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Dalmacija Croatia - Home Sweet Home

After our stop in Venice this past summer, we continued down the coast of Croatia, to DALMACIJA (DALMATIA) – the eastern coast of the Adriatic sea, where I was born and lived until I was almot 9 years old. This is where we chilled out for a few weeks and visited with friends and family members who are still lucky enough to be living here. Sometimes it blows my mind when I think that I was actually born here.. the unique beauty, the history & traditions, the food, the climate and the sea.

The area is covered by the Dinaric Alps mountain range and on the coast side the climate is very Mediterranean – extremely hot and very dry.

Arriving at our home in Vinisce.

The mouth of the bay where where many people like to swim across.

Beautiful sunsets in paradise.

Trogir, where the rich come to play along the riviera.

I love how plants can grow in rock here.

And olive trees... everywhere.

Food to go with red wine tastings.

This is inside a typical old “kuzina” or kitchen. This is actually our old kitchen and which my grandmother used right up until she passed away in 2004 – she was 99.

Typical one room stone houses, like what I actually grew up in.

Food was cooked on the “komin” over an open fire. Bread was baked in such a way.. UNDER A “PEKA” OR BELL-LIKE DOME. It is very traditional for Dalmations to cook under a “peka”. My aunt made this food the old fashioned way for us. Tastes absolutely delicious!

There is all sorts of fruit grown here. Grapes, pomegranates and figs are abundant here but limes, lemons, oranges and grapefruit are also grown. Almond trees and olive trees flourish here.

The water is surreal. Turquoise in color and the coastline is lined with jagged sharp rocks (mostly dolomite and limestone) which I find adds to this unique beauty of Dalmacija.

The acient town of ŠIBENIK. I truly loved this old part of town, so much history… the houses all stacked on top of one another, with narrow & ancient cobblestone lined alleys. Hard to imagine something being over 1000 years old.. and people still living here.

One day we went to Marina & hiked up to this famous old church – Our Lady of the Snow Church. We got incredible 360 degree views of the towns around us, from Marina to Trogir.

There was a pond at this location that we used to frequent as children. It has since dried up. But this olive tree is still here and at its last breath. My uncle said it was over 100 years old, my dad says it could easily be 300-400. That had me so intrigued that I did some research. And was I ever blown away! Quote “There are well-known olive trees in Croatia and the island of Crete that have been tested and dated at around 1600 and 2000 years old respectively. There have also been claims of the existence of millennial olive trees in Athens, Sardinia, and Israel, some supposedly as old as 4,000 years old! “ WOW! I am stunned!

Ancient ruins of Salona dating back 2000 years when the Romans ruled. It had walls; a forum; a theater; an amphitheater; public baths; and an aqueduct. When the Roman Emperor Diocletian retired, he built a monumental palace nearby. This massive structure, known as DIOCLETIAN’S PALACE, became the core of the current modern city of SPLIT seen here in the background. The ampitheater was built in the 2nd century. Here gladiators actually fought other gladiators but that practice was banned in the early 5th century. Afterwards, the gladiators continued to fight animals. This ampitheater could hold 17,000 people.

The TOWN OF OMIŠ – located between Split and Makarska, where pirates used to roam. Its situated at the mouth of the Cetina river and is surrounded with massive gorges. It is located in the heart of Dalmatia and has incredible views from the top of the rocky cliffs. During summer, this town is flooded with tourists mainly for its active opportunities such as rock climbing, hiking, rafting and kayaking, cycling, paragliding and diving.

A private little piece of heaven in Podašpilje which you can rent while visiting Croatia.

And a couple of friendly cute goats saying hello.

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