Island-hopping in Croatia ~ bustling Hvar…

Tourists  flock to Hvar island for its beautiful climate – mild winters and warm hot summers are the norm.  We arrived on a hot sunny day having been ferried by water taxi into the town, as the Olimp couldn’t dock until 8.00 p.m. Hvar is famous for its lavender production so upon getting to shore, it wasn’t surprising to see fragrant lavender products on sale … Continue reading Island-hopping in Croatia ~ bustling Hvar…

Island-hopping in Croatia – captivating Korčula

Saling into Korčula was fabulous  – not only because we got to see this beautiful island and many of the coves dotted along its shore, but also because we had to wait for some time until we could dock, and this meant we dropped anchor for the swim stop very near the impressive Franciscan Monastery of the Assumption of Mary on the island of Badija. … Continue reading Island-hopping in Croatia – captivating Korčula

Island-hopping in Croatia – magical Mljet

This was a magical day –  we slept on the ship at the dock overnight and our first day at sea dawned warm and sunny with the deep green-blue water very calm. Right from the start my fears about sailing and sea-sickness were allayed as I could see for the most part we would not be in open sea, and the water as so calm. For … Continue reading Island-hopping in Croatia – magical Mljet

Aboard the good ship Olimp – the Elegance cruise beginning in Dubrovnik …

It was with some trepidation yet huge excitement that we set off to find our floating home. Sail Croatia’s beautiful boat the Olimp was moored under a large bridge about 25 minutes drive from the Sheraton. The bridge itself is impressive and when we saw the sleek and elegant Olimp moored on the dock beneath it,  we were pretty sure we had done the right … Continue reading Aboard the good ship Olimp – the Elegance cruise beginning in Dubrovnik …

The Croatian adventure ~ Dubrovnik

We arrived in Dubrovnik two days before the cruise was due to begin, and stayed in the stylish Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera hotel. Situated on delightful beach, it is a resort-style hotel and is only about 20 minutes away from Dubrovnik via water taxi. Staying there was the perfect choice as we needed to relax after the previous stressful few days, and prepare to ourselves for the … Continue reading The Croatian adventure ~ Dubrovnik

Zagreb … and the unfortunate incident

  Our trip from Budapest to Zagreb was marred by the fact that Phil’s main suitcase was stolen not long after we left Budapest at one of the first three stops along the way. The fact we were stopping  between the two cities was something we hadn’t really factored into our thinking – but we surely will from on. I  won’t go into detail but … Continue reading Zagreb … and the unfortunate incident

Budapest … the wow factor continues!

After our tasty lunch in the shade at Jamie’s Italian, we ventured back down the hill and across The Chain Bridge in search of the gelato that had come so highly recommended by our friend. We headed off towards the Basilica and easily found Gelarto (sic) Rosa. Famous for the pretty rose-shape they craft from their gelatos and sorbets, it was bursting at the seams, … Continue reading Budapest … the wow factor continues!

Beautiful Budapest… the wow factor

Budapest was a revelation. I had imagined what it might be like and I freely admit I had not done enough research before we arrived. I have a lovely young friend who lived in Budapest for a while and she provided us with an excellent to-do list. It sounded amazing, yet I was still surprised at how cosmopolitan and upbeat the capital seems, if not … Continue reading Beautiful Budapest… the wow factor