BC: Though sad the adventure is over it's just the first of many, many more. Here's to the next adventure!
FC: Croatia | April 2012 | Marta and Marshall's Honeymoon
1: Our Trip began with a 24 layover in London where we checked into our BB near Gatwick, thoroughly jet lagged and confident we'd be able to see most of London in 24hrs...lesson learned, it's just not possible!
2: Our Whirlwind London Tour! | After a 'traditional' breakfast we began our site seeing and ended up at Tower of London | a | The London Bridge was "this big!"
3: Standing Guard, we have some training to get through before we get the sweet hats | Taking advantage of some 12th century plumbing, checking out the secret halls and trying out for the British Military, all in a day's work
4: Us, tourists? Oh yeah, we touristed it up. We were happy to see that we own a building in London, surprised we haven't see our share of its profits come through yet.... | Our evening was spent in the fantastic company of our friend Seb who took us to my favorite curry district called Brick Lane...we had a great time but jet lag finally caught up, time to go home.
5: So happy to see sun, pretty much fell in love with Croatia before we even landed. A quick and stunning bus ride took us into the heart of Dubrovnik. | DUBROVNIK
6: good eats | Does anyone know why the pizza in Europe is always so amazing? Never had a bad pizza in Europe. A quick lunch and we're reading to go searching for our hostel.
7: A Bath tub cafe.. | Sidewalk restaurants fancier than many a classy Canadian spot, the hospitality here is second to none.
9: Maybe it's being on vacation but the pace of life seemed to slow down in Croatia.
10: Day 3 was spent taking in Old Town Dubrovnik, 60% of which was destroyed in the Serbo Croation war of 1991. 21 years later it is still recovering but coming back thanks to renewed interest in this part of the world.
11: I sat Marsh down to take a picture of him in front of this church door and asked him to hold my ice cream. As I set up the shot a little girl of 5 years old walked past with her mom, she was polite until she had walked past, at which point she leaned into her mom and accusingly said "Why does he get two ice creams???"
12: Day 4 was the beginning of our week long paddling adventure through the Elaphite islands. On the island of Lopud we found our first guest house, run by 87 year old Ana who insisted on carrying our bags up to our room and gave us 2 shots of homemade liquor to "get the heart going"...at 11am. She will always be one of the warmest souls we've ever met.
13: Dinner was always outdoors and always amazing. This spot was a favorite of the trip. Perched on top of the bluffs, the sunset seemed to have been custom ordered for us. | If one is to become Croation an outdoor brick oven is a staple of the house kitchen, I don't think we actually saw anyone use an oven the entire trip.
14: At the top of Lopud is a crumbling fortress rumored to have been built by Napoleon to keep watch over the seas. We wandered up here before breakfast at 7 am to take in the sunrise.
15: On the way down from the fortress we took a side path and stumbled upon an 8th century Chapel that is still used for special ceremonies, the bottom picture is what is left of the nunnery.
16: A traditional Olive press, designed in the 10th century and used until the 1970's | We paddled over to an Arboretum, a garden for different tree and plant species. Here you might find things such as groves of Bamboo 15 feet high or a 700 year old oak, which would put the oak's birth year at 1312.
17: So many amazing sights, so little time.
18: The Limestone Caves Because the rock is so soft it is easily eaten away by the salt water. Over time these form underwater caves which you can barely see from outside. It takes a leap of faith (out of your kayak) to find them. The coolest part? The water is so clear and blue that it provides the lighting inside the cave.
19: Simple Game: Find Marshall in his bright red kayak
20: Our days were stressful and rushed as you can see, between kayaking, hammock time and watching a local guide getting a straight blade shave by one of his guests we were definitely living a rough life
21: ...On our last island, Miette, we found Odysseus's cave
22: Our last meal consisted of a traditional cooking method called a Pekka. If you call 3 hours before you want to eat they will heat up the outdoor oven, mix together meats, veggies and local herbs in a pan and then cover it with a dome, coals, and slow cook it for 3 hours. The result? Some of the most tender and amazing food you've ever tasted.
23: Back on the mainland we did the 3 hour bus ride up to Trogir, a Unesco town halfway up the coast. Our home for the next five days was in the Unesco old town. A two story stone apartment from the 16th century and yet complete with towel warmers and electric kettle. Marsh discovered they actually had M&M signage hanging by our apartment, we took it as a good sign. A wander through the old town brought us to an accapella group singing in one of the public squares.
24: We discovered driving in Europe is actually way safer to drive in than in Canada and headed out to check out the Krka karst springs | When freshwater runs over limestone it creates a dig and deposit cycle. It eats away the limestone, then calcifies it and deposits it further down, creating a stunning maze of waterfalls.
25: The power of the karst springs is incredible and a village used to run a mill and laundry based on hydro power. Imagine this as a sort of spin cycle. | These stone mills would all run simultaneously, milling everyone's wheat, corn and grain using the energy generated from the paddle wheel outside.
26: Sadly it was time to leave Croatia, back to London for another day layover. This time we took in the sights in style, automated rent-a-bikes, who knew?
27: Discovered Harrod's has an entire tea department, am in heaven. | We topped of the evening with some more good times in Seb's good company before heading back to our hotel for our last night in Europe.