I will eventually get back to telling you all about the rest of our trip to China, I bet you've forgotten all about it haven't you?. First I want to tell you about a holiday we had recently in Croatia. which we thoroughly enjoyed because it was just totally relaxing instead of touring, unlike like most of the holidays we have done for the past 6 years.
We flew into Dubrovnik and took a ferry for the 25minute crossing for our 10night stay on the little island called Kolocep, which is just off the coast of Dubrovnik, at the Sensimar Kalamota Island Resort. The island is traffic free and has about 160 inhabitants and the hotel is the only one on the island. Everything is all inclusive at the hotel and adults only, mostly couples, so we thought it would be the perfect place to totally relax after a quite taxing time and it was exactly that.
Here's a few photos of the hotel.
Our evenings consisted of dressing to dine in the fabulous restaurants, be it the buffet restaurant, either of the two Al a Carte restuarants or the local restaurant, Villa Ruza, a short stroll away, where they served the most fabulously tender lamb Dalmatian style, which was cooked in a big clay oven for over three hours.
We weren't completely lazy we did venture away from the island to visit Mostar in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina. On the way to Mostar we visited the church of Herzegovinian Gračanica, situated on a Crkvina hill above the town.
The views from the church are magnificent.
The bridge has obviously been rebuilt and is quite magnificent. Mostar was named after the bridge keepers (mostari) who in the medieval times guarded the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over the Neretva. The Old Bridge, built by the Ottomans in the 16th century, is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's most recognizable landmarks, and is considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans.
We visited a mosque and a traditional Turkish house in the town.
On the way back we stopped at a traditional vilage called Pocitelj for some refreshment. The walled town of Počitelj evolved in the period from the 16th to the 18th centuries.
After another few days of doing nothing by the pool we decided to take the ferry over to Dubrovnik itself for the evening. Here I am waiting for the ferry on the island's pier.
This was the view of the Dubrovnik Bridge from the ferry as we neared the harbour. The Dubrovnik bridge is one of the largest single-pylon, cable-stayed bridges in the world. 52m above the water, it spans a large cove north-west of the city. This water crossing has shortened the distance between Split and Dubrovnik on the coastal road by 12km.
before enjoying a superb local bottle of wine with a plate of local cheeses in a lovely little wine bar called D'vino, which himself had discovered on the internet before our trip.
then another delicious dinner,
I shall be getting back to my report on our trip to China very soon so I hope you'll join me for that.