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  • Day24

    Day 24 - Zoom Lolly Lilo

    August 27, 2020 in Croatia ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    Slept well & neither of us could get out of bed until gone 8.00am.

    Jackie made me scrambled eggs on toast & coffee for breakfast, then we headed back to our beach not too much after nine.

    We plonked ourselves down in our usual spot & started huffing & puffing into our newly acquired lilo. We had a laugh at a couple who moved three times in about half an hour because people sat too close to them, then gave up & left the beach. In fact the wife did while the husband was still swimming.

    Unfortunately the joke was soon on us, when 4 ugly blokes & a girl sat too close directly behind us. They were oblivious to my Paddington hard stares & in the end we reluctantly relocated to the other end of the beach that was unusually quiet.

    In our new spot, Jackie launched Zoom Lolly Lilo & stayed on it for most of the day as the photos will testify. Lunch was half a bladder of white wine & some peanuts. We left the beach at 4.45pm as it was just starting to get busy again, inexplicably with Brits.

    That evening we dressed up & hit the town. After a beer in our favourite bar, we returned to Pizzeria Marco, where Jackie had a large bowl of mussels & whelks in white wine & a side of French fries. I had gnocchi ai quattro formaggi. It was a perfect evening.

    On the way home we stopped at a tiny little shop that sold only homemade wine in old recycled water bottles. We bought a bottle for tomorrow night.

    Song of the Day : Zoom by Fat Larry’s Band.
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    Angela Bambridge

    I’d say Fab but that’s the wrong lolly!!! xx

    8/28/20Reply
    Simon and Jackie Annals

    Very good x

    8/29/20Reply
    Ann Annals

    What is a Paddington stare do you mean the bear ?

    8/28/20Reply
    Simon and Jackie Annals

    Paddington hard stare. I don’t know.

    8/29/20Reply
     
  • Day21

    Day 21 - By The Ferry Skin of our Teeth

    August 24, 2020 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    We both woke up at 3.00am feeling really hot & clammy. We undid the sides of the tent & Jackie went back to sleep. I didn’t. Instead I watched the last few remaining episodes of The American Office & got up at 5.15am to research travel restrictions southbound.

    After breakfast, about 8.00am we sprang into action, packing up all our gear with the added bonus of thick cloud cover. It was a sweat-less, slick operation & by 9.30am we had showered, had everything in bags on the ground & having a final cup of coffee, before loading all our stuff strategically back into the car. We were just congratulating ourselves on a job well done & then it all went wrong!

    The heavens suddenly opened & the rain came lashing down. We ran around like headless chickens gathering up our stuff & lobbing into the car & boot. Inside the car it looked like a bomb had gone off.

    15 minutes later the rain had subsided & we did our best to repack the car & get away, because we had a ferries to catch. It was 10.20am as we pulled out of the campsite & an English camper van was pulling in. This was the 1st British vehicle we had seen in Croatia, but sadly we didn’t have time to stop & speak to them.

    We raced back to Supetar to catch the 10.45am ferry only to join a massive queue of traffic tailing back from the entrance to the port. Jackie got out & walked the 350 metres (a sign told us it was that far) to the ticket office.

    Twenty minutes later Jackie returned with our ferry tickets for Supetar to Split & a 2.30pm ferry ticket for Split to Stari Grad on the Island of Hvar. The ticket girl had told Jackie that they had been caught out by the number of cars turning up at the ferry port & they were having to mobilise an additional ferry.

    Eventually they started to load a ferry & we crawled down to the port. We were lined up in a holding area & told we must be ready in our cars at midday. Clearly some people didn’t know that an additional ferry was being laid on, because they were getting very agitated.

    We had time to kill, so we took a stroll around the attractive harbour at Supetar & bought a meat pasty. It wasn’t that nice. We returned to our car just before midday & saw that the original ferry was now packed to the gunnels & still more vehicles were being crammed in. Then like a mirage, a 2nd empty ferry appeared & we were directed to board it, just as the 1st was leaving.

    Our ferry departed at 12.30pm, barely a third full. We were feeling smug & confident that we would have plenty of time to catch our 2.30 ferry. Oh how we were wrong!

    50 minutes later we docked at Split & zoomed off the ferry into another line of traffic, where we waited & waited. There were at least 10 lines of traffic all merging/pushing their way ahead into our line of traffic that was the only way out of the port. It was chaotic & utterly ridiculous we were crawling along at 0.001 miles an hour. Worse still, we had no choice but to leave the port, then re-enter it on the one-way system.

