February 26, 2015

Biokovo, a year round beauty

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Biokovo (nature park) is the largest and highest mountain in Dalmatia (Croatia).
It rises vertically from the Adriatic Coast to height of 1762 m. 
Because of it’s geographical position, 
Biokovo is a mountain that has continental as well as Mediterranean climate, 
so various plant species of both worlds meet and live next to each other. 
There are lot of caves and pits around Biokovo and very often one can meet wild mouflons, wild goats as well as various bird species, wild boars, wolves, snakes, foxes, etc.
Some migrating bears seem to have been spotted, but that's still not confirmed.
The views from Biokovo are spectacular, on the clear day one can see a number of Dalmatian islands as well as large part of Dalmatian coast to the south, and to the north, towns of Vrgorac and Imotski and their surrounding villages.

Sometimes, on exceptionally clear days, 
it’s even possible to see Monte Gargano's peak in Italy, more than 200 km away.
The coastal town of Makarska, that lies on the very south edge of Biokovo is seen from Biokovo as an amazing bay with tiny little houses placed in the rows around it.
The nature park Biokovo dominating above Makarska Riviera, 
is the good destination for botanists as well as walkers and cyclists. 
The beauty of Biokovo has always attracted explorers and visitors 
and you are likely to be thrilled too. 
There are over thirty marked trails leading up the mountain on the seaward side 
and eight on the landward side. 
On your way up, you will pass ancient villages on the foothills of the magnificent rocky mountain: Gornja Brela, Topici, Bast, Veliko Brdo, Makar, Kotisina, Gornje Tucepi, 
Gornja Podgora and Gornje Igrane on the seaward side, and Kozica, Rascane, Zupa, Biokovsko Selo, Rastovac, Zagvozd and Zadvarje on the north side of the mountainrange. 

A main hiking trail transverses the mountain - 
the Biokovo Mountain Trail with its twenty control points. 
However, one should not forget that Biokovo deserves full respect 
and therefore should be well prepared for the ascent. 
The weather conditions can change in a moment, no surface water !!! is to be found 
and any deviation from the marked trail entails some risk. 
Hiking boots, backpack, spare clothing, raincoat, drinking water, 
some food and a good map of the Park are items you will surely need. 
Climbing the steepest ascent in Croatian mountains at dawn, 
you will be surprised to learn that the people of Biokovo once used the same trails to carry hay and potatoes or drive their livestock to pasture. 
And before freezers existed, ice from deep inside the northern caves was harvested 
and transported down to the coast.

Biokovo is a mountain that one can visit either by car or bicycle as well as on foot from various parts of Adriatic coast and Makarska Riviera.
Best is to go early, as temperatures on the coastal slopes can get pretty high.
Still, Biokovo is a year round spectacular experience, 
especially when leaving the main road.

February 19, 2015

I'll be back next spring


Some of you may think "where's the news".
Some others may think "what's up".

No big deal, but I was in hospital with a serious pneumonia,
my camera is out of order (so, no pictures), 
the weather still a bit "refreshing,"
and a trillion things to do in our house.

All in all enough reasons to say:

"I'll be back next spring".

February 04, 2015

feeding fish...............hélp !!!!!!!



Scrolling for some details about a route from Split to Prozor-Rama,
(which I found).
I also stumbled over this truly amazing picture.

Not sure you'll find this fish nor the bird, you'll be surprised about all other natural beauty.
I can tell you a trip into Bosnia-Herzegovina is absolutely worth a day (or even more).

Reason I was looking for some details is that this trip also for me is a treat, and it's always worth it to discover hidden gems.
Which there are, in for instance Grabovice !!

Driving inland, towards ánd crossing the border (no big deal), brings me to a completely different scenery, as B.Herzegovina ís different,
ánd absolutely véry beautifull.

It's hard to explain hów beautifull, but do like I did, scroll the website below, and plan a trip crossing the border, and you'll understand why I frequently drive it.

