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    • Day 13

      Hvar to the island of Brac

      May 8 in Croatia ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      We set sail at 0700 and landed on the island of Brac around 0845. We began our first and only ride for the day at 0915 from the port of Milna and ending at the port of Postira.
      However, along the way we all stopped at a family olive grove where they have processed olive oil for 3 generations. It is still producing olive oil, however, they have a museum and serve delicious bread, olive oil and jams.
      Back to the boat for lunch and then Carla, Antonio (a couple of doctors from Brazil), Sue, Duncan and us took ourselves off for a ride to a village called 'Dol'. It was a short uphill ride. We explored the old village and then went to an Inn that served a famous torte called Hrapocusa. This cake originates from the village of Dol. It was delicious - like nothing we have ever eaten.
      Back to the boat and then off for a swim at a beach near where the boat was moored.
      Dinner was a 4 course 'Captains Meal'.
      The Captain was the guest of honour. A presentation was made to one of our guides, Marko who is getting married this weekend and expecting a baby in 8 weeks.
      Another magnificent day in beautiful surroundings with great company. Doesn't get any better than this.
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    • Day 59 - Brac Island, Croatia

      September 6, 2023 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Today the boat sailed to the port of Milna for our next days adventure of riding, thankfully only one ride lined up.
      We had breakfast on the boat and were in the port of Milna by 9am ready to set off.

      Once the bikes were offloaded the boat left the port and we headed off through the town and for our next hill climb of 3.5km, again Katie was off and I was left grinding with a major head wind. I was thankful and that the small portion of the road turned and we had a tail wind!
      There was a nice down hill then we stopped at the village of Bobovisca which has a grand bell tower that the villagers got a famous sculpture to create, this was destined to be in Venice but the Village paid off the bell tower for the next 30years to have the best bell tower in the area! This area is also famous for it’s limestone, this limestone was actually used for The White House in Washington & the UN building in New York. This Limestone also gets used in multiple other places over the world too.

      After this beautiful view there was a beautiful 10km uphill grind, Katie had her bike in eco mode and the wrong gear so with delight I watched her pedal her heart out while I was yelling to change gear… She shot off eventually!

      With uphill comes an amazing downhill! To say I wasn’t watching my speed was an understatement. 58km per hour was the fastest speed on the downhill straight as I was chasing a Brazilian lady that shot off ahead of the pack!

      We met the boat in Postira and had lunch on the boat. After lunch we walked around to the beach called Zastivonje for a swim and a relax.

      Once we freshened up we went for a drink at a hidden bar in the trees on the rocks near the sea call Incognito, We had an Aperol Spritz and the house wine.

      For dinner we kept it simple and went to a local burger bar that we later found out the whole crew of the boat was at so must be a good place!
      We had ice cream to end the night and a little walk around the port.
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    • Day 20

      Split to Brac

      December 14, 2023 in Croatia ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      This morning we said goodbye to Hannah after a week of hanging out in Split. She is heading to Zagreb for a few days before going back to Germany.

      We packed up our three little stone apartments and drove down to the ferry to come across to the island of Brac. It was all very smooth even though you can't do a reservation for vehicles. Whilst we do appreciate all the safety aspects Australian regulations offer, it always amazes us how "rule abiding" we are in comparison. In Australia we would have had announcementa on the car ferry about not remaining in your vehicle, not returning to your vehicle until there was an announcement etc. Still, without these it was the quickest and most orderly ferry process I've ever seen! Apparently you don't die if you stay in your car on the big ferry when it is moving across water 😱.

      Fifteen minutes after the ferry landed we were at our new house right next to the water.

      Last night I was texting with the Airbnb owner. She said she is at a loss on what to tell us to do because in the four years she has had here Airbnb we are the first guests to ever stay in winter, and pretty much everything on the island is closed down. Pretty funny.

      Craig and I did a walk into our little town Postira. She was right, most things are shut. A local came down to start fishing on the jetty we were standing on and started to chat to us. He owns a restaurant on the island and works 7 days a week for seven months straight during high season, and for the remaining five months tends to his olives and wine venture and has a holiday (off to Vienna and Dublin he said). But this arvo, he was squid fishing off the jetty.

      We made rice paper rolls for dinner and Glen and I started a 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle. Luckily we are here for 8 days because it is H.A.R.D.

      ATAR results are released at midnight our time. Finn just went to bed at 10.40pm even though we threatened to come and wake him up.
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    • Day 22


      December 16, 2023 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

      We survived the night but various members of the household found it difficult to sleep next to a noisy sea.

      Craig, Kate and I walked a 6km round trip to the next village of Splitska this morning. It was so windy at times I felt like my legs were being pushed along. When we got to Splitska we stopped for a coffee. Although today we may have preferred sitting inside, all the locals were inside and smoking, so we demonstrated our crazy tourist nature and sat outside in the sun (and wind) with beautiful bay views. The owner obviously thought we were a little bit nuts.

      To be fair, walking in these conditions would have looked like the residents of the local asylum were let out for an excursion for the day. Still, we did reach 10,000 steps today 😄

      The rest of the day was spent doing the impossible jigsaw puzzle in the warmth.
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    • Day 25

      Lazy day

      December 19, 2023 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      A lazy day of doing not much at home, other than the impossible puzzle and lots of Christmas movies. Pretty sure we've exhausted the entire Netflix range of Christmas movies now!

      Craig and Jeff did some fishing. Craig grilled some fish in the BBQ for lunch. Those sentences are totally unrelated. 🙂

      Craig went for a walk to get his 10,000 steps and came across a crop of myrtle berries.

      Hot tip if you get a chance, try Milka Choco and Biscuit Chocolate bar!
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