    At 2.20pm, we had resigned ourselves to the fact that we had missed our ferry & saw that the next one wasn’t until 5.00pm. I started researching where we could visit in Split, when the traffic started moving a bit. At 2.25pm we were just leaving the port & so I forced our way onto an open road. I raced through the streets of Split, screeched back into the port, identified our ferry & raced the wrong way up a one-way road to the back of the ferry. The bemused ferryman checked our tickets & ushered us aboard.

    Before we had got out of our car the ferry doors were closing & we were setting sail. We were elated & shouting out ferry related puns. Sorry.

    The 1 hour 50 minute ferry journey passed through the narrow channel between the Islands of Brac & Solta, then Hvar came into view. The ferry took us down the deep inlet to the port of Stari Grad, our base for the next week. It was a civilised & speedy exit from the ferry.

    Less than a mile later we arrived at Adrienn Apartments, where Adrienn came out to meet us & showed us where to park. I mention it because she pointed to an Audi in the car park & advised us to park a long way from it. She said the Audi belonged to a woman from Paris who couldn’t drive & scared the living daylights out of her. I can’t wait to watch her parking manoeuvres!

    Adrienn was very nice & offered us advice on restaurants, beaches etc. Our balcony has a stunning view out across the inlet & the apartment is well equipped. We unpacked & headed out to the town centre.

    A 2 minute walk took us down to the ‘nice’ beach, which is not necessarily our ideal beach, more promenade to lie on than beach. It was then a pleasant 10 minute stroll along the seafront path to the town harbour. The harbour was chockablock with yachts, all teeming with annoying ‘yachtie’ types having post sailing drinks on deck.

    We found a square with several bars, chose one & had a couple of well earned beers. It was very relaxing & made even better with some good music (Billy Idol & Blondie) from the bar opposite.

    We then went for dinner at a fish restaurant, Kod Barba Luke recommended by Adrienn. It was quite posh. I ordered beef steak with chicory & Parmesan cheese & Jackie had lamb chops. They came with nothing else but French fries. Mine was delicious, but Jackie’s was boring & the fat hadn’t been rendered properly. She should have had fish. It wasn’t cheap & certainly not exceptional!

    After dinner, we popped to the supermarket for a box of wine & breakfast. We arrived back at the apartment shortly after 9.00pm & went straight to bed shattered.

    Observation - Good quality wine & beer is very cheap in Croatia, but annoyingly food, particularly meat is expensive in the restaurants. Only one thing for it!

    Song of the Day : One Way or Another by Blondie.
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    Angela Bambridge

    One chilli and rendering the fat on lamb, there’s no stopping you now Simon, there’s a chef in there somewhere!!! Apartment looks great and the view is fabulous! xx

    8/25/20Reply
    Simon and Jackie Annals

    Angela, I’ve always been keen on the theory, just not putting it into practice xx

    8/26/20Reply
    David Byng

    Split is lovely to visit but I got caught in thay traffic at the post as well and I want catching a ferry . We found meat and fish really cheap in Croatia, try some of the family run restaurants off the beaten track

    8/28/20Reply
    Simon and Jackie Annals

    Where did you go on the ferry?

    8/29/20Reply
     
  • Day196

    Apartment BBQ

    April 20 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Met back up with Sarah and Ant (first time in Croatia) only this time we rented an apartment together near Trogir, and had a barbecue. Very weird to have a sofa, bathrooms, dishwasher etc 😂 but was a really nice change, and cheaper than us paying for a campsite!Read more

    Lynn Ford

    That's brilliant x what's lovely change for you all xx

    4/22/21Reply

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  • Day16

    Day 16 - Breaking Rocks in the Hot Sun

    August 19, 2020 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Our very early night had consequences. Jackie woke up at midnight for a couple of hours & I woke up at 3.15am & never got back to sleep again.

    At 8.00am, I popped down the bakery for a meat pasty & a couple of baguettes to sample Cherry’s home made jam & butter. It nearly ended in disaster, because I forgot my mask, but the bakery ladies took pity on me & allowed me in.

    After breakfast we packed up & then took a short walk to the fort atop Skradin. It was a ruin, but afforded a nice view.

    We then returned to the car & set off for Split. I took a deliberate detour via Sibenik which I had got in my head was a pretty little town, but as we approached the outskirts it was getting very industrial, so we abandoned that idea.

    We then re-routed on the non toll country roads south towards Split. Our route took us inland then back out to the coast at Seget Donji, which gave us great views looking down on to the town of Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for it’s Venetian architecture.

    We couldn’t stop because we had a ferry to catch, so we raced along to Split, located it’s port & bought ourselves a ticket for the 12.30pm car ferry to the Island of Brac.

