Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Pakleni Islands: Croatia

I would download app's when we'd go traveling in europe.  One seemed to be a bust at first.  It was a travel app for Croatia.  It gave advice like - "hitch hike!  everyone does it in Croatia!" ... but it totally redeemed its 99 cent self when we sailed the pakleni islands just off the coast of Hvar.  
It was around 4pm and we were close to being back on Hvar but we decided we'd listen to our guide and see Pansion Tonci.  I am so thankful we did.  It is in the middle of nowhere on an island that is mostly a naturist beach -  only to be reached by boat.  
There is a pansion, a place to tie up your boat, and a restaurant.  
I must have squealed a hundred times.  I found this place perfect to the last inch.  It might have been the white wine from their vineyards, the grandaughters of the owners playing in striped pink suits, the fig trees that surrounded the house, or the collection of sea urchins that were strung together, or the chandelier out of drift wood, shells, and candles...  I could not stop hemming and hawwing over the place.  JB sat there and ate fresh sardines as I marveled.  It had a huge farm table on the porch and it felt much more like being at your grandma's than being at a restaurant.  I think that's why I love environments so much, the feelings they convey.  How a certain style transports you to a place of warmth and and one of feeling welcome.  
That little afternoon snack at this almost undiscovered place still means so much to me.  
Hope you enjoyed a little reminiscing!  

29 comments:

  1. gosh you must have all sorts of photos and stories stored up! this made me giddy with excitement to know we still have some fairy tale travels to look back at with you :) croatia is definitely on "the list" - maybe someday we'll make it here. it looks incredible.

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  2. What a gem! It's so much fun to stumble upon places that seem undiscovered (and then pretend that you're the one who discovered them...you do that, right?).

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  3. I heard Croatia is absolutely amazing!! My husband and I were just talking about our next travels...and this might just be on our list! :)

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  4. I had never thought of visiting Croatia until a post you made awhile ago on it. Then, I got the husband on board with a peak at your photos and a Rick Steves special. This just makes me want to go even more!

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  5. I have the travel bug so bad now! I really really really want to get out of the ole US of A and explore!

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  6. what a perfectly warm way to spend an afternoon :)

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  7. Looks heavenly. :)

    Sigh I want to pick up and travel the world SOOO BADLY right now

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  8. OHHHH MY GOSH!!!!! this place is perfect!!!
    ps. let me know any of those apps your thought especially helpful!

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  9. Amazing! Those pictures make the place look heavenly and your description even more so. I want to hope on a flight today.

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  10. My husband says Croatia is one of the most beautiful places he has every been to. These are proving him correct!
    Happy New Year Sarah! Looking forward to seeing all the fun and inspiration in 2012!

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  11. God I love your blog!!! - This makes me want to go back to Croatia. :D

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  12. gorgeous photos! I just love croatia! xx

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  13. Gorgeous pictures as always! Love how you can capture the beauty of every place you visit. I would love to go to Croatia...I am part Croatian! :)

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  14. your pictures are seriously so heavenly.. i love looking through them (: sounds like an amazing place...

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  15. Holy gorgeousness! Stunning place and stunning photos (:

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  16. i heard 'how bizarre' yesterday and thought of you and hvar! hahaha

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  17. GORGEOUS photos. You really have a talent Sarah!

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  18. I've always wanted to visit Croatia! Your photos are beautiful, love how you've captured all the little details!

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  19. Magical! Your photos and descriptions and so beautiful! I want to go to there!

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  20. Your pictures are simply stunning. Especially those last two! I'm a sucker for hydrangeas.

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  21. love the photos...isn't reminiscing SO much fun! Hope all is well.... :-)

    xoxo from Tobago...

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  22. Gorgeous photography, as always!!!

    Liesl :)

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  23. Your pics are always so beautiful! Love all the seashells!

    www.twinkletoes-golddangles.blogspot.com

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