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« on: September 20, 2009, 07:27:29 PM »
Here are a few pictures from one of the islands off the coast of Croatia. First a couple of pics of the yard itself.

 







And a couple of shots of the dock side.
 





I'll make another post so it won't be too big.
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Re: Croatia
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2009, 07:38:28 PM »
This yard is located on an inlet on the west side of the island. The name of the place is Lamjana Shipyard. You can find it on Google Earth. Here are a couple views out of the harbor.

 





In the back ground you can see the outer island just barely. The sun was wrong for the shot. Also a fishing boat coming in. Around to the right of the hill in the second picture is a big catch pen where they hold live tuna that is caght elsewhere and trundled back in nets to keep them alive. They bring in several million dollars worth at a time.

 



You can see the other island a little better in this shot. More pics coming.
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Re: Croatia
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2009, 07:40:42 PM »
I made the trek into town this morning, about 2 1/2 miles and up hill.

Looking back down toward the yard. Only just getting started up the hill.
 



About half way up, maybe 3/4 mile in to it and still looking back behind me.
 



A coupe shots off to the side of the road and some of the local flora.
 









The last shot is of a drystack wall that are everywhere. Miles and miles of them
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Re: Croatia
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2009, 08:02:35 PM »
Finally to the top of the hill and almost to the other side of the island. The built up area on the other side is the mainland.




Down the other side I go.



Looking off to the north east.



Still trudging along. I don't think I get it up to 40kph. Fat boy starting to get tired.
 

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Re: Croatia
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2009, 08:10:21 PM »
And now a few scenes from in the town. I don't know the name and can't say it anyway. I think it's Preko




Some more shots of town.
 







The ferry to the mainland

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Re: Croatia
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2009, 08:20:02 PM »
 10:00am, time to go back. I have to get some sleep before work this evening.




 A few more shots of the local flora. I haven't a clue what they are except the last one and finally one shot of another dry stack wall.










About a five mile round trip and it was uphill both ways. Coming back up the hill from town about did me in. Sure was glad when I crested the top and started back down. I'll be going off the rig tommorow to go stay in a nother little town nearby while the living quarters are renovated. I'll try to get more pics if I can find a camera. These were taken with the rig camera and the battery is dead. The charge cord has gotten packed away nad is not to be found. Kind of a long winded post, but I hope you all enjoy it.
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« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2009, 08:49:42 PM »

 I did.  8)  Thanks for posting, Lee.  Guess you are done on the last job, then ???
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« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2009, 08:52:30 PM »
Thanks for showing me somewhere that I'll never see.... :)
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Re: Croatia
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2009, 10:14:56 PM »
Fantastic Lee, just simply fantastic!   I think you're gonna like that place a lot better than BFE.  So how long will y'all be in port?
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« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2009, 10:34:20 PM »
I know what you mean about up hill both ways. Like that when I went to school. :D
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« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2009, 10:40:41 PM »
I'll be here till Monday next week. The rig will be here for about 3 - 4 months undergoing repairs and upgrades. Not sure if I'll get to stay with it or not. The guy who will be my immidiate supervisor is trying to arrange for me to stay with the rig. Long story short, only a few of the original crew from before will still be a part of the new crew. After the shipyard project the rig will go to work off the east coast of Itally. I really do hope I get to stay because the alternative is likely to be sitting home scratching my unemployed butt. They keep telling us that they're gonna find places for us but I've already seen quite a few get layed off.
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« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2009, 11:46:36 PM »
Great post Lee!
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Re: Croatia
« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2009, 04:22:47 AM »
Looking good Lee. Your a regular Rick Steeves. He did a full video tour on Croatia and the buildings all look just like your photos.  ;)
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« Reply #13 on: September 25, 2009, 09:59:37 PM »
A few more pics of Croatia. The first one is looking across the harbor of the little town where we are staying in the hotel. Early morning and just getting back from a night's work
 



The Sun peaking through the clouds.



Enjoying a little homemade wine with some of the crew before heading down to eat. They also make a local version of moonshine called graapa that will take your head off if you aren't careful.
 



Down the hill to the resteraunt.



