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Sep 24, 2016 - Blue Cave & Hvar

Saturday was our last full day in Croatia and today we were doing a boat tour of the many islands off the coast of Split. We boarded the speedboat at 830 with our guide Martko. We first stopped at Čiovo island near Trogir to pick up some other visitors and then made the rather long boat ride to the island of Biševo to see the Blue Cave. The Blue Cave is illuminated from around 11 to 12 so we had to go here first to see the cave under optimal lighting conditions. The boat was cruising at about 25 MPH so it got a little chilly with the wind....

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Sep 10, 2016 - Wine Tasting in Hvar, Croatia & Cool Night (Wet too)

Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 Wine Tasting in Hvar, Croatia & Cool Night (Wet too) Our first port of call in Croatia is the island city of Hvar (pronounced “Hwar”). We were on the first tender to shore and met with our tour guide Sinisa outside the walled city. He showed us where our two wine tasting venues were on a map. We drove for many kilometers and throughout a long tunnel until we reached a small “Vina Caric Shop.” There we met Mateo, a young man with whom we had a good chat about Croatian history and tasted four fine wines. The town of...

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Sep 8, 2015 - A picture WOULD be worth a thousand words

J headed out early to get some things for breakfast. He found the small bakery a few hundred metres along the road, but had trouble with the mini market. Eventually he found it but it was at the bottom of two long sets of steps. So by the time he got back the apartment he was pooped. We breakfasted on bananas, yucky insipid yoghurt, and fresh bread roll with butter and strawberry jam on the deck. The day was cool but fine so we looked forward to an enjoyable time. After doing the washing, we went downstairs, and Inanka drove us up to the...

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Sep 7, 2015 - Wherever we sit the wind blows toward us

We awoke to a sunny, warm ( not hot) day. The sounds of people in the street below only evident once the window was opened. No rush as checkout was at 12, so we went to the cafe about 10m along the road. After breakfast ( scrambled eggs for J, Croissant with jam for C, plus large white coffees (still meagre by our standards). We then walked along the cobbled road to the sound of "I would walk 500 hundred miles..." And then commenced a tour of the old town via the town gate at the top of stone steps. It was very old - narrow lanes with...

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Sep 22, 2014 - Hvar: Playground of The Rich & Famous (we fit right in, don't we?)

For the sailors, we left Komiza at 1010, winds fair @ 7-14 kn, seas <1 ft, and sailed a mostly close reach for 17 nautical miles to Sv. Klement island just off the west end of Hvar. Great sailing day, but with the forecast for strong winds overnight, we opted for the Marina at Palmizana. After securing the boat, on Don Ringsmuth's recommendation we took the water taxi to Hvar town, which is a scaled-down composite of St Barts, St Tropez and Monte Carlo. After walking around through the winding paths we taxied back to Palmizana and then...

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Jun 4, 2014 - Island life appeals

The Awesome Foursome have relaxed into life on the ocean extremely well! Bruce and Cameron are generally to be found on a couch together fast asleep half an hour after breakfast, Marg has already managed to read 4 books and Jane relieves her moments of restlessness by writing her blog or posting favourite photos on Facebook. The boat is extremely comfortable, not crowded and the staff are fun and go out of their way to please us with absolutely nothing being too much trouble. Our fellow sailors are a fun easy going group of like minded...

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Sep 12, 2013 - feels like home already!

10 & 11 Sep - Early start today as we were off on the 10:45am bus to check out Stari Grad, the other major city on the island of Hvar. Our original plan had been to rent a scooter (moped) while we were here but the roads are SOOO brutal (narrow, NO shoulder, windy, steep and did we mention NARROW) that we whimped out and decided to let the bus drivers have all the fun! Plus the roads in town are even narrower and windy and the locals drive crazy with bikes, scooters, pedestrians, cars & a few commercial vehicles all sharing these...

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Sep 9, 2013 - Hvar out!!!!

08 Sep - Since we left Prague we have been on the go every day or every second day, which has been fine so far. But if we go to Dubrovnik we will have to keep up this pace of travel. Instead we would like to stop for a bit and stay put. So with that thought in mind we have decided, regretfully, that we are going to forego Dubrovnik and stay on the islands until we head for Italy. As a result, and breaking our usual practice, we have booked 4 nights into the Orange Hostel in Hvar. Plus, as an indication that our luck is changing, we found...

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Oct 12, 2012 - Slano

Keep trying to stay ahead of the forecasted rain and wind, success thus far. Arrived at Slano (on the mainland) and an unscheduled stop. Slano is a small sleepy fishing town with some nice pebbly beaches. The Captain gave us the option of spending the night here or traveling on to Dubrovnik...it was unanimous "on to Dubrovnik". We had the roughest waters of the week...Captain rated the waves a 4...a 6 and you stay in port! Arrived Dubrovnik and parked next to Barb Zeno's boat one more time! Off to find free wi-fi and update the...

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Oct 11, 2012 - Mljet and Sipan

Sailed this morning to Mljet, another of the Croatian islands. It was a beautiful day and a calm sea in spite of the weather forecast. Due to the bad weather forecast, we only stayed in Mljet for the morning, rather than for the day. Gave us enough time to walk to the national park where they have the big lake and small lake and an island with a monastery. The lakes were pristine and the water was so clear. You have to take a boat to the monastery that was built in the 12th century . Don't think there are any priests there now. Back to the...

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Oct 10, 2012 - Trstenik

Left Hvar for Trstenik,a small fishing village on Peljasic Peninsula (part of the mainland of Croatia). The area is famous for Croatian wines. Mike Grigch (Grigch Winery, Napa Valley) started a winery in the area called Grgic Wineries (Mr. Grgic is a native of Croatia). We had attempted to taste wine, but were turned away as they had a group coming and did not have time for us, come back (we have learned this is typical Croatian culture). So being wine connoisseurs (ha!) we went back, tasted and bought 2 bottles of the white! Judi B decided...

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Oct 9, 2012 - Hvar

Went to the island of sunshine today and it rained. Most things were closed for siesta so went for cappachino and wifi. Lousy connection but the cappachino was good. Decided to try the Franciscan monastery with a painting of the last supper even though it was supposed to be closed. Walking along the dock we see Barb Zeno coming out of her room on her ship. What are the odds? We did't know we were both going to be in Hvar on the same day. So she joined us going to the monastery which was open. Beautiful painting of the last supper, a...

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