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.
Our first proper beer in Prague … love Czech beer
He is making sure we are drinking beer properly
The Clock in main square. A sight to see in your life time
It’s not a trip unless Sir Mountain crashes your picture
LIfe is tough
Playing prince and princess… it was supposed to be a lift
Night in old Prague
You have to walk the streets of old Prague
… And walk The Charles Bridge
… and walk more streets
Find a pigeon chilling over Prague
Hulk flex in Prague
Road somewhere between Split and Dubrovnik … possibly passing through Bosnia
Let our Russian tourists go!!!
Split at night
Road selfie with Inna peaking
On the winding road
Hey… they match 🙂 Cats always find each other
We are on our way!!! Farewell Dubrovnik
Lets make the ladies happy!!!
Are there fish in here?!?!
FIrst swim happiness
On our way to Ulysses cave
First lunch … Pharos style!!!
We have built a castle in Croatia!!! Haven’t done that in like 20 years
Ulysses Cave … I am in Odyssey!!!
Bringing my own goddess to Ulysses cave
The fishies are beautiful
Proper way to eat berries
Bring your own goddess to Ulysses’ Cave … Check!!!
Zorik … our own domesticated mermaid
I believe I can fly!!!
I believe I can fly 2.0
And that’s how we close the sail day
Back that thing up!!! We are mooring. By that time we got pretty good at it
European style mooring is weird, but very effective
My Captain pose
We shall plot our path!!!
GIVE ME FOOD!!! These cats are pros at begging for food
Landing on a deserted island
Exploration expedition … hmm … I hope they wait for me
I shall conquer and name this island “Koshka”!!!
return from a successful conquest
Ah … the mid-day snack
food and wine heaven
She had fun … I tell you!!!
Snorkel Hulk pose in Adriatic!!!
I think he wants our lunch
Good Wind and joy of sailing
Pharos under sail
No comments required
Technical difficulties with gear
Backup Skipper 🙂
Under the Flying Colors
They trusted me with the wheel … Mwa Ha Ha Ha
Peace on water
Safe heaven at sea
Love and Joy!!!
Sun bunnies… I’m inspecting my tan progress
Coast of Mjlet
You have to climb for that drink
The joy of color alchohol
A start of the day at Korchula
He was very excited to make color drinks for us
Walls of Korchula
Sunset over Korchula harbor
Mojitos on the castle walls
We are in Korchula
Biking to Mljet salt lakes
Deck plank … aka Pharos PLank
Walking the town of Korchula
She might have flashed few people … lucky them
Monastery and lakes of Mjlet
We are practicing synchronized swimming … it was meant to be like that!!!
Ride around the lakes
Post ride rehydration
Man at work
My fan club … or it might be a calamari fan club. No … It’s mua
Clay oven baked octopus under cast iron bell … Amazingly delicious!!! Takes 2.5 hours to cook
Change of guard
Clay brick oven
Dingy surfing… It’ll be in Olympics one day!!! And I’ll be ahead of the game
Pharos Plank 2.0
Snack time 🙂
Dubrovnik (Red Keep) Plank on the wall
I feel manly
Baby wine 🙂
It’s not a bathroom
Afternoon shower or not 😉
Where are my dragons!?!?!?
Cool Water … Croatian edtion
We needed to hydrate more
Our last meal of the trip in Ratingen Germany on the way home. Ahh German beer … how I shall miss thee
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