The rest of this awesome coast
Trip Start Aug 28, 2006
75Trip End Aug 31, 2007
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So, we didn't realize how good we had it with the weather, it was so picture perfect everyday. We drove down from the national park, almost ran out of gas, and made it down to Zadar. walked around the town a little, lots of roman ruins, and then hung out at our hotel, where the owner just wouldn't stop talking and he showed us all of his fruit trees in his backyard (sound familiar?) They are very into having an arbor over the driveway covered with a kiwi vine. looks good, and delicious. everyone has one. We drove the next day down toward Split, stopping in some nice little seaside towns on the way. Every town is so picturesque, full of cafes and places to sit on a rock and stare at that awesome aqua water
We took a ferry the next day to the island of Hvar. beeeautiful. stayed in a place where you could walk down to a little lounge area on the water, read, swam. it was totally great and relaxing and a good break from just walking on cobblestones all day. We tried rakija, the local brandy, some made with fruit, some with herbs, it tastes like liquid fire.
After two nights there we took the ferry on to Dubrovnik, that was a long one, seven hours. so we could hang out more and read, look at the view. Dubrovnik is a beautiful walled city that was under attack in the war, but is totally repaired now and FULL of tourists. We walked the walls and had some nice hang out time in outdoor restaurants. We were met at the ferry by my friend Cathie's friend Marybeth's friend Marko, who is croatian and does trips for tourists (his company sweet-travel.hr). He was great, set us up with a zimmer( we were hoping to get a zimmer from a widow, but this was just as good) with vine covered terrace with a view of the walls and the sea. NIce, thanks Marko, thanks Marybeth, thanks Cathie! Marko's brother Goran (marko, earthy boat guy, goran, super slick, couldn't be more opposite) took us around on our last day to see some views and to a great country inn style restaurant where we gorged ourselves on local food. Lamb on a spit anyone?
The exit from croatia was not as fun