We split to Split - Sun, Seafood and Swim
Trip Start Mar 21, 2010
144Trip End Mar 16, 2011
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We walked around everywhere trying to find a supermarket that was open and it was frustrating because they were all closed. We bought a loaf of bread and few other bits from a bakery by pointing our finger at what we wanted. I wish I could speak Croatian. We walk up to one supermarket and its closed too and then we had some friendly local guys telling us to go up the road. We didn’t understand a word they were saying but sign language is a wonderful thing, it works wonders! We found it and went in and bought some food like tortellini, pasta sauce, cheeses, nutella, jam, bread, soft drinks, onions, tinned mushies, yoghurt, muesli, tea bags, zucchini, chick peas and corn
6TH AUGUST 2010 - Today was a very relaxing day. We didn’t leave our room. We spent a few hours on skype to Troy’s Ma and Pa and my brother and Mum. It was great to speak to everyone. My breakfast was muesli which was yum while Troy was sleeping. My lunch was nutella on bread and then later some cheese on bread. We actually had showers and caught up on our blog. We were going to go to the beach but Troy fell asleep and I couldn’t be bothered. We were told the fridge should get replaced today or tomorrow, will see not holding my breathe. We cooked up pasta and sauce for dinner and ate whatever else we had in the fridge
7TH AUGUST 2010 - A slack morning which is nice. We cook up breakfast, salami, tomatoes, mushies, eggs (which stuck to the crappy frypan even though it was coated with a fair bit of butter) with bread and some cheese, yum. It was nice to have juice and tea as well. After breakfast we chill out in a room for another few hours, both tired. We decide that today we are going to step out of our room and head to the beach. It’s about a 15 minute walk to the beach. We walked past the waterfront covered with beautiful yachts and the scenery is pretty, the backdrop is beautiful old buildings, gorgeous church and some stunning mountains. Its a nice sunny day, not terribly hot but like a pleasant spring day. We walk along the pebbly beaches which some of its just massive rocks covered with towels and bodies. Europeans will sun bake anywhere. We keep walking up the beach and find a spare spot so we park our bums on the pebbly beach which isn’t comfortable using a small towel and one thin sarong. We happen to be sitting next to a bunch of loud Aussies, geez can’t get away from them. In we go, the water is cold but clear and cleaner than other parts of the beach and its quite a pretty spot. Troy gets his waterproof camera and we take some photos. After a few hours here we keep walking up the beach and found a shack selling food so we have a late lunch/early dinner at about 5pm. It was pretty good actually, pita bread with sausage and salad and pomme frites (hot chips)
8TH AUGUST 2010 - Not been able to find accommodation for Dubrovnik yesterday made me get up early and jump on the internet. I am still searching. Troy wakes up and starts reading the Lonely planet guide. I start munching on muesli and then I get breakfast in bed, muesli and yoghurt yum. We decide that its a photo session today, going to check out Split and I am trigger happy. We walk around this beautiful town and every corner we turn its just so gorgeous. We are walking around the old town and its has so many little alley ways that it feels like a maze. Its such a cool city as we walk on big cobblestones, checking out the touristy shops and beautiful old buildings. We stop and buy a triangle piece of pastry similar to a slice of pizza but it just has spinach in the middle, not sure what its called and it was ok probably would of been nicer if it was hot. Around here its 1700 years old and we love it as its so old and has so much character. The apartments have beautiful old doors and windows with washing hanging on lines
9TH AUGUST 2010 - Accommodation for Dubrovnik finally went through on the website. Muesli and a cuppa tea for breakfast and we head out to do a few things. First we go to the supermarket and buy a drink and some lunch and as we are lining up at the cashier Troy just about gets shoved out of the way by two alcoholics desperately wanting to get in front of him to grab beer from the fridge. As they are mumbling away Troy quickly learns not to get in the way of an alcoholic and his beer. Next stop, the optometrist to get Troy’s glasses fixed, needs to replace one of the little pad thingos whatever you call them. We are told to wait 10 minutes so we leave and next stop the barber so Troy has a haircut. The barber doesn’t speak English which is cool and tells Troy straightaway to sit down. A great haircut - I think he couldn’t believe how much he cut off, we all laugh. We go back to get the glasses and Troy asks how much it costs and they didn’t charge him a cent, he was surprised and grateful. Troy is set, new haircut, clean and fixed glasses he is a new man. We walk down one of the main streets and once again we see that freaky looking busker dressed up as a clown and wearing a mask
We sit on a chair on the promenade ripping up the bread roll and stuffing it with swiss cheese for lunch. We chat and watch the people go by and admire the old man wearing all white, white pants and a white Boy George t-shirt, cool - we thought it was rather funny!
