It wouldn’t be nice of me to come from my summer vacation and leave you without any photo evidence of how beautiful Croatia is. 🙂
So, I’m not going to write much but leave you with the sea and sunsets from Smokvica and Vis.
One morning in Smokvica
Small beach on the island of Vis is somewhere in there with beautiful white rocks
Tourist love Croatia as well – found this on a beach on the island of Biševo
Blue cave is one of the attractions on the island of Vis, and this is the cove where you can take a swim while waiting for the boat to take you to the cave
Where we went swimming every day
View of Komiža from the top of the island of Vis
Wine tasting with finger food (Lipanović wine – really good) and it’s located in an old military bunker
Komiža during day
Beach sunset and wishing for the year to come (accompanied by alcohol) 😉
The sun had set in Komiža
Sunrise over Vis
Not to end without any pictures of me, my summer ended with a beautiful wedding I attended. My cousin got married and I had the best of evenings, one of the reasons being that she made me believe in love again.
So here is my selfie from that day:
Or crawl as that was what I almost did this Saturday.
You all know how much I loved running and was a bit depressed upon learning that I couldn’t anymore. Well, it turns out there is this thing called trail running/trekking (I know it’s not exactly the same but as I walk in both cases it’s pretty much the same to me) which comes close to the same thing as running.
I decided to try trail running and see if my back could support it. So far I only did one training where I actually did some running, the rest was fast walking or just walking uphill.
Which brings me to last Saturday.
There was a B2B trail in Croatia and my company decided to participate, so 20 of us went to the island of Krk to try our best in trail running.
Not to keep you in suspense, I did no running at all. 😀 The path was rocky and steep and at one point I moved at a snail’s pace. I wanted to say literally at a snail’s pace but it wasn’t, turtle would be more appropriate. In my defense, it was extremely steep and everyone in my category of ‘only being able to walk’, was slow getting up that part.
It won’t be an exaggeration when I say this was one of the most difficult races I ever finished and I only walked. But getting up on a rocky mountain and then climbing down those steep hills is actually quite difficult. It’s a rather sharp uphill battle when you start climbing. Turns out getting down that kind of mountain is not as fast as one might think.
And since I made it in the time allotted I am very happy with myself. It is a bit painful walking these last two days but I don’t mind. It just means it will be less difficult next time. Although next time I’ll carefully check in advance what the trail looks like. 😉
Saturday was an amazingly sunny and beautiful day so I’ll leave you with some of the pictures we took that day, and show off my colleagues that were as enthusiastic to participate as was I.
P.S. Forgot to say. The air on Krk was amazingly fragrant! The spring was in the sea air.
And autumn seems to already be here…
When I looked back on my vacation, I realized I really did get enough rest and I enjoyed my time off. Even when the weather turned cold and windy. The books occupied my time while I waited for the sun’s return.
I’m not sure if you can see it in this picture, but the wind “bura” was blowing and there is a white fog over the sea.
But then, when the wind and the rain stopped, it became possible to catch pictures of sun through the trees.
Most of my vacation was spent in Smokvica, we just traveled for the last few days to southern Dalmatia to watch Maraton lađa – a famous event in that part of Croatia where teams compete on the river Neretva in rowing old-fashioned boats native to that region. For 22,5km! That is more than 2,5 hours of rowing.
But before the main event, we were lucky to have dinner at a place that features this sunset in front of it.
And views like this one:
In order to get to the start of the race boats are organized for tourists that first take you for a swim and a lunch and then to the start of the race.
And here go the teams – there were 34 of them.
This is what cheering from the boat looks like. 🙂
And now I’m back in Zagreb, just so you don’t think my hair always looks that disheveled, I have a fresh hairstyle.
(that will probably be disheveled in 2 days time) 😀
In September I went to a race in Umag – a wine race no less and that was the best experience ever as there were stations with food (cheese, prosciutto and cakes) and drinks (wine, water and juice) every 2-3 kilometers. Luckily for me, I didn’t run a half-marathon there because with all that food it would have been rather difficult, but was a part of a team and ran 7km.
Just right to enjoy the offerings… 😉
My last stop during the summer was island of Hvar where I went to run a half-marathon. A most beautiful race but definitely the most difficult one as more than half of it is uphill (and parts of that uphill are 10% hills). Anyway, it was a great experience and the town of Hvar is really beautiful (the whole island is). So I’m leaving you with some of my summer memories… 🙂
I would have been a very bad perfumista if, when possible, I wouldn’t had visited the only different perfume shop in town where I was staying. In Rovinj, it was a little shop called Profumo di Rovigno where I spent more money than I expected, all thanks to the lovely owner and her products.
There are only two perfumes, the woman and man variant of Profumo di Rovigno and I admit that the woman version is a really nice floral. It contains the synthetic musks I have a problem with, but I still liked it a lot and thought is was extremely reasonably priced for the perfume you got (it’s been a while but I think it was around 30 Euros for 100ml).
The things I bought were a home perfume with the note of oud – La Notte di S. Lorenzo, a herbal/floral refreshing water Aqua di Rovigno and several soaps. There is something for everyone in that shop, I dare you go there and leave empty-handed. 😉
I thouroughly enjoyed my experience and almost succumbed to the amazingly beautifl silk scarves they have (that would be the only reason to advise anyone to not go there – they might succumb to silky temptation).
Still, if you’re ever in Rovinj, go visit the store, it’s definitely a place to see and smell and enjoy your senses, both scentual and sensual.
You can check more of what they have on offer on their site.
It took much longer than I expected to get this post published. Ever since I got back from vacation, life was hectic and time to spare wasn’t to be found anywhere. Rovinj is beautiful. I kept taking photos from every possible side (they are not all here). 🙂
View from the St. Euphemia church
Steps in St. Euphemia church if you decide to climb the bell tower
The bell tower
How small streets end in Rovinj, straight in the sea
At the beach (=rocks around the town)
Walking around (the view)
Houses of Rovinj
One of the many pics of Rovinj I took
One from a boat
How it looks from the island of St. Catherine
I feel really bad for neglecting my blog and the only thing I can post at the moment are some pics from vacation.
Some from Senj, some from Smokvica and hopefully more to follow after visits to some other places. 🙂
Senj at night
Senj at night
Selfie at the beach 😉
Sorry for the finger! Fortress Nehaj
View from Nehaj
Nehaj in the background
I only learned about the brand a few days ago and I was amazed by the design of the shoes.
There aren’t that many designs available but they are all done by hand out of Italian leather and seem so cool.
I mean, I can always admire high heels even though in everyday life I stick to reasonable shoes (i.e. those I can walk in all day long).
You can follow them on Facebook or check their site (don’t look at prices though).
Some of my favorites:
God, how I wish I was someone who can buy and wear these shoes…
In no particular order:
Kafka – your name came out so chocolate it is 🙂
Since Kafka skipped the perfumed part of the draw, a bonus name name came out – Tara!
Congratulations everyone and please send your addresses, I promise to get the packages out as soon as I can. 🙂