• Day140

    Dalmacija Resort, Zaostrog

    November 13, 2016 in Croatia ⋅ 🌙 9 °C

    Wow, last night was windy! Despite being protected by a large hill we were buffeted with force.

    On our way to Ploče to check out the ferry crossing to the Pelješac peninsula we kept a close eye out for campsites. We needed toilet and water services by now and couldn't depend on a ferry crossing to the stopover we knew about on the peninsula. It was 8th time lucky (including yesterday's attempts) so you can imagine how happy we were to find Dalmacija Resort open! After arranging to stay the night we continued on to Ploče to buy ferry tickets.

    On the way back we stopped for lunch at a layby overlooking a beautiful set of inland lakes. The air was still with only the gentlest of breezes in places. Reflections of autumnal trees and hills in the water made the view appear like something conjured up in the imagination and brought to life in a painting.

    Returning to Dalmacija Resort, a mixed site of van pitches, log cabins and apartments, Robert the site manager hailed us with his little dog/fox cross, Buba. He'd had friends over and cooked chicken on the outdoor wood stove, far too much for them to finish so would we like to join him? We couldn't say no! He fed us chicken, bread and wine and we got to know one another and his watchful ginger tom cat. He told us that last night's wind had been 160kmph (no wonder it rocked the van!). It is familiar to the locals who know it as the 'Bura'.

    The site had wifi so after watching a glorious sunset we spent the evening catching up with family including a video call to Will's son and daughter in law and our beautiful grandaughter! We were also able to Skype Vicky's brother Ali, who was celebrating his birthday at Dad and Sarah's. It means a lot to us to be able to keep in contact with family and friends back home, something that Germany's restrictive connection regulations made difficult.

    The following day was very relaxing. Poppy met Buba and the young black lurcher that belonged to one of Robert's friends. Vicky took advantage of the washing machine before we were invited to share a drink of cherry brandy and schnapps with Robert and another friend. A peaceful canoe paddle took us a little way down the coast before Will had a dip in the sea and we had nice hot showers courtesy of the resort.

    As we were turning in for the evening, Robert came over with a bag containing approximately 7kg of freshly picked clementines for us. His friend with the black lurcher had a couple of trees and more fruit than he knew what to do with. Still, it was very nice of them to think of us!
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