After Montenegro we bypassed Dubrovnik since we already checked it out, and continued onto Orebic (a tiny village on the southern Pennisula). After six hours of driving we arrived to a blue sky, hot afternoon. We didn't book a place to stay because we had noticed that visitors who arrived to a place without a reservation were getting a better price on their room. So, we had marked out the location for a couple rooms that we knew were available, and were hoping to just show up to see if
the price was different. However, this proved to be difficult as neither of the places we marked out were anywhere to be found. We asked three local people who had no idea where those rooms were
located... So we aborted mission and headed for the water, soaking up the last few hours of the
Most of the accomodation here in Croatia is an apartment room attached to a family home. Majority of rooms have a kitchenette. Any family that has rooms to rent puts a sign infront of their home and room rates can be negotiated. .. After our swim we randomly walked up to homes and finally found a bright room for our stay. Our neighbours were Dutch and had also been to Montenegro on a nine day pedal bike tour!,! Yikes that's a lot of mountain roads to bike on!
The rocky beaches and clear water at Orebic was so enticing. Ashton bought and blew up a couple floaty toys for us! So we've been stuffing them into the back seat of our little car and floatin everywhere we go!
I'd like to spare you the details, however I'm sure you'll wonder why Ashton has a bandage on his finger in every picture....
Well, the story is quite simple and very uneventful... Ashton decided to get out his big, sharp Swiss Army knife to cut open the tiny instant coffee package. I'm sure you see where this is going. He sliced off a chunk of his pointer finger!!
Ironically there was a first aid kit beside our room, so I bandaged him up and we continued on.
Being the tough guy that he is, he showed no tears or signs of pain, even though it was a bloody
mess. He's been quite sad about wearing a dressing and not being able to dive into the water, but his wound is healing nicely and he's been able to float around without getting his bandage wet.
One day we'll remember this and laugh... But not yet... It's too soon..:)
After Ashton's accident, we ferried over to Mljet Island and spent the afternoon at the national park.
He took a liking to us because we are Canadian, and he soon showed us around his "office" which was a tiny shed in the backyard. ? As he drove us down the block he started swearing out loud and soon explained that his neighbour kept parking in his spot. He stopped the vehicle and the two of them exchanged some angry words and gestures.
(We have realized how calm and easy going Canadians are, compared to opinionated, angry aggressive people who seem to always be yelling at each other.) but then again, Some people find our easy going personality to be "boring"
As the evening went on we ran into Bepo as we were walking around the promenade and he
continued to burn Ashton. he started drilling him with a bunch of questions. Ashton would take a bit
of time to think of what to say so he wouldn't get made fun of because Bepo was a fast talker and a bit hard to understand and he knew Bepo was going to try to burn him more. When he didn't respond immediately after a question Bepo just said, "do you always sleep while you walk?"
He he.. Just one of many examples.
Split was more touristy and dirty then we expected, but then again we compared everything to sweet gorgeous Duvbronivick. Every town on the southern coast has an "old town" with surrounding walls, churches and touristy shops. Beside the old town there are always beaches or rocky areas to go swim.
The clock tower gave us a good 360 view of the city.
The night time was alive, with stylish Europeans walking the promenade and out for supper and drinks.
From split, we drove inland to a national park called Krka.
We walked along a crowded boardwalk to the main attraction and I went for a swim while Ashton took pictures and set up our picnic.
The next city, Zadar was great. It was comprised of an old town, beautiful churches and two unique attractions.
The 'sound and light' spectacles of the Sea Organ and the sun salutation were both very neat.
The sea organ looked like concrete stairs with holes throughout. As the water waves came in and out of concrete, the organ came to life and made continuous music through the vents.
After being a little bit disappointed by Krka national park, we himmed and hawed about going to Plitvice Lakes National Park. .. But our love for waterfalls prevailed and we are happy we drove the 2hours each way.
This national park was one of the most amazing places I've ever seen.
We hiked for 6 hours along pathways that sat literally on top of the water, and pathways on the edge of the lake or waterfall.
Swimming is forbidden in effort to preserve the natural beauty of this site. It was a hot day and the water was gorgeous, just beckoning us to jump in.
After resting up, we drove to Rijeka to check into the BestWestern for our last couple nights of our 6 month backpacking adventure.
We are currently on the 6th floor, sitting on our balcony loving our view of the Adriatic Sea.