I hope to get this trip report done in one thread, so I'll try to keep things short. (Er, well, shorter-ER) I should have done them right away but you know how it is. It will likely take me a couple days to finish.
First off, I want to say that this was my third international trip since Sept of 2021, and I'm so glad I have gone when I did. We seemed to surf the waves just right, although I had a breakthrough Delta infection in Aug at home (I was infected by the ONE place I went, to get my hair cut and didn't find out until afterwards that none of them were vaxxed, ugh long story. I had worn my mask the whole time but alas) Anyway, I had three full shots and a booster by the time we left on this trip. We rented our own cars and only had a private taxi to and from our first stop, Milos, then from/to the airport in Athens, and to/from airport in Croatia. We did eat inside in one or two places, but mostly outside dining. Crowds were minimal except in Dubrovnik and Kotor, but there was a cruise ship that landed both days (first day in Dubrovnik.) Dub was much better after the crowds, we lit out from Kotor after the landing wave hit.
All in all in its entirety it was wonderful, but there's always a place you are excited for that might disappoint IRL, and one you thought would be 'meh' but ends up being stunning. Well, Dubrovnik was my one that was vaguely disappointing (I'll explain why later) and surprisingly, Perast was my wow place, and Cavtat too. Limeni Greece was also a real wow that I didn't expect to love as much either.
Some spoiler alerts: we did not contract Covid, despite 8 flights- we did mask the whole time on all flights and in airports, but did take them off to eat. We learned we don't want to be gone this long again while my dog is still here, and low elevation and high humidity are really bunk for my disease. Grrr. We also will stick to one or two places in the near future, until we have less obligations at home and can be gone longer again if we choose. Additionally, thank goodness for the wonderful Croatians and Bosniaks that speak english, as I struggled with that language lol. Very humbling.