So my immediate and extended family decided to book a little trip to Croatia for four days. Picture 8 adults and 3 kids in an uber cool villa (It had a spa!) and there will be some half term antics.
The flight was an early morning one and I joined my uncle in a pint-at-the-airport-no-matter-the-time ritual. Having a beer at 5 AM turned out to be a good thing as I found myself drifting into sleep on the flight which is usually impossible for me – I rarely fall asleep on planes!
We got to Zadar airport around 10 AM, grabbed our luggage and our rental cars and hit the road. I hadn’t seen any pictures of the villa we hired so I was in full awe when we reached there. To say it was massive is an understatement. There was a games room complete with a ‘foosball’ table, a pool table and a sauna.
A few of the adults decided to do a supermarket run so the rest of us were free to hurtle into the pool or the hot tub. Naturally the adults chose the hot tub – who doesn’t want some bubbles and beer?!
When we were all pruned out and ready for dinner we decided to go and explore Zadar town. Smooth stony streets with medieval architecture with churches and cathedrals surrounded us. We took a peaceful (well peaceful as it can be with 5 kids in tow) stroll down Old Town Zadar in search of food and found a gelato store that would put some of Italy’s finest to shame.
Taking a walk on the waterfront, we heard Zadar’s sea organ attraction. What looks like ordinary stone steps leading into water is actually a piece of architecture which uses water and air to create resonant chimes of music. Clever engineering which produces an unique tourist attraction? Tick.
It was pretty windy so after taking the usual 30 photos in 20 different angles, we got some tea and
tried to make sure the kids weren’t killing each other coffee. The kids were getting ratty at this point so we returned home and the kitchen turned into your bog standard workshop covered in vegetables, chopping bread and bread. Eat your heart out Gordon Ramsey!
I ended the night with a few beers and a movie. The first day was a chilled one.