Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Croatia Cruising Companion At Work

We stumbled across a great blog today, notable to us for two things: firstly it's put the Croatia Cruising Companion to the test and secondly the guest dog looks remarkably like our canine cruising companion, Rosie. Many thanks to the Sparkes family for such an entertaining read and I hope they don't mind us borrowing this photo.
This is one family who really seems to know how to get the best out of sailing Croatia and the blog provides a great first hand account of what to expect from a number of places. It's gratifying to see that, on the whole, the Croatia Cruising Companion seems to have stood up very well to the demanding requirements placed on it. We did read that, in one destination, one of the restaurants we suggested was good, turned out to be a bit of a disappointment so we'll be following up on that. However it does raise the salient point that things can change very quickly in Dalmatia and every restaurant has its good days and bad days. The most notable example of this is the newish Chinese restaurant near Trogir which we reported on in our sister blog www.croatiaonline.blogspot.com. We had a great meal on the one time we ate there but everyone else we have spoken to since reports various problems so we guess we were just lucky. In general though we refrained from comment, one way or another, on any restaurant we did not try out personally and did our best to feature the better restaurants that we found, though, a mention in any guide can occasionally be the kiss of death to some restaurants!
We've contacted the Sparkes to see if they have time to send us some updates from their trip. In the meantime, link to http://www.travelblog.org/Europe/Croatia/Dalmatia/Split/blog-273255.html to follow their adventures in Croatia.


Korora4 said...

Hi Jane, you are 100% correct about your book, it really was the most used piece of equipment on our boat!! We are back home in Oz now and are missing Croatia terribly. We will keep in touch and hope it is not too long before we get to use more of your book in future travels. Congratulations on such a fine cruising aid. Best wishes, Al Sparkes and family.

Jane Cody said...

Hi Al. Tnanks so much for your comments. After three years of research and writing its great to see the book at work "in the field". If you do get time to send any comments, criticisms, updates, etc all gratefully received as we are about to write a brief update for circulation to those who have registered on the Wiley Nautical website or sent the registration card in. I'm sure you've got plenty to catch up on after your adventures so don't worry if you're short of time. Really enjoyed your blog, sounds like you had a great time and hope you get to come back soon! Jane

PS - if you want to post a comment with your email address I won't publish it but will email you with my address so we can stay in touch outside the public domain.