August 3, 2011

C is for Cavtat in Croatia

Cavtat (pronounced "tsavtat") is a harbor town on the Adriatic coast of Croatia boasting a history that goes back to the 6th century BC. But today's earliest structures date only to the Middle Ages. Hah!

My mother and I stayed here for four lovely days in 2009 while her car was being made roadworthy again for us to continue our Balkan road trip. I think you'll agree we couldn't have been given a more delightful place for the normally reliable old clunker to break down.


Here you see the bell tower of the baroque St Nicholas Church, as well as a few of the awnings of the many bars and restaurants lining the harbor.


This is a long view of the town from the northern peninsula. Look how crystal clear the water is! [As usual, all images can be enlarged with a click.]


I don't mean to make you drool, but this was the view from our pleasing private apartment rental that we were so very fortunate to stumble on. The food at all the restaurants we sampled here was delicious and easy on the pocket book.
 

This view from the boat we took shows how beautifully Cavtat nestles in the coastal hills.
 

Watching the sun set from the promenade was the perfect way to end the day.

 Croatia, 2009

Today I link with ABC Wednesday and Watery Wednesday.

44 comments:

capturedalive said...

Looks like a heavenly place to be in.

Pheno, ABC Team

jabblog said...

What a beautiful place! My son is taking his family to Croatia in a couple of weeks' time - I'll tell him about Cavtat.

Andy said...

The scenes and photos are beauts. Francisca, I aways find it amazing at the amount of travelling you do.

Kay L. Davies said...

What a wonderful piece of luck "having" to spend four days in this beautiful place. It looks fabulous, and I did drool. :o)
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Mar said...

Such a lovely place and beautiful shots!
C is for...

joo said...

Eh, Croatia is so beautiful! I used to go there (actually I used to go to Yugoslavia) as a girl and I do adore this country!
By the way, the person in Bran is not my husband - it was all the time someone on this stairs and I don't even know who it was the person in my picture(hope he'll forgive me!)
Hugs
Joo

fredamans said...

Beautiful photos! Especially the last.

Dishita said...

Your pictures always fascinate me.
Loved the last picture, so captivating.

cieldequimper said...

OOoh love this. So much XXth century charm...

Dina said...

Very nice place. Lucky you to get stranded there.

VioletSky-Sightlines said...

Lovely. A friend and I were just talking over the weekend about dream holidays and it seems we both dream of Croatia. It may become a reality.

EG Wow said...

So, I'm suspicious. What did you do to your mother's car so you could spend time here. :))

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Now that's a roadtrip!! And a great place to need car repairs (wasn't hard to make lemonade out of that lemon was it?).... and as for the age -- I felt pretty silly sometimes writing about "old stuff" -- from the 1600s or 1700s -- here in the US.

Sylvia K said...

Such a fantastic and beautiful place, Francisca, and certainly the ideal place to have one's car develop a problem! Love your photos as always! Hope your week is going well!

Sylvia

photowannabe said...

Well you did make me drool. What a dreamlike place to have a car breakdown.
Your pictures are simply gorgeous.

Kathy said...

What an absolutely beautiful place!

Leslie: said...

Absolutely gorgeous place! Just as beautiful as Italy's Portofino area!

Kim, USA said...

Wow this place is great! ^_^

ABC Wed

Ms. Becky said...

what luck breaking down there - it's a bit of heaven. that water is unbelievably clear. nice photos Francisca. the light is lovely.

Andrea said...

Croatia, wow, i love to go there too! My best friend while in Strasbourg is from Croatia, it would have been so lovely to visit.

T. Becque said...

Oh gosh, now I have a new place I'd like to visit (not that I needed to add to that list!). I had to laugh, your key to pronounce the name wasn't any better for me than the actual written name - I couldn't say either! These are downright lovely.

ewok1993 said...

i wouldn't mind getting stranded in a beautiful place like this one.

Evelyn said...

How nice! Gorgeous place.

chubskulit said...

Beautiful scenery Francisca.

Luna Miranda said...

thanks for showing us this piece of heaven. i love the buildings by the coast--what a perfect spot to watch the sunset.

Ann said...

I like that stained natural board walk. Some how timber makes it nicer than concrete.

jeannette said...

The unexpected holdup in our lives sometimes turn out to be great memories:) Lovely pics, Francesca!

Carola said...

Photos full of atmosphere. Your story is a pleasure to read, as always.
The adriatic coast from Croatia is famous in Europe as a holiday destination.

Shooting Parrots said...

If you're going to have car trouble, that looks like the place to do it!

Roger Owen Green said...

lovely COASTAL town.
'ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Cezar and Léia said...

I'm taking my notes here, I want so much visit Croatia some day.Your pictures are wonderful, lovely sun and amazing postcards!The last one is my favorite composition, it's so romantic!
Hugs
Léia

Karen said...

What a beautiful place to be stranded! Sometimes a journey's detour is the most memorable part of the experience.

nonizamboni said...

I loved this experience! Thanks for sharing the beauty.

Wanda said...

Oh heavenly........love it.

Al said...

Wow, what an incredible place to be stranded. I'd love to spend a few days there - great photos.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Thanks so much for sharing these. They make me wish I could travel more. Beautiful!

Shirley @ The Gardening Life said...

I am loving the last photo! Looks like a wonderful place to sit and lose yourself in the beauty and serenity of the area.

Kaori said...

I feel like I've just taken a lovely vacation, Francisca! This place looks so relaxing and every view so pretty! You sure know how to take a vacation right ;D

jennyfreckles said...

Definitely on my wish-list to visit now!

Jane and Chris said...

Are you sure this was an 'accidental' breakdown?
Jane x

Jacob said...

This is another good example of the unfairness of life. I always break down in the middle of nowhere in places inhabited by howling creatures and long slithery thingys...

I'm surprised that you ever left that place! What a paradise!

Pat Tillett said...

What beautiful photos of an amazing place! I'd love to see it in person someday. Thanks for posting it. Hope you are having a good week.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful place. Very scenic and peaceful.

Linnea said...

It's so beautiful. I really hope to see it in person one day.