Friday, July 20, 2018

Summer Holidaze

Well, last time I posted I was speeding along in the beginnings of summer. Trying to enjoy some knitting mojo. I was also trying to prep at work and home for our family summer holiday.



We went to Croatia and met up with two families filled with good friends. Our boys all met in Kindergarten and brought us all together, and well it's been so fun growing up together.



For a few reasons, we couldn't all be out at the same time. One of the families was kind enough to chaperone H. for the first week or so until we were able to fly out.



The first week the families along with some other friends sailed along the Adriatic. Our friends were sweet enough to send us some photos and keep us posted on how everything was going. It sounded like the Kid did alright and was well behaved enough. (Though our friends are so polite and sweet, I doubt they would tell us if he was a little sh*t -- but I'm pretty sure he saves his tough stuff for us.)



Teenagers lounge a lot. It's exhausting you know, teenaging while on vacation. He said it was really fun and relaxing. Living the dream right?



When the husband and I got there we met them at their final port in Split. We drove to the Marina and met them for dinner on land, it was full of outside restaurant seating and happy tourists and World Cup being shown. We got a chance to say hello to some other people that would not be traveling on with us. The vibe settled it, we were on vacation!





The next week we drove up the north of the Croatian coast. Our friends had been there previously and so we just enjoyed their previous experience and were happy to follow along their itinerary. They are such easy going and fun people. It was nice to feel like we could all travel together. I hope they felt the same.





It's beautiful. None of us had ever been to the Adriatic. It was salty and blue and easy to float in. The dining was heavily influenced by the sea and Italy I want to say.






We had a 5 hour drive back to Split to fly out so we checked out a day before everyone else so we wouldn't be rushed to make our 10am flight. We had just enough time to wander around an odd neighborhood to find some late night eats and get a glass of wine in the hotel lobby.

The next morning we flew to Copenhagen where we had a 22 hour layover. It might sound exhausting but actually it was enough time for us to get a chance to explore the city center which is great for walking and biking. We had a nice dinner outside in the Meatpacking District and as an extra treat before returning home we stayed at a nice hotel. (Though to be completely honest, everywhere we stayed was pretty awesome in it's own way.)





My husband returned to work the next day and I took one more day off to shake off the jet lag. Unlike my young son and my early rising husband (they are both morning people -- gross), I don't bounce back quite so quickly.

I have not stop daydreaming about taking another trip since. I had such a good time with my friends and family. :)

29 comments:

  1. Your vacation photos are GORGEOUS! The Adriatic is amazing!!!

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    1. Thanks Dee, it really was. I'll probably post some more over time, the places we swam ... were just heaven.

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  2. It sounds wonderful! And Croatia must have been CRAZY w/ the world cup and all.

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    1. It was! And Croatia was so excited every match they progressed. Everyone was chuffed.

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  3. How beautiful to be able to travel like that! Just the kind of summer vacation of my dreams!

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    1. It was really a treat. We are really grateful to our friends for taking H on for that extra 10 days we couldn't go.

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  4. NOW all those tweets make sense! What an amazing adventure!!!

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    1. Hehe yes. It was a wonderful time.

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  5. I have been seeing your photos on Instagram, and being so jealous! I'm glad you had such a wonderful trip.

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    1. Thanks Bridget. Holidays are fun to take photos for.

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  6. What a trip! Im so happy to hear all about this family time!!! You did it. and you want to go again, so that's the sure sign of a great time. Thanks for letting us share the beauty of the trip!

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    1. Yes, it was really nice to spend time with the family. It ended up being a lot of time for me and Anthony. Even when we met back up with H he was more interested in his friends than us. Completely understandable.

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  7. Your trip looks just lovely! I have heard that Croatia is beautiful, and your photos certainly back up that claim. How nice that you got to spend time with old friends.
    There is something special about a trip to Europe, isn't there? I'll be heading to Eastern Europe with my daughter on Monday!

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    1. Oh enjoy your trip!! I know you will have a wonderful time with your daughter!

      I have to say, I am always excited to go to different places. I have always wanted to travel, but yes, Europe is magical for me. It is my childhood wishes coming true every time I visit a place, new or old to me.

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  8. What an amazing trip - thanks for sharing the photos. Traveling with friends is great fun.

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    1. Thank you Nancy. I'm a little wary about traveling with people. I'm worried I will be high maintenance or a burden. I worry if I want to do something different etc. But not this trip. I really just wanted to see the places my friends were interested in and walk around. These friends are so easy going. They like a long leisurely outdoor breakfast (so this what was a included requirement in most of the accommodations). The rest is gravy. My husband is the one I always want to make sure is comfortable, ha!

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  9. What an interesting destination; Croatia of all places. How brave to send your boy out first. Always fun with friends for sure; can't go wrong with that.
    Thanks for thinkin' of my baby. She's on the mend in the right direction. Of course Mama has to be the one to slather on the cream; no one else will touch her boom boom area.

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    1. Yes, my brother in law had gone in the 90s. My roommate and his girlfriend at time were all about it. (She comes from a Croatian family) and since then we've continued to hear how it is a beautiful coastal area.

      H has always been a homebody, but he doeslike to get out and see things every now and then. I have been trying to get him to do more things that show his self sufficiency. I need to prep us both feeling comfortable with him being set off into this big world.

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  10. Oh goodness, what an amazing vacation. Thank you for sharing it with us!
    Like you, I would need time to bounce back. Probably more than a day. :)

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    1. Andi, who am I fooling. If I won the lotto, I would not be one of those people that continued to work, because it made them feel whole. Nope. I'd be booking tickets somewhere for some time. hehe.

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    2. And then I'd have some staycation at home. as long as I wanted to recover from wherever I had been. SWOON.

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  11. Sounds like a great trip! We went to Croatia in 2001 with our church choir and were privileged to sing in Verazdin in the National Theatre but didn't get down to the Coast. I'll bet there have been lots of changes since we were there.

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    1. Such beautiful buildings and towns. Just amazing the brick roads and how worn they are through the years.

      What an opportunity for your choir! Very Nice.

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  12. what a fun trip and vacation!! You do see fun places and I love that you share your photos with us.

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    1. It was very fun, thank you! You guys are so lovely.

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  13. What beautiful photos and sounds like it was an amazing trip!

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    1. Thank you, Vera. It was a great trip. Every evening since I've had dreams about traveling. ha!

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  14. It sounds like the trip of a lifetime, so glad it was incredible.

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  15. Looks like an incredible trip! It’s definitely on my to visit list. The picture of those lounging boys cracked me up! So true! I bet the locals were ecstatic over how well their team did in the World Cup.

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