Croatia continues to meet and exceed every one of our expectations. We arrived in Split, a city on the central coast, and spent a few days exploring Diocletian’s palace remains that make up the winding lanes of the Old Town.
We rented a car to fully explore Croatia, especially the coast. With more than one thousand islands, we knew we could only scratch the surface, so we chose two islands after a few days in Split. We generally go for quieter and historical spots versus the hip, night-clubbing beach towns. And this time of year, we often find ourselves the only family for miles. We are happy to have skipped the crazy high season, but also wonder if we are getting the full flavor of Croatian coastal living. (That’s really just an excuse to come back!)
We ferried out to the nearby island of Brac for the day and visited a beautiful beach of smooth, round stones instead of sand (much easier clean-up!)
Then we took our car on the ferry (Luke was so excited!) to Korcula and explored the island for a few days. I could go on and on about how charming and beautiful it is here, but you really should come experience it for yourself.
One thing I’ve noticed as we marvel at this gorgeous country, is how easy our trip has become. Everyone drives like we do, grocery stores are pretty familiar, I can even find toiletry brands at the drugstore that I use. We challenged ourselves to go out of our comfort zone on this trip, but this is very comfortable, even a bit luxurious. So, we planned a little bump in the road in a few weeks. We are going to volunteer on a farm in Southern Italy. It’s called WWOOFing (Willing Workers On Organic Farms) and is pretty popular in Italy and around the world. We will help a family on their farm in exchange for food and a room. Since Mitch and I are totally surburban/city kids and Luke hasn’t worked a day in his life, this should be interesting. Stay tuned!