Croatia And The Makarska Riviera Just You Singles Holidays

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Date: 11th June 2017


Continuing in my proud role as Ambassador for Just You Singles Holiday, the latest adventure was short haul to Croatia and the Makarska Riviera.    As always it was a packed and delightful itinerary.

We had an early evening flight, landing at Split Airport at dusk followed by a 2 hour coach trip to a village near Zadar.  The journey was taken in the dark so it wasn’t until the next morning that we woke to the beauty of Croatia - a mountainous country clinging to a sea dotted with many islands both large and small.

Our first trip was a short one to Zadar itself, heavily bombed in WW2. They say it is an ill wind which blows nobody any good and during the clearing up after the war they discovered a Roman Forum in front of the 9th Century Pre-Romanesque Church of St. Donatus. The church itself shows many signs of having been constructed using much ‘debris’ from Roman times so there’s nothing new about re-cycling.

We were taken to the Sea Organ of Zadar - a construction of pipes under the sea where wind and waves play a tune according to Mother Nature. The day was dull, damp and windy and apparently ideal conditions to hear the Sea Organ. Indeed, some of us returned later in the day to see the Hotel in which Hitchcock apparently got his inspiration for ‘The Birds’ and as it was now sunny and windless, there was no ‘music’.

I am an Assistant at Canterbury Cathedral and always interested in any connections with St. Thomas Becket. In Zadar the Cathedral of St. Anastasia was visited by Pope Alexander 111 who ordered the Canonisation of Thomas Becket and his visit is marked by a plaque. Croatia is a predominantly Catholic Country so Cathedrals and Churches abound.

We had free time and I chose to visit the small Museum run by a Benedictine Order of Nuns. Benedictine Orders are usually enclosed but this one was certainly different. The nuns hid the Church Treasures in the Belfry during WW2 knowing that Airmen used it as a landmark and that it would probably not be destroyed. Possibly in thanksgiving for this, the Pope gave them dispensations and they are allowed to mix with the public. One nun, who spoke excellent English, was explaining the story of the treasures and afterwards I commented that her habit was the same as that worn by the nuns who taught me - the Daughters of Jesus. One of our group then asked which Convent I attended and when I replied “Abbey Wood’ she said she too had been to that school. We didn’t actually meet at school because I left the year she joined the sixth form but how surprising to have that kind of meeting far from home. We compared notes and names and she told me that our headmistress, Mother Dominic, had been killed in a car crash at Sevenoaks in Kent.

Croatian Wine is extremely palatable and is probably not exported because it's all drunk by the thirsty tourists!  After lunch we visited one of the many wineries in Croatia and tasted four of their offerings.

Our Tour Manager was a totally delightful gentle giant called Alen and like other Tour Managers with Just You, he always had additional information to give us added on to what the official guides told us. During our trip, all the guides spoke exceptionally good English - better than that spoken by so many at home. I visited a Grammar School in Split 20 years ago and was astonished at the superb grammatically correct English they spoke - but then they are taught Grammar properly which is very often not the case in our own Country.

Cathedral of St. Anastasia


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