Petite Adventures Month in Review: May 2017

For months, I looked forward to our vacation in Croatia. It would be our reward for hard work, long hours, and for surviving our first British winter. For weeks I longed for it, planned for it and dreamed about it, and now, here we are, already a week into June and almost two weeks since we returned. Can someone please tell me, where has the time gone?!

Oh well, moving on and looking back, our vacation in Croatia was in one word: AMAZING!

We arrived in Zadar late at night, and were immediately blown away; even in the dark, the city was gorgeous. Our first stop was the peninsula home of the Sea Organ and the Monument to the Sun, which was lit up and glowing thanks to a sunny day. As we stood in the middle of the Monument to the Sun, looking out over the water as the Sea Organ played haunting tones, that’s when it finally hit me: we were on holidays.

We spent our first full day in Croatia exploring Plitvice Lakes National Park. This day trip was a relatively last-minute addition to our itinerary, and I’m so glad we decided to make the two-hour trek north. The lakes and waterfalls were just as stunning (if not more) than any of the photos we’d seen; I honestly couldn’t get over just how turquoise the waters were! Both Dave and I agreed that spending the day exploring the park was the highlight of our trip.

Following our short stay in Zadar, we took the bus south along the coast to the town of Split, where we spent four days navigating the winding streets, eating gelato, and soaking up as much sun as possible. It was fantastic!

For all but one afternoon, we were treated to nothing but sunshine. We spent most of our days wandering through the town, seeing the sights, and rubbing the toe before finding a cute little restaurant or bar where we could spend out evening sipping Croatian wines and eating delicious foods (mostly seafood, or pizza).

The one afternoon we decided to lounge on the beach we were chased away by dark clouds and thunder and lightning in the distance. We made it almost all the way back to our hotel before the skies opened and rained golf-ball sized drops upon us, forcing us to seek shelter under the awning of a pizza parlour. Despite the day being cut short, we still had a fantastic and relaxing time reading by the turquoise blue seaside.

On our last day in Split, we decided to hop on the ferry and make our way to the historic, small town of Supetar on the island of Brač. We spent the afternoon ambling along the beach and exploring the small town before capping off our day with a seaside pint and pizza. It was grand!

Our trip to Croatia was everything I hoped it would be. The weather was gorgeous. We explored, relaxed, ate and drank. It was a brilliant way to unwind after a long winter and before an equally busy summer.

Places Visited

  • Manchester, UK
  • Zadar, Croatia
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
  • Split, Croatia
  • Supetar, Croatia

Distance Travelled: 3846.33 km

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From left to right: Plitvice Lakes National Park, Supetar, Split, Split.

What I Read

A Year in Provence

A Year in Provence follows author Peter Mayle, his wife and their two dogs’ journey of settling into and renovating a 200-year-old farmhouse in the south of France, and adapting to the small community’s much slower, more relaxed way of life.

A Year in Provence is a fantastic read! It’s witty and heartwarming and had me dreaming of buying my own little farmhouse in France (or anywhere warm). As an expat, I could also relate to many of the struggles Mayle had – from learning a new language to dealing with out-of-town guests to adapting to a new and much slower way of life. It was a fantastic read that I’d recommend to anyone looking for a quick (and cheap) get-away to Provence!

Get your copy today from Amazon or Chapters.

The White Lioness

As per Goodreads, because I couldn’t find a better way to say it without giving too much away: “The execution-style murder of a Swedish housewife looks like a simple case even though there is no obvious suspect. But then Wallander learns of a determined stalker, and soon enough, the cops catch up with him. But when his alibi turns out to be airtight, they realize that what seemed a simple crime of passion is actually far more complex—and dangerous.

Combining compelling insights into the sinister side of modern life with a riveting tale of international intrigue, The White Lioness keeps you on the knife-edge of suspense.” (Goodreads)

The third in the Wallander series, The White Lioness is so far my favourite. Right from the beginning, I was hooked, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed how the story has unfolded. At the time of this post, I’m just about two-thirds of the way through and I can barely put it down (if only I could keep my eyes open long enough to read more!)

Get your copy today from Amazon or Chapters.

What’s Next?

June will be another quiet month for us here in Leeds. Both Dave and I are back at work and insanely busy once again, leaving little (if any) room for travel. But that hasn’t stopped us from browsing, dreaming and planning, so who knows – a last-minute adventure might just find its way into our diaries.

AROUND THE WEB

Are you looking for the perfect shoe to take you from Milan to Minsk this summer? Well, look no further than Collecting Labels.

A few weeks ago I shared my favourite shoes, flats and sandals to slip, slide and strap into to guarantee a summer of style AND comfort while you navigate the cobblestones, streets and hills of Europe.

So, what are you waiting for? Pop on over to Collecting Labels and learn more about my favourite fashionable picks: http://www.collectinglabels.com/best-travel-shoes-summer-europe/.

Part-time Travellers Facebook Group

Are you a part-time traveller, a weekend warrior, a petite adventurer? Join the Part-Time Travellers Facebook group and connect with a community of other like-minded travellers to share info, tips and resources for making the most of your time off! http://ow.ly/g8lQ30c91qn

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