The World Through Polarised Light

Trip Start Jun 08, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, September 19, 2005

Croatia is paradise! White cliffs, lush green growth, beautiful clear water that deepens into aqua marine, white cliffs, orange roofs... even the fruit trees are heavily ladened with colourful red apples. Croatia looks like the rest of the world looks only through a polarised lens! Colour is what this place is all about!

The trip from Mostar through to Dubrovnik was absolutely beautiful, the coastal views could only be marvelled at - the Adriatic sea adorned with beautiful Islands. On arrival I found some private accommodation which has worked out extremely well - 5 minutes from the beach (about 300 steps!) and a 10 minute bus ride to the old town, it worked out a treat.

I have spent alot of time swimming in Dubrovnik - its totally unavoidable really, with an sea so luring in the beautiful hot weather. I wouldn't exactly say that I have been to the beach - more like laid my towel on the rocky outcrops because there is no sand in Croatia!

The old town Dubrovnik is beautiful, castle area situated on the waters edge, steep drop offs into the beautiful clear water make it the perfect place to kick back and have afew drinks in one of the bars, which I was lucky enough to do with Tullia and Alexandra (who I met in Sarajevo). The food here is predominantly Italian - lots of Pasta, Pizza, Olives, Tomatoes (I swear the biggest and reddest Tomatoes I have ever seen) and Seafood dishes.

Everything in Croatia is alot more expensive than elsewhere I have travelled (but apparently still lots cheaper than Western Europe), I am not too perturbed because it is just so beautiful and such a great place to relax. Besides, it is the near end of my major travels for alittle while.

From Dubrovnik I took the ferry to Hvar Island, abit of a mission because peak season is over and the ferry crossings have been reduced significantly and they have changed their departure times. As a consequence nobody really knows what is going on! The ferry turned out to be a large ship, certainly not like the good old Kawau ferry that I was expecting! Anyway, Hvar is just more paradise really - lavender groves, vine yards, clear blue water... blah blah. Have made the most of just kicking back with a book here - nothing too much to report! Onto Split tomorrow.
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