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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik July 7th 2021

Unless you are a dedicated cyclist like me, you probably have never considered a cycling trip, or better yet, a cycling cruise. Perhaps you might want to reconsider this option, particularly since electric bicycles are now an option. But stop and think about all of the fun "off bike" that you might have. First, and foremost is the social aspect of joining a group that is both fun and interesting. There is plenty of time to socialize, at happy hours, meal times, cycling breaks, and on board activities. And time to meet locals as well. Second, the food is a big attraction, both on board, and on shore. Meal times tend to be the highlight of the day. The stories tend to get exaggerated, and with the help of some adult beverages, louder and more interesting. ... read more
Sail Croatia is the best!!!

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik March 17th 2021 Dubrovnik walk along the Wall Southside Dubrovnik's walls measure 2km around but the thickness varies according to where the builders perceived threats. On the landward side, the walls are four to six metres thick but on the seaward side only 1 1/2 to three metres. The height also varies according to the configuration of the terrain; in some places it reaches 25m This was the second part of the walk that I had taken virtually a couple of weeks back. The first 300 metres protect the seaward side, a slight rise takes you to the highest point of the south walls where the very oldest settlement once was and we saw the highest house of the town where an elderly couple still live. Then the walk descends to Fort Bokar which was begun in the ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik March 3rd 2021 2nd March - Dubrovnik Old Town Wall Walk Despite more than its fair share of attacks over the years, the walls protected Dubrovnik for centuries without ever being breached, but one thing that has left its mark on them is a more recent conflict – the Balkan Wars. The city was subject to major bombing during the 1990s, though it’s hard to spot it now. The walls are the main reason why Dubrovnik is well known as the Pearl of the Adriatic. The whole of the old city is encircled by 1.2 miles of thick stone,25 metres high and six metres wide in places and has been protecting the city for centuries – whether that’s from invaders or earthquakes. The first city walls were built in the 11th century but the shape today dates back ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik February 26th 2021

Staying safe, social distancing, wearing a mask, and acutely aware of my surroundings has led to unquestioned boredom for the last 11 months. We have tried to be as diligent as possible, avoiding group functions, dining in restaurants, shopping for food only when necessary.Just having received my second Covid vaccine does not mean everything is automatically better. But I think we are headed slowly in the right direction. Could that direction be Scottsdale in March, Washington, DC in April, and Europe in May? Maybe.In the meantime, I have broken up my "Ground Hog Day" routine by working two weeks on the local University campus. But there are very few patients here, even fewer people on campus as well. But my daily lunch time walks are quite enjoyable. There is somethin ... read more
This is your pilot speaking!
Great advice!

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Zadar February 26th 2021 26th February - From Ancient Zadar to the Newest Installation From the 15th century, internal fights within the Croatian-Hungarian state resulted in its loss of influence in Dalmatia, and Zadar, together with much of the surrounding mainland and islands, were sold to Venice but Zadar remained the capital of Dalmatia under Venice. In the 16th century, Turkey invaded inland Dalmatia, Zadar retreated and became the largest city-fortress in the Venetian Republic but Plague ravaged the city. In 1699, a peace was concluded with the Turks signalling the end of war. A century later, Napoleon's armies defeated Venice, and Zadar and Dalmatia were peacefully attached to the Hapsburg Empire, only to be handed back to the French in 1805. Under the French, Zadar enjoyed eight years of social reform until the Austrians took the... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Vodice October 22nd 2020

Vodice for us was not just any town along the coast. It is the home town of our good friends Ana and Tomislav and their families. We stayed there on and off between August 23 and October 24, experiencing it as a bustling tourist town and as a small local coastal town, where its citizens live as a tightly knitted community through the off season months. Vodice has during peak season more than 40'000 inhabitants. Once the locals are among themselves you will find hardy 10'000 inhabitants. In summer all sorts of tourist activities are on the agenda. Off season, fishing, everything around boats, olive oil and wine making and similar stuff take priority. We have seen many different things in the two months in Vodice and its surroundings, experienced the heat of the summer as ... read more
1. About Vodice
1. About Vodice
2. Neighbor Tribunj

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Starigrad October 18th 2020

The mountain range of Velebit we have described a bit in an earlier blog as we travelled from Vodice to Zagreb. Now it was time to stop there and do some hiking. Hiking in summer can be tough, as it is excruciatingly hot (temperatures can reach 30C). Hiking there in October is tough as it can be very cold. In winter temperatures drop to -20C. What is always expecting the hiker is the total unpredictability of weather, a fast changing weather situation, with high winds and sudden dense fog, but also its intimidating beauty. The mountain range stretches about 150km from North-West to South-East following the Adriatic coast. It is a weather divide, separating Croatia into a Mediterranean climate zone on its western side and a Continental zone on the eastern side. It is also a ... read more
Velebit Eastern side
Nenad loves to drive
up there you go Nui !!!

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Sibenik October 14th 2020

Only 15 km from Vodice lies the town of Sibenik. A regional commercial center today the city has a 900 yrs old history. Best travel to Sibenik from Vodice with the Jadrolinija ship, a small passenger boat (unlike its big brother ferryboats we used to go to Brac). It takes a while (about 90 minutes), as Jadrolinija stops on the islands of Prvic and Zlarin connecting these islands with the mainland. Unlike other cities along the Adriatic coast, which were established by Greeks, Illyrians and Romans, Sibenik was founded by Croats. It was mentioned for the first time under its present name in 1066 and for a period of time, it was a seat of this Croatian King Kresimir. For that reason, Sibenik is also called "Krešimirov grad" (Krešimir's city). Between the 11th and 12th centuries, ... read more
its getting cold
really cold
entering Sibenik Canal

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Brac September 10th 2020

The island of Brac is located 15 km (representing a 50 minute ferry ride) off the coast of Split in the Adtiatic sea. To get there we had to board a Jadrolinija ferry and did this with our car. Nenad has been to Brac quite a few times with a yacht when sailing the archipelago of islands, but always stayed only in the marina of the town of Milna for an overnight stay. So he was looking forward visiting this time the island Brac, a place famous for beaches, mountain views and its marble stone quarries, besides historic sites and good restaurants of course. It's best known for the white-pebble beach Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape), a favored wind and kite surfing site outside the resort town of Bol. Our ferry cut across the calm waters of ... read more
on the ferry
Seagull or Galeb
Brac Supetar

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split September 7th 2020

101 km South of Vodice following the Jadranska Magistrala (Route no 8) lies Split, the second largest city of Croatia and by far the biggest and most important city in Dalmatia, despite only having 160'000 inhabitants. Since the end of the war Croatia experienced a massive shift and decline of its 4.1 million population. Migration from the impoverished countryside along the Serb and Bosnian borders to Zagreb and migration of the younger population to other EU countries, made the population shrink by more than 300'000. Split is known for its proud and laid back people, fashion conscious ladies, its rich history, music, art, its promenades and a million and one cafes and restaurants, and of course for Hajduk Split, its local football club. Ahhh not to forget Goran Ivnisevic, the only Wimbledon champion Croatia has (so ... read more
Old city of Split
Riva during mid-day
Our room with a view

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