Fierce Spinning Reel Penn

Posted in Penn Fishing Gear by Penn Fishing Gear on January 20, 2012

Fierce Spinning Reel Penn

Geographically, The Balkan Headland Is Considered As Southeastern Europe - The Landmass South Of Austria And Hungary And East Of Italy, It's Renowned For Rugged And Remote Mountains, Impressive Coastline And Fiercely Partisan Populations.

Puzzled? It's really a bit of a trick query. Geographically, the Balkan Promontory is thought of as Southeastern Europe - the landmass south of Austria and Hungary and east of Italy. It's known for rugged and remote mountains, spectacular shore and intensely partisan populations. The Adriatic is to the west, the Black Sea to the east, Greece at the southernmost tip.

But politically, the answer is dependent upon the year. 5 centuries of war, oppression and ethnic conflict have dissolved and created states on the Balkan Cape several times over. If you answered Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania or Bosnia & Herzegovina (BiH) - A-plus! All of them have shore on the Adriatic Sea. If you presumed Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, or Kosovo - C-plus. Balkans, though not Western Balkans. Yugoslavia? No go. It collapsed over a decade ago.

The good news for travelers? An increasingly stable choice of independent nations based slightly on ethnic populations, but also on the economic imperatives of newly found independence : capitalism, development and tourism!

Dubrovnik, Croatia, is now a top destination on Eastern Mediterranean cruises, like the one Bud and I did in 2003. Our Dubrovnik guide lived through the 1991-92 Serbian siege, and bullet holes were still everywhere. But Maria's optimism was transmissive. "Come back," she encouraged. "After the roads are fixed and borders opened, you'll love it."

Seven years later we landed in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, on the 1st leg of a four-country Western Balkan road trip. Customs and immigration were smooth and efficient and our rental car, a Czech Skoda Fabia, waited just steps from the terminal.

We might drive northeast through Slovenia's Julian Alps, south along coastal Croatia and down to Montenegro's beaches. We might finish over Montenegro's mythical mountains and into BiH to end in Sarajevo. Perhaps best, we were flying solo - no package tours, no booking agent. Just us!


We brought a GPS with a preloaded Eastern EU chip. First stop : classic Lake Bled. Our GPS let us select : back roads or highway. We took the tiniest roads and were immediately smitten. Each home sported lush window boxes. In the foothills of the Julian Alps, each town reached higher, with taller traditional pines, and roads narrowing to single lanes, often weaving through steep pastures. Around one corner a pristine church sat atop a brilliantly green hill.

Lake Bled's Grand Hotel Toplice was wonderful and historic. It housed Fascist Officers during WW2, and was so celebrated the officials had to pay for rooms, even though they were the occupying forces. The Toplice was full of talkative Brits and sporty Germans, and life revolved round the lake - shaded walkways along the shoreline, swans paddling about, boats with brightly colored canopies to ferry visitors around. Wonderful!

Our next stop took us even higher, to a sporthotel in Kranjska Gora. Sporthotels are distinctly European : spare decoration, few luxuries, but great rooms to hold skis and bikes. At the Toplice we were told that Americans visit occasionally. In Kranjska Gora, Northern Americans are not common. We were treated like celebrities and urged to go to the ski jump at nearby Planica where the world record for ski-flying was set in 2005 : 717 feet "airborne" coming off the end of the jump.

We were cautioned about the drive over Slovenia's 9,300-foot peak, Mount Triglav, at the eastern end of the Alps. It was wet and misty. The route was really steep and narrow with 50 or more switchbacks. "Follow a bus," they exclaimed. "It will lead you."

Great advice! We appeared at our next stop, Lipica, in fine shape and ready to go to the legendary Lipizzaner Stud Farm in its 430th year of breeding and coaching the enchanting white horses. We caught the dramatic "Airs Above the Ground" equestrian show and marveled at the elegant facility with dressage faculties, lodging, restaurants and wedding chapel as reported

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