Croatia, the Land of Rock…

Seriously! There are mountains (of rock), hiking trails consisting of rock paths, buildings/churches/walls made of rock (ok, stone…), there are even construction workers around here to split big hunks of rock with a hammer! Fortunately, there are some nice beaches (rock beaches, mind you) and pretty views to make up for the immense quantities of rock in this country.

We arrived in Dubrovnik last Tuesday (so, one week ago today) and stayed 2 nights in the Old Town. Two nights turned out to be plenty seeing as how much of a touristy town Dubrovnik is (cruise ships pull in each day with hoards of people, so it gets pretty packed inside the Old Town city walls). Still there were some cool spots to check out and we enjoyed ourselves 😀 Not to mention, it was a very nice change of pace to arrive in Croatia and to be greeted by so much ENGLISH!

We arrived before our airbnb spot was ready, so we killed a couple hours by grabbing lunch... and ice cream may have been involved :D

We arrived before our airbnb spot was ready, so we killed a couple hours by grabbing lunch… and some ice cream may have been involved 😀

The street where our airbnb studio was located..

The street where our airbnb studio was located…

Dubrovnik digs

Dubrovnik digs

After a nap and some solid chill-time, we did a little exploring before dinner...

After a nap and some solid chill-time, we did a little exploring before dinner…

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Connor found a vegetarian restaurant that turned out to be excellent! I opted for the burritos…

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Our second day in Dubrovnik we took advantage of some nearby hiking up the mountain to a fortress and also along the Old Town city walls, which was really great.

Hiking up the rock path on the rock mountain (Connor proved to be more sure-footed than I was and completely kicked my butt on the way up!)

Hiking up the rock path on the rock mountain (Connor proved to be more sure-footed than I was and completely kicked my butt on the way up!)

He was admittedly tired and sweaty afterwards at the top too, though :P

He was admittedly tired and sweaty afterwards at the top too, though 😛

Stations of the cross on the way up the mountain..

Stations of the cross on the way up the mountain..

Atop the city walls surrounding Old Town...

Atop the city walls surrounding Old Town…

IMG_1300 IMG_1302 IMG_1304 IMG_1306 IMG_1308 IMG_1310 IMG_1317 IMG_1318 IMG_1321Not surprisingly, after our day of traipsing around outside, I was famished! Connor found a Bosnian restaurant for us to try and it was quite good!

Get in my belly, soup!

Get in my belly, soup!

Oh! I mean, "Cheese!"

Oh! I mean, “Cheese!”

I honestly don't recall what exactly these two items were, but there were very tasty!

I honestly don’t recall what exactly these two items were, but there were very tasty!

The next morning, we had a rather harried experience while trying to make our morning ferry to Hvar (read: We underestimated how long it’d take us to get movin’ in the morning, so we missed the first bus to the ferry port. Then we missed our stop on the second bus soooo we had to run a good 1/2 mile with our giant backpacks back to the ferry port, flail about frantically trying to find where to buy ferry tickets and then dash up the ferry staircase. It was something short of a miracle we didn’t miss that boat. We literally had about 20 seconds to spare!). On the plus side, we got some unintended cardio in first thing that morning and the 8 hour ferry ride to Hvar proved to be quite relaxing and enjoyable 😀

Our ferry, the Jadrolinija

Our ferry, the Jadrolinija

Beautiful sunny weather the entire way!

Beautiful sunny weather the entire way!

We arrived in Hvar (Croatian island) around 4:30pm and were pleasantly surprised by our apartment we were renting. I say we were pleasantly surprised because we had accidentally booked it for the wrong week (that’s what’ll happen when you’re constantly booking places to stay and can’t keep anything straight!) causing quite a bit of confusion (and inconvenience, I’m sure) for our airbnb host. Fortunately, she was very understanding and still managed to accommodate us for our actual dates…

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The rest of our 4 days in Hvar were spent touring around the little city…

IMG_1335 IMG_1341 IMG_1342 IMG_1343 IMG_1346 IMG_1348 IMG_1353 IMG_1437hiking…

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Inside a cave/tunnel

Inside a cave/tunnel

I was a bit freaked out inside, so I had no problem high-tailing it outta there!

I was a bit freaked out inside, so I had no problem high-tailing it outta there!

eating…

Seafood pasta & fried fish w/ the skeleton still intact!

Seafood pasta & fried fish w/ the skeleton still intact!

Meat platter for two :P

Meat platter for two 😛

And we even cooked a couple nights and enjoyed a lovely meal outside on our patio :D

And we even cooked a couple nights and enjoyed a lovely meal outside on our patio 😀

and we rented a boat!!!! This was, by far, our favorite experience during our entire Hvar stay.

Connor chauffeured

Connor chauffeured

And I quickly found a regal spot to perch myself :P

And I quickly found a regal spot upon which to perch myself 😛

Seriously, I barely moved from this spot... Exhibit A

Seriously, I barely moved… Exhibit A

Exhibit B

Exhibit B

Exhibit C

Exhibit C

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Ok, Connor did find a couple really great little islands where we could stop, so I indulged him and got out to explore a little 😛

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He even got me to do a little bit of driving

He even got me to do a little bit of driving

Before heading back to Hvar, we stopped at one of the more happenin' islands and had a little picnic and enjoyed the local foliage and wildlife (read: peacock)

Before heading back to Hvar, we stopped at one of the more happenin’ islands and had a little picnic and enjoyed the local foliage and wildlife (read: peacock)

Yesterday afternoon we took the catamaran from Hvar to Split and made our way to our hotel. I gotta say, Hvar/island life was nice, but I’m a little beaten up from all the sun and mosquito bites (I have probably 12 mosquito bites at the moment – including one of my face! Who gets bitten on the face?! Sad to say, this isn’t the first time for me – not even the second time…) So when we arrived in our hotel room, I was all to eager to take a looooong shower, flop into the fluffy bed and watch 4 (count it: FOUR) episodes of Game of Thrones back to back and then crash for the night. I did wake up feeling slightly more refreshed and even managed a little jogging on the treadmill, but I anticipate the next few days being a bit of a recoup week for Connor and me here. Meaning there is likely to be lots of reading by the pool (totally snagged a Danielle Steele novel from our airbnb flat in Sitges :P), watching of Netflix, and napping…

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One Response to Croatia, the Land of Rock…

  1. Nancy says:

    Love the boat shots! I hope the “princess” had water! You’re both looking great!

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