Includes Quotes About Croatia, Albania, Bosnia, Slovenia, and Montenegro

Greece and Balkans Travel Quotes

Introduction

I (Paul Heller) love collecting the best Greece, Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Bosnia (Sarajevo), and Albania Travel Quotes for my Fifty Plus Nomad blog. I spend hours searching to find quotes that:

  • Reflect how I feel about an issue
  • Add a new or interesting perspective to a discussion about a place or issue, even if I don`t agree with the author’s viewpoint.
  • Make me laugh, cry, or smile.
  • Perfectly capture a place, emotion, or issue.

I don’t include quotes about unknown places or travel experiences.

My blog posts lead with a quote relevant to the post’s subject. I frequently post quotes on my Facebook group: Long Term Traveling and Living Abroad Over 50.

I hope you enjoy these quotes as much as I enjoyed putting them together.

Let me know if you have any additional quotes to add to this page.

6 Best Croatia Travel Quotes

“If you want to see paradise on Earth, come to Dubrovnik.”
George Bernard Shaw

“The pastel-colored seaside towns of Istria could be straight out of Liguria; the rustic hill towns are reminiscent of Umbria. Istria is rich in vineyards and olive groves, and wine and olive oil, along with truffles, are the most prominent exports. And yet Istria remains relatively undiscovered.”
Kate McCulley

“I realize that Zagreb’s heart lies not in one place. And such is its charm and magnetism that it can ensnare every visitor. I think I will leave a bit of my own heart back in Zagreb. But then again, I buy a licitar heart, and a piece of Zagreb will now be with me, gently reminding me of the thrum of a place located thousands of miles away.” 
Anita Rao-Kashi

“Croatia has been glorious.”
Emilia Clarke, actress on Game of Thrones

“There is the endless coffee-drinking, there are dangers of mysterious drafts that lurk behind every open window, there are mothers-in-law, ubiquitous pillars of society and the absolute importance of wearing slippers, but there is also the meaning of friendship and life being lived in a slower, more connected way.”
Cody McClain Brown, author of Chasing a Croatian Girl

“The biggest challenge to life in Croatia is hope…. It’s as if there is some vague force of darkness trying to eclipse even the thinnest rays of optimism…. And while hope in Croatia is hard, its absence if offset by the strong personal relationships that tie individuals to the broader society. In Croatia it can be hopeless, but you never feel alone.”
Cody McClain Brown, author of Croatia Strikes Back

10 Best Greece Travel Quotes

“The light of Greece opened my eyes, penetrated my pores, expanded my whole being.
Henry Miller

“Happy is the man, I thought, who, before dying, has the good fortune to sail the Aegean sea.”
Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek

“Greece – The feeling of being lost in time and geography with months and years hazily sparkling ahead in a prospect of inconjecturable magic.” 
Patrick Leigh Fermor

“You know, it is said that we Greeks are a fervent and warm-blooded breed. Well, let me tell you something – it is true.” 
Melina Mercouri

 “I want to have an ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ experience where I drop off the face of the planet and move to Greece”
Jennifer Hyman

“I want to see the Parthenon by moonlight.”
Daphne Du Maurier

“Part of why I love Greek food so much is that it is simple, but it’s unpretentious. It’s authentic.
Princess Tatiana Of Greece And Denmark

“In every civilization, life grows easier. Men grow lazier in consequence. We have a picture of what happened to the individual Greek. (I cannot look at history, or at any human action, except as I look at the individual.) The Greeks had good food, good witty talk, pleasant dinner parties; and they were content. when the individual man had reached that condition in Athens, When the thought not of giving to the state but of what the state could give to him, Athens’ freedom was doomed.
Edith Hamilton

“Alcohol makes other people less tedious, and food less bland, and can help provide what the Greeks called entheos, or the slight buzz of inspiration when reading or writing.”
Christopher Hitchens

“Experts in ancient Greek culture say that people back then didn’t see their thoughts as belonging to them. When ancient Greeks had a thought, it occurred to them as a god or goddess giving an order. Apollo was telling them to be brave. Athena was telling them to fall in love. Now people hear a commercial for sour cream potato chips and rush out to buy, but now they call this free will. At least the ancient Greeks were being honest.”
Chuck Palahniuk

3 Best Sarajevo Travel Quotes

“If you take a look at Sarajevo at any time of day, from any surrounding hill, you will always inadvertently come to the same conclusion. It is a city that is wearing out and dying, while at the same time being reborn and transformed. Today it is the city of our most beautiful longings and endeavors and bravest desires and hopes.” ¨
Ivo Andrić, writer and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

