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Published: June 12th 2013
So the boat ride we were looking forward to when I last posted ended up being a total waste of time. It was around the Brijuni national park islands, which were pretty enough but the whole thing was totally boring and we didn’t get very close. I was driving so couldn’t help Ange polish off the litre of wine provided and had to stick to council pop instead!The sun was out for the duration though so it could have been worse, and at least Ange enjoyed herself!
We decided we wanted to actually go on an island and make our own tour after the disappointing boat ride and headed for Krk which is the joint largest Adriatic island with its neighbour Cres. Totally easy to get to via a handy (and obviously costly) bridge and we had a fab time driving around the island visiting the pretty towns and feeling quite adventurous. We then followed the other 10,000 tourists (not joking) to the Plitvice lakes/waterfalls and despite having to fight for elbow room it was defiantly worth it as the national park was totally breathtaking. Advice; wear good shoes, take a packed lunch and
avoid the Japanese tour groups (as it takes a while for them to put their special gloves on and set up their camera tripod and take six thousand photo’s!)
We wasted some time around Zadar and Split both of which were disappointing, busy and very rainy. On the upside we made firm friends with another couple of Brit’s who later lead us astray with an afternoon drinking in Dubrovnik! We hope to return the favour another time 😉 Oh Dubrovnik, I am in love with you….we stayed in a rustic little campsite about 10km outside Dubrovnik with a little private beach and pizzeria/bar. The sun had truly come out by this point and we spent a lovely couple of lazy days walking Dubrovnik’s walls, the little markets and harbour and swimming in the sea. Croatia’s sea is gorgeous, bright blue/green water, crystal clear and clean, the views and sunsets are to die for and the people are friendly and chatty. I didn’t want to leave! Our original plan was to bomb it up the motorway towards Hungary after we had visited Dubrovnik but mother nature had other plans and the flooding put us off just a bit!
Instead we dreamily went island hopping around Peljesac and Korcula. It was just blissful. We stayed near Vela Luka, on the western point of Korcula, quite away from the town and after a day’s trekking around our part of the island (and skinny dipping) went out looking for a wine bar. We found a very rustic restaurant not far from our campsite where a local group of family and friends were having dinner and we were treated to an evening of home made wine and the most beautiful singing by the men of the group who sang traditional Croatian songs they had grown up singing together. I can’t properly explain what a magical day it was, and Ange and I both feel so blessed and so lucky to be able to have experiences like that.
We are near to Zagreb, making our way towards Hungary now that the floods have peaked (fingers crossed) though I think we shall avoid the Danube and Budapest for a while. We are in love with Croatia for Dubrovnik and the DalmaticCoast and we will defiantly be back JJJ
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