    After a 50 minute ferry journey we arrived at Supetar on Brac & then 10 minutes later we arrived at Boutique Camping Bunja, our home for the next 5 nights. We checked in at reception & were allocated our pitch. Our view is exceptional, looking out through pine trees to the Adriatic & the Croatian coastline to the south of Split.

    At Jackie’s insistence, we sought out the cafe for a cold beer & a plate of chips. We also checked out the favourable reviewed beach. Both were a disappointment, the cafe was too modern, we prefer rustic charm & the beach was smaller than we imagined, full of kids & next to a road.

    Slightly demoralised, we returned to our pitch & set about erecting our tent. It was now a slick operation, however I am already sick of trying to mallet tent pegs into rocks & stones. It didn’t help that it was windy & the tent was being blown about all over the place. Eventually we had it erected to a satisfactory standard.

    We had our chores complete, including getting our bedding laundered in the free washing machine, by just after 4.00pm, so we went down to the beach to give it a trial run. It was absolutely fine & we will spend the day on it tomorrow.

    At close to 7.00pm we left the beach & showered, then returned to the cafe for some of the advertised ‘mama’s’ cooking. It was a huge disappointment, again. It was 2 young lads cooking & serving. I had a minuscule portion of bland spaghetti bolognese & Jackie had fried chicken & chips & a sad garden salad. We won’t be eating an evening meal there again. Jackie could definitely do much better on a one ringed stove!

    After a wine back at our camp table & chairs we called it a night.

    Song of the Day : I Fought The Law by The Clash.
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    Angela Bambridge

    Home sweet home! 💕💕

    8/20/20Reply
    Simon and Jackie Annals

    What a view x

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  • Day17

    Day 17 - Adriatic Commie Chef

    August 20, 2020 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Woke up this morning loving our new campsite. We are too quick to judge. The view & ambiance are perfect.

    I got up at 6.00am to watch my Skinny Minnie neighbour don her cycling gear, carbo up, prepare her bike & cycle off. She is looks to be a pro or semi-pro cyclist.

    At 8.00am we went to the advertised camp shop. It was a table with just 3 loaves of bread, a tray of tomatoes & a couple of melons.

    This was not what we had in mind, so we drove 2 minutes down the road to Tommy’s Hipermarket, not a typo. What a fantastic supermarket. We got carried away & bought litres of wine, gallons of beer, a cooking pot & all the ingredients for a chilli on carne which included a kilo of minced beef. We also bought a meat pasty, proper milk & pretty much most of the store.

    After a sumptuous breakfast, we went down to our campsite beach. It was relatively quiet & a joy to sit on. We had pre-judged it, it was probably the best beach so far on this trip.

    We had a liquid lunch at the cafe, then returned to beach for a siesta. We both woke up around 4.00pm to discover we were now surrounded by mothers with hordes of screaming kids & not now the best beach.

    During lunch we discovered that Croatia was now subject of quarantine measures should we return to UK 🇬🇧 any time soon. I’m hoping this doesn’t effect our intended entry into Montenegro.

    In similar news “Germany has now designated two Croatian regions - Sibenik-Knin and Split-Dalmatia - as virus risk regions and warned against travel there. Arrivals in Germany from those areas will face mandatory tests for coronavirus.” Brilliant, that is where we have just come from & where we are now!

    At 5.30pm, we left the beach & began preparations of our chilli. I turned into Adriatic Commie Chef of the Year. WE created a chilli con carne of chopped onions, garlic & pepper & added half a kilo of minced beef, then added salt, pepper, water, chilli con carne powder, sugar, dried chilli flakes, bovril, tinned tomatoes & finally kidney beans. After stirring for nearly 2 hours, it was ready & tasted wonderful. Washed down with a loaf of bread & white wine.

    It was a superb evening, cooking on the Adriatic coast, but I’m sure it wouldn’t be quite the same in our kitchen in Cuckfield!

    During the evening, I managed to have a chat with my cycling neighbour & learnt that she cycled half of the perimeter of the island & met her family at the famous beach in Bol. She said it was busy, but would probably be even busier at the weekend.

    We will probably go tomorrow, Friday I think.

    Song of the Day : Can U Cook? by Seasick Steve.
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    Jonathan Annals

    Er...believe it’s ‘commis chef’! Nice chilli though!

    8/21/20Reply
    Simon and Jackie Annals

    Not in Croatian.

    8/21/20Reply
     
  • Day25

    Day 25 - Same Again

    August 28, 2020 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Went for an early morning run. Took a few harbour photos & stopped at the bakery to buy some bread for our lunch. I couldn’t decide, so I bought a baguette & a loaf.

