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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split July 31st 2019

Our next stop turned in to a longer one as we stayed five nights near the city of Split. What kept here this long was a combination of an interesting place to visit, great stores for provisioning and two days of storms moving through. We had a great hook and even met some people at anchor here so we were not in a rush. We arrived at the anchorage before noon so it gave us time that first day to take the dinghy ashore and get acquainted with the town and what it has to offer. We have the Rick Steves Croatia guidebook and we already had a bit of information on what we would be seeing and figured that the next day we would follow his walking tour. While walking around there were plenty of ... read more
Numerous Fishing Boats as well as Pirate Ships
Walking Into Town We See Croatian's Park
Passed the Market on the Way into Town

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split June 15th 2019

A hot walk from the bus stop which was at the Split Ferry Terminal through the UNESCO listed 4th century Diocletian's Palace in the Old town of Split. An overwhelming number of people and tour offices as well as busses and ferries. From the drive in to Split it looked like a disaster. Over crowded decaying concrete high rise apartments everywhere and ugly scars mined into the surrounding hills. I decided that I would hate this town but then some of that was possibly due to the anxiety that had arisen from having to leave Sibenik earlier than I wanted to. I had carefully researched the route we had to walk to find our new accomodation but stopped in the old town losing confidence of where I should go as none of the pedestrian laneways were ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split June 8th 2019

Nachdem wir nochmal zwei Stunden durch das wunderschöne bergige Hinterland Dalmatiens gefahren sind erreichen wir Split, die zweitgrößte Stadt Kroatiens. Unser Campingplatz in Stobrec vor den Toren der Stadt ist gemütlich und sauber und hat einen eigenen Zugang zum Kiesstrand in einer ruhigen Bucht und tatsächlich ist es halbwegs trocken und ziemlich warm als wir ankommen. Und so verbringen wir hier drei entspannte Tage mit Spaziergängen im Ort, den Füßen immer mal wieder im Meer oder zumindest im Liegestuhl auf dem Campingplatz. Leider erwischt Dennis irgendeine fiese Magen-Darm-Seuche, sodass er leider einige Zeit im Bett verbringt, aber zwischendrin rafft er sich immer wieder auf, um das wenn auch nicht durchgehend sonnige, so zumindest ziemlich trockene Wetter hier zu genießen. Einen Nachmittag fahren wir dann auch mit dem Bus in die Altstadt von Split und sind total ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split May 5th 2019

Warning . I sound a little like the advertisements on the T.V before a programme starts. If you are offended by bad language , programmes of a sexual nature or flashing lights switch off now. If you don't want to hear the football results go out of the room now. So this warning is for you - if you don't know what G.O.T. means you have two choices read on and be enlightened or read on because you know exactly what this blog will contain. Actually if you are one of those people who have no idea what I am talking about you can move on to the next blog . We will be doing something Roman next . Gabby the motorhome is parked up on a car park close to the firestation. I don't know ... read more
Klis castle
The view from the castle
Abandon all health and safety on these walls

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split September 23rd 2018

The last few days have been quite busy so today is a day without driving or city sightseeing. We walk along the Split seafront to the enormous Marjan Forest Park, stopping for an al fresco breakfast on a picnic bench on the prom. It’s almost like being back in Bournemouth, except it’s a sunny 28 degrees. We visit the former home of Ivan Mestrovic where plenty of his sculptures are on display. A game the old man likes to play with sculptures: to stand next to it mimicking the pose. Either Mestrovic had some very flexible friends or else a vivid imagination. He also appears to have had an aversion for wearing clothes. We wander round the villa admiring his work, stop for a drink in the little café overlooking the sea, then continue to the ... read more
Split Harbour
Split Harbour
Split Harbour

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split September 23rd 2018

Up early 6am for an early morning walk. Really good as streets just cleaned and nobody around. Went up to rooftop lookout and sun just rising over the town. Walked down the alleyways to the harbourfront. Then back up to the north gate, great inside the palace, no tourists just a few like me taking photos. Back for good breakfast then walking tour of Trogir at 10am. Arrived Trogir, walked the old town which is supposed Venetian like although we all thought more like hilltop village in Italy or Provence. Lovely alleyways and small stone homes squashed up together. Ended at Church of St Laurence which just opened at 12noon, so was quite busy with tourists. Very interesting inside then Pio & Rob climbed the bell tower for fantastic view of Trogir and waterways. Looked around ... read more
From the rooftop
Piazza
Alleyways

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split September 22nd 2018

After good night sleep, thanks to sleeping pills, departed 8am. Crossed the border into Bosnia, no problems at border control as mostly aussies/Nz. Stopped at roadside cafe for quick pitstop, bought apricot tea. Crossed border again into Croatia, then lunch at old mill riverside restaurant with local foods. Lovely clear river waters. Followed the coast passed beach resorts on the clear Adriatic sea with white beaches. Makarska Riviera very pretty. Arrived Split at 4pm to the new Cornaro hotel. Quick freshen up then walking tour with mikeala? Showed us the roman palace remains of Diocletius. Amazing ruins and history. Back to hotel, quick drink at cafe across the street then bed.... read more
Adriatic coastline
Adriatic coastline
Old mill restaurant

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split September 22nd 2018

Today, after breakfast in the fake forest, we return to Croatia and the city of Split. We settle our bill, which comes with a free pipe (never know when that will come in handy) and depart. Once out of Sarajevo, we drive along the Neretva river until the SatNav tells us to turn right, into the mountains. We climb and climb and climb. The views are spectacular. Eventually the road becomes a gravel track and we have to pick our way along 4 km of trail. It’s so ‘off road’ that after a long period of not seeing another vehicle, we start to get passed by 4x4s with drivers and co-drivers wearing helmets. We’re caught up in some sort of Paris-Dakar style rally. Finally we reach the top, there’s an archway, the tarmac appears and we’re ... read more
Nice scenery - shame about the road
The top of the mountain!
Diocletian’s Palace

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split August 30th 2018

I came in this morning at 0700AM on a Croatian train, once I got here I needed to figure out how I was going to clean up and where I was going to leave my backpack while I explored Split until the afternoon when I was to take the shuttle to Brodarica. It took me awhile to find the bathroom, there was none inside the train station, it was a short walk out on the very crowded sidewalk. It cost some Kuna, that is the currency in Croatia. So I had to get some Kuna from the cash machine first, then I had to buy a Cappucino to get change. I freshened up in the bathroom, packed up my bag for the day and took my backpack to a store front that stored luggage. I had ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split July 30th 2018

We loved Split so much last year, we decided to go again and take Murray's parents. We enjoyed the beaches close by and ventured to Brac Island on a few day trips. We went to Bol beach on Brac island, which was a definite highlight. Stunningly beautiful, it is a peninsular with limestone rocks on the beach. The water was an amazing blue/green. Although typically the beach was crowded, it was definitely worth it. We went to another beach on Brac Island on another day, Supetar. There were a few bays to choose from, but the kids had their eyes set on the aqua park. It was a lot of fun, although a test of my lack of upper body strength and I was covered in bruises afterwards. We did really enjoy it and it was ... read more
Kids enjoying Bol beach, Brac Island
Enjoying a swim at Bol beach with the girls, Brac Island
Enjoying a swim at Bol beach, Brac Island




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