We explore the fruit and vegetable, clothes and craft markets. Mary gets blasted by an old lady at the fruit market for trying to take a photo of Troy at the markets. I wasn’t taking a photo of her and I pointed to Troy but she didn’t care telling me go away from her hand. Oh well see you grumpy old lady. Today is quite hot, hottest day so far but its just beautiful. More and more tourists are arriving so its not as quiet as when we first got here. We decide to go to the beach so we head home to chill out for a while and then go and throw ourselves in the ocean. We went to the other beach on the other side of town. Its not as pretty here with some sand and lots of rocks and concrete slabs where people were sunbaking
10TH AUGUST 2010 - Today we didn’t do anything exciting. I spent the whole day in our room trying to check bank statements with ATM slips, attempted to do my tax return and sorting things out. Some bank websites are so NOT user friendly and my tax this year is complicated and I am very frustrated I got nowhere. Also I am not real happy with our real estate agent. I feel like screaming. Why can’t things be easy! (No pics today).
11 AUGUST 2010 - A better day today. Today is a beach day. We walked around town for a while and decided to have seafood for lunch. We stopped at a little cafe/pub and we ordered a plate of calamari and a plate of small fish (papafine) and salad. The meal was rather cheap and the calamari was fabulous
After dinner we walked around town, this place is seriously beautiful, it looks so nice lit up at night as we walk past heaps of cafes, restaurants, shops that are everywhere, even in tiny little streets and side alleys. This place has so much character and big limestone cobblestones, lots of buskers and good music. We had a gelato, wandered the streets and then headed home.
12TH AUGUST 2010 - We spent the morning at the hostel and then headed out in the afternoon for another photo shoot. I buy a Croatian charm for my bracelet which is quite cute. For lunch Troy had a packet of almonds and Mary a bunnet of blackberries from the market, almonds were nice, blackberries very sour.
We went back to our hostel and grabbed our towels and went to the beach. Lying on the rocks and concrete slabs and can be bloody uncomfortable but its nice to be by the beach. We jump in the water, its clear and cold (parts of the beaches aren’t so clean)
The weather here has been fantastic. We didn’t realise that each day has been in its 30’s but it doesn’t feel that hot as we get nice breezes from the ocean. Its great to stop here for 10 nights as we desperately needed have stop and take a break from been on the go for 4.5 months. This slower pace is so nice and could get very used to it but no we have more adventures ahead.
13TH AUGUST 2010 - This morning was a photo session for me so we walked around town and once again was very snap happy. This town makes you so trigger happy. We had calamari at our little pub/cafe where its quite cheap about $8 for a plate of great calamari. We then headed off to the beach. We park our bums on the pebbly beach on a beautiful warm sunny day and the beach is crowded. Next to us arrives two seriously wannabes Miss Croatia, oh my god they were strutting their stuff like they were supermodels and body language like hey look at me everyone, I’m beautiful
We spend a few hours at the beach and then head home. We chill out in our room and then go out for dinner. We splash out tonight and have a delicious seafood platter. The waiter tells us that you don’t need salad or chips so we didn’t order it. When it came out yeah it was lovely seafood but I could of done with a salad. We walked around town and took some night time pics, this place is so cool lit up at night. This place has heaps of gorgeous restaurants, cafes, shops and bars. There was some sort of concert happening in the main street and the lights lit pink on the buildings. Next minute, BANG scared the hell out of us, its fireworks. We listen to some of the music but it was that techno crap so we headed home.
14TH AUGUST 2010 - After a morning packing our stuff and having breakfast we go to the beach in the afternoon. Surprisingly not packed today. We have lunch at the cafe at the beach, sausage and salad in a pide bread, chicken with salad in a pide bread for me. We swam here for a few hours enjoying the cold water and watching the beautiful yachts sail by. The water is quite flat so the crowd goes wild with screams when we get a wave that is about no more than 50cms high. Its so funny to watch the crowd go nuts and its like panic, oh my god a wave, help. Troy and I just have to laugh, no wonder Europeans get into trouble when they swim in our beaches at home.
We head off home and then chill out for a while and then head out for dinner. We have some Croatian food - cevapi for dinner, so yummy.