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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik August 9th 2014

I arrived in Dubrovnik on a long bus ride from Split. I'd had to ask someone to move out of my seat (they have assigned seating on the long buses here!) as I'd booked a window seat for the journey along the beautiful coast. The strangest thing about the bus ride was going through Bosnia/Hercegovina before returning to Croatia a half hour later, and all they did for passport control was look to see that you had one. No stamp, no questions. They didn't even check that on the entry back into Croatia. Once I'd checked in, and sat for a few moments, I headed to the old town with one of my roommates, Tomoko, from Japan. She and I went to the tourist office, and then split up as I wanted food, and she was ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Rogoznica August 8th 2014

Today began with a cup of coffee and then 7 of us headed up the coast to Sibenik. As we got to the city that was home to a young Dražen Petrović, we headed inland towards the medieval fortress town of Knin. Dad, Mike, Tom, Tomi, Mariah, Kailee and I traveled through a part of Croatia we had never been to before. With the looks of many of the buildings along the way, the war does not seem to be 20 years in the past. Mike also spotted the usual sign that warned of travel off of the road due to the possibility of land mines left behind. When we arrived in Knin, we climbed the hill in the van to the parking spot at the base of the fortress. We visited the gift shop, (which ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split August 7th 2014

On Wednesday, I got up hours before the crack of dawn to get ready for my 6am flight to Split, Croatia. I made sure I was downstairs early, awaiting the cab that the hotel had organized for my departure. 20 min. later, I was tired of waiting, and getting anxious. I wasn't sure what to do, as I had decided to wait outside the small hotel, and the door behind me had locked. I figured if the cab didn't arrive in the next 10 min., that I would walk to the nearby gas station and hail one. Finally, the cab arrived and I made it to the airport with no further delay. I checked in without a hitch, and was surprised that no one checked my passport at the bag drop off, or at security (where ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Rogoznica August 7th 2014

We left Hvar yesterday morning and made it on the ferry we were hoping to get on. We left the Stari Grad terminal for our two hour journey to Split. Upon arriving in Split, we made a quick stop at the Joker Mall and ate at McDonalds. I felt sorry for the people in line behind us. I don't think they were too happy to wait for a 14-person order! After eating, we hit up the Hervis sporting goods store and just about bought one of everything "Croatian" in the store. We then made our 1 hour long journey to the small town of Rogoznica. We are staying in a year old facility as it opened one year ago this month. Having a supermarket, a pool, and it's own private beach can hardly be beat. The ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Trogir August 7th 2014

What did I know about Croatia, the country, the landscape, the people before we went there? - Not much, probably a very little bit about history but still not much. Probably a bit about the landscape: A friend showed his photos to us, he has travelled to Croatia several times. And the people? Time to explore some more, even if time is limited. It was quite interesting to meet three types of people, the young shuttle bus driver (who was looking for a job), the middle-aged landlord (who converted to Christianity, because he was dissappointed of and not ammused by the communist government in the past) and the old man (who was a Titu supporter). Three views on Croatia now and then, which gave us a very small insight into the Croatian soul... Our holiday home ... read more
One of the very beautiful (but rare) pebble beaches
Snorkeling
Ciovo's coastline from the airplane

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Hvar August 5th 2014

Today was our last full day in Hvar. I really like this town. Everything is quite compact here - even more so than Dubrovnik - it seems. There are always pepoke that seem to be on their way someplace. To begin the day, everyone but Carrie and Dad made the hike up the hillside above Hvar. We went early enough to avoid most the heat of the early day sun. The views from the 13 century fort (that's when construction started) were incredible. It reminded me of the scenes that were shot here from the one season TV series MISSING. It was also the location of a small museum that had amphora from 3 different shipwrecks from Antiquity. One of the ships was originally from Asia Minor, another from Italy and the third was from Spain. ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Hvar August 4th 2014

Since we were on the road for most of yesterday, I'm playing a little "catch-up" today. Mike and I picked up the two vans at Čilipi yesterday at 10 am. After a very efficient pick-up in the Old Town, we were on our way to Bosnia. Our first stop was at Medugorje. it was more crowded than I had ever seen. We had time to wait for about an hour for the Statue of the Risen Christ then we had to head to catch the ferry to Hvar. We were about 5 cars from being on the ferry that departed right after we got there. Due to the fact we hadn't eaten, we made our way to a pizza place in Drvenik. We got our pizza as the ferry showed up from the open sea. Mike ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik August 2nd 2014

Today was our last day in the city if Dubrovnik. The day started with dad visiting with Tom's Tripadvisor friend Carol. After breakfast, we were off to our 2nd day at Banje. The weather was really nice. It was the hottest day of the trip so far. Aside from all of the swimming and jumping into the water, 5 of the grand kids went parasailing. Abbey teamed up with Adam, Tomi and Kailee went together, amd Mariah went solo to finish up the group. Our trip seemed a little worrisome as the workers on the boat struggled to get the chute prepared for about 15 minutes. Fortunately, they finally got things set and Abbey and Ayden were off! After a bit more swimming, we headed back to the apartment where 9 (Mike, Dayla, Kailee, Kyle, Tom, ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik August 1st 2014

Today was one filled with fitness tests from the beginning. The group of 10 left Dad, Carrie, Dayla and Kathy behind and started the trek up Mt. Srd. From our apartment door, it was 3.14 miles to the door of the observation center on top of the mountain. The kids got a workout running for a good part of the way and Ayden (yes....AYDEN!!) earned the name INSANE BOLT for all of the running he was doing. I think he wanted to prove all the doubters wrong that he was not going to make the journey. After passing the stations of the cross at each switchback, we finally made it 1:27:10 later. Due to our breakfast reservations at 10, we "reluctantly" took the cable car back down the mountain. After eating breakfast, it was time to ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik July 31st 2014

Although we were promised another miserable weather day by our driver to our apartment, today ended up being a great weather day from the start. It began with Abbey and I making the 484 stair trek up to the Adriatic highway to find the entry point to the path up Mt. Srd. From there we made it back to the Old Town and checked out Gundelič Square and made our way up to Buža 2. We were actually looking for a basketball court we have seen from the walls on past trips, but we were not successful. Our journey ended up being our morning workout today regardless. Upon returning to our apartment, it was off to the Dubravka for breakfast. The area around the Pile Gate was quite busy shortly after 10 am. Following breakfast, we ... read more
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