    Just after 9.00am, we set off for Dubovica Beach & sat down at our new usual spot. We had saved our breath by inflating Zoom Lolly Lilo with the air bed pump & car cigarette lighter, before walking down the goat path.

    Not much else happened, Jackie splashed about on the lilo most of the day whilst I read. Lunch was the baguette filled with what turned out to be flavourless hard boiled eggs & tomatoes. And wine.

    We left beach gone 5.00pm & stopped at Tommy Hipermarket for fresh supplies. Back at the apartment, I found that I was able to watch the T20 cricket on the iPad, which was a right result until it was abandoned due to rain!

    Jackie made us sausage (Bratwurst), chips & salad for our tea, which we had with the homemade wine we bought the night before. We knew it would be good, because we had drunk it in Pizzeria Marco as their ‘domestic’ wine.

    With the cricket abandoned, we played another online quiz & had an early night.

    Song of the Day : Every Day Is Exactly The Same by Nine Inch Nails.
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    Ann Annals

    Could be Cockney Rhyming Slang Paddington Bear Stare !!

    8/29/20Reply
     
  • Day258

    Boys day out

    May 13, 2019 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Today the girls, Charlie, and Tony went out to the mall in Split so the boys had the day to themselves 😃. So we climbed the ridge behind our villa and took some good pictures too 📸 ! The climb was long, about 1h and 15 minutes. On the way up we shot sling shots and saw a very old electrical tower🗼. I liked the hike but it was very tiring, I got chocolate 🍫 at the end though so it was worth it.
    - Joshua Auer (Malcolm’s cousin)
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    Beautiful. Blake.😋🤓🥰🤓🙂😋🤓🥰😎😜😛😎😜😛🙃🙃🧐😘😋

    5/14/19Reply

    Da boys.

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  • Day20

    Day 19 & Day 20 - Splitska Beach

    August 23, 2020 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Day 19 - We Can Float

    This is going to be short & sweet.

    Woke up early, had Cheerios & tasteless melon for breakfast.

    Cycled to Splitska Beach, a couple of miles along the coast & stayed there all day. It is now our best beach so far on this trip. Splitska beach is a small pebbly beach at the end of an inlet. We arrived around 9.00am & bagged our spot for the day.

    The beach got busy, but not too busy, mainly with locals in the know, however an English family of six did manage to disturb us for a couple of hours.

    The beach has a lovely little bar, where we took refuge for an hour, then we went swimming. The inlet is closed to boats to allow unimpeded swimming. What we discovered was the the water was so salty that we floated on top of the water without even trying. We this new revelation, we swam for a couple of hundred metres to virtually the opening of the inlet. It felt so liberating. We now can see why Croatians seem to get into the sea at every opportunity.

    At 5.00pm, we reluctantly left the beach & returned to our now virtually ghost town campsite. Our cycling neighbours & most other campers had departed.

    We transferred to our car & drove to Tommy Hipermarket for chicken & bread predominantly. We are trying to source gas canisters for our stove, but without success. My brother Jonathan (Millets) did not take into account the length of our culinary exploits when he supplied us with gas.

    Gas less, we returned to the campsite & Jackie made a super fast spaghetti bolagnese sauce with the remainder of our dwindling gas supplies, whilst I sat impotent on the sidelines substituted.

    I had half the spag bol & salad whilst Jackie picked meat from a whole roasted chicken from the rotisserie.

    With a lack of neighbours, Jackie completed our washing & we decorated the trees with our clean clothes.

    Song of the Day - We Float by PJ Harvey

    Day 20 - And Repeat........

    The morning was a repeat of the previous day, but we swam even further out into the inlet entrance. It was over an hour later when we had our feet back on terra firma. We had swum & floated in acres of space.

    I even took my camera out into the inlet for some ‘action’ shots!

    During lunch we booked an apartment on Hvar for the next leg of our journey.

    We sunbathed all afternoon, then returned to the empty campsite. After showers, Jackie washed every last piece of dirty clothing that we had.

    Dinner was the remainder of last nights meal.

    Song of the Day : Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space by Spiritualized.
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  • Day22

    Day 22 - The Perfect Beach.......Nearly!

    August 25, 2020 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    The best night sleep of the trip so far. We enjoyed the benefits of air conditioning. I got up at 7.00am & Jackie an hour later. The view from the balcony was glorious.

    We had a leisurely start to the day with 4 cups of coffee & piles of toast with Rose Hip jam. Way up the road we can see 3 different coloured bins that people diligently sort their recycling into, which is admirable. Later during the morning we saw the dustbin men come along & empty all 3 bins into the same truck. What a waste of time!

