Tuesday, 16 April 2013

A very Croatian engagement

Last time I blogged (which seems like many moons ago), I mentioned that I was off to Croatia to eat my weight in meat and seafood.

Well, eat my weight in meat and seafood I most definitely did. And pizza. And pasta. And risotto. All washed down with the biggest glasses of red wine you ever did see. We had the most lovely holiday.

We flew to Split, where we climbed the tower of Diocletian's Palace. I ate the most gorgeous seafood risotto, and we saw the sunrise from our apartment window, which was in the attic of a little house that was up a narrow, winding street.

Then we took the ferry to Korcula. We went on long walks, got lost a lot, explored the deserted Old Town, drank glasses of wine that cost 85p by the seafront and ate pizza that was bigger than our head.

Next it was off to Hvar, the most beautiful of islands. On the first day, we paddled in the sea, watched the yachts come in and out of the harbour and spent the afternoon in the town's little cafes, drinking cold beer.

On the second day, we walked up to the castle, hired bikes, cycled to a beach and walked along a rocky coastal footpath to a deserted cove. While we were sitting on the rocks, watching the clear blue sea sparkle in the sunshine, Ash asked me to marry him. 

I said a big fat yes.

Unbeknownst to me, he'd been carrying around a bag of Haribo rings all holiday, waiting for the right moment.

We celebrated by drinking Slovenian sparkling wine, getting very giddy, going to a beautiful restaurant in the harbour, eating delicious calamari, mussels and a seafood platter that was the most divine thing ever.

The next day we decided to leave our little (very budget) apartment behind and check into a hotel for our last night in honour of our newly engaged status. By some fluke of luck, the mid-range hotel we'd booked had closed - and instead we were told that there was a room for us for the same price in the most expensive, luxurious Spa hotel on the island that overlooked the harbour.

We spent the afternoon swimming in their salt water swimming pool, drinking appletinis in their roof-top bar until the sun went down, and generally grinning from ear to ear.

Words can't paint a picture of how happy I am, so maybe this photo will do the talking for me. x


  1. Congratulations! Looks like a gorgeous place to get engaged :)


  2. Thank you! It was rather lovely :)

  3. Congratulations!!!! Love the story and your great photos! And as for Haribos-'the sweeeetest' proposal ever!! Glad you enjoyed CRO, I know-great place-not that it's got anything to do with fact I'm from there!!:) X

  4. Congratulations! What a lovely story :) We thought about going to Croatia for holidays last year but opted for Barcelona - it's definitely still on my list though, it looks absolutely gorgeous (also, drooling over that seafood risotto...) xx

  5. Aw thanks Mrs P and Amy! I bloomin' love Croatia - it's the third time I've been and every time I go I fall in love with it that little bit more! Amy - I'd highly recommend a visit - especially at this time of year because it's not so hot you can't move, and the tourists are nowhere to be seen! xx

  6. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. But have you read 'Juliet, Naked'? It's basically a book about how someone gets happy, and then everything they do artistically gets a bit rubbish. So watch out: your blog was good before all this happiness kicked in...

  7. Thanks, dearest Sister. And yes I have read it. It's pretty depressing.

  8. Congratulations! And it looks like you had an amazing holiday as well - incredible scenery :)