A few shots of some of the bungalos we are staying in.
 





They tell me the wind is quite fierce here in the winter. The trees would seem to say so. There isn't a staight one to be found.



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« Reply #14 on: September 25, 2009, 10:03:10 PM »
After eating a little walk around town and I did mean a little walk. Not much to it. Only about 500 full time residents.

Boats in the harbor.






Coming into the town square.
 



Local watering hole on the square.
 



News stand. Nothing at all available in english.



Farmers market. Nothing happening right now. There is someone ther selling earlyer in the morning. 



Somebody has a stack of boardds air drying. I didn't get close enough to see what it was. Didn't want to trespass.



Back to the watering hole. Walking makes you thirsty.



Time to go back. Too much watering hole makes you wobbly.
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Re: Croatia
« Reply #15 on: September 25, 2009, 10:39:01 PM »
 Back up the hill to the room. Funny, I don,t remeber it being as far down as it is back up.





Top of the hill and my building is in sight.





Simple room but comfortable. A little warm though, no A.C. I brought a fan off the rig.





It has a nice view off the balcony



Evening comes and time to go back to work.




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Re: Croatia
« Reply #16 on: September 26, 2009, 08:15:16 AM »
What a great tour Lee, thanks!

You say your rig is in the yard, what are you guys doing while it's being worked on?

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« Reply #17 on: September 26, 2009, 10:15:02 AM »
Thanks for the great pictures :)
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« Reply #18 on: September 26, 2009, 02:21:26 PM »
What a great tour Lee, thanks!

You say your rig is in the yard, what are you guys doing while it's being worked on?
We are a part of the work team. Grunt labor and safety watchdogs mostly and the equipment still has to be cared for and maintained. The third party workers vary rarely come up to our safety standards so we have to keep them in line.
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« Reply #19 on: September 26, 2009, 03:19:15 PM »
I'm sure enjoying the tour!  As was said, Rick Steves ain't got nuttin on our LeeB! 8) 8)

How about some pics of the rig? ;D
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« Reply #20 on: September 26, 2009, 03:45:34 PM »
Enjoying the pics too.

