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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split July 9th 2013

Split Croatia 9 July 2013 It’s day 58 of our 6 months – I can’t believe we have been away for 2 months already. It has been such a wonderful experience. After leaving Omis we headed up the coastal road to Split. This was another stunning drive. The ocean is so blue, the rugged whitish rocky mountain range and orange roofed, light-coloured houses packed into coves and up the hillside. Many of these coves have fine gravelly beaches. It is a really busy time of the year so plenty of traffic and plenty of European holiday-makers. We were really enjoying the drive along the coast of Croatia. There is no wondering why people from all over Europe come to this area for their summer holidays. It is beautiful and the temperature is definitely beach weather. The ... read more
Tom at Old Town at Split Croatia
Emporor Diocletian and his guards at Split Croatia (7)
Basement of Diocletian's Palace Split Croatia (9)

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Sibenik July 9th 2013

Trogir, Sibernik and Krka National Park, on 9 July 2013 We drove further north along the Croatian coast and came to Trogir, a town that was founded by the Greeks in 3rd century BC. We had read that its Cathedral was one of the finest in the Adriatic so we wanted to pop in a see it. Trogir’s old town is built on an oval-shaped land squeezed between the mainland an d the larger island of Ciova. Modern Trogir stretches for several kms along the coast. We parked the camper and walked over the 17th C. Land Gate, a simple arch topped with a statue of the town’s protector, St John of Trogir. We visited the Cathedral and walked around the town. I have included some photos of the town. We then drove 60 kms north ... read more
We rode 4 kms to Krka Travertines in the National Park near Sibenik Croatia
Krka Travertines in the National Park near Sibenik Croatia (4)
Krka Travertines in the National Park near Sibenik Croatia (3)

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Kolocep July 8th 2013

Day 7: Group adventure to Lokrum We had a lazy morning - before heading off, me and one of the girls decided to check out the roof of the hostel - it's a bit of a sketch staircase... I mean it's concrete, but it's narrow. The view from the roof is great - it's overlooking the port and the other side of Dubrovnik (Lapad). The climb back down, my buddy fell down the last four steps on her butt I was like OMG DON'T DIE ON ME. hahahaha. Anywho. We headed off to Lokrum as a group - oh yes, we have a group: an Aussie, a Brit, two Fins and me reppin' the Canucks. We had an absolute blast! First off, we saw a boat in the harbour that looked like a pirate ship, so ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Omis July 8th 2013

Omis in Croatia 8 July 2013 After leaving Bosnia-Herzegovenia, we then drove up to Omis where we checked into a Camping Park. All the beachside Parks are really busy as it is Europe’s summer holidays. There is always space available but prices are higher in the high-season. Instead of paying 13-16 Euros we are paying 23-45 Euros per night. It was really difficult to decide which beach to stay at because there are so many along this stretch of the Croatian coast. We chose Omis because it was on the beach rather than on top of the cliff overlooking the sea. After checking in at Camp Galeb we set ourselves up. The Park was busy with all the holiday makers. There were a lot of families which was great. After walking down the drive of the ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik July 6th 2013

Spent Friday night in Gatwick... tried to sleep, was very much unsuccessful in my endeavour. First it took me forever to find two seats together. Once I finally got all comfortable rearranging my bags and getting a make-shift bed going, have my ear plugs in, eye mask on, am totally comfortable... and this lady comes over, starts poking my shoulder and asks to sit. Now, airport sleeping etiquette: you do not ask someone who is clearly either asleep or almost asleep to move their bags. There are other seats. It’s a damn airport. Also, you, under no circumstances, POKE SOMEONE WHO MAY BE ASLEEP. Seriously. I told her I was trying to sleep, to which she snarkily replied: “I think that’s what most people are trying to do.” Whatever. You want to break the code, you ... read more

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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik July 5th 2013

Day 49 – Dubrovnik - Croatia After our very quick trip to Vienna we moved onto Dubrovnik, Croatia. It was a short 1 hour flight and the views flying in helped us get into a beachy frame of mind. The islands were gorgeous and the water crystal blue. We’re staying in Old Town Dubrovnik which is really cool. It’s surrounded by a massive wall and no cars are allowed inside. We had to drag our suitcases through the cobbled streets and alleyways to get to our accommodation. We were lucky we didn’t get lost with all the laneways leading in different directions. We had a cocktail, late lunch and gelato while exploring the town. From our room we only have to walk a few steps to get to the water. There’s no beach there ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik June 30th 2013

Croatia! After our overnight ferry journey we saw the beautiful coastline of Croatia appear before us as the sun rose. Having arrived in Dubrovnik we made our way South on the scenic coast road toward Milini. This area is the self proclaimed 'Dubrovnik riviera' and is a series of small, quiet coves with blue water and pebbled beaches. We took a few dips in the sea and enjoyed the calm, refreshing water. During our stay we took a ferry to Dubrovnik from Milini and wandered through the white marbled old town. Unfortunately Dubrovnik's beauty attracts huge cruise ships - three had disembarked on the day we visited. We also visited a Balkans war photography museum. Dubrovnik was heavily bombed during the war; we saw shelled and derelict hotels on a nearby beach to where we were ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Hvar June 29th 2013

Day 27 Croatian city of Stari grad and Hvar city The problems I have had with the fuel tank and fuel filters were well documented in my blog. Now my suspicion has been confirmed. There is a tree growing in my fuel tank and the braches are coming out of my fuel cap. I have a photograph as proof.To stop the tree branch from sticking too far out, I have had to cut it down a little. Not sure how I will refill the fuel tank in future, but I will worry about that later. Today, left the camp at about 10 am and headed towards Stari Grad, a small fishing port town on the island of Hvar. It was another of those beautiful old town, with lots of old buildings and alley ways. Again, I ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik June 27th 2013

Thur 27th June 2013 Day 25 Croatian port city of Dubrovnik What can I say about Dubrovnik? I went to the 'Grad' which is the old city to find a almost completely restored old walled-city beside the Adriatic sea. First impression was that when I was looking at the old buildings and streets of Dubrovnik, I was taken back to medieval time, only the people are modern day people, mainly tourist, like me. Second impression was that it was heavily commercialised to cash in on the tourists money. After taking lots of photographs and exhausting myself from walking around the beautiful old city, I sat down at a cafe to eat a salad and drink some coffee and do what the other diners do - watch the world go by. As I was walking around the ... read more
Dubrovnic campsite
View from my tent
Yes, there are real oranges hanging from those trees

Europe » Croatia June 26th 2013

Day 26 - Frid 28th June 2013 Dubrovnik to Hvar island on the Croatian Adriatic coast My friend 'Tomo' said to me "Hvar is a beautiful island, we will visit it on our trip to Croatia". So today, I set off from Dubrovnic and headed to Hvar. I drove for miles along the beautiful Adriatic coast. Suddenly, a border crossing came up, I thought 'that is strange, Dubrovnik is in Croatia and so it Hvar'. Anyway, I did my duty and cleared the border checks. I carried on driving to Hvar, then suddenly this car behind me horned me. I know my car is slow, so I just ignored the car behind. Then the behind gave me the horn again, this time the driver was making hand gestures at me. I did my usual 'I am ... read more
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