hoping to maybe meet a friend in Verona, but as she didn’t answer I stayed on board and we arrived in Milano around 10pm.

2014-02-15 22.54.23I was really hungry at this time, so I searched for a place to eat and as there was no other options I went to McDonalds, which I usually would never do. After eating my first Big Mac meal in years, I was again surprised how they manage to taste exactly the same no matter where you by them 😛

2014-02-15 23.30.58After a meal, we went back to Milano train station and bought a ticket for a train tomorrow morning to Torino. When you have a train ticket you are aloud to stay and sleep on a train station, so we went to the same spot we used on one of previous trips with a friend. I had a sleeping bag and after feeding Evelyn I lie down to read a book before falling asleep.

2014-02-16 06.40.042014-02-16 06.41.40We got up at 5am to catch a first train at 5:18, this time my ticket said we are going to Vercelli 🙂 but the conductor came after this town so we had to leave the train in a place called Santhia. Never mind as we used this time to go for an early morning walk before taking a next train to Torino, but this time I bought a ticket to our final destination in Italy, Bardonecchia, a ski resort on Italian side of the Frejus tunnel.

2014-02-16 07.26.062014-02-16 10.54.51In Torino we took another short break as we waited for a regional train to our last Italian stop. As we were approaching it, it snowed and we had a beautiful view of the mountains around. When we got to Bardonecchia I quickly went to check if there is a TGV train passing on the way to Paris. And it was in 8 minutes 🙂 I have used this train to cross in France through the Frejus tunnel, several times before and I never had to by a ticket. We boarded and next stop was Modane, but I decided to try my luck again and stay on till Chambery where I would catch a direct train to Grenoble.

2014-02-16 12.59.102014-02-16 13.11.32Again we were lucky and we got ourselves a free ride to Chambery as no one came to ask for a ticket. In a happy mode we waited our last train, for which I bought a full ticket 🙂 I think Evelyn remembered that we were before in Chambery and that we slept on this train station when we went on our big trip around Europe in the beginning of 2013.2014-02-16 13.11.53

2014-02-16 13.47.462014-02-16 13.19.45It was 2pm when we arrived to Grenoble, no one checked our ticket and because I didn’t validate it I will be able to get some money back when I return it as unused ticket.

 

2014-02-16 14.06.58I was very happy to be in this city surrounded by beautiful, majestic mountains and a place where I have some really good friends.

2014-02-16 14.47.052014-02-16 14.50.57We took a tram and a bus to get to a house where my friend lives now, and surprisingly we found it without a problem. As we were approaching the house, my friend’s dog Aya noticed us and started wagging her tail excitingly and Evelyn responded in a same way. We were surprisingly quick in our arrival to my friend and I was happy after an enjoyable and easy going trip.

2014-02-16 16.12.13Nearby there is a big park so we went for a long walk that Aya and Evelyn fully enjoyed playing with each other.

That was a good start to our new adventure in France.

As I write this I am taking a break in my French lesson, expect me to start ecrit en francais a bientot 🙂

Greets from two of us to all our followers and virtual friends 🙂

Remembering eventful summer


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Sheridan’s Irish pub in Zagreb; great place where I spent good time with friends 😀

thanks to my good friend and owner Adrian

this is good,old Djole behind the bar

DSCF5321Rijeka; a port city where I spent my high school years, always happy to come back to it;

this time we haven’t organized sleeping on time; my fault, so we slept in sleeping bags in this boat and it was worth it for this beautiful sunrise

DSCF5335Ferry dock in Rijeka where we have been few times this summer; here Aya and Evelyn wait for my friend to come back 😀

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with good friends we had to south from Zagreb in a car; first trip in a car for Evelyn 😀

and we spent 5 great sunny days in a camp nearby this splendid beach at Starigrad-Paklenica; dogs had a great time  and we windsurfed; one of the activites that I tried for the first time this year…

DSCF5419Evelyn sleeping in our campsite; looking at it now, she has grown quite a bit since then…

in the back you can see a bottle of Cedevita; a drink powder with vitamins, very popular in Croatia…

The summer was great and I was happy to be in Croatia for good part of it. And grateful to meet so many amazing people and establish new friendships…

Love from Muppet and Evelyn

12.10.12; Second day of our Road Trip :D


Waking up in Moravice train station, after few smiles and comments of people towards Evelyn we walked up 2km to get to main road and hitchhike.

