Wednesday, March 6, 2013

In search of sun - Croatia

We left last Thursday for Croatia. We drove. It took us 13 hours. We stayed 2 full days. We came home Monday. We drove. It took us 12 hours. We all made it safe and sound, no problems. Lots of laundry to do, school to resume and work to begin. It was beautiful and I dare say we brought back a  little of that sun and warmth with us to Krakow. It has been amazing outside here ever since we got back. Warm and sunny. Thank goodness, I think we were all ready for a little more sun...
Leaving Poland
Our GPS system. It never runs out of batteries.

We stayed in an apartment in Pula, Croatia which is a coastal town. It is a stone's throw away from Italy and everyone there says "Ciao" to greet you although Croatian is more similar to Polish than Italian. Almost like a Slavic Italy. It's a beautiful little village and just the right size for a 2-4 day trip. It was warmer than Krakow although still a bit chilly in the shade with a breeze which is why we are all wearing our coats. No bother though, it was sunny! We strolled around the first day and saw the sights and the second day we spent walking on the beach and relaxing. And then we headed home. Short and sweet.
What we woke up to.
6th largest Roman amphitheater in the world. The most intact one in the world.

Arch of the Sergii. 
Temple of Augustus.
Water! (and kids, but the clear water is why I post this...please don't look at their hair)
Sunset from our balcony.

I wanted to post a few more photos but I am having an issue with photos and the blog right now so these are only a few of the many we took. A small sampling, if you will. And upon return to Krakow amid the first full day back (yesterday - warm and sunny) the neighbor called Martin over to give him a package that had been delivered while we were away. She couldn't bring it over herself because it was too heavy. And here is what was inside...

Care package of Awesome.
That's a lot of cheese and other deliciousness courtesy of good friends in 'merica.
Thank you, friends!


  1. Looks like a fun trip! I'm surprised it didn't take twice as long without a more modern GPS (you know, the one that has buttons and plugs into your cigarette lighter). We did the same road trip a few summers ago... just drove through Slovakia and Hungary instead. I highly recommend seeing Dubrovnik if you guys go back and down the coast.

    1. It was a surprisingly not easy trip. There are so many exits you have to take and stretches where the highway is actually just a one lane road through a village. It was kind of crazy. There were wrong turns and many turn a-rounds.

  2. Looks like quite a cold vacation, though sunny:) Beautiful place to wake up to!
    I am laughing at your package:) Sooo American:) But seriously, Velveeta???

    1. You have to have Velveeta to make a decent at-home Queso. It's the only way. Velveeta and Rotel. (otherwise Velveeta wouldn't exist in my you know how long that stuff stays "good" for? way too long)

    2. I wanted to ask the same question. Velveeta? :P But ok, I understand now, I suppose. ;)

      We had some sun last days also but it will be more winter in March. I'm not that naive to believe that this is real end of winter. ;)

  3. That balcony view is gorgeous!!! I'm so glad y'all got some sun (regardless of the loooong drive) :) I also love that you wore cowboy boots in Croatia--Texas represent!

    1. Ahh yes, the boots, I dont really go anywhere without them. ;)

  4. This is great! I'll have to show Katie. Her adopt-a-cardinal is from Croatia. I think. I'm a terrible mother.


    Look at that sun! Give it to me!

    1. It was so nice to have the sun, and the heat. Because the sun was warmer there somehow. 13 hours in the car with kids...not so great.

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  6. Awesome. Is it common to drive there from Krakow? Or is it easier to have everything you need for kids in a car rather than deal with flights and extra costs?

  7. All you Velveeta haters: don't knock it 'til you try it! (melted with Rotel for queso, like Olivia said--otherwise it serves no purpose. Well, maybe for broccoli rice casserole...)

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