23/08/2012

Croatia: Split

Last summer my boyfriend and I spent the best part of three weeks travelling around Croatia, taking in Hvar, Korçula, Dubrovnik, Braç and Split. I thought I'd do a short series of posts on the trip, as it was one of my favourite holidays and it's a beautiful country. You can read the rest of the series by clicking here. 

This is my last Croatia post! It's taken me a year to get them all up - oh dear. If any of you are thinking about going to Croatia and think I might be able to help, don't hesitate to ask some questions in the comments or email you. I could talk about it all day! 


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Split was our last stop on our little Croatian tour. Strangely enough we'd already been there twice by the time we actually spent some time there. We flew into Split from London, but hopped straight on a ferry to Hvar, and on our way from Dubrovnik to Brac we had a brief stop and change of bus for boat in Split too. It was nice to finally get to spend some real time there. It was definitely one of my favourite places on our little trip.

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We stayed in a tiny studio apartment right in the middle of Diocletian's Palace, and we couldn't have asked for a better location. If you're going to Split I would definitely recommend trying to get a place within the palace walls, it's so beautiful and it's really lovely to be right in the middle of things.


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Our days in Split were spent wandering around the old city, getting lost in amongst the alleyways and narrow streets and just soaking up the atmosphere of it all. We did venture out to the beach for a couple of days, mostly to soak up the last of the Croatian sun before heading back to the UK, but also to satisfy my boyfriend's jet-ski cravings. I had never been on a jet ski before but oh my god, it was so much fun. 

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Evenings in Split were spent much the same as the days - wandering around, soaking in the atmosphere, whiling out dinners as long as possible before dipping in and out of random little bars for cocktails and beers. It seems every night in Split in one of the main squares, there's a little live music show with various artists and bands performing. Spectators sit on the steps and by the ancient pillars surrounding the square, sipping drinks and nibbling on ice cream, and just having a really lovely time. 

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That's probably the main thing I remember about Split - the atmosphere. It was just such a relaxing and pleasant place to be, without compromising on liveliness, as there was still plenty going on after dark. We really couldn't have asked for a better place to end our holiday. It's just a shame we had to leave. 

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I'd go back in a heartbeat.


21/08/2012

back to school wishlist

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topshop coat
topshop shoes


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  john lewis weekend collection handbag
american apparel graphic tee

It's been a long time since I've done legitimate 'back to school' shopping, but I don't think I've forgotten anything important. Coat to keep me warm during break time in the playground, new school shoes, school bag big enough to fit all my books and t-shirt for PE lessons... or for self expression during detention. 

Back to school shopping was always my favourite kind of shopping trip. Fraught with arguments with my mother over heel heights and skirt lengths, it was often a tense battle of wills, but the inevitable compromise would have me itching to get back in the classroom to show off my new wares. Nowadays, though it's been five years since I left school, every time August rolls around I still find myself gravitating towards large black bags, every day coats (well, sort of) and inappropriate shoes, because, well some things never change.

I'm not in need of any new coats, shirts or shoes at the moment, but I am back to uni in a matter of weeks, so I think I may just have to treat myself to that beautiful bag. It comes in red too for the more adventurous among us. 

16/08/2012

Croatia: Braç: Supetar, Bol, Milna

Last summer my boyfriend and I spent the best part of three weeks travelling around Croatia, taking in Hvar, Korçula, Dubrovnik, Braç and Split. I thought I'd do a short series of posts on the trip, as it was one of my favourite holidays and it's a beautiful country. You can read the rest of the series by clicking here.

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Braç gave me some of my favourite moments and some of my worst. 
I'll get the low points out of the way shall I? 
We stayed in a hostel (mistake #1) in Supetar (mistake #2) and while I'm sure Supetar has its positives, my experience of it left a lot to be desired. Everywhere we went to in Croatia was overrun with tourists, but Supetar took it to another level: a package-holiday-kids-screaming-sunburn-drink-drink-drink kind of level. It felt very "brits abroad" ... i.e. not what I want from a holiday. Anyway, we got into the swing of things and explored the strip of bars and sampled some of their many potent cocktails, and walked home drunk and dancing to some music we could hear in the distance. 
And befriended a shark.
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Our hostel definitely reflected the atmosphere of the town. I think it would be a lot of fun if I was on holiday with my friends and keen to get wasted and laid, and it does tout itself as that kind of place, so it is kind of our (my) fault for booking it in the first place... but, that doesn't excuse the fact that all but one of the bathrooms were out of order, the staff were either drunk or hungover and constantly incompetent and there was a lot of sex going on right under your nose. Okay so that's fairly standard with a hostel but on top of everything else it really annoyed me. Apparently at some point in my 21 years I've turned into an old lady.
The next day we hired a car and set off for the legendary beach of Bol. It's called the Golden Horn and stretches into the ocean in a great big triangle that's shaped by the wind. It's pretty much the coolest beach in the world. 
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Yeah, it's awesome. 

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It's a haven for windsurfers and kite-surfers and anyone who loves waves and splashing about like a crazy person. It was ridiculously windy and wavy; swimming here was the most fun I'd had in ages, and was the perfect antidote to my horrible hostel experience. In fact, we liked it so much we got up at the crack of dawn (well, 9am) and headed straight to Bol again the next day. Lying on this beach, I really felt all my troubles melt completely away. It was glorious!

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On our way back to Supetar we stopped in the beautiful little town of Milna for dinner. It was miles and miles down a seemingly never ending narrow, winding road, but it was worth every minute of terror I felt on that drive. It was just so beautiful! 

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I could have sat by the little harbour there forever.