We took a long windy road from Split to Dubrovnik. The coastal towns and views were breathtaking. I think I took about 400 photos the way down! We reached Dubrovnik late at night and were greeted by Emica as we were staying at the Emi apartments. Our wedding planners had organised our accommodation which was fantastic as we were located right across our wedding venue and only a 3 minute walk to the Old Town. We quickly put our bags away and headed off to the Old Town to find a suitable restaurant for dinner. As it is not tourist season, we only had a few options available to us. We explored the steps and alleyways of the Old Town and stumbled across a restaurant which serves Michael’s favourite meal, ligne na zaru (grilled squid with potatoes and spinach). The meal was very tasty as it was my first time to experience this Croatian dish. Highly recommended!
As we left the comfort of being “home” we headed off on our Croatian adventure. 1st stop, Split! Split is part of the Dalmatian coast and is roughly the half-way point between Zagreb and Dubrovnik. We booked accommodation on Airbnb for an apartment in Split. The problem with airbnb is that the host has 24 hours to respond to you. As we requested the apartment the morning that we wanted to stay there, we were not guaranteed the apt.
We were off on our 3.5 hour car ride to split and took the A1 motorway. There were parts of the drive which were absolutely beautiful and other parts that were sooooooooooo boring! Haha. It felt like a long drive, however once we could see the city lights of Split our excitement grew! We headed towards the apartment that we booked for the night and quickly realised that we didn’t have the street number. We found a free WiFi that we could use on our phone and noticed that the host still had not responded to our apartment request. We were not able to get in contact with them so instead found a nearby hotel which was the Best Western and bargained for a good deal for the night. We managed to cancel our Airbnb request and booked into the Best Western. This was a probably a blessing in disguise as we had a large comfortable room, great shower and delicious breakfast. It was a bit more than we were going to pay, however these are obstacles that we will probably face frequently as we are looking for accommodation on the go.
We ventured from Slovenia to Croatia by car and had to pass through border checkpoints as we exited the EU and entered Croatia. This will all change when Croatia becomes part of the EU on July 1st, 2013.
Grice is a village where Michael’s Dad grew up. It is roughly 20 minutes from the border of Slovenia. We arrived at the family home on Wednesday, March 13th in time for Damir’s (Michael’s Cousins) birthday! Little did I know that I was going to meet 20 members of Michael’s family for Damir’s birthday celebration. I was welcomed with shots of rakija and visnja which quickly made me feel comfortable. Prior to arriving into Croatia I have been learning the language, however sitting around the table I quickly realised that I understood nothing! At least Michael could translate some of the conversation. It was apparent that his family is very close, enjoys a good laugh and a good drink. Celebrations continued into the night!