Croatia I: our hotel, Srebreno, Mlini and Kupari

Hello and happy first official month of summer! In Estonia it's currently more like freezing autumn or winter but I and the husband kicked off our holiday season already in May when we spent 7 nights and 8 days in fantastic Croatia. Or actually we landed at tiny Tivat Airport in Montenegro and after that came a pitch black Mercedes Viano and drove us to Croatia. But before border crossing between Montenegro and Croatia we also crossed the Bay of Kotor by ferry. That's a lot of traffic for one day and we were so relieved when we finally arrived at our cosy hotel - Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel (home page).

They kindly upgraded our superior double room to deluxe double room (link) with a spacious balcony overlooking the vivid Adriatic coastline. Our king size bed was easily the best one we have ever had in a hotel - I really slept like a baby in it. And I also thoroughly took advantage of our bathtub - a local dm store (link) sold some pretty awesome coconut and lemongrass bath sticks. I brought 3 sticks home with me because one day I will have my own bathtub and I'm going to really enjoy them then!

By the way, Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel is situated in small Srebreno village that lies between marvelous Mlini village and fascinating Kupari village. Srebreno and Mlini are connected by a picturesque promenade by the sea and in today's travel post I'm sharing photos we took essentially on May 4 in Mlini but you can also see our hotel and some Kupari village. Kupari is home to five abandoned hotels - a former military resort built for the elite of the then Yugoslav army. In 1991 the Croatian War of Independence broke out and the Yugoslav army bombarded and burned their former holiday spot. But I'm going to tell you about those notorious hotels in a separate blog post because they're totally worth it.

Mlini, on the other hand, is an idyllic little place that has its own river called Zavrelje. The name Mlini comes from the mills (mlini in Croatian) which were used to obtain water from the river. Mlini is filled with historical monuments and legends, fragrant parks, floral gardens and promenades, shallow pebble beaches and protected coves, hotels, villas and summer houses. Some of the historical and cultural sights we saw were the enormous oriental plane tree of Mlini (planted in 1742, height 30.30 m, circumference of the trunk 6.80 m), a specimen of a stone wheel which was used for grinding olives, and the curch of St. Rocco where a holy mess is held only once a year. They even have a really cool outdoor gym! Mlini is probably one of the most beautiful little places I've ever been to in my life. It really left me breathless and I truly miss the place!

Now, restaurant of the day was a Sheraton restaurant next to the seaside promenade, facing their Pool Bar Pinija. My Greek salad was flavourful and heavenly juicy and the husband loved his seafood pasta. But in the evening we used room service for the first time ever and ordered dinner to our hotel room. And it was conjointly the only time we received very mediocre dishes during our whole trip. It was edible but had no love in it, the best part were my french fries. Every other experience in countless restaurants really was great so we learned our lesson - always go to a restaurant, don't lounge in your room!

Anyway, such a long post about only one day of our Croatian adventure but I feel like I really wanted to write everything down because it was one of our best trips. Croatia had so much to offer and I feel like I got so many positive vibes and inspiration! I will definitely tell you about the Old Town of Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik Cable Car, Lokrum Island, the abandoned ghost hotels in Kupari, more about the surroundings of Mlini and Srebreno and of course about our day trip to magical Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. But would you also like to see a little haul kind of thing among everything else? Let me know what you think! I hope you enjoyed the post and I'll see you in the next one!


My April moments

Hey, everyone who's still reading this perhaps a little abandoned blog nest! I always appreciate it and I thought I would share some of my April moments with you before May totally takes over and brings lots of fresh material to the table. So, without further ado I'm going to start off with the beginning of April, i.e. April 2-11. We prepared our greenhouse for the very slowly approaching new gardening season, even replaced all the soil with a new, more fertile one. I also scattered some mizuna, crimson lettuce, radish and spinach seeds under the shade cloth and they were successfully growing when I last checked.

Beautiful blue hepaticas in our flowerbed have reproduced and lately, out of nowhere I discovered a handful of really cool pink ones next to them. Our plant babies for the greenhouse, balcony and garden are persistently growing as well and to wrap up our beginning of April on a completely different note we tried those overly sweet tutti frutti and caramel donuts which fulfilled our donut appetite for a very long time... or just until we come across some really irresistible ones again.

