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  1. We have been in that area a few other times on cruises. But it was only a taste test. Need to go back and spend more time. We loved Montenegro so would definitely want to explore the cobblestone streets of Budva. A trip inland to visit Herceg Novi also sounds like a way to see another part of Montenegro. The national parks and beaches of Croatia are a big draw for us. Those waterfalls in Krka would keep us tranquil. Bosnia, Hercegovina, Macedonia, Slovenia and Serbia are all totally new areas for us to explore. They look like such great mix of city and country beauty. We definitely need to get these Balkan spots on the planning board.

  2. We really want to go check out Lake Bled! We’ve been to a few of these destinations and have loved them all! The Balkan area is so beautiful in so many ways!

  3. It’s a very interesting post as it does give an awesome view of what the Balkans have to offer. Places like Sarajevo had so much dark history, but the name is finally being associated with much more positive memories. The European feel of the architecture is undeniable and a reminder that this is Europe indeed. Lake Ohrid reminds me of Lake Van in Turkey, also with an ancient monastery from the 10th-century. Equally stunning!

  4. I’m very excited to be traveling to Croatia next month, the first opportunity to visit one of the Balkan countries. I am sure this will be the first trip of many to visit the other countries you have highlighted. I want to visit them all, I love how they are each equally beautiful places and not on everyone’s radar.

  5. I had no idea that Kings Landing is in Dubrovnik. I can imagine how packed with tourists it must be now since the airing of the final series (but I’d love to see it myself). Lake Ohrid sounds seriously captivating. I can also imagine Kings and Queens sitting atop a hill there, surveying the waters in an era gone by.

  6. I would love to visit the Balkans! Croatia has been on my list for a while but the other countries sound fascinating too. There just seems to be so much rich history and differing cultures packed into a small area. Lake Ohrid looks stunning – can’t believe I’ve never heard of it!

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