“What is the oriental charm that starts here in Sarajevo and that Westerners can’t resist? Here there are no plans that stem from rational thinking; it’s all a matter of improvisation and the result of ad hoc ideas and temporary whims.”
Juraj Neidhard, one of the most important Sarajevan architects

¨ “This is the most beautiful city; sophisticated, complex and multicultural.”
Bono

8 Other Former Yugoslavia Republics and Albania Travel Quotes

Albania Travel Quotes

“They are strewn with the wreckage of dead Empires – past Powers – only the Albanian ‘goes on for ever.'”
Edith Durham, High Albania

Albania is located sixty miles across the Adriatic Sea from Italy. It borders Montenegro and Kosovo to the north, Macedonia to the east, and Greece to the south. If you know nothing about ‘the Land of the Eagles,’ relax. You’re not alone.”
Michael Paterniti

Montenegro Travel Quotes

“The part of the Adriatic Coast belonging to Montenegro is the purest part of the Mediterranean.”
Jacques Cousteau

“The whole Montenegro was lying in front of us like on a relief map. The sun was playing quietly with waves of Boka, the surface of the Skadar lake was glittering there, and the blue Adriatic was fading on the horizon. In the wild luxury, the Albanian Alps and the coastal mountain Rumija were rising.

The eyes were roaming through enduring series of mountain chains and valleys, while in the background, the snowy crests of the Durmitor and Komovi mountains were sending their last regards. Podgorica was ascending from the green valley. I could not take my eyes off that beautiful sight.”
Kurt Hasert

“I drove up the precipitously corkscrew road that used to be called the Ladder of Cattaro, away from the flowered Adriatic coast to the harsh high plateau of the Lovćen massif; water less, apparently soil-less, and stubbled only with arid patches of scrub. Crouched in a declivity of this wilderness is Cetinje, which was for a decade or two around the turn of the century the undisputed capital of Ruritania.” 

“Few parts of Europe are so little known as the countries lying between the Danube and the northern frontier of Greece.”
Jan Morris

Slovenia Travel Quotes

“As you travel around Slovenia,
Think of the tales the hills could tell you.
Share the awe of natural wonder;
Tread the trails, but as you wander
Honor the age-old endeavors to be
Literate, informed, democratic and free.” 

Jacqueline Widmar Stewart

Visiting Slovenia is like stepping into a fairytale. It’s a wonderland of ever-changing scenery and ethereal beauty of the nature.

Lake Bled is one of those serene and fairytale-like locations. And it’s also one of my favorite places in Slovenia. The landscape here is so spellbinding that I immediately wanted to stay and write that book I’ve been talking about for a gazillion years.

It tends to have that effect on you.

There is a church with a looming spire on Bled Island. Lots of people get married here, and according to tradition, it’s good luck if the groom carries his bride up all 99 steps”
Planet D website

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Paul Heller has been a lifelong avid traveler and language learner and teacher, Even as a child, he told Santa Claus that he wanted to visit all the children worldwide. At seven years old, Paul wanted to retire to Mexico. At eight, he memorized the name, capital, location, and some facts about every country worldwide. At twelve, he found a book "Lonely Planet: Southeast Asia on a Shoestring" and started developing his own itinerary for a future round-the-world trip. He remained obsessed with travel; after getting a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and working as an administrator, He spent his vacations going to different countries around the globe studying language, touring, and volunteering. In 1994, he quit his job and lived in Russia as a volunteer English instructor. He discovered that he loved teaching languages. In 2004, he decided to make a living out of his travels and founded a community of people who love to travel just like him. He developed 5 three-hour classes about living and traveling long-term worldwide which he taught in over 50 adult education programs throughout the US. After his parents passed, he realized his dream of traveling around the world; cruising and touring some of the most remote places like the North Atlantic, Patagonia, and Oceania; and learning new languages (he knows Spanish, Italian, French, and Russian). Paul encourages everyone to learn foreign languages. He knows that it can be frustrating and slow but that anyone can learn a language if they put in the work and, most importantly, learning a language is well worth the time and effort because it opens up a whole new set of people, ideas, and cultures. He is currently spending the next chapter of his life in Mérida, México. He is excited about using this blog and his classes and workshops to inspire and equip fellow Fifty Plus Nomads with the language, cultural, and psychological skills necessary to be successful and happy long-term travelers and expats over 50.

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