Last week I was off the grid traveling between islands in Croatia. Definitely a trip I will remember for the rest of my life!
Friday: Flew from Belgrade to Split in tiny prop plane, exciting! We had an amazing dinner at a seaside restaurant. The sea bass and octopus was on point. Also on our way home we stumbled across Diocletian’s palace, built by the Roman emperor in 305 AD. So much marble! (Quite slippery but obviously durable).
Saturday: We wandered around Split, passing some fish markets while picking up sunscreen,snacks, and a roadie or two. We checked into our boat, the Brilliant Kiss and met our skipper Zoe!
Sunday: We left the marina in the morning, ready to hit the open ocean! We sailed for a few hours, then it was time for swimming. We all tried to show off our jumping and diving skills. We had a few diving newbies, which lead to a lot of laughs and face plants. We also got dragged by a rope behind the boat. Looks like we are having the time of our life, but nooo we were basically half drowning, losing our suits, and laughing hysterically. I did not want to be the first one to let go of the rope though, how embarrassing!
Later that day we anchored in a bay near Hvar for the night. The bay was filled with a bunch of other yachts, many very very large! We took the dingy to the bar on shore, and had an awesome time people watching the rich folks in the cabanas. While they were ordering $1000 champagne bottles, we were sipping on our $5 beers. But hey we were doing the same thing as them! So mo money does not equal mo fun.
For dinner we took a water taxi to the main town of Hvar. I had amazing squid ink gnocchi and they brought us three free drinks throughout the meal. So European. Much class. After dinner we hiked up to the fortress at the top of the island for an amazing view. It has been said that when Jeremy got to the top, he had tears in his eyes and said “This is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen”. Unconfirmed story though, I don’t want to risk my journalistic integrity.
Monday: Cliff jumping. Jesus take the wheel.
Tuesday: We headed to Korcula, one of my favorite stops. As we sailed in we were surrounded by at least 100 kite surfers, windsurfers, and other yachts. Apparently its know as “windsurfer’s paradise”. So incredible to see! Once we docked, we headed straight to the rocky beach to jump in the water and cool off.
We then started exploring the town and old fort and then sat down for an afternoon refresher. I ordered the ultimate trifecta of liquids: beer, sparkling water, and Americano. I was revived! Shane took a work call from our picturesque spot. Digital nomads, am I right?
Wednesday: We headed to Mljet, which contained a National Park with two sweetwater lakes. We decided to rent bikes to explore the island. We were in bathing suits and flip flops, biking up and downhill on loose gravel, post wine break. It was a wild ride and I am so proud that I didn’t eat shit! After our afternoon efforts we were treated to a beautiful sunset.
Thursday: More floating shenanigans. Tiff showed off her handstand skills and Jeremy struggled to stay upright. Unfortunately my new H&M sunnies popped an eyeglass. What a good look. Thank G someone found use in them! We then headed to Sipan island to dock for the night. The town was tiny and had a really cool rock formation and little beach. Great sunset spot.
Friday: Our last day of sailing. A full week on a boat and we started to get crazy, cabin fever is real! The morning was great and sunny but it soon started to thunderstorm! Luckily our trusted skipper Zoe navigated us safely to the marina in Dubrovnik.
Saturday: We said a sad goodbye to Zoe and Brilliant Kiss and headed into Old Town Dubrovnik. We spent the day exploring the alleys and streets and walked the fortress walls. It had really incredible views and it was amazing to see this insane fortress perching precariously above the water and cliffs. Definitely the coolest castle/fortress I’ve ever seen.
What a week! My favorite part was lounging on the bow and floating in the cold water in my little tube. Also the beautiful landscape and great friends!!