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!  

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  • Reply Liz

    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.

    January 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm
  • Reply Roxanne

    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?).

    January 4, 2012 at 1:58 pm
  • Reply Soo [Little Miss Fitness]

    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! 🙂

    January 4, 2012 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply Celeste

    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!

    January 4, 2012 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply christin

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

    January 4, 2012 at 2:29 pm
  • Reply nicole

    what a perfectly warm way to spend an afternoon 🙂

    January 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm
  • Reply Neris / Fashion Fractions

    one of my favorite places in croatia as well 🙂


    Fashion Fractions

    January 4, 2012 at 2:34 pm
  • Reply Tammy @ Lemons, Avocados, and the Bay

    Looks heavenly. 🙂

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

    January 4, 2012 at 2:35 pm
  • Reply Nicole Marie

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

    January 4, 2012 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply FABIANA

    Fantastic place! 😉

    January 4, 2012 at 2:55 pm
  • Reply Melissa

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

    January 4, 2012 at 3:28 pm
  • Reply 17 Perth

    Beautiful photos!

    January 4, 2012 at 3:45 pm
  • Reply Anna of IHOD

    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!

    January 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm
  • Reply Alex

    beautiful photos!

    January 4, 2012 at 4:12 pm
  • Reply Anide

    God I love your blog!!! – This makes me want to go back to Croatia. 😀

    January 4, 2012 at 4:48 pm
  • Reply Daily Cup of Couture

    gorgeous photos! I just love croatia! xx

    January 4, 2012 at 5:26 pm
  • Reply Erin

    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! 🙂

    January 4, 2012 at 5:56 pm
  • Reply Ash

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

    January 4, 2012 at 7:12 pm
  • Reply Brhea {NoPlaceLykeHome}

    Holy gorgeousness! Stunning place and stunning photos (:

    January 4, 2012 at 8:21 pm
  • Reply Jenni Austria Germany

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

    January 4, 2012 at 9:39 pm
  • Reply Raven

    GORGEOUS photos. You really have a talent Sarah!

    January 4, 2012 at 10:33 pm
  • Reply Natalie

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

    January 5, 2012 at 1:25 am
  • Reply Sarah Burton

    That last picture is GORGEOUS!!

    January 6, 2012 at 1:26 am
  • Reply Sarah Roads

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

    January 6, 2012 at 1:58 am
  • Reply Kari

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

    January 6, 2012 at 3:20 am
  • Reply Corey @ Learning Patience

    love the photos…isn't reminiscing SO much fun! Hope all is well…. 🙂

    xoxo from Tobago…

    January 8, 2012 at 3:36 am
  • Reply Liesl

    Gorgeous photography, as always!!!

    Liesl 🙂

    January 8, 2012 at 5:21 am
  • Reply miss twinkletoes

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

    January 9, 2012 at 3:10 pm
  • Reply Sydney

    how pretty! love this!

    January 12, 2012 at 9:08 pm
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