Category Archives: Baby

Film: Farewell

During this trip to Croatia we visited many new-to-us places and concluded with some old favourites.

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In traditional Croatian restaurants they don’t bother bringing you the menu, you get a “Sta cete?” (what will you have?) as if you know what they serve – which you do – this. Lovely lunch at Mirni kut, Severin na Kupi

Gorski Kotar has been my favourite for the longest time, but usually we just buzz through it on our way to the coast. This year we made Begovo Razdolje our base for four days. The hills were the perfect place to hide form the massive heat wave. We ate wild strawberries for breakfast and rode up and down twisty logging roads. We climbed up to Bjelolasica and Samarske Stjene. We climbed down to source of Kupa and visited Lokvarka Cave.

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Someone is not a fan of hiking… But not me! Bjelolasica is gorgeous and full of wild roses.
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Spot all three boys and grandpa. Also the red and white trail blaze.
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Samarske stijene was kind of a surprise as the route was not marked and up until we got to the peak and read the sign, we were not sure where the trail was leading. Dida thought we were climbing Bijele Stijene and I was hoping to take to boys to Ratkovo skloniste. In any case, this was the first time to Samarske Stijene peak for all of us so a win anyway.
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While we were in Croatia there was a major heat wave. The source of Kupa is always at 7 degrees. Best air-conditioning ever.
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Caves also could not care less about heat wave. Or feeble attempts to take photographs. Markus was scared and almost did not go into the cave but in the end, it was his favourite of the trip.

For the coastal part of our vacation, we went to Tribunj. In Tribunj we swam, climbed rocks, caught sea creatures and walked a lot. We took a trip to NP Kornati and to Krka falls.

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From balcony to beach….
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In my days the donkey was real.
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I was glad to see the best things did not change. I could spend days exploring the rocks.

Zagreb is always fun. Markus was excited about climbing the Lotrscak tower, but did not want to go all the way up. Next time… Trevor enjoyed the density of the city and argued that Kanata would be more efficient if people lived in apartment buildings. Owen enjoyed a game of chess at the 80’s museum.

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Angry armoured owls.
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A very patient lion.
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I can’t play chess with Owen any more, he always wins.
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A hike on Sljeme was a great way to finish the trip.

Film: Yesterday

We went on some pretty neat trips this summer so let’s start with May and our visit to Connecticut. Nona has been wanting to take us to Groton for a while and we finally managed to get out there.

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We spent a lot of time at the Mystic Seaport Museum. Trevor found his inner sailor.

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At the beach Owen found the most crabs.

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After the dark wooden interior of the whaling ship, Nautilus, the first nuclear submarine was quite a contrast. Markus was scared to go below deck at first but the interest kept him going.

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And, of course, the aquarium.

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What an amazing trip!

Film: Puzzle

You know what else I have been doing? Listening to music. I am really enjoying Arctic Monkeys’ latest album. I even found a photo from this summer that goes very well with one of the songs.

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“Maybe I was a little too wild in the ’70s
Rocket-ship grease down the cracks of my knuckles
Karate bandana, warp speed chic
Hair down to there, impressive moustache”
Star Treatment by Arctic Monkeys

Film: Sorry to Bother You

Trev is now old enough to babysit, so I can go to movies again!!! We actually went to see “Sorry to Bother You” a couple of months ago and I have been thinking about updating the blog since but could not think of profound thoughts or intriguing pictures to put up. You know what? This blog is not about that. I will go back to irreverent thoughts about life, sometimes without points or illustrations but always about something on my mind. For example, parenting!

My goal this summer was to spend quality time with the kids and to get them to start doing life chores (cooking, cleaning, getting places on time) without losing my mind. I think I did ok!

Just to prove it, here is a photo of the boys on one of our mandatory fun outings.

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