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Visoke Širine

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  • Day37

    One observation during our drive through Lika-Senj County and other areas around Plitvice Lakes was the number of empty and deserted houses. We drove past little villages or clusters of 10 or so houses where the windows and doors had been removed and no one home. Not sure of the reason but maybe related to the war during the early 90’s.
    The highway to Split was excellent although it was a toll road. The speed limit was 130kmh but even driving at 140kmh relegated me to the slow lane with cars zooming past me. The highways have some extremely long tunnels one we travelled through, “Mala Kapela Tunnel” being almost 6km long. They are an amazing feat of engineering as MDW said. Although the tolls add up, the time saving is worth it.
    Our hotel in Split is 300 metres from the Old Town and provides parking. The hotel had sent us an email with a link the the parking area which we allowed Google Maps to take us to. It was supposedly on 20 meters from the hotel. We parked in the space the farthest from other vehicles and probable an 3xtra 20 meters from the hotel. We started to walk towards the destination as directed by Google Maps dragging our luggage behind us. 20 metres, I don’t think so, more like 200 metres. When we were at our destination it took MDW’s sharp eyes to find the entrance. Someone grabbed one our bags and motioned us inside. We checked in and I asked if we had parked correctly and what was the payment procedure for the paid parking showing the hotel manager our parking receipt. “Wrong car park” he said, “just park behind the wall, 10 metres away”. I was going to tell him the link was wrong but we went back to the car and moved it to the correct car park. As we got out I passed MDW the phone and parking receipt that would need to be verified by the hotel. When we got to the hotel I asked MDW for the parking receipt. “What receipt “ she said. In her hand was a scrunched up piece of paper. Between us we flattened it out and although the ink was a bit smudged it looked useable.
    We spent almost all our time sitting in cafes near the water. The beauty of doing that was if you passed wind no one would know because of the smell of sulphur which varies in pungency during the day. Not that MDW would do such a thing. There were a lot of market stalls which were all operated by Croatians. We even came across the famous? fish markets which overpowered the sulphur smell. We also found a lovely restaurant where MDW had half of a huge pork schnitzel and I had a tuna steak, medium rare, which was delicious.
    The old town is right on the promenade and very interesting. Most of it is free to visitors with the underground or cellars of the Diocletian's Palace an exception. There were some clever builders over a century ago with stone roofs still surviving.
    Split is a great place to sit and enjoy the views.
    We needed to book one night at a town between Split and Dubrovnik, preferably on the coast. We ended up at Brela about 90 minutes south of Split. We got there way too early for our room so drove on to Makarska for a drink. Parking was scarce but we found a space on the footpath, along with other cars. We had a drink in the square where we saw more buildings with bullet holes. Off to our hotel, we checked in and the room was lovely but the air conditioning did not work. MDW told me it’s not working but I swear I could feel a trickle of cool air coming through the vents. After a couple of hours in the sauna and me finally admitting MDW was right (why do I ever question or doubt her) I contacted reception who sent a maintenance man down who fiddled for a while then disappeared without saying a word. On the phone to reception again where it was suggested I turn it off then on again. Did that, no good, on the phone to reception. Reception lady comes to the room, presses some buttons, turns aircon off then on. Still no go so we are offered another room. Although the hotel has lifts, we are in the annex which only has stairs, lots of. From our original room it was 2 flights up, 200 metres along a corridor, up 1 flight then down 3 flights. Luckily they sent a young man to carry our luggage as we were starting to struggle carrying ourselves. By now it was 7pm and we had seen nothing but 4 walls. Fortunately our accommodation included half board which is dinner and breakfast. Dinner was a Buffett with plenty of options to satisfy us both. Not only good food but a trio singing a Croatian and contemporary music which made for a wonderful atmosphere to accompany the wonderful meal. The dinning area was full with German tourists as there were at least two bus loads staying at the hotel.
