On the coast of the Adriatic sea: Split, Croatia

Going through my photos from our Balkan Road Trip, I realised how many places I haven’t written anything about in the blog. I decided to start with some pictures from the city of Split. Not really anything outdoors, but I like some of the shots.

We just spent one day in Split, but we had some time to visit the old town and walk along the coast.

Coast of Split, Croatia

A long exposure with a 10-stop Neutral Density Filter. This was our walk to the old town from our apartment. It was really nice and warm.

KENKO REAL PRO ND1000 62MM

Henna modeling for another long exposure shot. It wasn’t a long walk, but it took some time with me taking pictures.

The cathedral of St. Domnius

As we got to the old town, there were a lot of people. We talked about it later with the owner of our apartment and she said that now it’s low season. But in the summer it is totally packed and as a local you just want to stay away if possible. So not the best destination for a person used to all the space in Finland. 🙂

The cathedral of St. Domnius

It was still nice to visit the place. The weather was still good, but it was getting cloudy and cooler. We had lunch at a local restaurant and started our way back to the apartment.

The cathedral of St. Domnius

On the way back we walked past this building. It’s propably not the architectural highlight of Split, but for some reason it really appealed to me. Would be great to have a beer with the architect, who designed this. And just ask why?

I still have more pictures from the trip, so I’ll try to post them soon!

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A dream kayaking destination – Croatia

It’s about time to write something new in this blog. I still have a lot of pictures and stories from our Balkan roadtrip. I’ll just skip a few places and get to the kayaking part.

Kayaking around Rab Island

We took a ferry to the Island of Rab on the coast of Croatia. There we met Yogi, who runs Sea Kayak Croatia. We stayed at his house, where his mother has a few rooms and went to visit the Old Town of Rab in the evening. The Old Town was beautiful and we had a very nice meal in one of the only restaurants open at the time. The tourist season is really over in October!

Kayaking on the Adriatic Sea

The next morning Yogi set us up with all the equipment and kayaks and we packed out things in the spacy Prijon kayaks. First we paddled past the Old Town, but quickly moved forward to the more remote parts of the island.

On a break

The weather was perfect, warm and sunny. Nice to be paddling only in a t-shirt and shorts. We stopped to have something small to eat and then continued further along the coast.

Clear water on the Adriatic Sea

The color of the water was wonderful and very clear. You could see small fish swimming around and sea orchids on the rocks. We took our time exploring the coast and all the small bays. It was a great day on the water.

Setting up camp for the night

Sometime in the afternoon we found this small little beach, where we decided to camp. We weren’t sure, if it was exactly the place Yogi had recommended to us. It was a good place anyways.

Sunset on the Island of Rab

We pitched our tent and cooked some dinner just as the sun was setting. The sky was still clear and the sea very calm. There were still a lot of small fishing boats on the water. Obviously it was good weather for fishing too.

Hilleberg Allak under the stars

There was a small area with a rock wall around it. Our Hilleberg Allak tent was a perfect fit and it would have been a good place even in windy conditions.

Camping under the stars

The evening was nice and warm. It was great to see all the stars and the milky way. The best thing is being outdoors on moments like these. Especially in good company.

Cloudy skyes on a kayak trip

The next morning the weather had changed. As we got out of the tent, it looked it was going to rain soon. It never did, but we still packed our things quickly and got back on the water. It was also a bit cooler, so I am glad we brought our jackets too.

Storm approaching

As we paddled further it still wasn’t raining, but it looked like there was a storm coming. We decided to finish the day early and called Yogi to pick us up. The rain and the storm actually went past the island, but you don’t want to take any risks, if you are kayaking in an area for the first time.

It was a great kayak trip and next time we need to reserve more time to go on a longer tour. If you are into kayaking, I recommend visiting this place and getting in touch with Yogi.