Castle on the hill

The thing we saw today… was it even a castle? Probably not – more like a miniature citadel – but it was built on top of a hill, so it’s not a complete lie. Today we were making our way up towards Slovenia and Italy, but on our way I saw a sign pointing upContinue reading “Castle on the hill”

Highs and lows

Let’s start today with the lows, and end it on a high note. We spent the night near Rovinj, a pretty town on the Istrian west coast. The campsite was nothing special, and just too far from the center to comfortably walk the distance back and forth with the kids. Now, In Rovinj, most parkingContinue reading “Highs and lows”

Now this is something different…

You all now by now I’m a bit of a reptile nerd. I can’t help it. It’s been like that since forever. It started with dinosaurs when I was young, and it never left me. Those of you that now me a little better, or read here regularly, will also understand that snakes in particularContinue reading “Now this is something different…”

In ruins

After a spectacularly cold night in the van at Kamp Romantik, we visited the Nesactium ruins close to Valtura. These ruins were not in the best of shapes, but revealed the blueprints of what must have been a pretty impressive Christian church, and several additional structures. The information was only limited as the visitor centerContinue reading “In ruins”

Bring out the candles!

Today we took it slow. We packed the van up late, and had a nice chat with our Swedish van-dwelling neighbor, while we laughed at two German bikini girls that thought getting an early morning dip in the cold sea was a good idea – until their toes touched the water. We had run outContinue reading “Bring out the candles!”

My meditation

After a great bout of teamwork this morning, by 9.30 we were about ready to drive, back north, back to where we came from. Usually in the northern hemisphere the weather gets nicer the further south you get. I believe this is usually true in Croatia as well, but this time of the year –Continue reading “My meditation”

We may not have had a plan, but at least we had a great lunch

Today was a day with even less of a plan than usual, and very few ideas to guide us. After spending a night on a huge, boring and overpriced, but entirely empty campsite near Split, we just wanted to be somewhere nicer. However, as we’re reaching the southernmost tip of Croatia, we were running outContinue reading “We may not have had a plan, but at least we had a great lunch”

A landscape of life and death

After a visit to Roski Slap, another series of waterfalls in the Krka NP, we drove back towards the coast. The road meandered through a slightly hilly, brown and gloomy landscape. Destroyed homes, abandoned unfinished houses and buildings still in use that had evidently seen better days were scattered along both sides of the road.Continue reading “A landscape of life and death”

Do we really look that weak?

“No, you better go back, take your car, and drive there instead,” the lady told us. “Walking there is too much, especially with kids.” We were a bit perplexed by this advice from the lady that occupied the entrance register of Krka NP. We were all geared up, toddler in the backpack, baby in theContinue reading “Do we really look that weak?”

We have this whole place to ourselves!

We woke up today to cloudy grey skies that posed a stark contrast to the cloudless days that are now behind us. The weather forecast wasn’t pretty for today – or the coming days. The 90+% chance of rain even had Heike worried a little. I saw things differently. First of all, rain at homeContinue reading “We have this whole place to ourselves!”