For the past 6 months or so, I have obviously been researching our trip. in fact it’s one of my favourite things to do. I’ve followed Facebook pages and Instagram sites and now finally being here and seeing how blue the sky is, how lush the vegetation is and the colour of the water that goes from emerald green to sapphire blue and everything in between, just amazing.

The red tiled roofs, the traditional green shutters…. Ah Dubrovnik!

The stunning old city of Dubrovnik, gets washed down every morning. It then sparkles in the sun and we have really enjoyed getting up early and watching all the worker bees bring in produce and clean up from the day before. We have had breakfast as some wonderful little eateries, and at watching the world go by.

We have been to a Bosnian Restaurant called the Taj Mahal~ eating traditional cooked meat in a laneway that barely had enough room for the waiter to walk between.  Had the best kebab we have ever had, where they don’t use tabouli. ( I loathe parsley and will pick it out of my meal ) and instead of the thick Lebanese bread that we have in Australia, they toast a thin wrap and then add bbq shaved chicken, tomato, lettuce n Mayo! So light and delicious!

The past 2 days we have been so busy  … the usual run walk in the morning, brekkie and people watching and just enjoyed some of the most beautiful coastline with walks and swims out on the Lapad peninsula – Babin Kuk and also further north towards Split.

We had a massage as both of us have had a full on work out here and in Italy.. All those stairs !  Doesn’t matter which way you leave, the walls there is stairs everywhere.

Cable car arriving as the sunsets

Cable car arriving as the sunsets

 

Selfie fun

Selfie fun

Including when we did the cable car ride to the peak. Stairs up there too…

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Yesterday we headed north towards Split and ventured into wine and oyster territory.

Again the gorgeous Alex at our accomodation,  Fresh sheets, helped us with scooter rental and the oyster shack. As we shared a big plate of oysters and a beer, life really doesn’t get much better ! The ride out to Mali Ston and Ston ~ pronounced stone was great fun, seeing all the beautiful islands off the coast,  all the grapes growing quite low to the ground and also up quite steep hills, the olive groves and peach orchards. Little wine merchants along the way. A good road to ride but very busy as there really is only 1 road.

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Seriously yummy oysters

Seriously yummy oysters

Steve chatting about the oysters

Steve chatting about the oysters

The one thing we have discovered here in Croatia is there is not that many petrol stations anywhere…. So you really have to plan your trip- including going 34 kms further than you planned just to fuel up. In fact on our trip in Hvar, we rode from one end of the island to the other, and when we were 77 kms from the nearest gas station,  the ride home was spent watching the fuel gauge.

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The water where ever you go is just stunning. And today there was much excitement as we found a beach with sand !!!!!


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It almost felt like clay in the water, after all the rocks etc.  This beach was called Prapratno, it’s where you can get the ferry to Mljet and reminded me of the basin in the Pittwater area of NSW in Australia.  One of those places where you just look down and see heaven. on our way home we also swam at this quaint little beach on our way back into Dubrovnik city, stones again but more like river pebbles and loads of fish swimming in the rocks and like a quiet little basin.

Zatin beach

Zatin beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we arrived home from being out of the city all day, we met Alex our host and Steve asked her if she would like to join us for a drink. So down to the Poccolocco we went. Cocktails of all different design, smoking ice bourbon and a jug of woo woo~ by my 3rd cocktail, I was calling it woo hoo! And then I had to go wee wee!

Alex has been amazing and made our Dubrovnik city trip just that extra but spesh, with tips on where to eat, swim etc. Last night she had booked us into the Konoba Dubrava ~a traditional restaurant dating back to Ottoman times, where they slow cook your meat and potatoes ‘under the bell’ ….  called Peka. We had a veal dish and an octopus dish that we ordered the day before.

We really enjoyed Alex’s company and she and her partner Antonio ended up joining us, up out of the city for dinner. We all had an amazing night eating yummy food and drinking fabulous Croation wine. Of course I used my Vipino wine app to check out the rating and also so we can remember it when we go to Dan Murphy’s wine shop at home in Sydney.

The restaurant up in the hills of Dubrovnik and 8 degrees cooler !

The restaurant up in the hills of Dubrovnik and 8 degrees cooler !

They cook the food for 3-6 hours under the bell of hot coals

They cook the food for 3-6 hours under the bell of hot coals

They also grill other meats

They also grill other meats

Steve enjoying his meal

Steve enjoying his meal

A wonderful traditional experience

A wonderful traditional experience

This morning Alex had gone and got us food and juice to take on our journey back to Sydney. With out stating the obvious, we were slightly hung over for our 6.45am collection pick up. Goodbye Croatia it’s been absolutely amazing …..

Now for the loonnggg trip home, luckily we have  the lounge for Venice and Qantas connection in Dubai  ~ a hotel room for 7 hours  and breakfast before our last leg home to Sydney business class points upgrade from Dubai to Sydney .

So that’s a wrap on 3 weeks traveling parts of Italy and Croatia, thanks for your comments on the blog , I’ve really enjoyed doing it, although it is quite time consuming.

I’ll create a photo gallery when we get home?✈️

till next time Mrs Wong and the wongster ❤️ an awesome travel buddy whom I love and adore xx

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The view from our kitchen at fresh sheets

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I love these as you enter the old city walks

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The church near us and it’s beautiful Windows