Seems to be a real absence of people and cars. Very clean and refreshing look to everything, but wonder where the money comes from.  Tourists? Vacationers?   You did say only 500 people live there full time.  Sure seems low for the looks of things. Impressive, and looks like a place to visit. 
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« Reply #21 on: September 26, 2009, 04:11:42 PM »
Not many cars here and the place is a summer tourist place. Not a whole lot of people here after the season is over. It is wonderfully clean and the people thaat live here seem to take real pride in keeping up thier gardens. I haven't seen any lawns so to speak, every patch of dirt around the homes is cultivated with vegetables, flowers or grape vines. I was talking to a fellow the same day I took the last group of pictures about how I could easily find myself living here, maybe about 40 - 50 acres to play on and a small house. He asked me if I had $2MM to pay out for that. There went that dream out the window. He also said that it wasn't very likely to get anyone to sell. The land has been handed down over a multitude of generations and even though they are not wealthy people they would rather live poor and keep thier properties. I don't know what the mainland is like where most of the population is. Maybe I'll get a chance to see a little of itwhen I head home next week.
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« Reply #22 on: September 26, 2009, 06:11:39 PM »
That's interesting Lee, now I know why these folks here in some NA cities are talking about backyard and roof top gardening . Only thing is, I bet the Croatians are better back yard gardeners because the guy in NY city can just go buy what he wants and by-pass the "Green theme".  ;D All we see is the TV promos.
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« Reply #23 on: September 26, 2009, 08:10:21 PM »
..or that the Croatians have much better weather/climate than NY City.  :) :)
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« Reply #24 on: September 26, 2009, 08:17:58 PM »
On the outer islands they do. Inland it's about the same.
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« Reply #25 on: September 26, 2009, 08:43:02 PM »
I would suggest the Croatians are likely more dependent on a good garden. Climate doesn't really enter into the argument until we get into what crops can be grown and what can't. Your not going to try to grow bananas on your open deck in NYC in January. :D
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« Reply #26 on: March 18, 2010, 11:24:58 AM »
Well, it looks like the Croatia stint has finally come to an end. Work done and time for the rig to go to Italy. Doesn't look like I will get to make the move with it. I'll be trransfered back to the Middle East to work in Saudi. Not at all looking forward to that but at least I will be working still. I have a few more pics from Croatia and will get htem posted soon. All good things must end I suppose. Doesn't mean I have to like it. >:(
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« Reply #27 on: December 28, 2020, 08:33:26 PM »
 @LeeB I know this post is old, but I'm planning a trip to Croatia maybe this year, if things go right with the world.  My great grandparents came from there around 1915.  I figured it was worth a shot to see if anyone had ever posted about Croatia on FF.  Love the pictures.
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« Reply #28 on: December 28, 2020, 10:04:07 PM »
Beautiful country and people. Great food and wine. A little expensive. I loved it there and had seriously considered moving there but couldn't afford as much land as I wanted. What area are you going to?
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« Reply #29 on: December 29, 2020, 09:06:16 AM »
We will likely fly into Dubrovnik and then drive north visiting places like Split.  I have a friend of the same last name who lives in a coast town called Opatija in the north.  She found me on FB several years ago.  I have no idea if we are related, but I plan to meet her in person.  Then we will head into the north central area around Karlovac where my family came from.  I have a bad feeling that this will not be able to happen in 2021, but maybe.  I get the idea that the people in Croatia are better at controlling the spread, but I don't think their access to vaccine is going to be as speedy as here in the US.
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« Reply #30 on: December 29, 2020, 02:35:51 PM »
Looks like there was a pretty good earthquake there today
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« Reply #31 on: December 29, 2020, 05:02:53 PM »
Looks like there was a pretty good earthquake there today
Yeah, lots of damage, especially to very old buildings.  I messaged my friend.  She lives about 180 miles from the epicenter and said it was very scary, but not terrible by her.  Her family though is only about 30 miles from the epicenter.  She said they are all safe, but are worried about more quakes.  They had one yesterday that was 5.4.  Now they don't know if there will be a bigger one.  This one was 6.4, which is ten times worse than 5.4
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« Reply #32 on: April 24, 2021, 09:22:20 PM »
Well, 2021 is not gonna happen.  Lets hope for 22.
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« Reply #33 on: June 06, 2021, 08:58:21 AM »
Keep me posted when you go to Croatia!  
I've had a fly & ride Balkans trip on my bucket list for some time now. I lean toward Romania as the bike or scooter rental is much less than Croatia, plus the mtn passes there are a riders mecca but I'll be riding every country in the entire area if we get past this covid mess while I'm still riding-and travelling.
The coastal areas of Croatia offer palm trees such but when riding I lean toward mtns and more rural areas. 
We are now planning for domestic trips later this summer-CO in Sept and AZ/NM in winter. Maybe 2022 is the years to go places? 

Travel tidbit: My son rented a car for business this week in Charleston, WV and costs are similar to air travel right now.   
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« Reply #34 on: June 09, 2021, 08:17:14 AM »
 @kantuckid I will let you know.  We will definitely not be going before my 10 year old son can get vaccinated and I hear that things are much improved in Croatia.  I messaged my friend over there last week and she said access to vaccine is still not very good.  I imagine that will change in the next 6 months.  There is a very slight chance that I am related to my friend.  She found me on Facebook because we have the same last name.  My great grandparents left Croatia somewhere around 1915 due to tensions leading up to WW1.  My other great grandparents left Ukraine about the same time for the same reasons.
I think you will want to ride by the Plitvice Lakes.  I think I heard that the rental car places can't get any new cars like they normally would and that may have to do with the shortage of rental cars.
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« Reply #35 on: June 09, 2021, 08:32:19 AM »
In the USA rental cars cost similar to an air tic right now! Our son who studied in Hungary visited Croatia back then on his weekends train travels all over. He only was at the coast. 
When the timing seems right, I'll ride not drive and I suspect the motorcycles & scooters were not sold off as affects the rental cars? 
For now the possibility of being stranded somewhere in a very expensive manner looms on my foreign travel conscience. 
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