Loving it, Loving it
14.07.2007 - 21.07.2007 40 °C
I had such a palava getting to Croatia. From Pireaus port of Athens I had to go to Patras by rail to then get a overnight ferry to Brindisi. After a night in Brindisi I had an hours train to Bari to then get another overnight ferry to Dubrovnik, after which I had a 4 hour coach journey to Split. Pheww I think that was all of it. I have no idea why there are not ANY flights between Greece and Croatia, a business opportunity if ever there was one.
So as you can imagine i was shattered when I finally got to Split. I found a lady offering a cheap room for the night and after I checked in went to explore for a short while and then had a very early night. I really enjoyed my 1st night in Split as it was so pretty. Split is a large historical city based around a harbor, its very busy with lots of restaurants and cafes and many many tourists. Early the next day I went to find my boat that I would be spending the next week on. I checked in at 12 am and met my fellow travelers and crew. I was suprised to learn that in total there was 28 of us, but little did I know I was about to have the best week of my life and make sooooooooo many friends.
I cant remember an exact day by day log of what we did, but in General breakfast was at 8 am (which no one ever made it to), we sailed til lunch then generally anchored for an hours swim before then heading to which ever port for the evening. During the day we all sun bathed, chatted played cards relaxed etc etc, hard life I know.. The lunches were provided and everyday it was a three course meal, started with soup, then by a meat with salad or veg and fruit or cake for pud! The chef was called happy, he spoke little English but he was so funny and defiantly the best cook we could of had. In the evenings we went out for meals with the whole group. One night we split up into small groups and between us got bits of picnic stuff n wine etc and ate tea on the beach watching the sunset, it was such an amazing night.
Everyone on the boat became really good friends. It wasn't really a big group of nationality's between us, there were 3 Brits, 2 Scots 1 Kiwi and the rest were Ausies. There were a few of us single travelers, there were only 3 couples, one group of 3 people and one group of 6 and the rest single. The only people I felt uncomfortable getting to know was the large group, they mainly kept them selfs to them selfs and it was hard talking to one of them rather then the whole group. I became great friends with my roomy Kate from Auz. We had an up deck cabin, it was very small, but much more airy than the cabins below deck and defiantly worth the upgrade fee.
In the afternoons we docked at ports. Usually we were behind other boats and it was generally a daily routine of climbing over the other boats to reach our own. I had so many near misses of almost falling in and eithern at times when we were all at our drunkenness no one ever fell in. I felt for sure that it would of been me! We went to the Islands of, Brac, Hvar, Korcular and one other (cant remember the name). We also went to Dubrovnik, Omis and finished in split all on the mainland. All the places were so beautiful and so different. Dubrovnik was my favourite as it was so historic and full of natural charm and climbing the wall was a high lite of the trip for me. The lakes of Korcula national park were really spectacular. The lakes had turquoise waters and surrounded by lush green land. I swam in them, it was so clear and warm and I was very lucky to have seen some large fish with my snorkel. Hvar was very big and busy and most peoples favourite but for me I felt the tourists had already ruined it and by that I mean all the tacky gift shops.
Leaving everyone was so hard, we had so many top days and nights as such a big group it was totally amazing. Everything was fantastic, Croatia, the weather, the Crew the Food and not forgetting our boat Providnost!
I will remember this for ever!!