Where The Heck Are Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro You Ask?

Where The Heck Are Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro You Ask?

We posted our Map of where we are going on our Next Bella’s Travels, hopefully you saw it, if not it’s on here- under WHERE.

After almost a year, we are departing France for at least a few months to explore regions we have never been to.  Some places you may have never heard of, so I thought, rather than just showing a map, I would show photos of Where we are going.  That way, you will get a real idea of where we will be exploring and posting from.  Unsure what type of WIFI we will have so it may not be daily like you are accustomed to but the photos will be Awesome as the places we are going look Spectacular.


We are leaving Paris and heading East towards Germany but stopping in two beautiful French Cities – Nancy and Strasbourg.  Then we will be saying Merci, Au Revoir to France  and Guten Tag, as we head into Germany!  Oh no, another new language, we barely learned French!


From Crazy Ludwig’s Castles, and the Black Forest, to naked massage health spas in Baden Baden, we start our exploration of Germany or really, Bavaria, Southern Germany. (I have NOT decided if this Okie can bare it all in a all naked health spa though!)

Heading down thru Bavaria, exploring the country of the Black Forest, the famed German Castles and Hitlers hideaway at the Eagle’s Nest, it will be a new and very different History we will start to learn as we travel.

Laufenburg Baden und Schweiz

Laufenburg Baden und Schweiz

Briefly crossing into Austria to see Salzburg and then heading straight South to the shores of Slovenia. To say “Dober Vecer” (good afternoon in Slovenian)


Yes, you might know where that is, because Donald Trumps wife is from there! ha ha little Political humor there for you!  Slovenia has a tiny stretch of gorgeous beaches and is located just above the top of Croatia.  We start our Coastal Tour at Piran, Slovenia and then head down the coast into Croatia: Roving, Pula, Zadar, Split and the capital of Dubrovnik.




Briefly into Montenegro and its gorgeous beaches and ferry over to Puglia, Italy in Bari.



Buon Pomeriggio, Italy. (Good Afternoon in Italian!)   We are exploring the Heel of the Boot of Lower Eastern Italy. Puglia, is undiscovered by most Americans as its hard to get to, but the French, Spanish and other Europeans know about it, but we are hoping its still slower moving than the beaches of France and Spain that are too full for us.



We head from the lower heal, back over to the top of the boot, to the areas most of you will know:  Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Naples to see Pompeii and Capri.

From the touristy spots, we head down to a little more off the path to Sicily.  Land of the Godfather!  Good Food, Gorgeous Beaches.


If you’ve noticed, Yes, there is a theme in all these locations; they are mostly ALL beach cities and towns. Water and sand are what we are in search of!  France, Spain and Portugal, weren’t our thing beach wise so far. Ah, to find a home on the sand and water.  Hoping this journey might find us our final Home Away in the Sun and Sand.

Taking a car ferry from Sicily, we then go to Sardinia and then another car ferry, back in to France’s Island of Corsica.


Taking another car ferry, we come back over to the mainland of Western Italy to hike the lovely cities of Cinque Terre, after a fast stop in Pisa.

Cutting back across Italy, from Bologna to end in Venice!!! Hoping we miss the Huge crowds of August, and get a bit cooler, slower September in the water city.  That is the GRAND SUMMER TOUR!

Whew I’m exhausted Before we leave! Seven Countries, Six languages, we will be SO well rounded and educated by my birthday in October.  Gotta get my tour books, history books read and highlighted and learn learn.

Come along, enjoy the ride from the comfort of your couch, and we hope we entertain you.  Thanks for stopping by and we LOVE to hear from you 🙂 

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Top 5 Things to Do in Wales

Top 5 Things to Do in Wales

1.  Castles Castles Castles and more Castles.  Wales has more castles than any other country I think!  From fully refurbished and decorated to just the outline of what once was, they seem to be down every long road and well worth the hunt for them, we made it into a game to see how many signs we could find.  Being there takes you so far back into time you can almost hear the trumpets and footfalls.  The heraldry accompanied by the clang and click of metal everywhere.  We were thankful that we could not smell what it was truly like but what a romantic place viewed from the future.  Some of these castle under went huge battles and sieges.  Pembroke Castle is a great example and well worth the visit!

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2.  Beaches and Gorgeous countrysides – Great beaches with the most incredible low tides ever.  Miles of low tide make for great beach walking and countrysides with color that is hard to believe.  The land is still mostly owned by Barons but many years ago an agreement was reached between the commoners and the lords that the lands would be open to passage and grazing so it tends to stay lovely and usable by all.  Really cool idea.  If it was in America it would have long since been subdivided and turned into suburbia and shopping malls!


3.  St. David’s Cathedral, A beautiful drive out to the westward point in Wales but amazingly quaint town and then Holy Wow!  They built this abbey down in a valley so the Vikings could not see it to plunder from the Sea, it’s that old!!  Really incredible architecture and the ceilings and floors are still intact and it it still in service.  Don’t forget to go to the artifact room where they have some of the original saxon staffs and a timeline that goes back to 500ad.  That is only 150 or so years after the Bible was written!

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4.  Great old pubs with historical charm, grabbing a pint and getting to feel history.  Wondering how many others have come thru the doors and sat at the same fireplace 100s of years before.  History and Ale!  Naught more need be said!

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5.  The Abbey in Wye Valley and Dylan Thomas Boathouse Regions.  Both tranquil and beautiful.  Really wonderful places to visit and walk.

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How Many Castles Can You See In One Day?

How Many Castles Can You See In One Day?

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Its good to plan your trip with the most famous/largest but along the way to those,  be on the look out for the road markers that say Castle and be prepared to stop on a turn and find ones that don’t rank for the maps!    What a great day of finding all we could but we missed quite a few too! ( 591!)11053264_10205571165432583_6760235716583176191_o10861127_10205540842114519_3779102957717977307_o