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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split May 7th 2015

SPLIT 6th May 2015To us this is the final port of call on this cruise, we still have to call at Gibralter but it will be our fourth visit and does not hold much attraction for us.This is a Tender port so we have anchored in the bay on a beautiful warm sunny morning, breakfast on the balcony (again) bef... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia May 4th 2015

DUBROVNIK 4th May 2015 I wonder if there is a more beautiful harbour to write a blog than Dubrovnik's. . We sailed in at 07.30 this morning and unfortunately we depart at 14.30, so not really enough time to truly appreciate the stunning beauty of this town. We did get an extra hours sleep as the clocks went back last night (we still have time changes to go yet!)It was going to be busy as the P & O Oceana followed us in and will do again in Venice tomorrow (Happy days!) The Croatian poet and writer Jure Kastelan wrote 'If there were several Dubrovniks in the world only one of them would be the real Dubrovnik, the genuine, authentic and only city made of stone and light'. Croatia finally became an independent country in 1991 ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik April 29th 2015

We left Brasov, Romania about 1 week ago and since then we’ve spent most of our time in Dubrovnik and Split, Croatia. We travelled from Brasov to Bucharest by train. The train trip was quite enjoyable and we passed through picturesque mountainous regions covered in freshly fallen snow, agricultural land where apiarists were camping out by their hives and after 3 hours or so we reached Bucharest. Gary and Oana met us at the station and from there we returned to “our” apartment before joining Oana’s family for lunch. Despite the fact that we were taking everyone out for dinner that night, Oana’s mum decided that we needed to be fed. Soup and/or sandwich you might think. Soup yes, followed by cheese pastries and then a roast chicken, roast potatoes and a salad. Dessert was probably ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split April 27th 2015

If you still haven't decide where to go for a holiday this year, we have a solution for you – sailing. It is not so complicated as you think; if you're not an experienced sailor, you can always hire a skipper and meet a new friend who will gladly share his knowledge with you. When sailing, you will experience simplicity of moving by wind and a carefree timeless vacation. You will connect even more with your family and friends while sailing. A boat has limited space so you will share the living space with your sailing team. The top reasons why to choose sailing over hotel are: 1. Every day a different place or island – you can set the sails every day for different place, cove, island. Depends on your wishes and goals, do you ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split April 26th 2015

The Cazmatrans express retraced the steps northbound up the coast. It was another glorious day. There was another slight delay on the Bosnian border. A car with Albanian plates was obviously of great interest to the border police, but a source of great frustration to all other traffic looking for a smooth passage. We followed the Albanian car into Neum. The bus driver expressed his displeasure at the cause of the delay, muttering his thoughts at the car in front. We bought a couple of bureks to snack on. We headed back into Split in the late afternoon. My original plan was that RNK Split would be playing at home on the Friday night, but alas their progress into the midweek cup semi-finals made it impossible that they would be the first evening game of the ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik April 25th 2015

“You cannot take photographs here. It is not possible”. The words of wisdom ushered forth from a security guard in Croatia’s most photographed city – Dubrovnik. We had stumbled on a film set of action scenes featuring the world’s richest actor. Brad Pitt? Harrison Ford? There was no sign of anybody remotely familiar. I asked what the fuss was all about. The film was a major Bollywood production - Fan. The richest movie star – Shah Rukh Kahn . Who? Exactly. A man with 12.7 million followers on Twitter. SRK to his friends. We have history with Bollywood, but that was restricted to an appearance at The Odeon, Georgetown, Penang, where in all honesty we were more of an attraction than the film for most of the audience. http://www.travelblog.org/Asia/Malaysia/Penang/George-Town/blog-127519.html ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Trogir April 20th 2015

20 April 2015 Monday. Another beautiful day without a cloud in the sky. Mike and I left Split for our first stop, Trogir, which was just a half hour north along the Dalmatian coastline. Trogir, one of many jewels along the Dalmatian coast...which town isn’t?...is situated on an island about 100 feet off the coast; easily connected to the mainland by a bridge. The Greeks were the first to settle here in the third century BC, naming the town Tragyrion, after the local goats. The Romans arrived in 48 BC. The town was under the protection of the Byzantine Empire during the Middle Ages, until the Saracens attacked in 1123 and burned it to the ground. The population eventually returned and rebuilt the town; and did a pretty good job because in 1997 the city achieved ... read more
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Cathedral of St. Lawrence in Trogir
Intricate stone carving over the entrance to the cathedral

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split April 19th 2015

Friday we had an absolutely magnificent buffet breakfast at our hotel in Biograd Na Moru. It was plentiful and nice to have some things we have not had since leaving home in March! Later in the morning we set off to walk around this quaint beach town. Since it is still before high season it was quite devoid of tourists. On our way we stopped to watch some men using shale-like rock to create a beautiful wall. They chiseled, cut, and filed the rocks to the perfect shape and then added it to the growing design. We continued through the small town, stopping to read about the damage done to Biograd during the war in 1995 by Serbian community members. It showed various points on a bronze plaque where devastation had occurred 20 years ago. There ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split April 19th 2015

19 April 2015 Sunday. The front that had caused the bad weather the previous day in Dubrovnik and Mostar had passed during the night, so Sunday lived up to its name with bright sunshine and blue skies. The days would remain sunny, not only for this day, but for the next five days, with rain returning for just a morning we were in Bled. We strolled from our apartment, which was on the edge of the old town, down to Split’s Riva, a promenade in front of Diocletian's Palace and the Adriatic Sea. I can't recall a more beautiful waterfront. Our first stop was the tourist information office where we were informed about a walking tour of Diocletian’s Palace starting at 10 am. This gave us time before hand to have a leisurely breakfast (an omelet ... read more
Bob having breakfast on Split's Riva
Golden Gate of Diocletian's Palace
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split April 19th 2015

It was a short walk down the road from the humble confines of RNK Split to wide open space around the Poljud. The broader appeal of Hajduk was immediately obvious. The roof structure curved over the stand like a giant wing. The two grounds were like chalk and cheese. Hajduk clearly moved in different circles from their neighbours and beyond the shipyards of Split. We stood and surveyed from the slightly elevated position on the main road adjacent to the ground. A series of crash barriers were already in place away to our left to keep the away fans at bay on the concourse. A series of ticket offices were scattered either side of the concourse, all of which looked firmly closed. The word ticket office was somewhat generous, as most looked like derelict shipping containers. ... read more
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