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:
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) 😀
Sorry, couldn’t help myself. 🙂 It’s been a long time since I wrote anything, and well, this post will come with sea photos. 😉
Yes, I’m on vacation. Finally.
I had (still have) time to think about what’s been going on in my life and pondering the reasons why I no longer have the time and/or energy to read and write. Honestly though, I haven’t come to any smart conclusions. Life takes you on a path and before you know it, all that once brought you pleasure as a hobby suddenly no longer fits into the hours in a day. I hate that.
So I spent my first week of vacation basically doing nothing. Just resting from the hectic pace my life is when I go to work.
I sleep a lot, go for a swim, do some yoga and pilates and read. I’m just doing things I enjoy and that bring me relaxation and hopefully, one of these relaxed days I will have an epiphany and realize how to make time in my routine for things that make me happy and relaxed.
Because when I’m happy and relaxed, nice things happen to me. Like talking to a neighbor and discovering a new perfume gem I now covet.
Cartier’s La Panthere.
I was so surprised to find myself enjoying a perfume I thought was for older ladies. 😀 Oh, well, I’m the first to admit I’m prejudiced.
Anyway, I hope to do a review sometime in the near future. So far, I can only say that after reading the notes, I am no longer surprised I fell for it. There is gardenia hidden in its heart. 🙂
And to leave you now with typical Smokvica sights:
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
The last installment of my vacation series.
You might wonder how I ended up there having said what I did before going on my vacation. But I was there with my ex’s sister (who is a really good friend of mine) and her two girls (and he’s not officially my ex either – what a strange life I lead…).
After the walking I did in Copenhagen and the partying I did on Vis, spending some calm time (as calm as it can be with two young girls) was just the thing.
Smokvica is actually the perfect place if you’re looking for a peaceful, family time without many amenities or tourists.
I guess the photos are always the same from there. 😉 (except for the alcohol part)
First part of a new Kir Royal recipe (rose liqueur)
The finished Kir Royal (a tried recipe, Asali and I discovered in Copenhagen)
View from the beach
Other side view
Walk along the shore
God I wish I was there now!
As I already mentioned, I absolutely loved my summer vacation. I was lucky that after Vis I got to spend some time in Smokvica again, so I could recuperate from Vis.
You will not be able to tell that from the pictures here, but I spent most of my nights awake having fun with a little group I met my first evening there and with friends who were there already. We basically drank and danced the nights away and I ended up getting home later and later as the nights progressed.
So I spent my nights out having fun and days sunbathing on the beach and enjoying the company of my friends. 🙂 Which is how I ended up seeing several sunsets and sunrises (actually it was the sunrises that I was most surprised to experience – I’m usually never awake at that time). 😉
On the ferry
View of Kut (other side of the Vis village)
Walk to a special beach
Still walking to the beach
Not there yet (it was a bit far)
Komiža (another town on the island of Vis)
The special sunset when you need to wish for what you want in the next year (and be very careful as those wishes tend to come true)
Leaving Vis at 5:30 in the morning
Sunrise from the ferry
P.S. I got warned on facebook that Komiža is not a village, so I fixed that now. 🙂