We picked Doug up at the Split airport on Sept. 13. It was good to see him after nearly 6 months on the road. Kaye and I had moved into our AirBnB in Venisce, Croatia a few days before he arrived. Venisce is a small fishing village a few miles north of Split with small modest beaches and limited things to do. We spent some time on the beach, drove to Krka National Park, spent some time in Split and went to a Split vs. Rijeka football (soccer) match. It really wasn’t much of game, Rijeka won handily but the crowd in Split is crazy. They start chanting at the beginning of the game and it doesn’t stop. As the game progresses they start lighting flares and it looks like fire has broken out at the end of the stadium. I don’t think that would work at a Viking or Gopher game. Here is a link to a YouTube video of the crowd. Here a couple of links to video of the crowd: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4uGvJB7rls https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSCpQjAhWG0
We also went on day trips to Krka, a Croatian National waterfall park. Not as pristine as Plivitce National Park but very similar. One of the differences is that you can swim in Krka and not in Plitvice. We also took a boat tour to a few of the islands off the coast of Croatia.
After a few days in Vinisce, we drove to the town of Kotor in Montenegro. Montenegro had been part of Yugoslavia before it split into 7 countries in the early 1990’s . At one point, in the early 1990’s , they joined with the Serbs and waged a war with Croatia. Many Croatians are still bitter over the war. Our Dubrovnik AirBnB hosts simply shook their heads and said ‘terrible, terrible’ when discussing the war. Montenegro has applied to become part of the EU. More info on Montenegro can be found here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montenegro
Kaye and Doug spent 6+ hours hiking one of the Kotor Bay mountain fjords.
It was good to see Doug after more than 6 months of traveling and we’re happy that he took the time visit. He also spent a week with us in Dubrovnik, Croatia which will be our next blog post.
Vinisce, Croatia is a small fishing village north of Split.
Krka National Park, Croatia
The Bay of Kotor, Montenegro. Lots of incredible landscapes.
After Doug left, Kaye and I spent about 10 days exploring Split and some of the islands off the coast.
A trip to visit the Fortress of Klis just outside of Split. The site has been occupied off and on since 9AD and used as main defense of Dalmatia from the Ottoman invasion. Also used in filming of Game of Thrones.
Here’s a photo of the mayhem that goes on at a Split Football game. Also a photo of a couple enjoying their time in Croatia. Here are links to videos of a Split football match.