The worst thing about coming back from a holiday is that it melts into a distant memory within hours. Reality kicks in and after making your way through piles of washing you go back to work, dreaming of your next adventure. The holiday blues hit me hard this time around, particularly because my trip to Croatia was my final holiday of 2016 and as of yet I'm still to book any future escapes.
As we've had a lot of city breaks this year, Paddy and I were pretty desperate for a completely chilled out week and after a lot of searching, we found the perfect location. Croatia hadn't really been on our radar when we were looking for holidays, despite my parents visiting in July and loving it so much that they've booked to go back again next year, but when we found an amazing deal for the island of Lopud near Dubrovnik. It's a tiny island, with just a few restaurants and the Lafodia Hotel - which I'll be reviewing fully in the future - was the biggest building there. There are no cars on Lopud, and our transfer from the airport involved getting a tiny little boat to the hotel. It was the perfect spot for a week of rest & relaxation - even if the weather wasn't up for playing ball.
We were visiting the island at the very end of their holiday season and ended up with a week of pretty mixed weather. Most mornings were wet, with thunderstorms nearly every day, but the afternoons cleared up pretty well and we had a few days of sunshine too. I may have had to confront my fear of thunderstorms a whole lot more than I would have liked, but I got a good tan too so there's a silver lining!
Most of the week was spent hanging out by the pool, reading on the balcony or drinking some of the best mojitos I've tasted at the beach. We both consumed our fair share of calories, with excellent ice cream choices and fantastic meals all round. Our hotel had a little bakery next door where I picked up a tiramisu or two as a mid-afternoon snack and I had some of the most delicious steak I've ever eaten in a little restaurant on the shore.
Whilst we did spend the vast majority of our holiday indulging in total chill time, we did grab the ferry over to the city of Dubrovnik to spend and afternoon wandering around the Old Town too. I've got an entire post dedicated to our day trip coming up, so keep your eyes peeled for that to find out why I'm already desperate to go back for more.
All in all, it was a very much needed week of reading, eating, cocktails and exploring with my favourite person. It's been a hell of a year, both in travel and in general, so I think it was a great way to finish off my adventures for 2016 before I settle in to my typical routine of winter hibernation. If you need me, I'll be lighting all of my candles and searching for my next adventure...