We left Barcelona in late April and flew east to Croatia for two reasons: first, we visited this beautiful country two years ago, had a great time and definitely wanted to go back and explore it further. And, it was time to leave the Schengen Zone for a while. Leave the what?
|The mysterious Schengen Zone.|
Which means that Americans, and other non EU citizens including those who don't need official visas for short-term stays, are only allowed to stay in the 26 member countries 90 days within any 180 period.
So, for most tourists who spend a week or two in Europe, there are no restrictions. But for those of us who want to spend more than 90 days, it presents a challenge. For the first two years of our travels, with Mary's help, we obtained Long Term Visas from France which allowed us to travel anywhere in the Schengen Zone for a year.
|Our original Long Term French Visas.|
|A quick check on the storage unit in December. What IS all this stuff?|
Whew! With all that said, after spending 38 days of our 180 days in France, Spain and Andorra it was time to leave the Schengen Zone which we did on April 23 when we flew from Barcelona to Split, Croatia. Our plan was/is to stay out of the Schengen Zone until early July by spending time in Croatia, Ireland and the UK.
|Our wonderful Airbnb in Split, Croatia. Ours was the bottom floor.|
|Combination rusty bus stop sign and Seahawk's 12th Man flag across the street.|
|Debbie along the path into the old town.|
|Huge stones from the fourth century are scattered all around the old city.|
|The walk back home. It was cloudy and rainy on many days, but we got some great sun, too.|
|The view towards at the Riva (waterfront walk) and the city of Split from our neighborhood park.|
Although we rarely complain about our health, Debbie recently turned 60 and I'll be 71 in August, so we both have a few aches and pains that come along with the senior side of being Senior Nomads. Hauling heavy bags doesn't help either. So, we really appreciated it when Jelena found a local orthopedic doctor who was willing to look at my "frozen shoulder" which seems to be getting more frozen and more painful all the time. He diagnosed a torn tendon, so there is some work to be done there. Not sure what the plan will be. She also got us an appointment at her dentist office to have our teeth cleaned by a skillful German-trained hygienist who was delightful, thorough, and best of all, very affordable.
|This twenty foot giant has had frozen shoulder a lot longer than I have!|
|We are becoming international dental patients. Look at all those pearly whites!|
|The fresh market in Split is huge - Debbie was in heaven.|
|Fortunately, she decided these tasty morsels could go their own way.|
|With the reporter from the local paper in our Airbnb.|
|Photo opp in the rose garden!|
|Here is a screenshot of the online story. It also ran as a full page in the paper.|
Thanks for following along,
The other half of the Senior Nomads