Another awful night with Felix-monster up and down like a rabbit. He wakes and either cries or just decides it's playtime and starts pulling himself all over us and the bed. Because he can get out of the cot so easily I really have no choice but to feed or cuddle him back to sleep, so then he thinks "ooh I'll go see mummy" again next time he wakes. Over and over. Was so tired this morning I kept my eyes shut tight as the kids arose and managed to doze until just after 9 as Jason sorted them out. On the way back from a quick shower, meg and I stopped in at mya's to get meg's toy truck and invite her to play after her breakfast.
Jason and I packed up slowly while the girls played with Mya and felix crawled around the stony campsite. It was windy so I got the kite out for the kids which they enjoyed bit then for the last half hour they all wanted to watch Dora. Leslie came over again and we exchanged travel information, plans and facebook details. She was interested in the travel apps I've been using so took note of those. It gave me a push to get up to date!
Once on the road we decided to forgo any local sightseeing and get on the way to Dubrovnik. Back on that lovely motorway! We wound through spectacular rocky hills and onto the dramatic coastline. Through the slice of Bosnia - their border guards are so surly - then back into croatia. We turned onto the peninsula at Ston and drove towards Korcula at jason's suggestion. It took about an hour to get to the northern edge of the peninsula from where the ferry to korcula leaves. The peninsula road was amazing, took us winding over huge rocky mountain ranges, down through a vast low growing valley and up into mountains again before bursting onto the coast hundreds of metres up and overlooking korcula to the north. The sun was setting by this time so there was a golden glow on the land. We didn't go down to the coast but enjoyed the views of mum and dad's honeymoon destination from over 40 years ago. Actually the road to get there was enjoyable in itself.
Nearing Dubrovnik, we passes through the Coastal town of Zaton and were drawn to a lovely stone building on the sea side of the road, the waterfront of which was lit up with lanterns. It was a restaurant - perfect for our last Croatian meal. We sat outside at a table on a stone verandah at which the clear Adriatic lapped, and ate delicious seafood and lamb. An incredible location.
After dinner we got the port, obtained our boarding passes and drove onto the ferry with little fuss. Onboard, the ferry was old and rundown. We were shown to a cabin in the bowels of the ship, truly. Worse luck, there was a sink but nothing else. I went back up to reception to say that I had asked for a shower and toilet when I booked the ticket. The man was singularly unhelpful and rude, saying that I had not paid for the amenities and there would be a charge of nearly £100 to 'upgrade'!! I argued this as it was more expensive than I had seen online and he reduces it by half but refused to accept part cash for payment. Anyway, long story, rudeness personified, we kept the room. And now to sleep.