Vikki: We are now in the middle of Croatia on the coast near Split, famous for its beaches. We are staying just out of the city about a 15 minute drive in. It was our longest drive to date to get here, and while we used the toll roads, it was slow going at times with traffic accidents bringing everything to standstill. Lots of cars on the roads heading south given we are smack in the middle of holiday season. The drive down was long but scenic, green and hilly with views of the sea. There were lots of viaduct bridges and tunnels too. As you head south its really dry with lots of areas of burnt vegetation, evidence of past fires. Clearly an issue they have to deal with regularly.
Today we spent some time wandering around in Split in the old town (Diocletian Palace) and the wharf and promenade. Some great old buildings and ruins to see, with shops and stalls all amongst it. It's so hot (30 degrees) that after a couple of hours we called it a day and headed to the beach.
Raj: Yep it was a long drive yesterday and I put my foot down when I could only to come to a crashing halt with all the traffic, much to the annoyance of Vikki (my driving and lack of patience that is). Croatia is certainly a busy place in holiday season so I guess we know what to expect going forward. The people and beaches are similar, though Split being Croatia's second largest city attracts more people, including cruise ships. It's so hot here we're making the most of the beaches and water when we can. The tummy line is expanding as we are on a diet of pizza and cheese burgers (and ice creams off course) having found a good takeaway joint next door. I'm also trying a new type of beer everyday (they serve 0.5l servings which is just right). And to those keeping up with my choice of swimming attire (Ardie, Mingle in particular) I am rotating the board shorts and smugglers regularly (and today was a budgie day!)
Anouk: Yesterday we had our longest drive yet which was 6 hours to Kastel Luksic. On the way we saw another bush fire and a hill that had been on fire because the trees were burnt and black with no leaves. Today we went into the city of Split and went to Froggyland. Froggyland has stuffed frogs and they make them into art. In total there were 507 frogs. The artworks were of frogs swimming, playing sport, sliding, practicing gymnastics and more. My favourite froggy artwork was the circus because they were doing sword fighting, bow and arrows, the splits upside down and other really cool gymnastics tricks.
Harley: After a 500km drive to Kastel Luksic we finally reached our destination. So far we have been to Froggyland which has stuffed frogs made into life scenes. An artist named Ferenc Mere started creating this art between 1910-1920 so now it's just over 100 years old! Some of the scenes were sport, school, crafting and music using a total of 507 frogs. My most favourite scenes were the athletics which had running, hurdles, javelin, hammer throw and discus and the circus with knife throwing, acrobats and balancing. I really enjoyed Froggyland because it was unique and cool. Check out the link to the website about it http://froggyland.net/en/index.html