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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split May 29th 2007

After a lovely Monday in Dubrovnik exploring the city, Tuesday we headed to Split via bus. The views were great along the coast but the driving left a bit to be desired. A mere 4 and a half hours later; we arrived in Split and were surprised by it's beauty and hospitality. Peristil Hotel was perfectly situated in Diocletians Palace area with many shops and cafes nearby. Our hotel manager sent us to his favorite local pizza place and we were not disappointed! Early to bed with dreams of tomorrow's ferry ride in our heads...... read more
Pitstop in Bosnia
City of Split
In the bell tower...

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik May 27th 2007

Ahhhh, Sunday in Dubrovnik... it was bustling with tourists, bright and warm with the sun, fresh with the ocean breeze. We visited 2 churches to watch the services with many locals and foreigners alike. It was the perfect day for strolling, shopping, exploring~ and ended with a 2km walk on top of the city´s walls just before closing at 7pm. The camera battery died half way around but we vow to do it again on Monday. We are enjoying the convenience of our apartment and are able to stop there anytime, to drop packages or have a cool drink. A bit of rain later in the evening ruined our ˝dry the clothes on the line˝ idea. It eventually turned into full blown storms with thunder and continuing rain this morning (Monday) so we wrapped up ... read more
The main drag - Placa
City Walls
Home sweet home

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik May 25th 2007

We arrived safely on Friday late afternoon from London. Props to Gatwick Airport for having some lounge chairs in their waiting area where we were able to stretch out for an hour after being smushed up in airplace seats for too long! Old Town is beautiful and our apartment is really nice and perfectly situated~ we've found all we needed - grocery, cafe, restaurant, bakery, gifts and internet - within a 5 min walk. Here we are!... read more
Tracy on Pier
Friday night in Old Town

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia May 23rd 2007

Finally an Internet cafe! We are in Sali but I can't spell or remember the name of the island...one of many perfect ones in the Adriatic that we have visited already. First off...the weather has been superb. Not a cloud in the sky, temperatures in the 30C, lovely breezes off the water make it bearable. The cycling has been amazing. Not for the unfit, mind you...lots of hills to climb but the views continue to be worth it. Some islands, like today, have hardly andy inhabitants and therefore, no traffic. Yet the roads are surprisingly good....no winter potholes here. Our boat is called the Plondin and there is another smaller one following along as well from the same tour company. We are 16 passengers, mostly Germans or German Swiss but there is a four-some from Belgium ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Hvar May 20th 2007

Slovenia into Croatia. Different language, (not that we can tell), a new curency (no euros here just the mighty Kuna) and a national soccer shirt that looks as if it has been dragged down from a Pizza Hut window. The people, however, appear more turbulent (there we go again lumping an entire race into one generic basket). Where else in the world do you see fights breaking out in internet cafes? These Croats sure can fire up over a virtual war game. The owner of our apartment is a former Croatian army sniper who is now on a war pension. He told us this whilst pointing to the bullet hole in his neck. That's one way to get workers comp although it must be a fine line between a profitable little pension and death. We ... read more
Zadar
Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice Lakes

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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Trogir May 17th 2007

Greetings from the beautiful location of Croatia. I do not know how many people know what Croatia looks like but the entire country is practically a coast. It is beautiful! Have been traveling with 5 friends that I met in Budapest and the friendship is so pure. It feels as though we all have grown up together instead of just meeting a week ago. We have had so many crazy times, so many stories to tell (one including randomly crashing a Croatian bachelor party and awkwardly watching a horrible stripper). Sorry to be so brief but to be honest I dont want to spend time I could be using better! Miss everyone back home. Italy is next as soon as we can figure out how to get there!... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik May 13th 2007

Hey Everyone! I know its only been a couple of days but i feel like if i can stay ontop of this a bit better than it'll be less painful when i write it. When i last wrote me and Nel were about to head up to Cococabana beach (i think thats spelt wrong). Now before i write anything more I should probably put a stop to the various rumours which seem to be building. Me and Nel are not dating, or remotely close to dating. We are just really good friends! Okay, is everybody satisfied? So as i was saying we headed over to the beach in Lapad (the area of Dubrovnik where all the hotels are) because Gus and Claudia had been there are had really enjoyed it. We arrived on the bus, walked ... read more
Mark, Me and Merrin with a tower
I love how clear the water was in Croatia
On the way to Korcula

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik May 10th 2007

Today we landed in Croatia and got a 3-4 hour tour of the island via bus. Our tour guide (Katjiya) told us that she was 5 when the Serbo-Crotian war broke out in 1991 and she watched the city burn from a hill top. I can't imagine watching SB burn from a hill top, let alone at 5 years old. How traumatic. The country seems to be very prosperous now and there is no sign of the destruction from the war other than some fields that have not been sown as tourism seems to be much more profitable for them. We got an opportunity to try Croatian fig brandy and watch a 16th century hydraulic corn mill turn corn kernels into corn flour, which they in turn turned into the bread we ate for snack. It ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik May 9th 2007

Bog everyone (thats pronounced Baug although nobody actually says hello in Croatia they just wait for you to buy something so it was really hard to learn the pronounciation. In fact the Croatian are always eager to speak English and so I've found it hard to speak or learn much Croatian but i have been trying and always at the least say thanks in Croatian - Hvala). I had a look at my last blog and because I was in a hurry when i wrote it the time that i spent in Split was really rushed so I've extended that section if anybody can be bothered re-reading it. I've already responded to some e-mails however internet access is quite expensive here so responses will probably be slow coming. However i haven't forgotten about anyone i need ... read more
The Ferry Ship
Hvar Island
Hvar Island2

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Zadar May 4th 2007

My town! By every meaning. Zadar is an old, old town, dating waaaay back in past. There's proof of stone age cultures living in this area, and it's got the name from an ancient Mediterranean people living here: Jadera - Zadar. In 8th century b.c. it was inhabitated by Ilirian tribes, in 7th and 6th century b.c. it was already important center of Liburns, great sailors, to whom Zadar was a harbour and starting point of many journeys, specially with Greek colonies. Throughout the centuries it was a site to many battles, from Romans, through Bizantium to Venets, and then to Austro-Hungarians, Italians, Germans, and the latest - ourselves (ex. Yugoslavia war). As far as art is considered, the main characteristic of this area is romanesque art, but signs of time b.c. are still visible, ... read more
St. Donat
Sea organs
Zadar




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