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Europe » Croatia » Istria » Rijeka December 10th 2013

I always liked Croatia and sailing. Combining both loves with my wife, seemed like a winning combination for our next vacation. We were looking for a town that would allow us to study its historical part. We decided on Rijeka - the place where we were going to explore our newfound interest in history. We were amazed to find out that this "big" town (in comparison to other European cities) holds so many wonderful treasures. It is located on Kvarner Bay, an inlet of the Adriatic Sea. Because of its history with the Italians, the population of Rijeka uses its own unique version of the Venetian language called Fiumano. Rijeka is the center of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County in Croatia. The city's economy is based largely on shipbuilding and maritime transport. We rented a motor boat from ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Central Croatia » Zagreb December 10th 2013

Daylight in Rijeka revealed streets of Venetian architecture set back behind the waterfront. The Church of St Vito was tucked behind that in the small Old Town. The Jadralinja ferry building stood majestically over the port area and the local version of the Tuxedo Princess nightclub floated in the harbour. A few cranes perched on the docks, but whether they were in a permanent state of inactivity was open to debate. We had no time to explore further. The Autotrans chariot was due out for Zagreb at 7.45 am. We retreated back to the Bus Station to secure our seats. The bus pulled away bang on time and proceeded on a slightly different route out of town. The driver was clearly under training. He came to a grinding halt, just before he almost pulled on to ... read more
White Angels

Europe » Croatia » Istria » Rijeka December 4th 2013

A shade over 10 years after the last arrival in Zagreb, it was time to add the Eternal Derby of Croatia to my footballing catalogue. The recent derby action has been very focussed over the Serb border, but it was now time for a comparison. We were not to know that we would be walking into one of the more controversial weeks in Croat domestic football, since the independent league started. The Man in the Middle was absent. He is always keen to recount the less than fond memories of his last visiti, or perhaps he was just embarrassed about the risk of recognition following his finest teapot pose in front of the sponsor boards at the Maksimir. It is worth another look! In advance of the eagerly awaited event on Sunday, a familirisatio... read more
Stadion Kantrida
Stadion Kantrida

Europe » Croatia » Central Croatia » Zagreb October 27th 2013

Dobar dan! This blog contains the second part of my visit to Croatia. While I was in Split, we also visited Trogir, a small but beautiful city located less than half an hour west of Split which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Kamerlengo fort offers spectacular views over the city. It’s a beautiful town to visit as a short half-day trip from Split. After Split I continued towards the capital, Zagreb. My friends in Zagreb, Viktor and Melita who I also met in Rovinj in 2007, arranged a car for me. Viktor works at a rental car and many companies needed to relocate their cars from Dalmatia back to Zagreb. I had to go to Split airport to take one car to Zagreb airport which are about 370km away from each other. I ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik October 20th 2013

After a good nights sleep we awake somewhere in the Adriatic. We are not due to dock in Dubrovnik until 11.30am and so we do not need to rush out. We have breakfast in the main dining room. Service is slow as we are seated at a table for 10 and it seems everyone is fussy about what they want and how they want it. I have my favourite, Eggs Benedict. No messing around. As we return to our cabin we notice we are close to Dubrovnik and head up to the top deck to take photos. Costa Magica and MSC Armonia are already docked and we pull up alongside them. We head to the theatre to pick up our group stickers for today's tour. Our tour guide today is called Ivo. He looks a little ... read more
Old Town from above
St Blaise Church
Bell Tower


Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split October 17th 2013

Dobar dan! On my last day in Puglia I went to Bari, where I had to take a ferry to Croatia. Unfortunately there was no time to visit the city itself, which has a beautiful historic town according to Giuseppe. It was the second time I visited Croatia, after I visited the Istra peninsula and Plitvice National Park in 2007. I must say that for me Croatia is, so far, one of the most beautiful countries in Europe! Croatia became independent in 1991 after the break-up of Yugoslavia which consisted also of the current Slovenia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia. Croatia still remains the second wealthiest of all the former Yugoslavian countries, behind Slovenia. Since earlier this year, Croatia is part of the European Union but still uses the Kuna as its currency ... read more
view of Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik old town
Dubrovnik old town and wall

Europe » Croatia » Central Croatia » Zagreb October 13th 2013

I have some catching up to do. After leaving Ljubljana, I took the train to Zagreb, Croatia. My first comment is that the young women in Zagreb are very fashionable and pretty. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for the men. Not as many lookers, but I haven’t given up hope. My hotel in Zagreb was terrific. I couldn’t have picked a better location. It was right in the center by the main square and only twenty million steps up to the Old Town. Not really, but it seemed like it. It was just at the bottom of the steps to the best part of the city. It was also right next to the Dolac Market, with tons of fresh fruits and vegetables. It was really beautiful and I saw things that I had never seen ... read more
peasant girl outside Naive art museum
St Marks
St Marks Church

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia September 30th 2013

On arrival at Split airport, it was still raining. Our flight had been in fine weather all the way for, after leaving Vienna in drizzly rain, we had flown above the inclement weather. Landing around 2.30p.m, once again we were through Immigration in a matter of minutes and were on our way to the outside world. Our taxi transfer was waiting for us when we cleared Immigration which was a straightforward process. Customs hall asks you if you have anything to declare – how would you know? As previously mentioned, as Australians, we are used to having to comply with strict quarantine regulations and in having to complete documentation prior to landing when arriving back into Australia, as to what we are carrying in our luggage, particularly in relation to any food items, plants, seeds, any ... read more
Apartments Gajeta & the local travel agency
The spiral staircase to our apartment - Split
The backyard clothesline - Split

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik September 29th 2013

Aaahhh the beautiful Adriatic coastline...yes, we remember you well and we are still friends. We arrived by bus from Montenegro along a fairly spectacular road cut into the steep mountainside with dramatic views down to the sea and Dubrovnik appearing in the distance, what an entrance. Yep, happy to be here...apart from a little stomach issue still lurking about. Anyway, I am sure a dip in the deep blue Adriatic will cure me. Sarah and I had to rustle up some accommodation since we hadn’t pre-booked anything and soon realised that in fact it was pretty busy here, mostly full said the lady in the tourist office. So we hit the streets looking for the private accommodation hawkers that we usually avoid, this time making friends with a fairly well dressed young Croatian lady named Tea, ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Central Croatia » Zagreb September 27th 2013

We had a wonderful breakfast at the hotel - best one yet - complete with fresh squeezed OJ and champagne (I do love a good mimosa!). We explored the city, although it was a dreary day, but we really enjoyed it. It was not very crowded and some places made us feel like we were the only tourists. We visited the Botanical Gardens, St. Marks church, the cathedral, and just walked all over. All of the architecture was beautiful and you could see the Italian influence. We had lunch at our hotel (I had an amazing puff pastry stuffed with a lobster and leek cream sauce, topped with truffles) and then we packed as it was our last night in Croatia. We decided to have one last traditional Croatian meal and ended up at the top ... read more
Zagreb Botanical Gardens
Zagreb Botanical Gardens
Zagreb Botanical Gardens

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