Chilling with our travel mates

Monday 11th June 2018

Woke with huge red lumps, the lady at the Camp Farma 47 said they don’t have any mosquitos, not sure if they’re mozzie bites but they itch like mad grrrrr! Ourselves and Jeanne have both decided to stay at a free parking spot on park4night, (N45.25195,E019.868161),  we met them in Novi Sad at the side of the fortress under the clock with the dodgy fingers, we are all sweating even Jeanne and Tai and they are used to hot weather being from South Africa, we went and had breakfast together, Tai made light work of a big fry up and Dave tried a custard slice type cake recommended by the guide from the night before, he washed it down with cold beer, we took our time and spent a couple of hours in the shade discussing travels and life. We can’t decide what to do, beach, fortress or town?


a long leisurely breakfast with good company

It’s too hot for decision making and too hot for walking, we tried to go into the fortress museum, but it was closed for cleaning.


Cathy & Jeanne taking in the sights

On the site of Petrovaradin fortress archaeologists have discovered that the history of the locality is more than 2000 years old, inhabited by the Celts in the 3 & 4th century BC, the Romans in the 1st century AD, the Turks had a go in 1526, then the Austrians played their part in 1692, constructing the fort now known as Petrovaradin fortress and is said to be the most preserved fortress in Europe, it was demilitarised in the 20th century.


Petrovaradin Fortress and the clock tower

There are 16kms of underground corridors spread over 4 levels, it was considered unconquerable as it covers 112 hectacres, had 13 gates and 400 cannons, it was given the nickname Gibraltar on the Danube.


overstaffed maybe?

Jeanne and Tai are on their bikes, Jeanne took hers back to her van Miles McFlattery and Tai brought his over the bridge and into the town, we wandered around the pretty streets and crashed out in a pretty little alleyway at a bar in the shade, literally melting! Tai went whizzing around on his bike coming back with various bumps and scrapes and bits falling off his bike, he still has energy even if we haven’t.

It cooled just slightly so we set off to find the synagogue in the arts quarter and unfortunately that was closed too, not having much luck today.

Novi Sad is also famous for its annual music festival called the EXIT festival, each year in the upper town in July and thousands of music lovers flock here from all over the world and the campsites are rammed packed full, glad we will be out of here by then!


Reggae at the EXIT festival!


The Name of Mary Cathedral built 1892-1894

We all wash our feet when we get back to try to cool down, buckets and bowls outside but we don’t care.

Dave is fixing Tai’s bike, his bike rack has come off and his chain too, he shows Tai how to fix it and the box of cable ties comes out, they’ve also been dragged around Europe and of course he knew they would come in handy lol!

I wander on down into a field as I can hear a brass band practicing, sitting in the shade listening to them was one of those moments that you come across when your hopping from one place to the next, you never know what’s going to be around the next corner.

Jeanne and Tai had been to a pizza place the previous night so we all decide to go there, the wifi is good so Jeanne catches up on a bit of work, Tais’ phone has been confiscated but he’s happy to accept mine whilst his mums not looking! Pizzas were great and once eaten and work is finished Jeanne shows Dave some more tips for making our blog writing and photo resizing easier and quicker. Dave is very pleased, maybe now we will catch up!


We ordered a medium pizza to share, wonder what the Large looked like!

Back at Pogo it’s hot and Dave and I will have all the windows open, our van is higher than Jeanne’s and she’s not so sure about keeping hers open, I can understand that, we say good night as we plan to leave at in the morning en-route to Hungary.


Cathy x

Hat today, gone tomorrow!

Tuesday 1st May 2018

Cathy posting,

Happy Birthday to our lovely daughter, this morning was leisurely, sat on the beach with a cup of tea and watched people swimming, today we leave the site and we are heading to Trogir. Dave & Sat Naff had a fall out today, in future he says he’ll follow it as today he decided he knows better and we’ve no idea where we went! but it was a 20Km detour!

We arrived at Camp Rozac which is on Čiovo in the Central Adriatic, a little island joined by a tiny swing bridge over to Trogir which in itself is a little island attached also by a bridge to the mainland, the site is again on the beach and it’s €27 plus €1 per person tax, we thought it was €19 but no the prices go up from the 1st May! The info isn’t always correct so unless you call in advance which we can’t be bothered to do then you take your chances, we pitched up on the beach, no issues this time as I wasn’t there!


view from Pogo on Čiovo

I’ve lost my beloved hat, the one I bought at Punta Sabbioni just before crossing over to Venice I love that hat, it fits my head! I have fine blonde hair and I hate the sun on my head as it burns my scalp, I’ve had heat stroke twice before and always wear a hat in the sun, no exceptions ever! The Venice hat ticks all the boxes for me, the fit, lets air through the fabric, it’s lightweight, keeps its shape, brim not too big at the front, small brim at the back and a nice bow that protects my neck, I’m very upset about the loss, I don’t know if I’ve left it in the shower block at the last campsite, Camping Plantaza in Starigrad yesterday?

Off we go about 5pm after pitching up to walk into Trogir, it’s along a main road but there’s no pathway, then a shortcut up a steep hill through the homes of the locals and down to the swing bridge, crossing over we are in sight of the Trogir medieval fortress which is called Kamerlengo.


walking from the camp to Trogir in the distance

At the water front which joins Trogir to Čiovo is a lovely promenade lined with palm trees with small cruise ships and boats moored up alongside, we suspect the day trippers are lunching somewhere on the front.


view of the promenade at Trogir from the Fortress

I need a new hat, so we decide to leave the sightseeing until tomorrow and start walking through the labyrinth of tiny streets, they are so narrow and pretty, we haven’t seen anything like it since Bergamo 


romantic balcony?

No luck finding a hat in any of the shops we tried but I did find a beautiful little restaurant, all lilac and purple tablecloths in a little nook with stone steeps planted with flowers and pretty as a picture, Dave says we are not allowed as the budgets knackered, even a sad face didn’t work!


maybe another time 😦


even the launderettes are pretty in Croatia

We went back to Pogo and had an omelette cooked outside and watched the fireworks for the 1st May holiday for Croatia over the bay, it was a special sight, lots of families from Croatia & Slovenia enjoying their last evening on the beach.