Two years back, we had planned a trip through Amsterdam and Croatia with my parents, and they were at the last moment unable to make it due to some extenuating circumstances. The good news is, they were able to visit both beautiful places this time round! My Mum finally got to witness the Dutch tulips in full bloom at Amsterdam, a long-held wish (Amsterdam Tulip Tales: 30 years and counting..). And we headed together to Croatia- this time, though, dear husband was unable to make it at the last moment. But well, we make the best of what we get.
So what that means is I got to wear the ‘Official Tour Navigator’ hat, which I am proud to report I carried off with reasonable ease. Yes, I think so. It helps of course, that it was my folks with me, who are the best. And we were in Croatia, which is beauty, simplicity and ease at its best.
The trip was ambitious, covering a round-trip from Split and back, covering three islands along the way in a week: Hvar, Dubrovnik and Korcula.
Split was its vibrant self, not yet full-tourist season yet bubbling with positive energy. My folks loved it!
We said goodbye to Split for our first island- Hvar. Now, Hvar has a reputation as the party island of Croatia. But we found was a simple little town, almost a village, with children playing in the town square, church choirs practicing at night, lovely helpful people (we found our host out looking for us when the boat docked even though we had not requested a pick-up), and oh, the most beautiful sunsets!
Hvar turned out to be a serene little island with a strong flavour of slow living. We turned next to Dubrovnik, a different flavour. More on that later 🙂