Split’s Open Air Market

Split’s Open Air Market

A quick stop in Split on our way to catch the ferry gave us the chance to wander around the city’s open air market, Split Pazar. Covered by a canopy of trees, the Green Market it is one of the prettiest markets I have seen.

To savour the full array of produce you should go early in the morning, not closer to closing time as we did. However there was still a good selection available and I was able to pick up some fresh figs for the ferry trip.

The market also has a large selection of flowers and the women are only too happy to arrange a mixed bunch for you,

But it is the fresh produce that I love to see. The dappled light plays games on the seasonal fruit and vegetables. If it  is in season you will find it here. Check out the prices as you wander through the market as they can be a bit high. Buy some local cheese…the best is Paski Sir from the island of Rab and some Croatian proscuitto which is called prsut.

 

Split Open Air Market

 

I’m not sure I would know how to tackle these carob pods but after tasting the country’s famous carob cake, I would like to learn!

 

Carob pods at the Split Market

 

 

Agave, beans or lemons or even some home made olive oil….the market sells what ever is in season

 

Split Market

 

The market can be found on the eastern side of the Diocletian’s Palace just near the ferry terminal.

You can’t miss it…just look for the trees!

 

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Skradin: Gateway to the Croatia’s Krka National Park
Seven Weeks in Croatia: The Highlights
The Croatian Island of Cres

 

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Summer in London

It’s been a while since I’ve spent time in London in summer. When the sun’s shining London puts on a whole new face.

The first thing I noticed were the flowers…petunias everywhere including the lamp posts. It’s bright, cheerful and welcoming…what a shame we are only staying a few days this time!

 

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London Terrace houses

Pretty flower boxes

 

London

Come in!

 

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No flowers but one of my favourite houses!

 

Kings road

Kings Road

Summer flowers in London

Summer flowers

 

English Pub

The English pubs are looking better than ever!

 

What’s your favourite time of the year in London?  

 

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Eating in London’s East End
Inside Kensington Palace

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Sunday Snap: Rovinj

We’ve just spent nine days exploring the north western part of Croatia known as Istria. One of my favourite towns in the area was Rovinj.

The old town of Rovinj was originally on an island but the channel separating the town and the mainland was filled in in 1763. A maze of cobblestone streets lined with old stone buildings take you from the harbour to St Euphemia’s Basilica on the hill and the bell tower that is the centre piece of the old city.

 

Rovinj

The view from the northern harbour

 

Next week’s photo will be from the island of Vis where we are currently staying.

Day by day photos from our travels can be seen on Instagram and also on Facebook.
We’d love you to join us!

 

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We’re back in Europe!

We’re back in Europe!

In April last year we started a dream of ours to travel in Europe for eighteen months, only coming home for three months to escape the European cold and enjoy the Australian summer.

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Our summer life on Rottnest

 

Plans do go awry as we all know so we’re a little late in getting started this year!

Our first stop is London…..we’re dropping off the winter clothes with friends then we’ll head back to Croatia. Last year we spent 7 weeks in this wonderful country but didn’t make it to Istria. With all the beautiful food Istria is renowned for, it was the first place I wanted to go so we’re spending ten days there before we return to our favourite island, Vis to swim in the clearest blue water, eat fresh seafood and generally enjoy island life!

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Scenes from Vis in Croatia

 

August is never a good time to travel but from here we head to Greece and a month of island hopping which will take us east to our beloved Turkey. We won’t be spending as long in Turkey as we did last time…there’ll be no long road trips but we may manage a small trip along the west coast and back to Istanbul. I wonder how many more things I can add to my list of 36 things to do in Istanbul.

After a few weeks in Italy we’ll head back to Athens for TBEX, a blogging conference. We’re not sure where we’re going after Athens!

We had  planned to go to Israel and Jordan but at the moment Israel is not really the place to be. I received some fabulous suggestions from our facebook readers as to places we could go in November so if you have any more to add, I’d love to hear them!

 

Jordan

I can’t wait to go back to Jordan!

 

Last year I loved spending time in London in December, taking in the wonderful Xmas decorations and experiencing what a winter Xmas would feel like. This year we’ll do the same thing in Paris before we head back to Australia for a completely different Xmas in the sun!

