Croatia ; The Last Few Days

Tomorrow we leave for Sweden.

We’ve had a wonderful time and would rather be staying here in the sun for a few more days than to be returning to what is a cold and rainy Sweden! πŸ˜‰β˜”οΈ

However, the last few days have been very relaxing, despite a very thundery cold day on Friday…

  
We took a stroll up to Motovun again, where we tasted different types of olive oil…

   
 

…tried truffle risotto…

  
…and had an ice-cream…

  
Yesterday we went to another water park, and despite the slightly cold and cloudy weather, had a lot of fun. Ted it seems, enjoyed the different stones on the ‘beach’ the most, and found an array of rainbow colours among them…

  
  
We had been invited to dinner with an old work collegue of Richard’s who just happened to have a summer house in the area – and a Croatian wife…

  
…and were served with wonderful food!

Alfie and Ted enjoyed foraging from their cherry trees and playing with their son, while Leon and Maya sat pilotely listening to the adult conversation – and hearing the slightly disturbing, yet powerful, story of the father who had escaped the war in Iran on train by hiding in a suitcase. The man in the green shirt, is of Iranian descent and born in Iran, and was only six years old. His parents joined him and his brother (also smuggled over) in Sweden a year later, during which time the kids had been in a children’s home. 

An amazing and sad story which makes us think more deeply about the traumas of present refugees in the world right now. A real learning experience for us, as well as Leon and Maya!

Today was a beautiful hot and sunny day – too perfect to be sitting in a car! 

So we spent much of the day swimming in the pool….starting with ice-pops in pyjamas! πŸ˜†

  
   
   ..before swimming…

  
This holiday we’ve seen some amazing sights and had some lovely sunshine. We’ve learnt about Croatian history, and some of its Roman history. We’ve tasted Croatian food, and learnt about what foods grow here in Croatia (olives, grapes and truffles). We’ve learnt some words of Croatian, and about it’s religion. We’ve learnt that dinosaurs once lived in this habitat and seen their fossilized footprints. We’ve observed insects and small ‘creeps’ we’ve never seen before. We’ve swam and we’ve hiked ; we’ve laughed and played games.

Alfie is now able to swim for at least a width without arm bands and his head above water; Maya has learnt how to play poker ; Leon has been able to forget school, relax, play and laugh again ; and Ted…well, Ted learns a little bit of something every day! πŸ˜‰

I’d say it’s been a fantastic holiday…! 

  
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