April 28, 2012

wine or water, you choose

Not yet, but rapidly the temperature of the Adriatic will be nice enough to go for a swim, the very first swim of this year, to which a lot more will follow.

Since a couple of days air temperature during the day is on and over 25 C. ( about 50 degrees F.)
Everything is growing like hell now, so soon we'll be eating our own "this and that" again, however tomatoes, melons and such still need some time to grow.

The temperature of the sea too is quickly rising, so in a couple of weeks we'll be splashing around in this gorgeous blue ánd clean water.
So, if you still think "ah well, another wet story from that silly dutchman", have a look at this story !!!! :

By Cliff Rames © 2012
Anthony Bourdain: 
”I can’t believe it took me this long….Season 8. It took me to get here. This is f****** awesome.”
Unless you have been hidden away on one of Croatia’s many uninhabited islands (there are over 1,100 of them), by now you have probably heard that Anthony Bourdain of the widely popular Travel Channel TV show, No Reservations, kicked off Season 8 by visiting Croatia.
The episode he filmed in Croatia, called “Coastal Croatia”, was shot over a week’s time back in October 2011 and made its world premier this week on the Travel Channel (Monday, April 23, 2012, 9pm EST).
Reaction to the episode, based on the early buzz and online chatter, has been ecstatic and overwhelmingly positive. Love him or hate him - Bourdain can be a divisive, acerbic personality with a raw, uncensored sense of humor - the “Coastal Croatia” episode is an extremely entertaining, informative, and well-produced piece of travel journalism. It is also quite infectious viewing; I still find myself watching it over and over again. You can too, thanks to the Daily Motion blog, which posted the full episode online (below).
If you still think "ah well, it's that silly dutchman again", what élse do I need to tell you ?
And DO have a look at the blog of Cliff Rames called winesofcroatia, as Cliff is a fantastic expert on Croatian (and other wines) who showed me the way through all bottled grape delight that is available in Croatia (and who is a fántástic blogger as well !).

This ís an amazing wine country too, in case you hate swimming.
So, when looking for hidden treasures: come and get it, for wine, sea (and a lot more !!).

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April 23, 2012

mosor mountains in the snow

Not much time to write a lot, busy with a couple of other things, and in case you think "húh snow", it's gone !
The picture however is nice enough to share, and soon I'll have a bit more time to actualise some views.
Still, whenever you look, it's always a magnificant mountainrig to see.

And for those who like to hike, do it, as however it is not the highest nor a climbers mountain, for those who love nature in it's roughest form, it's worth a day or two/three (four or more).
There are excellent maps available in a couple of shops (mail me and I'll tell you where to go), and for those with a gps, there is topographic software too !

And in case you go hiking, there is a mountainhut, but in summer sleeping outside is even nicer.
You won't see snow :-), you'll hardly have rain, just be aware that there is not much water, so take at least two liters per person if you go for a longer hike.
Should you want to experience a higher mountain, Biokovo is waiting for you.

Enjoy nature, Dalmatia has a lot of it, and most of it in pristine condition.

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April 12, 2012

forget about those "windows" screensavers.

Some pictures need no small talk from me.
Click to enlarge and enjoy the view nature gives for free.
(Something "windows" can learn of).
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forgotten car

Some dirt grows nicer over time.
Most of the dirt dropped down slopes and along small roads in this pristine nature is a pain in the ass to me, however, this old forgotten car turned into a beauty.

Still there is a (nasty) habit overhere to get rid of garbage a bit further away from the house, sometimes painfully stupid (!!!) as on some spots the view is fantastic, but the same spot an easy place to dump building material, old furniture an died freezers.

Out of town I understand how they manage unseen, as it takes only a couple of minutes to drive up a mountainroad and find a place to dump whatever needs to be dumped.
In towns like Omis however, I simply do not understand how (the hell) it is possible.

So my advise to Omis is to create a job for someone looking for dirtspots and eliminate them as soon as possible, as it's the worst "promotion" a tourist town like Omis can have.
And after the town has been cleaned, I'll gladly drive this inspector around to show him some more places where the view is stunning, but the dumped dirt a bloody shame.

Still, sometimes I must admit, dirt can become beauty !

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