 

I always have great intentions with blogging whilst I’m away but they never seem to eventuate so if you’d like to see the mischief we are getting up to and where we end up, the best place to follow atasteoftravel is on instagram and facebook.

Come and join us…we’d love to have you along on the trip!

 

 

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Our Summer Hideaway: Rottnest island on Instagram

 

 

 

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Keeping Busy in Broome.

Keeping Busy in Broome.

People visit Broome for many reasons. For some it is the gateway to the Kimberleys….the starting point on a drive along the famous Gibb River Road which can then take you through to Kakadu National Park and Darwin. For others it is a place to escape the winter. From May to October, grey nomads clog the roads pulling their caravans or motor homes north while many others who have fallen in love with the relaxed lifestyle have bought homes and become semi permanent residents.

Then there are those like ourselves who would love to stay longer but use Broome as a week long winter escape.

Whether you are here for a week or months, you can be kept busy with these things to do in Broome.

 

1. Take an early morning walk along Cable Beach

Cable Beach, Broome

Sparkling white sand and crystal clear blue water against a backdrop of red earth has made Cable Beach famous. Early in morning, the tide is out and the beautiful expanse of Cable Beach lies before you. It’s an easy walk along the hard sand, enjoying the early morning light being reflected on the water and the exposed rockpools.

 

Cable Beach at low tide

 

 

2. Spend the day relaxing on the beach

Cable Beach, Broome

People come to Broome to relax and spending the day at the beach is high on many people’s agendas. Don’t forget that the tide comes and goes and at high tide you will need to be lying close to the dune!

 

Cable Beach, Broome

 

 

3. Take a camel ride along the beach

Camels on Cable Beach, Broome

 

Broome’s famous camel teams make the walk to Cable Beach twice a day to take visitors for a camel ride on Cable Beach. A morning ride at around 10am can start the day or take the popular sunset ride which must be booked in advance.

Camels on Cable Beach, Broome

 

4. Watch the sunset at Cable Beach

Sunsets drinks on Cable Beach is a must! The perfect finish to a day.

Sit on the grass above the beach, join the crowds at Cable Beach Club’s Sunset Bar or take your car on to the beach and set up your own club lounge! You’ll want to go back every night, so try all the options!

Sunset at Cable Beach, Broome

Sunset at Cable Beach, Broome

Sunset at Cable Beach, Broome

Camel ride at Sunset on Cable Beach, Broome

 

 

5. Drive to Gantheaume Point

By day, the contrast of the red rocks and the turquoise water is classic Kimberley landscape. An aboriginal site, the story of the land can be read before you make your way down the cliff. At very low tide, you may be able to see the 130 million year old dinosaur footprints but if you miss this, replicas of these can be found at the top of the cliff.

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At sunset , it has be come an alternative spot for sunset drinks and a beach barbecue.

Sunset on the rocks

Sunset at Gantheaume Point

 

6.Visit Chinatown

Chinatown is the name given to Broome’s township. Settled in the 1880′s by the Chinese, Japanese and Malay pearl fishermen, it is now a melting pot of cultures. Broome pearls are famous and you will be tempted by the displays in the many jewellery shops in the town. Or maybe you prefer art?  Galleries here specialise in aboriginal art bought from the outlying communities.

Main Street of Broome

 

7. Catch up on local history at the Broome Historical Museum

Broome has a fascinating history. It’s character has developed from the early days of the pearling industry and the cultural diversity of those who worked in the industry. Here you can learn about these early days and the effect on the community and the pearling industry of the Japanese attacks on Broome in WW2.

Bronze statues of Broome pioneers

 

8. Pearl Luggers
Have a coffee, take a guided tour or just look over the two restored pearling luggers moored at the reconstructed jetty and imagine how it would have been in the early days for the deep sea pearl divers.

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9. Go to the Movies
Sun Pictures, in the centre of Chinatown, is the oldest operating outdoor theatre in the world. A visit here to watch one of the latest releases is a must. Don’t be surprised when the planes taking off and arriving at the nearby airstrip feel as though they are landing in the theatre!
The doors are also open during the day for a visit.

Sun Picture Theatre, Broome

 

10. Shop at the Courthouse Markets

From May – October the Courthouse Markets are held every Saturday. The grounds of the historical Courthouse are taken over with stalls selling locally made jewellery, clothes, art  and fresh produce and home made goodies.

