On the way back north we decided that since Jared had been ill for a day and we had not been able to check out Lapad we would go and spend another night in Dubrovnik and stay in Lapad. Lapad is at the other end of the peninsula from the old town. It is where most of the accomodation is and has its own beach and resturant scene.
After a nice meal and a swim at Lapad beach, the next day we headed back up the coast to Split for 1 more night. As most of you are aware we have a Sat Nav and it has been a great help in finding our way around Europe, however on this occasion it was not that helpful. We programmed in our hotel address, set off, we arrived in split ok and so thought that it knew exactly where we were going. The only problem was it didn't know the streets as well as we had hoped and decided to take us down some of the narrowest streets you have ever seen, just wide enough for two cars. This is not the problem though, the problem is that the locals also park
on both sides of the road, and as it was a Sunday the streets were full both sides. Anyway, who are we to argue with a sat nav, we headed down this street about 500 metres, only to find that it was a dead end, the street the Sat Nav wanted us to turn down was a pedestrian only street. We pulled over into a gap on the side of the road and tried to work out how the hell we were going to get out of this mess as there was no possiblity of turning around. One local on a bike came past laughing and shaking his head, however another local saw the mess we were in and came out asking if we were ok and did we need help reversing out of the street. Jared in broken english manged to work out that we were able to park there, however the local instructed him if he was going to park there he needed to do a better job of parking than what he had achieved. So after about a 25 point Austin Powers-esque parallel park he put it right up against the wall (Oh yes I forgot to
add that the streets don't have foot paths on each side just concrete walls, so there is no room for error) he climbed out the passenger door and we set off to find our hotel.
This time we stayed right in the heart of Split, so we could check out the Roman remains, which are impressive. Split is very underrated as it is used mainly as the stop off point for tourists who are loking to catch the ferries out to the islands. We however really enjoyed our day here and are glad we made the effort.
The following morning we headed up to the Krka national park, which an aussie girl we had meet up with said was very cool. It is very simliar to Plitvitce in that is a collection of waterfalls, however this time it is set in a massive gorge. You are also allowed to swim in this park right next to the waterfalls which was nice. After mucking around the park for about 4 hours we headed to Zadar again. This time we decided to get a room and had no issues. As we had arrived in the dark last time we went
for a walk along the beach and had dinner on the water front by another sunset. God we are romantic!
After a better nights sleep than last time we headed off on probably the longest drive of the trip so far, up the coast to Pula, which is set on the Istrian peninsula. It is very popular with the Italians as it is only about 1 hour from the border. Again we arrived without accommodation (you think we would learn) and ran into some problems trying to find something. However, after being shown a room in some grandads house we had a great bit of luck when Anna managed to find us an apartment for dirt cheap. We spent the next day looking around a huge forum and then headed for the beach for a swim, as this was almost the end of the beach life for this trip.
Croatia is tops and well worth the trip if you get the chance, it has great beaches, people and is still reasonably cheap.
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