For our final fortnight in Croatia we wanted to visit one more major city. We were planning on going to the harbor town of Pula in Istria because we had read so much about it. As Chief Travel Planner, it was my job to figure out how to get us there before we dug too deep in selecting an Airbnb.
First we needed to take the one-hour catamaran ride from the island of Hvar back to Split where we could catch a bus to Pula. My research quickly revealed that a bus from Split to Pula was affordable but long. Tickets were 300 kuna ($45) but the journey was 11 hours. Debbie always says she loves a good bus trip but that seemed a little long even for her tastes.
That's when I remembered our host in Split had told me about a seaplane that made the same trip in 90 minutes. Now who wouldn't want to fly up the Croatian coastline along the Adriatic at 1,000 ft on a beautiful sunny day with hundreds of islands scattered below? It brought back memories of flights we've taken many times back home in Seattle aboard Kenmore Air over the beautiful San Juan Islands. At first the price seemed reasonable, well okay reasonable in a "we've been staying below budget in Croatia sort of way" but that's when I remembered each of our suitcases weight 23 kg and that's not even counting our day packs which probably come in around 10-12 kg each.
|It was hard to give up the seaplane options.|
|Breakfast of Travel Planning Champions - Note the two chocolate cookies|
|A peek at our Zadar home away from home. One of our favorites.|
|In the running for "Hosts of the Year" - Elza and Alan in Zadar.|
|Will walk for miles for a soft serve combo cone.|
|With Elza on the little red boat that crosses the harbor.|
|Our driver. A father and son from same family has been running this short trip across the water for 300 years.|
|Debbie with Elza at the marina where she had just filled this planter.|
|A few of the the hundred fresh cherries we had on the counter.|
|We knew what we'd being doing for the next few days!|
|One of many wonderful performances we enjoyed throughout the week.|
|Indoors. Outdoors. Choirs were everywhere!|
|Greetings to the Sun is about to light up and go Disco. All run by solar panels.|
|Zadar definitely has "destination"sunsets.|
So, in this case, most of Travel Day was spend doing some final errands and having an excellent dinner before James, who we made friends with while we were in Zadar, came to pick us up and take us to the airport. So far, so good on the Friends + Cars = Airport transportation equation.
We made it to the tiny airport without any problems. Got in the queue with a huge gaggle of British holiday makers and still made it through security in plenty of time. As it turns out, there is a large area outside where you can sit and have a drink (or smoke like crazy) and watch planes land and take off. You are close enough to inhale the jet fuel fumes and hear the engines roar. Soon we walked out onto the tarmac ourselves and up the stairs for our Ryanair flight to Manchester. After 5 weeks in Croatia, it was hard to say goodbye.
|Dubrovnik is a city we enjoyed, but there are so many less discovered places to find on your own.|
Safe Travels, And thanks for following along,
The other half of the Senior Nomads