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Now this is what I call summer..

Photos from Croatia can be found here.

Getting up at 3am is never fun. Except when you are catching a flight to a Mediterranean island.

Flight left just after 6 am and we arrived in Split some 2 hours later.
When the bus finally arrived at the ferry terminal we had missed the 11 am ferry by about half an hour and the next one was not until 2.30 pm.
We bought our tickets and set off to get some food.
We had lunch (breakfast?) at a nice restaurant right near the water in Split and then wandered around for a little taking a few photos and trying to find somewhere cool to sit down.

We boarded the ferry around 2 and got comfy for the almost 2 hour trip to Stari Grad.
When we arrived Igor was waiting at the ferry terminal for us, we walked back to the house via the beach checking out the scenery on the way.

Once back at the house we got settled and then changed into our swimmers and headed for the beach.
The beach is more of a concrete wharf with a few ladders to enter the water in amongst the rocks. Safe enough just don’t go jumping in head first without checking.
The water was great (even if it was a little salty). We swam for a while and then we wandered around and Igor pointed out all of the places that he remembered from when he lived there as a child.

Since Igor was sick (more on that later) Sonja took us for a walk into the town and explained some of the history of Stari Grad (who would have thought a psych major would know so much history.
After some cake at a nice cafe we headed back to the house and called it a night.

The next few days were mostly spent at the beach since the weather was hovering around the mid 30′s and keeping wet was the best option to cooling off.

We did however bump into Clint and Anna while wandering around the town one night. It was really quite funny as we had been talking about them less than half an hour earlier.
We spent a few hours with them talking till about midnight.
They were headed for Hvar the next day and we organised to meet up if/when we went to Hvar.

On Thursday night we headed to the city of Hvar for a night of drunken partying.
We got there around midnight and the few clubs that were open were packed.

We found a place to have a few drinks and some fun.
We eventually called it a night around 4 am. Caught a taxi home.

Igor being the “artist” he is decided today was as good a day as any to wait up for sunrise and get some photos.
Me being the crazy bloody idiot decided he was right so we set off for some low light, early morning photos of downtown Stari Grad.
The photos turned out pretty good (even if I do say so myself) but the cool morning was not helping my cold.

Oh yes, I mentioned earlier that Igor was sick.
Well the bastard gave it to me. It started with a sore throat and then turned into a stuffy nose and finally a really annoying cough.
I’ll get him for that.

Our last day in Stari Grad we spent doing a little shopping and swimming at the beach.

The next morning we woke at 4 to be on the 5.30 am ferry back to Split to catch our 10am flight to Gatwick.
Little did we know, we were supposed to do that a day earlier so we were not actually on the flight that was due to leave at 10.35.
330 euros each later and we had a ticket for the place and were eventually on our way back to London.

We had booked a room for the next week in London. From there it is anybody’s guess where we will end up.

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London Bridge is falling down…

Not really, but it has done on occasion.

Our journey continues to the city of London.

After quite a number of LONG train rides across the country in the previous few days we were a little exhausted so the first few days in London were mostly spent doing very little.

We made a visit to Wembley Stadium and did the tour.
It was cool, not as good as the Anfield tour in Liverpool, but interesting at least.

Photos from Wembley can be found here.

The next few days we did the tourist thing. Wandered around Picadily Circus and Oxford Circus one day, jumped on a double decker tour bus a day or 2 later (the rain killed one sight seeing day).
We visited all the sights (or at least drove past them), London Tower, Tower Bridge, London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and various other sights.
The photos of the sight seeing tour of London can be found here.

A few days later we decided to check out the Imperial War Meseum. The place is huge. 4 (or more) levels of War History.
There was tanks, planes, giant guns and a copy of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima plus exhibits on WW1, WW2 and just about all the major modern conflicts.

We spent a couple of hours just walking around taking in as much information as we could, you could easily spend a few days there if you were to actually read/look at everything on display.

All the photos from the museum can be found here.

I should probably mention that during this time there was no shortage of eating and drinking, but if you have been paying any attention to this blog you will have guessed that already.

One night stands out though. After having a fairly quiet weekend the first weekend we were in town, we were determined to go out and get drunk and party/listen to some music.
We scoured the internet for places to go and Vlad found a pub a little out of town that had a live band playing.
We got to the pub and it was packed, worst of all the live band was playing upstairs and there was only room if you were a bean pole.
We went back downstairs and had a few more drinks and then left to find an alternative venue.

As we were walking back towards the station we noticed a number of people standing around outside down a small alley type walkway.
We wandered down to find a smallish pub with a large number of people and some sweet sounding music coming from inside.
We went in and ordered a few drinks, we then found the source of the music. A Jukebox. Even better was the fact that it was a Jukebox filled with rock songs.
We must have spent about 15-20 pounds on songs that night but it was money well spent.
We ended the night on a high and headed for home.

The next night Neridah and Jess came to town for a Peaches show.
Vlad and I also bought tickets since he had heard of her before and I was up for a night out.

We were disappointed to find out that it was actually a DJ set by peaches and not an actual live show but it was an interesting night anyway.

The next day we had lunch with the girls and then set about sorting out the remainder of our stuff for our trip to Croatia.

We packed our stuff and then jumped in a taxi to take us to the airport for a 5.55 am flight to Split.

More on that trip soon.

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