Hello readers! It’s been a while at Darwin Discovered as we seemingly disappeared off the blogosphere for a few years. To recap in a sentence or so, we: bought and renovated a house, traveled to 10+ countries, I started a new business, Darren started traveling a lot more for work, and…well, life happened. While I can’t promise that we’ll be back with any certain consistency, we do have a lot of great content (at least we think so!) to share. You’ll be seeing a few tweaks around the blog in the next month or so as I bring things into 2019 (hello, WordPress 5!) and update our information. I chuckled reading over our ‘About Me’ page because I was still in my 20s when this page was created! See you soon!
Back in May, D and I went on a quick glamping jaunt with some friends. We stopped by his parents’ house in Las Vegas, and then made our way over to the Grand Canyon, followed by Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and parts of Grand Staircase near Paige, Arizona. One the most memorable parts of our trip was touring the Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons, narrow slot canyons formed by thousands of years of rain and erosion. The light inside of the canyons made for some pretty spectacular photography…so without further ado, here you go….
After spending the first half of our trip in Split, we were off to Dubrovnik, the center of Croatia’s unique history. Stone walk ways, worn smooth by centuries of inhabitants, surrounded by majestic walls, Dubrovnik is a sight unlike any other.
The Plitvice Lakes are located a 4 hour drive north of Split. We spent an entire day there, and the photo above does a great job of explaining why it was worth the drive and the duration of the day.
After a night in Split, we took off the next morning to start our island-hopping along the Dalmatian Coast. Our tour, booked through Split Excursions, departed from the dock by the main promenade. The speedboat ride from Split takes about an hour to Hvar. In late May, the water was still quite chilly. I highly recommend bringing a jacket along with a long sleeve shirt to wear, as the wind can get quite frisky. Once we arrived in Hvar, we met with a local guide who showed us around the old town, and then had a few hours on our own. …
For the first stop in our honeymoon journey, W and I chose the very central city of Split Croatia as our connection to the rest of the Dalmatian coast. A few notes from our stay in Split:
- Split, as I mentioned, is a port city that has boats and ferries out to many of the visitable Croatian islands (Croatia’s nickname is sometimes “the Land of a Thousand Islands” because, true to form, there are 1,426 islands that make up Croatia, though only 46-48 are permanently inhabited.
- Even though Split is a travel hub, there aren’t many ways to get there from the air; we connected through Frankfurt on Croatian Airlines for both arrival and departure.
Split’s airport is teeny; the gate, baggage claim, and customs are all in the same large hall. Outside of customs, there are a few newspaper/convenience stores, a few currency exchange booths, and some tourism kiosks, but that’s about it.
Getting to Split from the airport (the airport is about 45 minutes north west of the actual city) is actually pretty simple; there were a few taxis and private transport options, but we chose the shuttle bus they have to Split proper, located right outside the airport to the right. It’s coach style, and decently priced (about 60 kuna for 2 people, so less that $10 USD total – you pay on the bus, either in euros or kuna). With a relatively large stable of coaches (there were 4 in line to take folks when we arrived), they do a pretty good job with frequency. The bus drops you off at the Split bus depot, which is basically where all tourists enter the city.