Picture Blog of Croatian Sailing Trip 07.02.13 – 07.13.13


People always say travel is difficult and expensive. Some think that you need to go with a group or hire guides to know where to go. They assume it’s dangerous and come up with countless other excuses for not experiencing everything this world has to offer.

Here is a trip which took us from the streets of Prague to sailing Adriatic coast, enjoying beaches and castles of Croatia, and from drinking Absinthe in old Prague to having  dinner in a middle of German town square. While it was not a budget trip, the cost was very reasonable and the experience unforgettable.

The itinerary was planned by us and with the use of internet sites like TripAdvisor.com and Google, we were able to find amazing restaurants and bars (like Hemingway Bar and a great beer brewery restaurant in Prague).

This was some of the most fun and relaxing vacation I’ve had in my life.

This is a picture blog of the trip we took to Prague, Czech Republic and  Croatia for a 7 day sailing trip.

We chartered Beneteau Cyclades 39′ sail boat. The company we used was http://www.sailingeurope.com and overall the service was great. Aside from few small misunderstandings with regards to port fees, we were happy with the boat (Pharos) and the services provided by the charter. They were responsive and informative.

The itinerary was as follows:

  • Arrive in Prague
  • Fly SmartWings Airline to Split Croatia. (best price we could find)
  • Spent 1 day in Split and then drive to Dubrovnik (direct flights to Dubrovnik were too expensive)
  • Pick up the yacht at ACI Dubrovnik Marina, Dubrovnik Croatia and sail for 7 days

(347) 668-5259The sailing itinerary

  • ACI Dubrovnik Marina
  • Saplunara Bay, Mljet where we used a mooring provided by the restaurant. On the way to Pomena, it is a must to stop by Ulysses’ Cave.
  • Pomena, Mljet and tied up to a pier mooring provided by the restaurant
  • ACI Korcula Marina. Here we dropped an anchor at the bay and used a dingy to come ashore. It is a lot of fun to walk this medeival town and the guard tower bar is a must.
  • Polace, Mjlet. Here the mooring was provided by one of the restaurants. Great spot to rent bicycles and ride to the salt water lake for a swim, the scenery, and a view of a medieval monetary in the middle of the lake.
  • Return to Dubrovnik

(While the mooring restaurants are about 15-20% more expensive, it is worth it for the convenience of the safety and accommodations offered by the mooring)

We had a crew of 4 … Zory the Skipper; Steve (me) General Deck-Hand; Inna the Entertainment and Drink manager; Helen the Senior Chef.

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Our first proper beer in Prague … love Czech beer

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He is making sure we are drinking beer properly

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The Clock in main square. A sight to see in your life time

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It’s not a trip unless Sir Mountain crashes your picture

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LIfe is tough

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Playing prince and princess… it was supposed to be a lift

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Night in old Prague

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You have to walk the streets of old Prague

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… And walk The Charles Bridge

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… and walk more streets

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Find a pigeon chilling over Prague

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Hulk flex in Prague

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Road somewhere between Split and Dubrovnik … possibly passing through Bosnia

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Let our Russian tourists go!!!

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Split at night

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Road selfie with Inna peaking

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Happy passengers

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On the winding road

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Hey… they match 🙂 Cats always find each other

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We are on our way!!! Farewell Dubrovnik

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Lets make the ladies happy!!!

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Are there fish in here?!?!

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FIrst swim happiness

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On our way to Ulysses cave

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Relaxations time!!!

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First lunch … Pharos style!!!

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Explorer equipment

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We have built a castle in Croatia!!! Haven’t done that in like 20 years

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Ulysses Cave … I am in Odyssey!!!

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Bringing my own goddess to Ulysses cave

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Exploration preparation

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The fishies are beautiful

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Proper way to eat berries

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Happy explorers

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Bring your own goddess to Ulysses’ Cave … Check!!!

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Zorik … our own domesticated mermaid

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I believe I can fly!!!

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I believe I can fly 2.0

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Berry overload

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And that’s how we close the sail day

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Back that thing up!!! We are mooring. By that time we got pretty good at it

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European style mooring is weird, but very effective

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Hello kitty!!!

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Landing party

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My Captain pose

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We shall plot our path!!!

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GIVE ME FOOD!!! These cats are pros at begging for food

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Happy Koshka

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Landing on a deserted island

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Exploration expedition … hmm … I hope they wait for me

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I shall conquer and name this island “Koshka”!!!

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return from a successful conquest

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The Crew

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Ah … the mid-day snack

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food and wine heaven

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She had fun … I tell you!!!

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Treasure!!!

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Snorkel Hulk pose in Adriatic!!!

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I think he wants our lunch

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Perfect sailing

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Good Wind and joy of sailing

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Pharos under sail

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The Skipper

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Deck Hand

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Adriatic Goddesses

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No comments required

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Technical difficulties with gear

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Backup Skipper 🙂

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Under the Flying Colors

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They trusted me with the wheel … Mwa Ha Ha Ha

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🙂

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Adriatic beauty

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Breathtaking sunset

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Peace on water

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Safe heaven at sea

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Harbor sunset

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Relaxation

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Happiness!!!

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Love and Joy!!!

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Sailing!!!

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Adriatic plank

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Sun bunnies… I’m inspecting my tan progress

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Coast of Mjlet

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You have to climb for that drink

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The joy of color alchohol

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A start of the day at Korchula

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He was very excited to make color drinks for us

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Walls of Korchula

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Sunset over Korchula harbor

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Mojitos on the castle walls

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Mojito hapiness

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We are in Korchula

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Biking to Mljet salt lakes

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Deck plank … aka Pharos PLank

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Sunset harbor

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Walking the town of Korchula

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She might have flashed few people … lucky them

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Monastery and lakes of Mjlet

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Mjlet

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We are practicing synchronized swimming … it was meant to be like that!!!

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Ride around the lakes

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Post ride rehydration

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Man at work

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My fan club … or it might be a calamari fan club. No … It’s mua

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Clay oven baked octopus under cast iron bell … Amazingly delicious!!! Takes 2.5 hours to cook

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Change of guard

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Clay brick oven

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Sail up!!!

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Dingy surfing… It’ll be in Olympics one day!!! And I’ll be ahead of the game

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Ice-cream toast

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Pharos Plank 2.0

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Snack time 🙂

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Dubrovnik (Red Keep) Plank on the wall

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I feel manly

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Baby wine 🙂

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It’s not a bathroom

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Afternoon shower or not 😉

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Where are my dragons!?!?!?

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Cool Water … Croatian edtion

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Afternoon re-hydration

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We needed to hydrate more

Our last meal of the trip in Ratingen Germany on the way hone

Our last meal of the trip in Ratingen Germany on the way home. Ahh German beer … how I shall miss thee

Feel free to comment or ask questions if you would like to know more details. 🙂

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