Into the Yugoslavia States

It is a sobering from the riches and sleek style of Italy to travel just a few kms into Slovenia, the first of a number of states from the former Yugoslavia we will traverse. The land is barren, the houses pathetic, showing the result of 50 years of underinvestment under the Tito regime. And Slovenia was the least hurt by the 1990’s uprisings of nationalism and ethnic cleansing. For that it’s been rewarded with membership of the EU and the Community has built a flash authstrasse across it, from hilltop to hilltop so the rich Germans and Italians can get to their playground on the Croatian coast more speedily.

Into Croatia and the rain is pissing down, making the biking a bit of a mission but the roads are certainly navigatable even though the bitumen suffers from lack of maintenance. A great day’s weather is put on for our visit out to Korcula, the island where Marco Polo was reputedly born. Fantastically beautiful and home apparently to the Nobilo and Belich families of Auckland and Wellington as well.

Then on down to Dubrovnich on the border with Bosnia Hercegovina. Great walled city which was shelled relentlessly during the 1990’s civil war. But the old city and walls have been rebuilt already – the 3rd or 4th time in their history and the tourist traffic is totally dense here. Time to ride on to Bosnia, Serbia and Kosovo and find the real people.

5 Responses to Into the Yugoslavia States

  1. Lance Wiggs April 25, 2005 at 5:04 am #

    great to see you are all off and riding – I’m totally jealous. Have a fantastic voyage..

  2. Lucy and Trish Keogh April 25, 2005 at 6:01 pm #

    Sup bk just lettin u know we love ur pocket pc!! hope ur havin fun. ok bk, pk lk xxx

  3. Phil Bennett April 26, 2005 at 12:18 pm #


    great to here all is going well. the Wellington group back from Otago – all had a great time. Trish was well behaved and dont those CRF’s go fast – she needs to work on your trick re put the side stand down whilst still moving – CRF on it’s side is not a good advert for Honda. Trust you are well and safe

    cheers phil b

  4. Ross Palmer April 27, 2005 at 10:04 am #

    Great to see you’ve made a fantastic start. Enjoy the rain – you might not see much later on ! We’ll
    keep following with interest as will Faye’s kids through their school work.
    Gareth – your mate Chris Liddel has just been made CFO of Microsoft ( ie. no 3 head honcho ! ).

    Ross & Faye

  5. eunice April 28, 2005 at 3:52 pm #

    we are watching with interest.
    Take care and lots of love to Wal
    All the girls love him when he is miles away.

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