Friday, August 4, 2017

Rovinj and Heading Home

On our last stop in Croatia we visited the sleepy little town of Rovinj. This beautiful fishing town has an exact replica of St. Mark's bell tower from Venice sitting atop it's church on the hill. It is like a small Venice - the food, the small narrow streets. Such a lovely spot, and a wonderful end to our cruise.

Once again they had wonderful little coves and spots to swim off the rocky coast. The build in steps and ladders to help you get in and out of the clear water.  We rented chairs and soaked in our last bit of sun and salt. 








Love this cute little town!

Our last views from the ship - Goodbye Croatia!


 With our new friends Dave and Kelly!

Our whole crew! Eric, Steph, Kim, David, Kathy, Scot, Kelly and Dave! Goodbye good friends!

We sailed overnight to Venice and woke up to a beautiful morning. Unfortunately we had to fly home that day, but luckily we had been able to spend 3 days in Venice when we came 9 years ago. 

We had a long but uneventful trip home. We stayed in Charlotte for the night and then picked up the kids from their grandparents' house the next morning. We really enjoyed this cruise and would highly recommend WindStar to anyone. We made some great friends, and the trip was a perfect mix of sightseeing and relaxing. Can't wait to schedule our next trip!




Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Split, Croatia

Today we visited one of the larger cities in Croatia - Split. The main part of the old city was built around Diocletian's Palace. We took a quick wander around the palace ruins and visited a local fish market. After stopping by the ship to change clothes, we headed out for lunch and beach time!

The bell tower from the cathedral built on top of Diocletian's moseleum

We found a wonderful cove for swimming about a 10 minute walk from the ship. It was lined with people swimming, eating and soaking up the sun! The water is so clear!

They do a great job of building ladders and steps all around the cove, making it easy to just dive right in. 

 We rented some chairs and umbrellas and enjoyed a wonderful afternoon!

So true!

 Our server, Charlie, was a fun friendly guy from Indonesia. He entertained us each night with some fun tricks. 

This was a pretty cool trick of balancing two forks on a toothpick!






Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Dubrovnik, Croatia

 Dubrovnik! Our first stop in Croatia certainly lived up to the hype. It is a beautiful old city, and although a lot of it was destroyed during the civil war in the early 90's, it has been rebuilt and you can hardly tell what is original and what is new. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, there are strict rules about where you can build, and everything has to be in keeping with the original city architecture. We rode a cable car up to the mountain above the city to take in the breathtaking views.


This is the view of the old town from our ship.

We took a walking tour of the city and the walls.

If you are a Game of Thrones fan, you will recognize most of this, as much of the show was filmed here and in the surrounding mountains.

View from on top of the city walls - you can walk all the way around on the walls that encircle the old town.






Every turn was a beautiful little street, lined with shops, apartments, and laundry hanging outside windows.

One of the guides on the ship told us about a spot where you could swim and jump off the walls. We went with our friends Dave and Kelly to find this amazing spot!


My brave husband jumped off two different spots - what a thrill!







The hard part was not the height - it was jumping out far enough to clear the rocks.
Here is one of the crazy Australians we were jumping with - he jumped from the highest spot!



And yes, by the end I had finally worked up the courage for one jump. But one was enough for me!

(This video is shows both of us jumping, and you have to watch how long it takes me to work up the courage to jump!)


The water is so clear, you can see down about 30 feet!



After all that excitement, we all needed a break! Some other people from our ship took kayak tours (you can see them here)

Definitely our best day so far! What an adventure! 


Monday, July 31, 2017

Kotor, Montenegro

We woke up extra early to watch the ship come through the fjord. What a beautiful sight to see!
 



The city of Kotor is built into a hillside. The old city walls circle the city and go up to a fort on the hillside.

Part of Montenegro is Eastern Orthodox and part is Catholic - we visited several churches of each.

The old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so they cannot make any changes to the outside of the buildings. Walking around it seems like time stood still!






Stopped at a little cafe for some lunch,

The centerpieces on all the tables were plants (tomatoes, basil, peppers)

A typical Montenegran lunch -including cheese that has been soaked in flavored olive oil for 3 months.

Eric was feeling a little under the weather so he went back to the ship and I enjoyed some beach time.

There's our little ship, the Star Breeze!

And.... a little break for some gelato!

That night we had a BBQ on the ship deck followed by dancing. We headed back into the town to enjoy some drinks with our friends. The lights you see are the city walls, going up the mountain.

Our fun little group!

Farewell, Montenegro!