Picking up the kayaks from Sunj, we headed round the west side of Lopud Island, where there’s a cave. Then we headed into the sunset.
The next trip started with calm weather, which allowed me to take a couple of photos whilst in the kayak. We paddled to Koločep Island, had lunch, and then went back to Sunj.
By the time we were ready to return to Sunj, the wind had got up, and it was a bit of a struggle. We decided to get the golf buggy taxi back over the island to Lopud town.
Our next day’s kayaking was half way round Lopud Island to Sunj Beach. This turned out to be the roughest day, weather wise, with waves 1.5 metres high. It took a lot of effort to paddle round the south east point, but it was quite exciting.
We left the kayaks on the beach, and walked back across the island via the fort, which was much more impressive than it looked from Lopud Beach.
Šipan is bigger than Lopud, and is in fact the largest of the Elaphiti Islands. There’s an attractive harbour at Sudurad, with a couple of cafes.
Lindsey and I very much enjoyed our week of sea kayaking in Croatia. The holiday was arranged through Huck Finn Adventure Travel, and I’d recommend them if you’re thinking of a holiday in Croatia.
It was a well designed break, with just the right amount and variety of activities.
We decided on a double kayak. I found the crew (Lindsey) to be rather mutinous, until our guide, Stephano, pointed out that the person sitting in the front should not really try to steer the kayak.
I’m very pleased that I have learnt how to pronounce Hrvatska, because now, if anyone asks “How was your holiday in Croatia?” I can answer, “Where? Oh! You mean Hrvatska“, which you say as if clearing your throat.
Because I can’t run very much at the moment, I’ve been cycling a lot, around Edinburgh. One of the things I’ve noticed is how many construction developments are currently ongoing.
In almost the same amount of time that it would have taken me to get the satnav out, set it up, find the correct postcode, program it and so on, No Longer Grim Jim drove me through to the wild west today to see JJ.
JJ lives in a beautiful house set in nice leafy surrounds, somewhere near Hamilton. I don’t know exactly where, because I couldn’t pay full attention to the road that No Longer took after the motorway as I was trying not to choke on laughter as he defended his political hero, Fat Eck, who once again has put his big foot in things. Every time Eck is on the telly, the future Scottish Referendum ‘No’ vote goes up another 10,000 which is wonderful. I do agree with No Longer on one point, however – that raising the minimum wage is a much better, and more effective, policy than raising various tax thresholds.
JJ and his lovely wife have both been through some difficult physical conditions recently, but despite this he’s always cheerful and positive. He can’t play golf any more, but does manage to swim several times a week in the local baths. He very much praised the local NHS facilities.
JJ, No Longer and myself all went to the same school in Elgin, so JJ got out some old Academy magazines and books about Elgin. Looking through school photos we remembered past times, characters and girlfriends we knew in the late sixties. JJ very much keeps up with news about most of these people – which ones are separated from their second wives, which ones are deid, which one turned out to be a convicted paedo, etc. My goodness – there was one school photo of a sports team, and half of them are now deid!
He showed me a photo taken at an Elgin reunion about ten or fifteen years ago. I recognised JJ immediately, but who were the other two? I couldn’t recognise either of them for ages. I eventually suggested that the middle one was Kodak, and the third chap was someone I used to know quite well who passed away a couple of years ago.
I’ve mentioned Kodak a couple of times in short stories on this blog. I haven’t seen him for forty years and I’d like to meet up with him sometime for a pint, but have lost his contact details. If anyone can help, my contact details are on this blog’s About page.