    MDW asked when did we have to have the car back and I said I think the day after we get to Dubrovnik but I’ll check. Of course I was wrong, had to get it back tomorrow morning which meant early breakfast to allow for the two and a half hour trip plus potential google map direction errors. We were quickly on the highway where at times the speed limit was 130kmh and other times 50kmh. We seemed to be following the edge of the Adriatic Sea which provided some incredible views along with the Dinaric alps providing a menacing but impressive backdrop. We were instructed to keep left when we came to the start of a new toll way which wasn’t operational. Panic! Let’s turn right. Dead end. Let’s recalculate the route. Perform a u turn. We were soon heading in the right direction, this was our only potential “getting lost” moment in Croatia. On the way to Dubrovnik we had a couple of passport control areas when driving through Bosnia and Herzegovnia. When we were re-entering Croatia we had to show our passports twice in 10 metres as the two booths were adjacent to each other.
    We arrived in Dubrovnik with plenty of time to get the rental car back. We took our luggage to our hotel where I left MDW to look at the water view whilst she bravely trusted me to get the car to the rental car place and get back. I think this is the first time we have been more than 1 kilometre apart during this holiday. The car returned with out any issues, the rental car rep drove me back the 4 kilometres to our hotel. MDW was surprised to see me so soon. Our room was not ready so we had a drink then caught bus 6 to Pile Gate, the entrance to Old Town Dubrovnik. To get an idea what it’s like, watch Game of Thrones. We have never seen it but apparently some of it was filmed in Dubrovnik. The old town is interesting with lots of streets, a lot better planned than Venice. People still live in the town with washing hanging to dry out of their windows. Lots of Game of Thrones memorabilia for sale along with local Croatian products. Expensive to sit down for a drink, a small bottle of coke 50 kuna or $11 Australian. Needless to say we didn’t sit down for a drink.
    We had dinner at one of the many restaurants near the hotel. When we returned to our hotel I couldn’t find the door access card. No problem, I’ll get one from reception. I tell the guy I have misplaced the swipe card. He says what room. I say 812. I meet MDW on the eight floor and we walk towards room 812. I touch the swipe card thingy and hear the door click, meaning it is open but at the same time see a Do not disturb sign on the door handle. Oops, wrong room. Hopefully we didn’t disturb the people in room 812. I go back to reception and ask them to check what room I’m in. This time they check and give me room 804 access. I wonder if anyone could ask for any card to access any room?
    The next day we did the cable car ride to the top of the hill where there is an amazing view of Dubrovnik and the Adriatic Sea. It was a hard slog up the hill to get on the cable car, more than the 7 minutes we were told by the ticket seller.
    Again we have been fortunate with the weather. Croatia is a good place to visit, plenty of touristy stuff all down the coast plus Plitvice Lakes. It is amazing how the “old towns” survived and are still being lived in. Driving on the other side of the road wasn’t too bad. My navigator, MDW, did an excellent job as we had to rely on the take next right or left instruction because the street names are too long to read. Even the Google Maps voice jumbled the longer names. On the narrower roads overtaking is risky but done on a regular basis with cars happy to overtake over solid lines with a corner approaching. Only twice did we need to hit the brakes to allow an oncoming car to make it.
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  • Day64