Many details, in English, can be found at:

January 23, 2015

shit happens, even in Dalmatia


So there I was, lying in a Dalmatian hospital in Split.
As that was the only safe place for me, having a severe pneumonia.

Being a bit ignorant ánd stubborn, I ignored all signs my body was giving me, so after a week or so with "minor" inconveniences and a rising temperature, the point of no return was reached.
Whatever you may think of nice, pleasantly warm Dalmatia,
a body temperature of 40 C. is a bit high indeed.

So there I went, from first aid (hitno pomoc) to hospital (bolnica),
with all care and medication one can wish for.

I've seen more doctors, nurses, assistant nurses and additional staff at, over and even under my bed these two weeks,
 than in all of my previous life.
(The "under"-part was the daily cleaning job, 
keeping the room as sterile as possible).

To tell you in short, doctors and specialists in Splits hospital are excellent, as are the nurses.
Most of them even speak some (or even some more) English or German, so don't worry you loose the wrong leg.
(Which is a blessing for a Dutchman in a Croatian hospital).

But even thán, communicating under "less common" conditions,
ánd the lack of experience in foreign hospitals, is prone to lead to some miscommunications.
Which I must admit, did happen, however it was only at the point that I thought I was declared fit to leave the hospital,
and (thought I) understood the procedures.
Wróng, as this still is Croatia, with loads of (necessairy ???) paperwork.

So I hope I did not offend some doctors with my typical "let's gó" Dutch behaviour, as they did cure my illness in a highly professional way, while I sneaked out of hospital in a somewhat less Croatian style.
(As when I heard I was cured and fit to leave I did not have the patience to wait another uncertain amount of time
for the traditional truckload of paper).

Understanding or misunderstanding, I was extrémely happy to be home in Svinisce again, healthy as an (old) horse,
thanks to all medical staff in KBC Split.
And that pile of paper, it seems I have to pick it up as soon as possible, which I will do of course.

So should you, as shit happens to others too, land in hospital here,
be absolutely sure you get all necessairy high standard medical care.

And a load of paper as a bonus :-)

January 01, 2015

old picture, new year




Leaving an old year behind, heading for a new one.
Whatever you may think, 2014 was a year to remember, 
and in another 365 days also 2015 is history.

Let's wish 2015 is worth to remember, 
as good things are worth it.

PS.
On the picture a woman and a vehicle to never forget.
Happy New Year.

(Brigitte Bardot and a Solex).



December 28, 2014

it's not as white as usual in December


We did not get a White Christmas, and even today, with heavy snow inland, only Mosor Mountains are white.

Which is a good thing, as looking at it is much better than being in it.
And we know what it feels like to be isolated in a winter wonderland.

These days everybody is talking about climate change.
Warmer or even colder is a matter of how scientists look at it.
I am convinced there ís a change happening,
only I am not sure whát change.

Last summer was pretty wet, after a mild winter.
Result: grapes and olives had a lot of problems from bugs.
Result: very poor crops.
Result: high prices.

Prognosis were warning for dangerous weather conditions,
with heavy snow.
Thank heaven we only had lots of rain last night,
but Mosor Mountains are all white, and no doubt Biokovo will be the same, only with a lót more snow higher up.

Sorry but no actual pictures yet, as my camera is having a problem.
The clever one however can find them on the internet :-)

Now let's hope the climate ís changing,
cause winter is nice, but spring in Dalmatia is gréat.

December 24, 2014

It's Christmas again, the 2014th and counting.


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Yes folks, it's the 2014th Christmas.

And however not a church going person myself, 
for so many people round the world it's a magic moment.

A good moment to reflect, and to count your blessings.
Also a fine moment to join around the table,
as that's where family members and friends meet.

A nice smelling Christmas tree, some presents perhaps,
a couple of carols, and a special dinner.
It might even snow, but please not to much this time :-)

A new year already knocking on the door,
the longest night already passed,
and before you know it,  it's springtime again.

All of it seems to come and go, just like that.
Don't take it all for granted, these áre precious moments.

Wish you a white, warm, peaceful Christmas.