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PostSubject: Re: Alan's Croatian Holiday   Fri May 19, 2017 9:13 pm

Enjoyed looking at your pictures Alan
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PostSubject: Re: Alan's Croatian Holiday   Sat May 20, 2017 4:31 pm

The Kupari seaside resort was built in the 1960’s and consisted of four separate hotels known as the Goričine, the Goričine II, the Pelegrin and the the Kupari.

They were built in the vast grounds which surrounded the Grand Hotel that was built in about 1920 and was a superior place for its time. The military commandeered the Grand Hotel and added the 4 modern hotels to create a  posh military resort which served as a holiday location for the Yugoslav military elite and their families.

Each of the hotels were blessed with fabulous views and manicured gardens that you can imagine as you walk through the place.

In 1991 when the Croatian War of Independence started, the Serb element of the Yugoslav Army attacked the resort and systematically destroyed it.  It has been looted of everything of value and is now a grim shell of its former splendour.

We didn’t intend visiting the place – but curiosity overtook us on our way back from Lidl to our hotel and I turned off the main road and drove there.

 

It is awesome - but too big an area to cover in one day, and rather dangerous too -  so I concentrated on the old Grand Hotel which must have been palatial in its heyday.   



















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PostSubject: Re: Alan's Croatian Holiday   Sat May 20, 2017 4:57 pm

Well I suppose it's better that lying on a sun bed on the beach with a large gin and tonic in one hand and a warm woman in the other, but if I had the choice I know which one I'd choose cool whistle
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PostSubject: Re: Alan's Croatian Holiday   Sat May 20, 2017 8:36 pm

Shame to see such beautiful buildings left ruin
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PostSubject: Re: Alan's Croatian Holiday   Sat May 20, 2017 8:44 pm

I found a newspaper story dated Aug 2016 saying that Marriot had bought the site and would be developing it. However the authorities will not let them touch the Grand Hotel ruin - they wish it to be a war monument.

When I stood inside those ruins it gave me an slight insight into what the Syrians are enduring. Their situation is a thousand times worse however.

Wherever you looked at the buildings they were pockmarked with bullet strikes and it made you wonder how many military died there in a lost cause. Some of the rooms were clearly wrecked by a mighty internal explosion - others by the phosphorous bombs the Serbs planted to burn the place out.

It is clear, 25 years later, that some of the locals we have talked two have a burning hatred for the Muslims who they blame for starting the war by declaring independence.

I am keen to do some research when I get home into the history of the war. Hitler started it in a way by over-running the Andriatic countries and forcibly uniting them under the German flag. Then WW2 ended and Tito was installed as a USSR puppet to run the new state. When he died there was a yearning to go back to the old days when they were separate countries - which sponsored the war when the Muslim states declared independence.

I have yet to check the veracity of this story - this was the opinion of a Croatian we got chatting to who hated the Montenegros with a passion.

He was very miffed to be told we plan on visiting Montenegro next Tuesday.

Nichola Sturgeon needs to make a note.

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PostSubject: Re: Alan's Croatian Holiday   Sun May 21, 2017 2:03 pm

The weather was rather dull and cloudy today and rain was threatened but did not happen. So we went for drive and dropped into various villages in this very mountainous land. Libby saw the best of it - I was concentrating on keeping the car on the road and looking out for maniacs coming the other way.
On the way back we decided to take a drive around the Dubrovnik peninsular which took us south alng the docks where the cruise ships tie up. There were two huge ships in the dock - the Royal Princess which is 330 metres long and carries 3060 passengers and the Rapsody of the Seas which is a mere 280 metres long and carries 2070 passengers. Libby tried to take a photo while we stopped in traffic but we were too close and the picture looked like a block of flats with some lifeboats dangling down.  

We then drove around the coast road he north of Dubrovnik and dropped into the President Palace Hotel, as Malcolm recommended, for a browse and a coffee. It is a very impressive place.

On the way back I stopped at a vantage point on the highway and took this photo of Dubrovnik from an altitude of 520 feet according to my Garmin satnav. 


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PostSubject: Re: Alan's Croatian Holiday   Sun May 21, 2017 4:13 pm

One of my mum's favourite places Dubrovnik.

Fab pictures Alan  smile
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PostSubject: Re: Alan's Croatian Holiday   Sun May 21, 2017 4:21 pm

Glad you had a look at the President Hotel Alan we would have gone there this year but the price was £2000 for one week so we decided to give it a miss.
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PostSubject: Re: Alan's Croatian Holiday   Mon May 22, 2017 5:27 pm

We had a nice time exploring all the little side streets in Dubronvik and managed to find a bar called Buza bar that was recommended to us. You access it through a hole in the city wall that is not easy to find and the tables are perched on a rocky outcrop with wonderful views across the sea.



Madam got the munchies at about 1.00 pm so we had a splendid light lunch at a classy restaurant which overlooks the busy harbour. It was fascinating watching all the boats come and go whilst we had our meal and saw off a nice white wine

The restaurant is the one with the arches in the centre of this photo



Tomorrow we will spend the day in Montenegro looking at the sights. We are a part of 12 in a mini bus being escorted by a guide who we have met. She worked in the UK for 12 years and returned home after the war. Should be interesting.












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PostSubject: Re: Alan's Croatian Holiday   Mon May 22, 2017 6:00 pm

The One thing I forgot to mention in Dubrovnik Alan was the bloody mosquitos...we always get bitten even with all the protection you can use....hope you managed to escape 'em
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PostSubject: Re: Alan's Croatian Holiday   Mon May 22, 2017 6:14 pm

Just smother yourself with lemon a trick taught me by a Malaysian friend
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PostSubject: Re: Alan's Croatian Holiday   Mon May 22, 2017 9:34 pm

Mosquitos never bite me - it's in their DNA to know it would poison them.

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PostSubject: Re: Alan's Croatian Holiday   Mon May 22, 2017 10:38 pm

lol!
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