Primosten

Primosten is ranked as one of the most picturesque small town in the Adriatic due to its remarkable beaches and its old town, which is located on a small island connected to the mainland by a mound.

This ancient place is located only 36 km from Krka National Park (if you want to find out more about this remarkable park click here) and 26 km from Sibenik (new post coming soon! ;)), and it is easily accessible by car.

See the best of Primosten in one day

Although the overcast sky threatened storm, we remained firm in our one day excursion and we visited some historical sites such as St. Juraj church (located on the highest point of the island and built in 1485) and St. Roko chapel (a valuable cultural monument built in 1680).

From my point of view the most amazing spot was the graveyard which encloses the St.Juraj church, from where the visitor can enjoy a striking view of the open sea.

During summer months many festivities take place in Primosten such as folk music evenings and fishing nights, although the most know is the traditional donkey race. The race of these charming animals is an annual tradition which attract thousand of visitors every year. Furthermore, the port of Primosten also hosts many sport and recreation activities such as jet-ski, water sports and beach volley during summer days.

Despite the cloudy sky and the shower that welcomed us at the beginning of our trip, the sun started to shine the moment we descended the narrow slopes of the old town.

The moment we reached the sandy beach of Primosten we could contemplate the calm Adriatic sea, enjoy a nice walk around the town wall and choose a nice restaurant to try some local dishes.

If you also want to enjoy a good meal and become acquainted with the local gastronomy I recommend you to visit the “Marina” restaurant (more information here). The place is located in front of a small beach and they serve home made regional food (Tip: The mussels were really tasty).

Before leaving Primosten we could not resist to stop at the top of a mountain nearby the national road to capture this beautiful moment

 

Have you ever been to Primosten? What did you like the most? Share your comments! 

 

 

Krka National Park

Krka

During our trip in Croatia we had the opportunity to visit the National Park of Krka. Located 90 km far from Split.

The Krka National Park is one of the most beautiful natural spots in Croatia.

Our minds changed the moment we started our hike

Arriving to the park was not as astonishing as we thought because it looked as a common natural park that you can easily find in any other country.

After paying 110 Kn per person (around 14€ /16$) we were allowed to enter into the National Park and to take the free bus to go down hills. We were a bit disappointed since we were expecting something more “wild” (more natural) from the very beginning.

However, our minds changed the moment we started our hike. Instead of taking the bus we decided to descend the green hills of Krka walking down a natural narrow path from where we could enjoy an amazing landscape.

Krka

National Park Krka

 

Once we arrived to the end of the path we reached a tourist area. From there you can choose two different ways:

  1. Krka National Park by walk
  2. Scradinski Waterfall and Ferrys

Krka

 

Krka National Park by walk

Following the main trail of the park the visitor can enjoy a nice walk surrounded by nature.

By choosing that option we learnt more about the national flora and fauna while passing through natural caves and waterfalls. Once we reached a high vantage point we enjoyed the wonderful view of the famous Scradinski Waterfall.

Down there, it is located a footbridge that cross the lake allowing the visitor to appreciate the immensity of nature. Furthermore, it is allow to have a swim in the lake to enjoy its pure fresh water.

National Park Krka

Krka

Following the trail we reached the previously mentioned lake. After a nice bath in its transparent water we had a break laying down on the green grass.

As we wanted something more exotic we decided to walk around until we found a nature path which we decided to follow. Since it was not so touristic we could enjoy the essence of the nature and the incomparable views of the  Krka forest.

Krka

 

Scradinski Waterfall and Ferrys

If you prefer to enjoy the nature of the National Park without wasting corporal energy I recommend you to take the ferry that sails across the blue river of Krka.

Here you can find more information about the natural and cultural heritage of Krka, the National Park´s price list and more.

Do not miss the chance to buy some traditional products

At the end of the path we found some antique traditional houses, rebuilt into souvenir stores, where we stopped by to find some presents for our friends. However, the most special products we bought were some traditional delicatessen made by locals; honey, oil, compote… Tasty and healthy products that I highly recommend you to buy if you ever  want to try real croatian foodstuff.

To finish the tour we decided to take the bus which drove us back to the main entrance of the park, where our rented car was waiting for us to keep discovering Croatia.

Your turn: Have you ever been in Krka? Did you like it? Share your experience!

 

Monaco

Monaco

The tour started early in the morning (around 8.30 am) the moment we got off the train at Montecarlo main station.

Once we went out we were welcomed by the sizzling Monegasque weather; the sun was bright and ready to accompany us during our half-day trip to Monaco.

