Thursday, September 20, 2018

Croatia Bus Road Trip. Eighth Stop Dubrovnik

I wrote in one of the posts on my rail road trip through Portugal that this kind of meandering from stop to stop stretches the travel endlessly. Every single destination feels like an individual little vacation. You have to pack and leave - but a couple of hours later, you arrive at your next destinations which is all new and exciting - hence, your vacation starts all over again.

The iconic view of Dubrovnik - it's all about the roofs.

It worked until now, but it's all over, baby blue: Dubrovnik is my final stop of the bus road trip down the Adriatic coast.

Am I sad? Yes. But I'm also very exhausted since there is a lot to see and a lot of climbing to do and it's hot and there are huge crowds basically everywhere; and I know already now what I'd do differently the next time I'm coming to Croatia: I'd start my trip in Dubrovnik and move then up North to the calmer and emptier places.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Croatia Bus Road Trip. Seventh Stop Vela Luka on Korcula

Walking through a tunnel of exotic looking bushes and conifers, smelling the scent of their needles. Hearing nothing but the cacophony of what seems to be a thousand cicadas. Passing a row of cactuses, turning left at the little field of olive trees and carefully climbing down some huge rocks.

My favorite spot - I can truly enjoy it bye:myself.

There I'm spreading my beach towel on the one that's shaped like a mattress - and that's my personal piece of paradise for the day.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Croatia Bus Road Trip. Sixth Stop Split

I guess you can judge by the frequency of my posts that I'm moving at a rapid pace: Actually, after two cozy, lazy nights on the island of Cres, I've spent four nights in a row in different places.

View from the bell tower - the lowest level of the cathedral's bell tower: I'm afraid of heights and the staircase is pretty open....

Split is the last destination on this - however, very inspiring - tour de force. I've checked it out in a split second - you can judge from this pun that I need a break, I guess - before moving on to the island of Korčula where I'll spend four nights in a row - in one single place!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Croatia Bus Road Trip. Fifth Stop Skradin and Krka National Park

Sometimes, you just need to give a day space and time to unfold from a tightly closed blossom to a beautiful flower.

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The most majestic of the waterfalls is Skradinski Buk.

Or, to rephrase it less poetically: I need to stop being such a nagging old bat.

Skradin, despite being a cute little town, didn't promise to be a big success at first: I misinterpreted the folksy service of my hotel, the waitress at the restaurant where I finally had dinner screwed me over with the wine - I just wanted to visit the Krka National Park and get out of there as soon as possible.
And then miraculously everything came up Renata.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Croatia Bus Road Trip. Fourth Stop Plitvice Lakes

I'm taking delight in realizing that I'm planning less compulsively when it comes to travelling. When I left for Croatia, I did not have all the hotels booked and all the bus schedules learned by heart.

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The turquoise pools look just mesmerizing.

And yet, I'm not getting stranded in the middle of nowhere without a roof above my head; um, should this teach me a lesson?

Monday, September 10, 2018

Croatia Bus Road Trip. Third Stop: Rijeka

I'm on a Road Trip, so I'm obviously moving on and on. Although I'm not racing through Croatia, I hardly spend two nights in a row in one place.

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A Croatian city for Croatians - but they share it generously with visitors from all over the world

If I had to choose one, though, it would be Rijeka.