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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Zadar September 25th 2022

The pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to.”– Alain de Botton After a good sleep in our apartment in Zadar last night, we had a breakfast of coffee and leftovers (cheese, bread, hummus, dried figs, apple). We bought a small container of milk last night and after we used it for coffee this morning, we noticed later it was missing from the fridge. Someone stole our milk – how rude! It was too chilly and rainy to eat on our balcony, but we enjoyed our picnic breakfast all the same. Yes, the weather has indeed changed and the rain has arrived. We walked through the wind and the rain to meet Tamara and the others at the bus station at ... read more
Zadar old town
Zadar town square
Zadar - St. Mary’s Church and Monastery, with bell tower in background

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Sibenik September 24th 2022

Greetings from Sibenik! (It is pronounced “Shi-ben-ick”). We had a nice breakfast in the Hotel Slavija restaurant this morning, before our journey from Split to Sibenik. By the way, Hotel Slavija is the oldest hotel in Split, opening in 1900. The building dates back to the 17thC and was built above Diocletian’s private baths. We had breakfast in the basement of the hotel, where the Roman baths were located. We had a bit of time before we had to leave so I took a quick walk around Diocletian’s Palace. It wasn’t too busy at that time of the morning, and it was really nice just taking a bit of time to admire the fascinating buildings, and I wanted to find a chocolate shop that Zigi recommended, so I knew where it was when we come back ... read more
Diocletian’s Palace - Damaged sphinx outside the Temple of Jupiter
Diocletian’s Palace - The Temple of Jupiter
Diocletian’s Palace

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split September 23rd 2022

Greetings from Split! I only have a mere 18,026 steps today, so I am behind yesterday, but today did involve yet more steps. We were up quite early this morning, to ensure we were out ready to meet the group by 7:30, with time to get a pastry and coffee first. We hauled our suitcases back down the many steps (it was a lot easier going down than it was going up!) and popped into a bakery for a breakfast pastry to take with us and the coffee shop for a nice cappuccino. We met met the group, then we walked to the dock to catch our 7:45 ferry to Split. These ferries are very efficient, and always have lots of room to store luggage. The one hour trip was smooth sailing, and after we disembarked ... read more
Split buildings
Our hotel - Hotel Slavija
Me in front of statue of Marko Marulic, just around the corner from our hotel

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Hvar September 22nd 2022

“But the beauty is in the walking - we are betrayed by destinations.” - Gwyn Thomas And walk we did! Along quiet roads, paths, goat trails, trails full of rocks, twisty trails, up hills and down hills. I’ve got over 27,000 steps so far and it’s only 5 pm! (Now it’s close to 9 pm and I’ve got well over 29,000). But, let’s start at the beginning. We lazed around our apartment this morning, and just had our 3 in 1 coffee packets and some leftovers for breakfast (cheese and rice cakes, grapes, and the last of our cakes from the bakery in Korcula). We met the group around the corner by the bus station at 8:50 am, then I popped into a nearby coffee place to get Susan and I double cappuccinos (they were very ... read more
Views near Velo Grablje
Near Velo Grablje
Near Velo Grablje

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Hvar September 21st 2022

Greetings from Hvar! We had an extremely early start to the day, getting up not long after 4:30 am, to shower and get our things together ready to leave at 5:30. I went out on our terrace to see what the weather was like, and the sliver moon and the stars were bright and beautiful. We hauled our bags down the very steep and narrow flights of stairs, and met the group around the corner at 5:45, at the foot of yet more stairs. I wandered around a bit in the faint hope that a cafe might be open to get us a coffee, not as expected nothing was open that early. Our ferry from Korcula to Hvar left promptly, and we settled in the the 1 1/2 hour journey. Thankfully the coffee kiosk was open, ... read more
Our street in Hvar
St. Stephens Cathedral
Me by the Hvar sign

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Mljet September 20th 2022

“A dominant impulse on encountering beauty is to wish to hold on to it, to possess it and give it weight in one’s life. There is an urge to say, ’I was here, I saw this and it mattered to me.’” - Alain de Botton We had a lovely day today at the beautiful Mljet National Park, on Mljet Island. We started the day by enjoying breakfast on the sunny terrace of our apartment, admiring the lovely view. We had some fruit, and some of the delicious cakes we bought yesterday from Cukarin Bakery, along with packets of coffee we got at Konzum grocery shop. It was a nice relaxing start to the day. We met the group on the steps to the old gate to the town (just around the corner), and we walked a ... read more
Susan - breakfast on our terrace
Korcula kitty at the main gate

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Korcula September 19th 2022

Greetings from Korcula! (The island, and town, is pronounced “Kor-chu-la”). After a leisurely breakfast at Hotel Plecka this morning, we left Dubrovnik at 9:30 for our journey to Korcula, located off the northern end of the Peljesac Peninsula. It was a warmer morning than yesterday, and another bright and sunny day. We drove north from Dubrovnik along the spectacular coastline, winding and twisting along the coast with views of the Elaphiti Islands. These island are protected so are mainly undeveloped. The steep hillsides were covered with lots of olive trees, various fruit trees, and pine trees. We crossed to the Peljesac Peninsula, which is known for its wineries, and we passed lots of vineyards. The grapes grow very low to the ground in this area, and often in terraced areas because of the steep hills. After ... read more
Another of the cats
Ston town and walls

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik September 18th 2022

“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.” - Isabelle Eberhardt We have had such a fabulous, full day today in Dubrovnik! We walked and walked, along old city walls, admired amazing views, climbed up and down about a million stairs (over 23,000 steps on my Fitbit today), and just had such a great day. 😀 We’d be walking today, and admiring yet another incredible view, and I just had to marvel, “you’re in Dubrovnik!”. It’s so incredible to be here and to see the beautiful old city. We started the day with breakfast in a hotel just down the street (Hotel Pletka, a sister property to our Hostel Sol). There were lots to choose ... read more
Me and Susan on the city walls
Me heading up some of the many stairs
Me along the city walls

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik September 17th 2022

Greetings from Dubrovnik! We had a very early morning, getting up about 3:45 am. We showered, finished packing, and went downstairs to find Carolann (sorry Carolann I’ve been spelling your name wrong!) already up and the kettle boiled for tea. We had a cup of tea and Carolann made us each a lunch to bring with us - cheese (and pickle for me) sandwich, a bag of chips, and a chocolate biscuit. It was so thoughtful, and we really appreciated it. Carolann drove us to the Eastbourne train station with plenty of time to get our 5:20 am train to Gatwick. We were there shortly after 5 am, hoping that the coffee shop might be open, but not surprisingly, it wasn’t open that early. It was VERY chilly this morning, and since I didn’t bring any ... read more
View from our room - the port
Neighbour views

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia September 9th 2022

Back to Croatia again! We are going to see some GoT sights where the series was filmed. The bus took us to the Fort Klis built on the side of a mountain. Ray and Elke made a wise choice to stay behind in a bar while Cindy and I decided to trek up the steep hill to view the fort. Spectacular vistas as we were climbing, showing the bay and the city of Split. It is difficult to imagine the actual scene that was shot in the various locations so I guess we will have to watch the series again. After the Fort we boarded the bus again to go walking in the harbour area and go thru the Diocletian palace. Also an area where scenes were filmed in particular where the dragons were chained up. ... read more
Start the climb
View from wall
Spectacular view

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