Following the traces

Walking around the steep streets we saw old buildings merged into new neigbourhood, luxury cars, and international renowned stores nearby local ones, until we reached the celebrated Casino of Montecarlo. It was too early to go inside but we took a couple of photos (To be sincere, we were expecting a bigger building)
At that point we were starving (we desperately needed a breakfast) and we were also really excited about having just found the traces that the Formula 1 cars left on the road. We decided to follow them (actually the streets are more perpendicular than it seems on TV) until we arrived to the famous Nikki Beach behind which we saw… A cafeteria in the rooftop of a building! We ran to get a breakfast and what was our surprise when we discovered the magnificent views from the place. We really enjoyed our cookies and coffee.
Then we visited the port of Monaco taking a great delight in watching the impressive yachts docked there.
Monaco

 

A love story

One important fact of Monaco´s history is its royal family and the love story between Rainier and Grace Kelly. Walking uphills we arrived to the royal palace in front of which appear the colourful quarter of Monaco-Ville. This area of the city is surrounded by a viewpoint-promenade from where the visitor can enjoy the best views of Montecarlo.
Not far from the palace it is located the cathedral. A huge part of the history of this city is placed among its huge stained glasses because all the monegasque princes are entombed under it. Also Grace Kelly and Rainier, who are buried together.
The moment we started considering coming downhill the police appear facing the royal palace, we approached to see what was going on (call me curious 😉 ) when we found out that it was changing of the guard time!

You can also fall in love with it

Before leaving Montecarlo we had a walk all around; its football stadium, its industrial part, its malls (all of them dedicated to the monegasque princesses)… It was really warm, therefore we started to look for a beach and suddenly we were in France!! Only a small road separated France from Monaco so, unintentionally, we sunbathed under the French sun.
Falling in love with Monaco is really easy. Its people are really nice, the city of Montecarlo is beautiful and the mediterranean weather helps to provide the place with a special feeling.
Ready to also fall in love with it?

What to visit in Monaco

  • The port: To enjoy the impressive yachts docked there
  • The Prince´s Palace of Monaco: At 12.00 o´clock is the changing of guard time
  • The cathedral: Beautiful, full of stained glasses and works of art. All the princes of Monaco are entombed at the cathedral, including Grace Kelly and Rainier III
  • The oceanographic museum of Monaco
  • Monaco train station 

What about you, have you ever been there? Did you like it? What is your favourite area of the city?

 

 

 

German health care system

“Bist du krank?”

Are you sick? – Get used to listen to this question almost everyday because… the weather is so crazy in Germany!

One day we wake up in a 20 degrees sunny day and the day after it is rainning and the temperature does not reach the 10 degrees.

Spring season is back!

Germans love drinking tea as a first step to recover themselves from sickness, however, and just in case this german technique is not helping you, we would like to let you know how the german healthcare system works.

German healthcare system

The german healthcare system assures universal coverage to all the citizens. Therefore the most recommended thing to do when you register yourself as a resident in Germany is to take out a Krankenkasse (a public health insurance company).

In case of unemployement you will have to carry out a fix monthly payment (between 140-160€) to the Krankenkasse that you choose. However, if you are employed, an amount of 8,2% of your income will be substracted to pay the public health insurance.

If you are willing to have more coverage you can always enrolle in a private insurance. In this case be aware of two things; the older you are the more expensive the insurance will be, and the doctors you can attend to are usually the same in both cases (with public and private insurance).

How to go to the doctor

In Germany practitioners are not associate to the Krankenkasse, so the best option, if you need to visit one, is to google it or to ask a friend if he can recommend you a good doctor.

If you are a european citizen and you are living in Germany for a short period of time (2-3 months) you can always use the european health insurance card and you won´t need to pay for the consultation.

In case you are a resident in Germany you will be asked to show your Krankenkasse card every time you visit the practitioner.

The consultation

First of all you have to visit the Allgemeinarzt (general practitioner) and then he will transfer you to a specialized medical practitioner.

Allgemeinarzt practices have also their own laboratory, in case some blood tests are required. However, if you need more specific tests the doctor will transfer you to another practicioner (in most of the cases you will have to look for one on your own, so check google or talk to your friends once again for a recommendation).

Taking time off for sickness

If you are employed you can take a day off to stay at home without going to the doctor, however, after the second day you will need to visit him to get diagnosed and to take time off for sickness.

In Germany it is really easy to book off sick at the office since they are really afraid of being contagious, therefore they prefer to stay at home instead of going to work (a time off sick due to a light cold can last 3 days).

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Medication

In comparison to other european countries Germany is really cautious regarding the selling of medical products. Basic things such as peroxide and mercurchrome are hard to buy without a prescription.

Whenever you need to go to the pharmacy visit your doctor first and ask him for a presciption. If you contract a public insurance it will take care of the costs of medicines.

Following you can find a list of the existing Krankenkassen and the private health insurance companies in Germany.

I hope it was a usefull post and you enjoy a nice spring season!