Our friends Matt and Chrystal were planning a week long boat trip in Croatia and asked if we wanted to join them, or meet them afterward. Um, twist our arms! We were online looking for plane tickets immediately. We weren't able to get the time off for the boat trip, but we decided to meet them for an extended weekend and road trip up the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia from Dubrovnik to Zadar.
|Fist sighting of Dubrovnik - it's so iconic|
|Cavtat from the top of the hill|
Because of the flight schedule, Brian and I arrived in Dubrovnik a day before Matt & Chrystal were to arrive from their boat trip. We decided to spend our first night in a nearby small town, Cavtat. We thought it would be more fun if we explored Dubrovnik for the first time with the Davis's, and we typically really enjoy smaller, less touristy towns.
We loved Cavtat. It was small, beautiful and really laid back. We spent the day cruising the streets and alleys, swimming in the Adriatic, eating ice cream, and enjoying the beautiful sunset. It was a day well spent.
|First stop - Brian had been dreaming of octopus salad since our last trip to Croatia|
|Yep, back in Croatia, sunbathing on rock and concrete|
|Not bad for a Thursday|
|Polo...field? What do they call the area you play Polo? Rink? Court?|
Anyway, it was literally in the middle of town, right in the harbor
|Sun setting at dinner|
The next morning, we packed up and headed down the road to Dubrovnik and met the Davis's. Once they steadied their sea legs, first order of business was to grab a drink and toast to meeting up in Croatia! We found a bar that was built into the side of the cliff, overlooking the sea. It was perfect, and we even climbed down the side after to a swimming hole. The boys jumped in for the first of many swims over the weekend.
|Always so nice to see friends|
|Bian will always go for a swim|
|from the side of the bar|
We spent the day catching up and exploring Dubrovnik. We walked around the whole city on top of the city walls. The views were pretty incredible and you could tell by the color of the rooftop if they were original or if they had been rebuilt after being bombed in the war.
|On top of the city walls|
|View from the walls|
|Matt & Brian|
|Chrystal and me|
|Brian taking it all in|
|wine and apps on our patio|
|watching the sunset from our patio|
|hanging out in town|
|blue shirt night|
The next morning we picked up our rental car and headed north. Our destination for the night was Makarska, but we had a few stops to make along the way. First up was Ston, which is a tiny little town that is known for their oysters and their huge defensive stone wall, which happens to be the worlds 2nd longest complete fortress system and is referred to as: "The Great Wall of Croatia" or "Europe's Great Wall of China". Ston is located at the tip of the Peljesac Peninsula, so after lunch we drove a bit further on the peninsula to some wineries for some wine tasting. Then, it was back on the road to Makarska.
|Dubrovnik in the background|
|It was a great view point|
|Driving into Ston - you can see the oyster beds if you look close|
|sampling the oysters|
|Selfie by the bay|
|The wall in Ston|
|The town of Ston - you can see the wall in the background|
|First wine stop - check out our Fiat "Mini Van"|
|After a bit of a delay due to the language barrier, we did sample some wine|
|In front of the winery|
|View of the Peljesac Peninsula from the second winery|
|Group shot in Bosnia|
|swimming in Bosnia|
|Kissing in Bosnia|
|Arriving in the Makarska Riviera - very nice|
|Our back patio in Makarska|
|Loved this restaurant in town|
|at the port|
|Group shot - I am not wearing a sleeved 1-piece bathing suit. |
I just have a black t-shirt on over my top.
|Sun setting in Zadar|
|enjoying the sunset|
|We like Croatia|
|Dessert - we literally just came from dinner where we had pizza|