Weekend spent in nature, close to the kings – Petrova gora, Croatia

Hi World,

Very often we stay in our comfort zone. We don’t change things because we are afraid or just lazy, especially when it comes to day to day activities. When I travel, I always want to try out different things, go places, meet people, and discover something new.

When I’m at home, these new moments, and the urge to discover something new somehow disappear and hide. And it shouldn’t be like this.

I think I have to try more at home. Keep my eyes more wide open, focus more, practice being here, now, in the present. When travelling, this is easy. There is always a new challenge ahead of you, new situation that helps you keep the focus, especially if you are a solo traveller.

But this weekend was pretty exciting, I left the comfort zone for a while, went to a new place, tried new food.

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Most of you have already tried snails and frogs. For me it was the first time, and I can say that I always somehow postponed eating these little creatures. Not because I was afraid, I just didn’t want to try snails when I knew that there is something on the menu that is more familiar to me and that I’m sure that I’ll like!  So, this was the snail weekend. I really liked them, so I might even eat them again.

But the weekend wasn’t least bit spent in snails speed though. It was very active one. We took the car and headed towards one of the nearby hills. The hill is called Petrova Gora and it’s famous for its stunning nature. It’s a place where mushroom connoisseurs go to pick mushrooms, but this place has historical importance as well. There is a monument built on top of the hill that is a memorial to the victims of the Second World War.

Sadly, the monument has been neglected for years and it’s in a very poor state. Supposedly, the view from the top is stunning and you can see Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina from top of it. The doors of the monument are shut for visitors now.

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Apart from the stunning nature, this memorial, this place is very important in the older history of Croatia. Before modern governments and politicians, Croatia was ruled by the kings and queens, and last Croatian king (Petar Svacic) was buried here. It was exciting to see a part of that history when kings and queens ruled these areas.

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Last Croatian king Petar Svačić

But just sometimes, I recall lazy Saturdays, when all I wanted to do is visit the market nearby, prepare something to eat from the fresh products I got from the market,  and do nothing but relax and lie on the couch because the night before was so crazy. Good times! 🙂

Lately, I’ve exchanged crazy weekends and night life with more active weekends, spent hiking, running, cycling or just walking and exploring.

The other day I heard myself saying ‘…I just can’t believe that I grew old this early’. (I’m thirty). But I didn’t (maybe I’ comforting myself!), I just enjoy nature more, and smokey areas are not as appealing as they used to be, to be completely honest. I prefer to wake up early in the morning, and to start the day fresh, have coffee, write diary, and put my thoughts in the order.

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Beauties of Croatia – Island of Vis

Last two years, we’ve been skipping taking holidays and visiting the islands during the peak of the season. That time of year is surely beautiful, but due to the economical reasons and personal preferences, we’ve decided to go to the island of Vis in September.

Visiting Croatian islands during the summer months is something that become a habit of mine and summer (if I’m in Croatia) without frequent visits to the islands is unimaginable. Islands here are so easily reachable and everybody can go and make a daily trip. The closest one to the city of Split, where I come from, is the island of Šolta, and it takes only 50 minutes by ferry.

Island of Vis is a bit far off. By ferry it takes around 2 1/2 hours and by katamaran it takes a bit less. Island of Vis is famous for its beautiful coves, for natural and unspoiled beauty, beautiful red roofs, and military era that left so many traces on this island. (There are even military tours organized by tourist agencies… skipped this part).

So without saying much more, I’ll just let the pics tell the story of this piece of heaven on Earth.

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View on the city of Komiza

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Hum – the highest point on the island of Vis

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Stiniva – one of the most amazing coves on the island

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Komiza – sunset

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Porat beach – Island of Bisevo

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Blue Cave – blue interior, created by the light entering through the holes in the cave

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Happy island cats

A few tips:

The best way to see and explore the island is definitely by scooter. You don’t need driver’s permit as you can always rent 50 cc scooter

Place to eat – Buffet Vis (in the very center of the city of Vis, just few steps from the sea. Simple decorations, but food and ambiance is great.), local food, fresh fish, great prices. And most importantly …so tasty! 😉