Tag Archives: Croatia

On a boat….

9 Dec

… going to Italy!

Surprise! As you can see, this cycle trip is not a democracy (please click “view results” on our homepage’s poll). Mother Nature has spoken, and she does not want us to go to Albania and is thus making getting to either Istanbul or Athens rather inconvenient. Continue reading

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Sea-rene

1 Dec

Hello dear blog readers,

We write to you from the city and island of Korčula, which lies in the southernmost region of coastal Croatia, known as Dalmatia. Although we only meant to stay a night in this 13th century walled town, its charm has kept us here for four. We have rented a lovely (and shockingly affordable) apartment in the old city, in the house right next door to where the famous Marco Polo spent his childhood. From our rooftop terrace where we have been eating our meals, we can look over the red tiled roofs to the Adriatic waters and mountains with the same perspective as Marco would have had! It feels very magical. Continue reading

BOK

20 Nov

Hello, dear friends, from Zadar, Croatia!

We write to you from a cafe beside the sea, enjoying two glasses of chilly red wine for only 16 kuna. Zadar is in the northern part of the Dalmation Coast, which is a 375 kilometre section on the Adriatic Sea renowned for sunny skies, clear waters, and rich history. The beaches make this area a major tourist attraction in the summer, but now the foreigners are few. Some of the locals wonder why we are visiting Croatia now, but we are really enjoying being here in the off-season (and the reality is that cycle touring in Europe for a year means we have to spend winter somewhere)! We enjoy the chance to meet more locals, seeing how cities exist without tourists, less traffic on the roads, and appreciate the cheaper rates and the fact that we don’t need to reserve anything. Sometimes we feel we have entire places to ourselves, and that is truly magical. We also find the locals more hospitable and accessible than they otherwise might be (for example, a waiter we recently had treated us to coffee and several shots). The atmosphere is certainly quieter, and thus seems less hectic, which matches our cycle touring mentality perfectly. Continue reading

Coastal Living

15 Nov

Greetings from the Croatian coast!

We have been on the Adriatic Sea for two days now and are completely enthralled. Both of us have so much attachment to the ocean (a.k.a. British Columbia) that we feel a certain sense of peace to smell the salt air and hear the lapping waves. It is a breathtakingly beautiful place, and we now see why everyone spoke so highly of this country. We are also very happy to have found warmer temperature and although the Croatians seem surprised we are here in this season, we are finding the 15 to 20 degree temperatures absolutely balmy! Continue reading