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Summer vacation is over

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.DSC_0043

Most of my vacation was spent in Smokvica, we just traveledΒ for the last few days to southern Dalmatia to watch Β Maraton laΔ‘a – 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.Β DSC_0053

And views like this one:DSC_0056

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.DSC_0064

This is what cheering from the boat looks like. πŸ™‚



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) πŸ˜€DSC_0078

Croatian summer 2012. II

So, here are some photos I took in the last week:

My beach in Smokvica (well, not mine, the one I go to every day):
View from our terrace early in the morning:
The path I take when I go running (not that I managed a lot of that):
View from that path – the island of Krk on the other side:

One more from the running path:

Slightly better (closer) view from the path from Smokvica to Klenovica:
One more from the view from the path from Smokvica to Klenovica:
Love from Croatia! πŸ™‚

Croatian summer 2012

Some of the photos I took on my vacation:
Seline, taken at 5 PM but the lighting is all strange when there is so much sun:
Seline, a view from the boat:

One more from the boat:

Beach in Seline:

One more of the beach across from Seline:

Love from Croatia! πŸ™‚

Vacation is over, work awaits…

And when I say work, I mean WORK. πŸ™‚

I have many things I need to do this fall, and I’m glad to say I didn’t start on any of them on my vacation. After all, vacation is vacation, and getting frustrated by the slowness with which I’d be getting anything done seemed to me the opposite of what vacation is about, so  the last 3 weeks was all about me doing things I like and that relax me and not thinking about anything remotely work/study-related.

I’m proud to say I’m very good at that. πŸ˜€

I can’t say I didn’t get my rest and that my batteries aren’t full and ready to tackle my workload, it’s just that I don’t really appreciate the fact that I can never really choose how to spend my days as I do need to work to be able to actually spend my day leisurely these 3 weeks that I can.
Sometimes I really, really wish I were rich.

Basically, I spent my days, reading, cooking, swimming, enjoying solitude, and for a while children’s antics (my boyfriend’s nieces were there for a few days, they are incredibly great and tiring at the same time, I should think like all children). πŸ™‚

I only got to read 10 books (which is not as much as I usually can). But of those 10, 7 were the Harry Potter series so I consider myself lucky. Although a bit depressed as well. It’s one of those stories that makes you lose yourself in it, and when it’s over, you can’t believe you have to go back to life where there is no more of that world.
Yes, I’m on of those people who can get lost in fantasy. And believe me, it doesn’t make for easy living.

This is it for my get back post – here are some photos of my vacation.

Seagulls in Klenovica:

View through the trees from the terrace:

View from the little beach:

Rosemary in bloom:

Clear, blue sky:ο»Ώ

P.S. I was going to post the photo of my favourite bathing suit but as it only displays my behind, I decided against it (taken by  my boyfriend of course). πŸ™‚

And, I’m off!

Work is done and luckily I won’t have to think about it for the next three weeks.

I mean, I am taking my laptop with me because it’s no vacation if I can’t enjoy my favourite blogs.

But mostly, it’s going to be fun in the sun (well, more like reading in the shade) but you get the idea. πŸ™‚

It’s pretty much the highlight of my year, when I get to relax and unwind, not worry about my calorie intake, exercise regime, work, people relations etc.

I’m taking my Kindle with me, lots of stuff to smell and review (hopefully) and all of my bathing suits which have now reached a critical mass – so I was very economical this year and didn’t buy a single one! And I found a beautiful one!

I do hope weather returns to the sunny heat it’s supposed to be at this time of year, and no more of this autumn vibe.

Pic is mine. πŸ™‚

Week off is over

So. I’m back from my week off. And no, didn’t get either much sun, or much sea. I actually got into the sea once. Yesterday. And that’s it. Now I have to wait another 5 weeks to go for a real holiday. But, since there’s so much work to be done in the meantime, I guess the time will fly. The eternal optimist, me. πŸ™‚

The important point is that I rested, slept enough and read. Not that I read as much as I usually would, sometimes I relax by doing a lot of house work. And my boyfriend’s house is well, big enough to provide one with days of house work. So, for two days I relaxed by cleaning. Unfortunately though, this is not something I have any influence on. Most of the time, I don’t feel that cleaning the house is going to relax me, quite the contrary. πŸ™‚

Anyway, I got enough rest to survive the next 5 weeks and when I returned there was a nice package waiting for me on my desk. My MUA fix.

I got 3 decants, Missoni EdP, CSP Eau de Biarritz and Hermes Elixir de Merveilles. If I knew how much I was going to like Elixir, I would have sprayed it on my arm to see what it smells like on me, this way I’m smelling the strip and hoping it will be as wonderful on me tomorrow when I try it on. All that talk of orange-chocolate opening (which I read after smelling it) would have one thinking it is something too sweet but on the strip, it really smells citrusy enough not to be sweet and reminds me of cologne. Since it seems I lean toward ‘masculine’ smells, the cologne idea appeals to me. And I know I shouldn’t be writing about it smelling it only for half an hour, but I had to share my discovery.

I did try the other 2 today (I’m smelling my wrists for quite longer than Elixir strip) and neither of them made me smile. I mean, I like them well enough, Missoni reminds me of summer at a seaside town with this bitter-harsh note which my guess is a combination of bergamot, dewy rose and bitter orange and I love the part where chocolate wafts in (after Chocolate amber by Bath & Body works, I’m all for dark chocolate notes).

Eau de Biarritz smells like a white summer day (white sunlight if you understand what I’m trying to say) in a Biarritz type of town, very chic and expensive but summery fresh with some aquatic hints but nothing I’d find disturbing (I usually can’t stand those).

Notes for Elixir by Perfumed court: orange peel, vanilla, tonka bean, sandalwood, incense and ambergris. This is a more gourmand version that is heavy on the chocolate and orange.

Missoni EdP: Italian bergamot, nespolo, magnolia petals, peonies, dewy rose, bitter orange, kaki, gianduia chocolate, amber

Getting notes for Eau de Biarritz proved difficult, all I found was features notes of magnolia, ylang-ylang and Indian sandalwood.

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