    It was nearly 10.00am, when we drove the 6 miles to the parking area above Dubovica Beach. We were planning to cycle it in future, but it was a tortuous climb up to a narrow tunnel through the mountains that was over a mile long, which scuppered that idea. It was too dangerous to justify the exercise.

    After parking the car free of charge, we walked down the stony steep goat path to the beach. And what a beach. It is a pebbly beach in a gem of a cove with a crystal clear sea. Behind the beach were several picturesque ancient buildings including the small church of St. Stephen from the 17th century.

    We found our spot next to an old fishing boat & agreed that it was perfect. Apparently it gets extremely busy in the summer, but thanks to Covid it remained relatively quiet & virtually kid free.

    At lunch we found it’s one minor downside. The beach bar had run out of beer, so we chose a glass of white wine each, followed by a gin & tonic, unsurprisingly all at premium prices. Tomorrow we will be bring our own in a cooler bag.

    At 5.00pm, we trekked back up the goat path to our car, already knowing that we will be spending every day of the coming week on this beach.

    It seems not everyone was so enamoured with the beach. Below is a TripAdvisor post from Vaughan in Canada which made me laugh:-

    “This is NOT a beach worth visiting
    It must be bots posting favourable reviews. The hike to the beach is very long, on a narrow, rocky path. Remember to wear hiking shoes- flip flops just won’t do. Good luck to you when trying to pass some poor sod trekking his way back, wondering how the heck he got suckered into visiting this place. Best of luck to you if you forget anything in your car and you have to head back up to fetch it - such as your insect repellent, which you will be crying for if you do. The hike back to the main road is worse - especially after spending a day on this very small, very rocky beach, carrying all your beach supplies. Save yourself the trouble and skip this joke of a beach”.

    On the way home we stopped at Tommy’s Hipermarket & bought 2 steaks that weighed just under a kilogram for about £7. How do the restaurants justify their exorbitant prices? We also bought salad, dressings, eggs, milk, 3 litres of beer, 3 litres of wine & I picked up shower gel & a bath mat! Total price for everything £30. Perfect.

    Back at our apartment, we had a couple of beers & a shower before heading into town. We stopped in the bar opposite last nights & took in the ambience. The harbour had the perfect vibe.

    We then sought out Pizzeria Marco down a back street that had also been recommended by Adrienn. Again, it was that P word again. It was laidback unlike the bow tie wearing waiter service at Kod Barba Luke. We shared a litre of ‘domestic’ white wine & a pepperoni & chilli pizza, which we smothered in chilli oil. I fear it could have repercussions in the morning!

    Our best day of the trip by far.

    Song of the Day : Perfect Day by Lou Reed.
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  • Day23

    Day 23 - Steak Night

    August 26, 2020 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    After a coffee & watch the Parisian lady drive off without hitting our car, I went for a half hour run around Stari Grad waterfront. I was kicking myself that I didn’t take my camera because the harbour looked so beautiful. It was also incredible to see so many old people having an early morning swim along the shoreline.

    Upon my return, I showered then Jackie made us a gorgeous croque monsieur each. We then packed up our beach kit, now including a cooler bag with half a bladder of white wine. We were just about to leave, when last nights fear of repercussions came violently true!

    10 minutes later than scheduled, we drove to Dubovica Beach car park & walked down the goat path to our idyllic spot. My stomach was still gurgling, so I checked out the toilet at the bar, only to discover that they wanted payment of 5 kuna (about 65 pence) for the privilege. Bloody cheek.

    We sat in the sun the whole day & had our lunch of cool white wine & bacon crisps. We did play bat and ball - embarrassingly badly. Sometime after 5.00pm, we headed home.

    Arriving back at our apartment, Jackie was feeling ‘exhausted’ so went for a lie down, whilst I walked down to the harbour to buy a lilo. I found a lilo at what I thought was a bargain price & bought it along with another box of wine & a tomato.

    Walking back I was feeling all pleased with myself, until I realised that the lilo had cost 6 times more than I had originally thought. Idiot.

    Jackie later fried our massive steaks & served them up with Dijon mustard, a balsamic & olive oil dressing and salad. The meat was very tasty, but a bit on the chewy side. Apparently Jackie couldn’t get the electric ring hot enough to flash fry them!

    The evening was completed with an old online quiz hosted by the very annoying Jay.

    Song of the Day - Waterfront by Simple Minds.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Splitsko-Dalmatinska Županija, Splitsko-Dalmatinska Zupanija, Split-Dalmatia, Split-Dalmatie, Spalatino-Dalmata, 스플리트달마티아 주, Split-Dalmatien