But after few hour I realise there is not enough cars, I was even counting them 😛 and weather was very gray; so I went over to three guys that were having a little break in a bar nearby and asked them if they would like to by some tobacco from me; I had it already rolled into cigarettes and I said I am selling it to get the money for a train to Rijeka the non smoker in the group wanted to just give me the money but I left two packets to his friends to try. So now with 40kn in my pocket I went back to station and bought a ticket to Fuzine, which is few station before Rijeka. We hoped on a next train around 2.30pm and we arrived to Rijeka with no problems meeting two interesting girls in a train who were going to some student conference in Rijeka. While waiting to meet my dear friend from childhood, Evelyn and I started talking to a guy all Rijeka knows as Brada; he is homeless for more then 15 years, but from conversation with him he doesn’t seem to be bothered by that. He was very interesting and we exchanged views on many different fields and I got some usefull info from him. He also gave me a lot of fruit and I gave him my sleeping bag after finding out that his one was stolen. Next time in Rijeka I will look for him and maybe we can have a lunch together.

When my mate Goran arrived we went for a walk with Evelyn and his dog Lajka; he is a vet and since I know him he always had dogs; so of course I asked him many questions about Evelyn and he liked her very much. After a walk he kindly gave us alift to Lovran where we quickly found our dear friends that we met on a rainbow gathering ot so long ago in island of Vir near Zadar,Croatia.

In Lovran there was traditional 3 day festival called Marunada, it is festival of chestnut and my friends had a little table in old town where they served food, tea and coffee for free 😀 We joined them as they played music and we slept that night behind the main church on some beds; it was a warm and dry night so we had a good sleep… and I also got my camera back from one of my friends who kept it for me as I left it in Vir… at that time I wasn’t sure how long will I stay there but as the festival only started that Friday we decided to stay one more day at least.

more about that in next post…

check out Evelyn’s blog for her view on this trip 😀

greets from Grenoble where we are staying for another week… Muppet and Evelyn woof woof



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Aya and Meg saw Croatian sea for the first time and they loved the swim…


http://www.krksistemi.com/rijeka/

It says air is free on this website, what about travel? Well that depends on your willingness to search for free travel. We were hitchhiking yesterday from Zagreb, goal was Split but then we changed the sign to sea anywhere and after 5min a Hungarian gentleman stopped with a brand new Honda Accord; what a luxury; He was going to Opatija, beautiful resort beside Rijeka in the Croatian north coast and we joined him hapilly 😀

He loves good music and also good wine so we connected well; we left him our emails so hopefully he will keep in touch. I would love to thank him with nice bottle of Croatian wine.

We spend the night in Opatija; first the swim, so nice,warm,clean… then a walk and a beer in Slatina…

As it was to late to find anywhere to stay for two of us and Aya; we had some sleep near the sea on the bench. We got early bus drive to Rijeka, nice driver let us go with Aya…

So now in Rijeka, trying to get as many numbers from friends and see some of them if possible. We want a swim too and later to see my mum for coffee 😀

And then tomorrow we will continue journey south to Split and then ferry to Brac…

our friends and their dogs are waiting for us… Aya is going to have a great craic there…

Zagreb… day 10…


ZAGREB 07.07.2012.

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Here I am at Hausmajstor Baza in center of Zagreb; this morning I went to see my friends Jagec and Mladen  in their flat where I stayed for  5 days before I moved here to Baza on Stef’s invitation;

As usual on this trip, I changed plans as I meet people and new stories open up 😀

Nothing is set in stone… next stop is Rijeka, but maybe Ljubljana first.

In Rijeka I will see my mum, sister and hopefully cousins.

I saw my mum for lovely dinner when I was in Munchen; we did a day trip to Slovenia and Croatia with Sinisha and Lucynda; it was a magical day that I haven’t wrote about yet. Some things are so deep in heart that they don’t need to be written down.

I am so relaxed,living every moment fully and  really grateful; everything is just natural, I don’t try to be anything or make a fuss about what I do; I’m just living the life that I dreamed of since I was a kid and I feel like a kid free to explore the world in which ever way he want’s…

I now that this way of living is not for everyone but we should all feel this natural state of freedom; cause this is what we are in essence… whatever Freedom means to you, go for it and don’t be afraid of change… only then you will be truly happy…

Nobody owes anything to anyone, we are here to share, sing, dance, enjoy, love, help, explore, create, wonder, learn, teach, run, walk, hike, talk, listen, be loud, be quiet and above all enjoy the ride…

‘It is just a ride’ 😀

Listen bellow to the wisdom of Bill Hicks, one of my comedy and wisdom heroes 😀

Udo i nave; peace and love

O’Muppet ❤

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