Croatia Day 4: To Wine or Not To Wine

Okay, let’s be honest. The real reason I wanted to visit the Dalmation Coast was for the wine. Before arriving Bug and I watched a few shows on Croatia and had a list of places we wanted to visit. Today’s choice: 

Bibich. It wasn’t far from where we stayed last night, and hey if Anthony Bourdain liked, we probably would too.

And man was it yummy. We ended buying four bottles which brings our haul up to 6. The question is quickly becoming: do we drink it on the boat, or bring it home? Or drink it now. I’m not sure I can wait 😂

One of the things that struck about the vineyard was this:

Literally next to this: 

For those that don’t know, that means there are/could be mines present. Another reminder of the war.

After leaving Bibich, we had planned on swimming at the Krka waterfalls, but it was too cold (eventually it grew too hot, so we couldn’t win). So we head into Split.

We got a little turned around, and our hostess had to meet us at the gas station. Eventually, we made it to our amazing rental (another AirBnB shout out). Yes, it’s a walk to old town, but it’s clean, modern, and white. Plus, it has a nice balcony overlooking the sea. 

Unlike other parts of Croatia, Split stayed relatively untouched by the war, and is a hopping vacation destination for Europeans. Plus, many Australians of Croatian descent have moved here. It all together gives Split a fun, cosmopolitan vibe while maintaining its heritage. Here are some traditional singers performing on the Riva/Reva (I’m not sure of the spelling).

For dinner tonight we walked 20 minutes to Chop. The food was ridiculously good, not to mention plentiful and well-priced. The platter for two could have food four easily. 
One thing I noticed walking around Split is how much more people dress up here than elsewhere in Croatia. Zagreb was a jeans/t-shirt/soccer jersey city. Split is a dresses/jewelry/lipstick kind of place. 

After dinner, we walked to the sea.

The boys indulged me with another photo. 

And Bug is learning how take selfies 😂

For those interested, our itinerary is thus:

Zagreb – 2 nights

Bicine – 1 night

Split – 3 nights

Boat (Hvar, Bac, Vis) – 7 nights. 

Someone asked what prompted us to do this kind of vacation in an unusual (for Americans) place. We both loved our vacations to Nice, but wanted more time on the water. And boating the Greek Islands was crazy expensive, but Croatia was on budget. Basically, I could have wine, boats, and cities. I was sold. We decided it would be our joint 40th birthday present to ourselves. And so far, it was a great choice.

Now, about that bottle of wine…

xoxo ~dawn

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