Now, the second group of April moments contains snaps taken between April 12 and 27. First two I captured during one of my quick lunchtime walks near the work place. By the way, last Thursday was the historical day when I walked home from work for the first time. Me, a complete car person! It took me around half an hour compared to the 5-10 minutes it takes with the car but to tell you the truth it was totally worth it and I did it again on Friday and will do it again today.

On April 14 we visited E's grandparents who live at a decent distance of 200 km from us. Their dachshund Tuks turned 10 years old that weekend. Conjointly we visited our favourite garden centre Hansaplant where the husband suddenly discovered himself in the middle of the carnivorous plants paradise and brought four new ones home with him. We didn't actually celebrate Easter but I bought those pretty daffodils and a couple of kind relatives gave us some festive treats as well. And April 20 I spent in our capital town where I got smarter and afterwards trained all my colleagues. I also walked around 8 km that day and did some sale shopping in Stockmann before taking the last train home.

So I hope you guys enjoyed today's photo post. I haven't been the most active photographer lately but I seriously hope it's going to immediately change in May because our Adriatic Sea holiday is just around the corner! We're going to try a quite new Sheraton hotel this time and I'm really excited! Wish us luck and beautiful weather and see you in the next post!


Bits and pieces - a miscellaneous photo post

Hello and happy March, my dearest readers! I hope you can already smell the freshly arrived spring outside because I certainly can, slowly but surely, with plenty of wind and rainfall but it still feels so much better than winter. Beautiful snowdrops have settled in our front yard and the little lilac hedge in our back yard is covered in big green buds. And my green fingers totally start to itch when I think about setting up our new bigger and better box garden, reviving the greenhouse and seeing how the flowerbeds are starting to turn green after their annual hibernation. And today's post is going to be a diverse one because the photos I wanted to share just don't make a unified group. There will be gardening and sowing, quick glimpses of our fresh veranda, a generous shoe haul, an outfit and even some forgotten snow from February.

So let's begin with the girly stuff! My simple and casual outfit of the day dates back to February 25 and that's how I usually look like during all the colder days - wearing jeans with a sweatshirt/sweater/cardigan. By the way, I got two new pairs of footwear from the sales before taking those photos - Timberland boots and VICES shoes. My burgundy red Timberland winter boots were around 66€ and I must confess that ever since I bought my very first pair of Timberland boots in January 2016, the ones I'm wearing in the photo below, I can't even think about getting any other winter boots! Do any of you, readers, know what I'm talking about?

Anyway, those beautiful pastel pink suede shoes from VICES cost only 7€ and I think they're absolutely gorgeous. You should definitely check out their pretty web page for serious heaps of beautiful footwear! Oh and on March 1 I got absolutely crazy with golden hues and sales and purchased those shiny 10€ flats from Reserved and also those Stefano Sabella leather boots for 12€! I guess my spring is going to be pink and golden!

Ray-Ban sunglasses | thrifted ESPRIT scarf | Aliexpress sweatshirt (link) | thrifted Levi's jeans | Timberland boots.

Anyway, let's talk about the second half of today's post. Of course I've gathered some new seeds for the new gardening season and today mostly paprikas/peppers, (cherry) tomatoes, eggplants, leeks and some marigolds, cresses and forget-me-nots are slowly growing. Plus a persimmon, an avocado and some papayas from the seeds we picked from fruits we have eaten. Two early cucumbers are growing too. But almost a month has already passed since taking this photo of my plant babies! So I'll take fresh photos after I've moved my plants from upstairs to downstairs where they're going to settle in our new veranda which you can also peek from today's photos.

Then there are a couple of snowy shots from February 5 when we visited E's grandparents for a weekend to celebrate his grandmother's birthday. You can also see some rosemary and sage from the veranda, evergreen parsley from the greenhouse and of course a mandatory photo of Elvis being extra cute on the stairs. I think it's his favourite place in the whole house because he can see right to the street from there. People, cars, animals, birds - he loves saying what he thinks about them!

So I hope you guys enjoyed today's slightly hectic post because I really felt like such recap was much needed. By the way, have you already found me on Instagram? If not use the banner on the right sidebar because I definitely post more there than I do here. Let me know your thoughts on today's post and see you in the next one as always!