    Split

    October 2, 2016 in Croatia

    After an exciting journey into Split with some storms and flash flooding, we managed to find a lovely little apartment right in the centre of town and even squeezed the bike up the stairs too!
    I had my first ever Hugo cocktail, my new favourite and dangerously cheap! Beautiful old town and amazing sunset, deceptively tasty looking ice cream (totally gross!) but the local dish of cuttlefish and squid ink risotto was deeeeelicious.Read more

  • Day84

    Split, Croatia

    July 29, 2017 in Croatia

    I can't believe five weeks traveling with Hollie has come to an end!! We've just finished our last three nights together in Split with Louise and Alice and it doesn't seem like we're all going our separate ways in the morning. Split is a much bigger town than Dubrovnik and although it has similar architecture and character, it's definitely not as beautiful as Dubrovnik. Hollie and I were both exhausted from our travels so we spent most of our time chilling out and taking each hour as it came. I was told the Mall of Split was great for shopping so we checked it out and managed to get a few really cheap bargains, surprisingly as everything else in Croatia is super expensive! We caught up with Lou and Al both days which was great because the conversations are endless when the four of us are together. It's been a long time since I've been in full female company for that long and it was so nice to have four of us that got on so well. We explored Old Town, mainly in search of good food options, visited Bene Beach, argued with a creperie that sold Nutella crepes but poured chocolate sauce into a Nutella jar and pretended it was Nutella, and watched Mean Girls as a bit of downtime together. The four of us will definitely catch up again in the future, hopefully back in NZ. The last few weeks have gone by so fast and it's crazy that Hollie is flying back to NZ tomorrow. I've had such an incredible time traveling with her and we've had a great mix of laughter, partying, shopping, life counseling, singing, swimming, eating and so much more. It will absolutely be a trip together that we'll never ever forget and I'm so thankful to have a best friend that makes life so much better.Read more

  • Day6

    Nachdem unser Vorgehen Ankommen > Strand > Sightseeing in Sibenik so wunderbar geklappt hat, haben wir die Vorgehensweise auch gleich auf Split übertragen. Einen kleinen Zwischenstopp auf der Festung Klis (kurz vor Split) ausgenommen. GoT lässt grüßen.

    Der Strand selbst war...welch Überraschung sehr steinlastig aber für einen Stadtstrand doch ganz ansehnlich und direkt am Fuße des Marjan gelegen.
    Split selbst ist schon eine ganze Ecke touristischer als zuvor Sibenik, mit der breiten Promenade und dem Geflecht aus unzähligen kleinen Gassen in der Altstadt aber sehr schön. Verlaufen ist hier inklusive, da GPS bei den schmalen Gassen kaum klappt, so dreht man halt ein paar extra Runden. Neben Burgen und teuren experimentellen Jasmin-Cocktails hat die Stadt natürlich auch den ein oder anderen GoT Drehort wie bspw. die „Kill the masters“-street...sieht alles von den Gebäuden her gleich aus hier also nicht so leicht zu finden. Aber: Mission completed!

    PS: Sowohl Nagelschere als auch Rasierer vergessen, sehr mittlerweile aus wie der schmächtige Wolverine oder der bärtige Edward mit den Scherenhänden 🤦‍♂️🤷🏼‍♂️
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  • Day7

    Split

    August 9 in Croatia

    Nachdem wir fast alle Transportarten in Kroatien getestet hatten, sind wir gegen Abend in Split angekommen. Zufrieden, endlich mal wieder zu einer vernünftigen Uhrzeit eingecheckt zu haben, machten wir uns auf die Suche nach einem wohlverdienten Abendessen: Nach insgesamt zusammen 3 Vorspeisen und mičmač (Carole's Erinnerungen aus der Kindheit) entdeckten wir noch die schöne Altstadt von Split. Der Palast, das Zentrum von Split, ist von den Römern erbaut worden und schon seit Jahren unter Unesco Weltkulturerbe. In den Gemäuern des Palastes gab es überall kleine Marktstände zum Zeit vertrödeln. Mit einem Summersby an der Strandpromenade und einem unerwartet schönen Konzert in der Nähe unseres Hostels ging der Abend in Split zu Ende.
    Tags darauf gab es große Herausforderungen: Aussichtspunkt um die ganze Stadt zu überblicken in großer Hitze erklimmen und einen Wassermelonen-Schwimmreifen für unter 100 kn ergattern. Jetzt, nachdem wir alles gemeistert haben, sitzen wir mit unserem auf dem Markt gekauften Gemüse fürs Abendessen und ganz vielen Kirschen auf der Fähre nach Brač.
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  • Day8