Courthouse Markets, Broome

 

11. Have a Matso’s Ginger Beer

Matso’s Broome Brewery is famous for their ginger beer. Try one here where it is made! If ginger beer is not for you, choose from one of Matso’s award winning beers. Coffee and meals are also available.

Matso's Broome Brewery

 

 

12. Watch the tide rise and fall in Roebuck Bay from Town Beach Cafe

Town Cafe, Broome

Tides in Broome can vary by up to nine metres. Watch the tide come in as you enjoy a fabulous breakfast at The Town Cafe. One minute the roots of the mangroves and the rocks on the jetty can be seen. Minutes later, the water has risen and only the tops of the mangroves can be seen.

 

Roebuck Bay, Broome

 

 

13. See the WW2 Flying Boats

If your visit coincides with a very low tide, take the 1 kilometre walk out to see the remains of Broome’s Hidden Flying Boats that were bombed on March 3rd 1942.

Broome's Flying Boats

 

14. Visit Roebuck Bay and the Broome Bird Sanctuary

You’ll need a car for this one! About 25 kms from Broome, on the shores of Roebuck Bay, the bird observatory is home to over 800,000 shore birds. Over 310 species of migratory wader birds return to the mangrove forests, pindan woods and natural grasslands of the bay.

Roebuck Bay Bird Sanctuary

 

Roebuck Bay Bird Sanctuary

 

 

15. 12 Mile Creek

On your way back from the bird observatory, stop at 12 Mile Creek Cafe for lunch. Sit under the avocado trees and enjoy organic vegetarian food, freshly squeezed juices and a loo with a view!

12 Mile Creek Cafe

 

 

16. Visit Willy Creek

About 45 minutes from town, Willy Creek is an easy place to visit. Here you can cruise the creek by boat, take a helicopter ride or learn about the pearling industry.

Willy Creek Pearl Farm

 

17. Go Mud Crabbing

Beg, borrow, befriend a local with a tinny (dinghy) or take a tour to try your hand at mud crabbing in the many creeks around Broome. Keep an eye on the tides or you could be spending the day sitting on the dry creek bed waiting for the tide to come back in! Don’t forget that you are only allowed to catch ten crabs per boat but that will be more than enough for a delicious meal!

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18. See the Stairway to the Moon 

When the tide is at it’s lowest and there is a full moon, the reflection of the moon on the exposed mud flats of Roebuck Bay creates the optical illusion of a staircase reaching the moon. From March to October this natural phenomenon can be seen.

Stairway to the Moon, Broome

 

19. Take a trip to Horizontal Falls  

Horizontal Falls is a natural phenomenon where two different water levels meet and create a natural waterfall. Tours are available from quite  a few companies in Broome that will take you on a seaplane flight over the Buccaneer Archipelago before landing in Talbot Bay where you will enjoy a jet boat ride through the falls.

Horizontal Falls in the Dampier Archipeligo

 

20. See Cape Levique

At the tip of the Dampier Archipelago, about 220 miles from Broome, is Cape Levique. Clear blue water surround the peninsular that is home to a a wilderness camp jointly owned by two of the area’s Aboriginal communities. You can learn about bush tucker, catch mud crabs, go fishing or just lie in the sun and do nothing….best you stay the night!

It is a long day trip from Broome if you are driving but it can be done, otherwise a visit here can be included in some of the seaplane tours from Broome that also go to Horizontal Falls.

 

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Major Events:

Broome Races. 
A major date on the social calendar, Broome race week is very popular and racegoers arrive from all over Australia. If you’re planning to be here at this time of the year, don’t forget to book your accommodation well in advance. The Broome Cup is being held on August 16th this year!

 

The Shinju Matsuri Festival

Shinju Matsuri Festival, Broome


The festival celebrates the pearling industry and the community that has been bought together because of it. Enjoy the community street parade, a long lunch and many other activities. A fun time to be in Broome.
This year the festival is from the 5th-14th September 2014.

 

How would you like to holiday in Broome ?

 

You may also enjoy the following articles on Broome:
The Oldest Outdoor Theatre in the World
Broome’s Hidden Flying Boats
Broome’s Famous Camels
Celebrating Broome’s Shinju Matsuri Festival

 

 

 

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