Riding a loop around the amazing Julian Alps of Slovenia

One of the most beautiful motorcycle loops in the world can be found in the northwest of Slovenia. The Southern Limestone Alps stretch from northeastern Italy into Slovenia where the Julian Alps rise up into the heavens. There are many peaks reaching over 8,000ft, but the centerpiece is Mount Triglav ….continue reading

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Plitvice N.P. trails in the rain & returning to family roots in Slovenia

Heading into Croatia from Bosnia, the rain and cold chased me down to Plitvice National Park. In the thick low clouds and drizzle I made my way through dense forest on narrow roads, which barely showed up on my maps. I was able to just squeeze by a gate blocking one of these roads into the park. Before I knew it, I made it in to the upper lake ….continue reading

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Beauty of Bosnia & Herzegovina

In my last post I showed the scars of war in Bosnia & Herzegovina, but this time I’d like to show the beautiful side of the country. This is one place not to be missed in the Balkans. Lush green mountains and turquoise rivers meet old castles and minarets. Amazingly beautiful landscapes combine with friendly villages and delicious food. ….continue reading

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Bosnia & Herzegovina, the scars of war photography

From 1992 to ’95, a brutal war took place in the Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which was associated with the breakup of Yugoslavia. After Slovenian and Croatian secessions from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1991, Bosnia passed a referendum for independence. The multi-ethnic country of ….continue reading

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A ride through Montenegro, beach camping sunsets & magical Kotor Bay

Montenegro, or Crna Gora (Black Mountain) packs a massive amount of beauty into a tiny country with everything from high mountain peaks and karst to a beautiful coastline. Wedged between Albania, Kosovo, Serbia, Bosnia, and Croatia, Montenegro was part of Yugoslavia and has a history of close ties with ….continue reading

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Albanian wild beach camping paradise and exploring along the way

The ruins of Butrint are kind of a microcosm of Mediterranean history. The site, in the very south of Albania, shows the phases of developement that came through as the great empires that dominated the region rose and fell. Two thousand years of history, from the Hellenistic temples of the 4th century to Ottoman ….continue reading

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Exploring into Albanias bunkers and tunnels from communist times

If you ever visit Albania, one of the first thing you’ll notice are the concrete mushrooms that seem to have sprouted up everywhere from mountain tops to beaches. The road to a country covered in concrete bunkers began with the medieval kingdom of Albania in the middle ages becoming a part of the Serbian ….continue reading

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Meteora cliff-top monasteries & beautiful northern Greece to Albania

“Middle of the sky”, “suspended in the air” or “in the heavens above” are literal translations of Meteora, which is one of the most significant and largest Eastern Orthodox monastery complexes in Greece. Six monasteries sit amazingly built on top of sandstone pillars. Caves in the area were continuously inhabited between 50,000 and ….continue reading

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Northern Greece: Cozy villages, Thessaloniki, and rugged Pelion Peninsula camping

The ride towards the Kulata border in southwest Bulgaria is beautiful. Meandering through wide valleys, snowy mountain ranges tower up in all directions. In the SW of the country, the Rhodope, Pirin, and Rila mountain ranges all sprout up and become obstacles to Greece. ….continue reading

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Buzludzha, exploring Bulgaria’s communist past & south over the Mountains

South of Idilevo and Veliko Tarnovo in the Balkan mountains lies an awesome piece of Bulgarian history. On the top of Mount Budludzha at over 4700 ft lies a tribute to commemorate the Bulgarian socialist movement. It was basically the birthplace of the Bulgarian Communist Party and where ….continue reading

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