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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

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
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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

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split May 3rd 2007

Zdravo Everyone!! Okay, I was supposed to update this blog a couple of days ago but as this blog will reveal not everything goes according to plan. Since i last wrote i spent about a week at my Aunt's house. This consisted of relaxing after my Spain trip, organising my next trip and preparing for my job interview. On Friday the 27th i headed into London for my job interview. I'd pictured a panel interview as being similar to a high court judges panel with a group of about 7 or 8 stern faced people although probably not wearing the wigs. I headed in for my job interview in the morning and arrived well before i needed to. Anyway i arrived a the interview and went through to the interview area where there were three friendly ... read more
Our Thai Food
Zadar
Inside the center of Zadar

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik April 27th 2007

We have had a wicked time over the last week. Dubrovnik was a mini holiday in our great big one just to soak up the sun (or in Lee's case get sun burnt!) The old town is really stunning it is one of the most picturesque places we have visited! The only bugbear was the incredible number of American tourists from cruises who crowded the narrow streets! They even had name badges 'Nancy Cohen from Ohio' etc etc! Crazy!! Kotor in Montenegro was our next stop, another incredibly picturesque place! It is apparently Southern Europe's deepest Fjord but it is actually a deep river canyon according to Wikipedia. What the difference I don't know but I thought I would correct the lonely planet yet again!! We stepped off the bus in Kotor to be greeted ... read more
Kotor city walls
Dubrovnik
View from our apartment in Dubrovnik

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Zadar April 24th 2007

After a hot night sleeping in the cargo hold in the van, we woke up at 630 as the boat started pulling into Split harbor. After staking in the beautiful view we jumped in the van and confronted passport control who though it would be a good idea to search the van lol, so after a 15min search of the van we got our passports stamped and we were off. After filling up with cheap gas(about 73 UK cents a liter) we found a great parking spot and went for our first swim in Croatia, it was refreshing but very nice once we were in:) And I have to comment that the Croatian girls are some of the hottest I have seen anywhere!! And so many of them, it put Paris to shame. After that ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split March 11th 2007

Hi All We make our way by bus into Croatia from Slovinia to a city on the coast called Pula, the main highlight was a visit to the Roman amphitheater but our hostel was way out of the way and was fairly dodgy with a “Free breakfast” which was a bit of bread and jam with a bucket of tea. More school camp reminders. We only spent one night in Pula, we then bused it to Rijeka (bout 2.5 hours) and then jumped on an all night train to Split. (We were very lucky with the train as we had a whole cabin to ourselves and the seats pulled out to be beds) We had a nice relaxing stay in Split, wandering the old Roman streets and sipping coffee at many a café around the place. ... read more
Camo celbrating we got a cabin to ourselves on the night train
The only true 24hr Analouge clock I have seen. (Split)
Split - Roman ruins




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