Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Sunny skies and blue seas...

When I booked our holiday to Croatia I knew only a few things about this country:
  1. it used to be part of Yugoslavia
  2. they have a good football team
  3. they also have good tennis players
  4. Dr Kovac from ER is Croatian

After spending a week in and around Dubrovnik I have now learned a lot more about the country but have also grown to appreciate it’s beauty and the kindness of the people – not to mention the fabulous food and sparkling clear seas.

We stayed in Babin Kuk peninsula, in the Club Valamar hotel which was all inclusive (well, it includes all meals) and has a lot of activities on offer. It proved to be an ideal base for us, travelling with a little boy, as it was very easy to get to Dubrovnik on the bus but it was also a nice place to come back and relax in or use the facilities. It was also exciting to wake up in the mornings and find that yet another huge cruise ship was just outside the window!

Dubrovnik itself is beautiful. I hadn’t quite appreciated the fact that the city was surrounded by huge walls and also by mountains and the sea. We spent a couple of days walking around the city, found a little cafĂ© with the most amazing views and explored the city walls while taking hundreds of photos.

We also went down the coast to the little resort of Cavtat where I had my birthday lunch and we had a very pleasant afternoon strolling around and taking in the views. We got there by bus and it was a very busy route but there also was something quite nice to be sharing the experience with locals.

We also took a little cruise to three Elafiti islands just off the coast – we got collected from our hotel and spent most of the day going from one little island to the other, all gorgeous and culminating in Lopud island which even had a sandy beach!

We also spent some time walking from our resort to the other side of our peninsula, to Lapad. The walk was not very long but it was very, very scenic! It took us to a cute little resort with a very pleasant pebble beach, a few restaurants and cafes and even a playground with bouncy castles and trampolines.

The boys spent a lot of time in the indoor pool (the outdoor pool wasn’t heated and not very warm) which gave me time to enjoy the sun, which shone brilliantly most days we were there. Then we would all walk back from the pool, which was in a nearby hotel that shared facilities with ours, and to our hotel, via a very pleasant walk.

The whole week was generally quite relaxing and filled with adventure and breathtaking scenery. I fell in love with the people and their warmth, as well as their beautiful country and relaxing Mediterranean lifestyle, as well as the lovely sunny skies. I hope we return someday soon.


Gin said...

Claudia, it sounds and looks beautiful. I may well be tempted to visit.

K80K said...

Great shots! I love the one of your husband and son walking in hand-in-hand by the water. Looks like something you would see in a tourists guide. :)

Anonymous said...

Siento que te odio, Rosani.

Con carin~o, Percy.

Lauren said...

What a great adventure! TFS!


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