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Tuesday, September 17: Day 148 – Déjà vu

We leave Split today by bus. They often have two bus drivers. That makes sense. Someone to deal with tickets. Also, the extra driver can keep the other awake or switch off on these long drives. Trash collectors come around the city squares, stop in front of a business and honk, and they either wave him away or bring out their trash. He moves about 20 feet and repeats...

Monday, September 16: Day 147 – Shades of Green

Today we went to the Plitvice Lakes. Our excellent guide Barry said that this is the best time to visit since it is autumn and the crowds are thinning and the leaves are starting to change. (I must have been off my game or he was a good guide because I didn’t have many questions throughout the day.) On our way, we pass by Diocletian’s aqueduct that...

Sunday, September 15: Day 146 -Wide, Long, High, and Deep Love

Rob and I looked forward to attending church in Split but Rob was starting to come down with a cold so I went on my own. The walk was very pleasant down quiet narrow cobblestone streets. This is what I read on the church website: We believe that in this time and in our lives, we need much more joyful news, rather than the scary everyday ones. That is why we think...

Saturday, September 14: Day 145 – Splittin’ a Split in Split

I woke early in order to soak my sore muscles in the bath. We haven’t seen a bathtub in a long time. It was fun to take a bath in this same place that Roman baths existed! After a nice breakfast, we checked out and headed to our Airbnb in Split. The big three in Croatia are grapes, olives and figs. We went to an olive oil bar for an olive oil tasting. There...

Friday, September 14, Day 144 – Invasive Species

We take an early morning boat ride to Split and check into the oldest hotel named Hotel Slavija which was built directly over the Roman baths of Diocletian’s palace. We had a walking tour with Mirjana who told us that her name means peace. She asked us where we were from and if our cities were tourist destinations. We told her no and she commented how lucky we...

Thursday, September 12: Day 143 – Abandoned?

At noon, we went by bus to an abandoned village on Hvar Island. We had heavy day packs since we needed much water because we would be hiking in the hot afternoon, and then we had to bring rain gear since it was starting to rain! The bus ride was narrow and winding. Ivan told us that the bus driver said that this is first time that he has sold tickets to Velo Grablje...

Wednesday, September 11: Day 142 – Hvar Faith

We had to leave early so our alarm sounded at 4:45am. (This time is not often set in retirement!) I went outside to retrieve my clothes that were drying on the line and was amazed at how quiet it was. I took a video but if I shared it here, you would hear nothing!! We quietly hustled down to meet our group at the dock. Here is our boat. It took about 1½ hours. We...

Tuesday, September 10: Day 141 – Island Girl

We had the day to spend on the island. It was great to sleep late. We got up in time for lunch overlooking the water vowing to return for an afternoon swim. But first Rob needed his climbing fix. We spotted a tower that is the highest point in the city. Bell Tower of St. Marks Cathedral The stairs were tight and winding but that makes it all the more adventureous. We...

Monday, September 9: Day 140 – Korčula

Today we leave Dubrovnik for a week-long tour with Intrepid Tours. Rob found this through Global Journeys which is an Australian company which acts as a clearing house for international travellers. Rob was looking for transportation to Split and found this tour. Intrepid has a unique approach which I think is geared to single travelers. It provides a group which...

Sunday, September 8: Day 139 – Seek and Find

It is very hard to find a Protestant church in Croatia. Our Dubrovnik search on Google Chrome, Google Maps, and Facebook only yielded one hit. We met under Scooby’s Pet Shop at 6pm. Our greeter and translator Daniel told us that there are less than 10,000 Protestants in the entire country. Musician and worship leader Peter told us that there are two...