Croatia – absolutely incredible.

I don’t even know where to start with my travel post about Croatia. I guess I’ll start at the start and see just how long this post ends up being.
 
We caught a train from Ljublana to Zagreb then jumped straight on an 11 hour bus to Dubrovnik. An overnight bus through Croatia crossing through the Bosnian border resulted in no sleep so by the time we pulled into Dubrovnik very early in the morning we were ready to crash. Unfortunately we couldn’t book into our villa until after lunch so we dropped our bags off and wandered the Old Town, had a swim and then crashed. Booking our own villa at this point was one of the smarter things we did while travelling. Every time we booked our own room was very well timed for when we needed a break from hostel dorm rooms and some privacy.
 

Breakfast in Dubrovnik

Beautiful Old Town.
 
The next night we boarded our Busabout boat with 25 other English speaking travelers from Australia, NZ, South Africa, Canada, America and UK. This group of people became our family and best friends for the next 7 nights and we had the most amazing time. Definitely made some friends for life. Pity some of them live so bloody far away!
 

Jane and I & Cif doing a bit of boat jumping.
 

 

Our first sunset from the ocean and a view that I loved every night on the boat.
 

We spent the week in our bathers.
 

The sunset really put on a show for our last night on the boat where we moored in Split.
 
Highlights from our week on the boat include:
- Every single day where we would wake up, have breakfast, nap, read in the sun, moor and swim for a few hours in the middle of the ocean then arrive at a new island ready to explore and party each night.
 

The boys relaxing on the front deck.
 

More deck action and a classical beauty floating in the ocean.
 
- Mjlet National Park, stunning little place where we caught a boat to the island in the middle with a cute old church.
 

 
- drinking cocktails at the top of a turret in Korcula as the sunset. We all had dinner together at a big long table eating pizza under the stars in a cobblestoned alley.
 

 

 
- Eating amazing seafood in Hvar, drinking mini drinks at a bar that played Hanson as drunk Aussies danced on the bar. Being privy to an unwanted live sex show (not a highlight but a very funny story).
- Carpe Diem Island Nightclub, a nightclub on an island that was super fancy and expensive with a swimming pool in the middle of the dance floor – apparently where Prince Harry likes to take a dip. We went undie-dipping in the ocean off the nightclub at 3am. The ocean was all lit up with underwater lights and after we got dressed back into our soggy clothes we danced till we decided to catch the boat back to the main land where we crawled into our cabins on the boat.
 

 

Dancefloor still quiet at 3am and late night ocean swims
 
- Starigrad, Hvar’s old town where we ate decadent ice creams and swam in the choppy ocean.
 

 
Saying goodbye to Pucisca where we browsed for beautiful hand carved wooden stone.
 
- Rave Cave – more a dance cave then a rave but rave sounds better
- Bol Island, shaped like a vagina and the most beautiful crystal clear water I have ever seen.
 

 
- Climbing a mountain in Omis that I thought would never end but the view more than made up for the tough climb. At the top stood a fortress built from 14th C Roman ruins.
 

The ancient fortress
 

We had the most spectacular view as the sun set.
 
At the end of a wonderful week we arrived in Split and decided to stay there for 3 nights to spend as much time with Jane as we could. Tom saw Jo to the hospital (the result of our last night of partying) and we spent a couple of days catching up with friends from the boat as everyone slowly left Split for their next destinations.
 

Split markets.
 
Split was my favourite Croatian city; very easy to get around and stunning as the heart of the city is based on Diocletian’s palace. Shops, cafes and ice cream bars all weave in and around the palace with people even living in the city walls.
 

Ancient Palace walls.
 
We were planning to head to Plitvice Lakes after Split but shitty weather prompted us to head straight to Zagrab where we spent a few days wandering the city and relaxing before we flew to Paris.
 

 
My cute traveler boy in the streets of Zagreb.
 
Tom and I had a lot of fun putting together this video of highlights from on the boat. Ready for a laugh?
 

Croatian memories. from Trudy Rottier on Vimeo.

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7 Responses to “Croatia – absolutely incredible.”

  1. moose & bird November 27, 2011 at 12:12 am #

    AmAZinG! x

  2. Brady November 27, 2011 at 1:33 am #

    OH WOW! Trudy these are amazing. I’m putting Croatia on my list of must visit places.

  3. Louise November 27, 2011 at 5:58 am #

    I loved reading this..its a beautiful account of part of your travels…Your photos are really really good too.

  4. .sabo skirt. November 27, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    Looks like you did have fun on your vacation. Nice pics.

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  5. Jerri November 27, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    Amazing! My favourite pick is the night time jumping in the water pick…closely followed by the pretty legs in water photo.

  6. Julia November 28, 2011 at 12:38 am #

    Amazing! love the photos and the video- such a great idea to buy an underwater camera! can’t believe we missed Croatia on our last trip- will have to go back in summer sometime!

  7. kellie November 29, 2011 at 10:00 pm #

    wowee! looks like an amazing place and your photos capture it beautifully! one of my friends is croation and is constantly raving about how amazing it is over there… i dont think i fully believed her until now!

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