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I was on a nice holiday in Cyprus and Lebanon in 2000 and made my way to the airport to return back to England after a very nice time. While I was still in Cyprus I had picked up several British newspapers that warned there were fuel protests in the UK. Higher oil prices and automatic tax increases had driven up petrol prices. A group of astute farmers realised there were only 3 refineries in the UK and they successfully blockaded them. Throw in panic buying and the UK had real shortages.
I assumed that, due to generally high fuel prices anyway, that the airline would refuel in Cyprus before we left.
And so I blissfully got onboard with this assumption and we took off.
A little while later....
....an announcement was made that we would be stopping Croatia for fuel. Obviously the airline had not been reading newspapers, watching TV or looking at the internet for a week.
So we landed, sat around for almost 2 hours and off we went. It looked nice. That's about it from me and modern Croatia. (Was around here when it was still Yugoslavia in 1986).
Written Feb 10, 2012
Favorite thing: Slavonija ans Baranja comprise the bread basket of Croatia, and so white bread, flat cakes and many other cakes filed with walnuts, with poppy seeds or plum jam, have been baked here since ancient times, made from the most representative pastry made from green wheat.
Pasta, potato, beans, dairy dishes and fat meat dishes (cottage cheese with sour cream, dried cheese). Such types of food were once cooked to provide the energy required for heavy work, although these days their preparation is considered too time consuming and requiring too much effort.
Updated Oct 19, 2011
Favorite thing: In Croatia you do not have many sandy beaches as they are mainly rocky beaches and the water tends to get deep very quickly.
This is something that i personally prefer, but it might not always be the most ideal for families with small children.
But for someone like me who love to jump straight in to the deep sea then it´s perfect.
Written Jun 1, 2011
Favorite thing: The Illyrians and their bunjes are a visible but mysterious presence in Dalmatia. For a structure that is some 2000 years old, this rebuilt bunja on Hvar is in amazingly good condition though I don't think you'll find it listed on a local realtors lists as a potential holiday home, no matter how historic it may be.
We saw our first bunje on Brac and became intrigued with the lost Illyrians who built them. The name rang bells - echoes of Shakespeare studied at school - wasn't Orsino the Duke of lllyria? The bunjes we saw didn't look like ducal palaces. Wikipaedia to the rescue - the Illyrians were the ancient tribes who inhabited the Western Balkans in Classical times.
What is a bunje? A dry-stone walled house, typically round with a stepped stone roof, quite large inside. It seems on Hvar they're known as "trim". The one in the photo here is in a field right at the turnoff for Vrboska.
Photo 2 shows a bunje on Brac - definitely "ripe for renovation".
Updated Nov 30, 2008
Favorite thing: Hi Craig,
Pint of bear is 15-20 kuna = 2 - 2.5 Euro
meal normally around 40-60 Kuna = 5-8 Euro
Taxi is quite expencive from Trogir to Split taxi would cost you 40-50 Euro
Early evening, you go to old town, where you find the bars, Fluid, Puls, Gaga, Red room which all are open till around 1 AM
For rest of night you have 3-4 places to go, Basvice, Vanilla Club or Hemminway
From Split there is also a party bus leaving to Aurora the biggest Disco in Dalmatia, www.aororaclub.hr, the bus leaves at 11 PM on Fridays and Saturdays and is back in Split around 5.30 AM.
Written Jul 10, 2008
Favorite thing: I used marenauta.com charter service for my last sail adventure. It is cheap and they offer services like skipper, hostess and provisioning on-line, that is quite usefull if you want to take off the same day of your arrival.
Updated Jun 10, 2008
Favorite thing: After living here in Croatia (Dalmatia) 4 years, September would be my first month to recommend for visitors.
Temperature is normally around 25, and the sea temperature is normally even higher then this, it is not so crowded here as in July/August and accommodation, flight etc are cheaper.
Written Jun 7, 2008
Favorite thing: National Park Plitvice
Fondest memory: In this park, there were wonderful waterfalls. They are one of the most beautiful and oldest in Europe. You ban walk around the park over small bridges and you will be amazed by this very nice nature. This is really a "MUST"
Updated Feb 5, 2008
Favorite thing: Zadar's center is located in an island with a recently refurbished seaside walk. This plasanr area gives you the opportunity to enjoy some amazing sunsets near the "Sea Organ" while you listen to the sound of the tides through the organ tubes...
Written Jan 8, 2008
Favorite thing: Opatija, in north croatian Istria peninsula (near Rijeka) was in the 18-19th centuries the favourite holidays retreat for the austro-hungarian and german high classes. Here spent his holidays the Emperor, Empress Sissi and many cultural references of those years, such as GUSTAV MAHLER. You can find a sign about him in Opatija (see pic).
Written Jan 8, 2008
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