    City of Split

    October 29, 2016 in Croatia

    These are miscellaneous photos of Split. First are images of the market located near the dock outside the palace. There were flowers everywhere in anticipation of the Catholic All Souls Day (Croatia is a largely Catholic country). The statue is of Grgur Ninski who was bishop of Nin during the 10th century; he is honored by Croatians for fighting to allow them to worship in their native tongue as opposed to the previously required Latin. The other photos are from the harbor and the Stars Ura (old town Clock Square). The clock was built between the 13th and 15th centuries.Read more

  • Day14

    Split- Vis-Hvar

    July 31 in Croatia

    Als wir den Bahnhof von Split verließen traf uns sozusagen der Doppelschlag- Hitze und gefühlte Menschenfluten, die gleichzeitig von links, rechts, dem gegenüberliegenden Kreuzfahrtschiff und von hinten, in Form von anderen Interrail Menschen aufeinander trafen.
    Die Unterkunft zeichnet sich vor allem durch die Klimaanlage aus, die quasi non stop vor sich hin pustet.

    Die Altstadt von Split ist sehr schön und verbringt mit uns am Abend ein nettes Dinner mit Pizza und der besten Spaghetti Bolognese, die ich seit Jahren gegessen habe.
    Am nächsten Morgen geht’s an den Strand und Held ist, wer einen Schattenplatz findet. Uns geht’s wirklich gut und das Meer ist einfach eine lauwarme Badewanne. Ganz Europa kocht ja quasi seit Wochen vor sich hin und Kroatien macht mit. Kroaten sprechen auf Englisch von einer „ Chiietwäf“. 🌞😉
    Spontan entscheiden wir uns den Tourimodus wieder komplett durchzuziehen und buchen eine Inseltour mit einem Speedboat, der eine blaue Höhle, die kleine Insel Vis und Hvar ansteuert. Es ist unerträglich heiß und deshalb ist es das Gefühl wie damals in der Wildwasserbahn im Panoramapark: Schnelles Rattern und ab uns zu ein Klecks Wasser ins Gesicht- es könnte nicht schöner sein.
    Nur damals gab es keine Französinnen, die jedesmal „wooooh la lush“ ( oder was auch immer) quietschen, sobald das Speed Boat hart aufs Wasser aufsetzt.
    Es war das schönste Gefühl direkt vom Boot mit Schnorchelbrille ins Wasser abzutauchen und im dunkelblauen, klaren Wasser Fischen nachzusehen. Janina hat mir die wichtigsten Schnorchel Regeln gezeigt und mich mit ihrer kurzen Einlage des Weißen Hais ( dödödödDÖ!!!!) fast wieder ins Boot hopsen lassen.

    Ich hab richtig Lust bekommen mit einem Segelboot herumzufahren und unabhängig dort zu sein, wo man in diesem Moment sein will und ins Wasser zu springen. Im Moment entscheiden, wo man gerne sein möchte💦🤸🏼‍♀️Beim Blick aufs Wasser und der einstündigen Rückfahrt war es schön die Gedanken einfach treiben zu lassen. Manchmal klappt das mit dem im Hier und Jetzt sein weniger. Aber weniger ist Meer. 🌊🖤

    Der Druck abschalten, genießen, alles sehen zu müssen ist zum Glück nur selten da und treibt uns an. Ich glaube die Zeit und dieser Sommer waren genau richtig und ich lerne dazu, dass Situationen sind wie sie sind. Das man viel weniger braucht als man hat. Welchen Luxus ich in meinem Leben habe. Neben menschlichen Werten, vor allem die Auswahl, die Bahn, ein Auto oder ein Fahrrad zu fahren. Alleine zu wohnen. Mit meinen Freunden im
    Café manchmal zusammen zu frühstücken. Das es für mich immer eine Alternative muss, weil ich lernen möchte Fehlentscheidungen nur Entscheidungen zu nennen und es auch so zu fühlen.
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