Sunday, June 1, 2008

Molly and Scott's Great Adventure Part 1

This was an amazing trip!
I would recommend going to Croatia and Slovenia to ANYONE!

Our boat was small by cruise ship standards, it help 330 passengers. We were about 3/4 of the way full and about 1/3 of the passengers were English speaking.

Here is our room. Small, but that is what we expected. It was just big enough to be comfortable.

There were not many English speaking tables on the ship. We were lucky to be seated with a great group. A couple from England and two friends from California (who ended up going on the excursion after the cruise with us!).

Most days we ate breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dinning room (seated, from a menu) above but some mornings we ate breakfast (buffet) on the deck.

So, that is the basics. And after the safety drill...

...we were off.

Our first stop was Pula.

Most of Croatia has been under Italian, mostly Venetian, influence. Above are some ruins that are still used today as a concert hall.

Pula is a small town, we did not spend a lot of time there. We chose to take an excursion to Medieval Istria.

And part of the trip was a wine tasting...hmmm, wonder why I was so excited to go...

Every night we were "entertained" by the unity orchestra. This brings up another point. We were called, "the aliens" by the crew because we were about 1/2 the age of most of the people on the ship...who I am sure enjoyed the unity orchestra...especially Natasha the Russian singer.

Next stop was Zadar

We walked around Zadar in the morning. We found it quite charming and would have enjoyed the day there. Instead we went on another excursion to the Plitvice National Park.

This Park was absolutely amazing. Every turn led to a waterfall or a lake. The water in Croatia, due to a lack of industry, is amazingly clear. It is possible to look down and see layers of fish and on to the bottom of the lake. The water is an amazing blue/green color that is impossible to catch on film. An absolutely amazing place!

Off to get ready for Scott's birthday dinner. Another installment tomorrow...

Take Care,


Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

Welcome home!!! So far it sounds like an amazing trip. Can't wait to read more!!!

Kathleen said...

That looks like a great trip!

Colleen said...

Welcome back! What a fantastic trip! I can't wait to hear and see more! I LOVE Europe and am so glad that you had a nice time. What cruise line was it? I love the idea of a small boat.

teacherwoman said...

Love the pics! Looks like you guys had a wonderful time!

Borsch said...

Wow...sounds like a great trip!

I have yet to go to Europe, I better start planning.

Danielle said...

I'm so jealous. I have been interested in going to Croatia since I saw it in that last James Bond movie. There is a deal with a tour company here for Venice and Croatia that is very tempting to me.

Aimée said...

Wow it looks beautiful there! How awesome that you got to go. I am glad you are back safe and sound!

teacherwoman said...

I believe you asked me about how long it took me swim 1000M?! Well, I know that I usually average about 2:30/100m. So I am guessing around 25-30 minutes, as I stopped to talke to my friend for a few minutes and stretch. I hope that helps. I would like to get down to 2:00/100m.