I traveled to Croatia for a couple weeks in the fall of 2012. We spent the first week in a villa on the island of Brač, near Split. It was a gorgeous rental and very affordable for our group of around ten. A smaller contingent stayed a second week and traveled up to Plitvice Lakes National Park, and then back down through a little corner of Bosnia (called the Neum Corridor) and to Dubrovnik.
The view from the window seat in our villa bedroom
Delightful! Became our go-to beverage.
Beautiful outdoor kitchen area
Gifts from our hosts- Croatian olive oil and fresh baked bread
I love barefoot vacations
these kayaks and launch rock were part of the rental
The villa was wonderfully decorated and cared for
Milna was a small town within walking distance of our villa. The people were friendly and put up with our bumbling and wandering, and there was a decent amount of English on menus.
The shop in Milna, where we found great produce and wines for snacking at the villa
Heather relaxes at the beach in Bol
Sunset over our little corner
Jakov was our go-to driver. He was one of my favorite parts- very gregarious and happy to answer our questions, tell us stories, explain graffiti, and suggest day trips. He was really terrific and definitely enriched our time on the island.
A visit to Split
Happy Birthday Kelly!
I would drink one of these right now if I could!
Car show in Trogir
Headed North into the mountains!
Lake Plitvice National Park
Roadside farmer’s stand with honey and fresh fruits/vegetables
Quality control. When Mona apologized to the farmer for our little one’s sampling, the man smiled and said, “Children belong to all of us.”
Headed into Bosnia!
It was slightly intimidating, but the border controls were very simple and straightforward. There were a few guys with their hands up against a wall as police rummaged through a car as we passed through, but I decided against taking any photos.
Mona looking toward Dubrovnik
This lamp was in a wine bar we visited in Dubrovnik.
So much good seafood!
This map shows the destruction from the conflict.
Old Town Dubrovnik at night
Stunning bobbin lacework- I wish I had taken a video. These women created such beautiful pieces that I had to bring some home with me.
A walk around the city wall in the late afternoon