Posted by: viewfromtheriva | August 15, 2013

Enjoying the easy life at Brela


the gorgeous sweep of coastline along the Makarska Riviera at Brela

the gorgeous sweep of coastline along the Makarska Riviera at Brela

Yesterday we were invited by Ljudevit Pranic, a marketing./tourism professor at the Split’s University, to spend the day with his fabulous family (Shelley and 15 month old Lidija and 3 year old Ivan) enjoying  their family compound in Brela.

Although I have driven along the “Makarska Riviera” for years, I have never actually stopped long enough in any one town to really enjoy myself.  So of course we said yes, piled into the car and eagerly began the l hour drive.

overlooking the sea, cool balcony breeze, heaven!

overlooking the sea, cool balcony breeze, heaven!

Louie (the Americanized version of Ljudevit!) has a terrific place just off the main road above Brela.  Actually a main house with a connected building and a big chunk of property, it’s been in the family for a long time.  There are four or five bedrooms and several kitchens scattered about, a covered terrace where we had a fabulous Shelly lasagne and Louie’s home made red wine and that million dollar view.  The whole place has such an easy country feel about it, it was no surprise when Louis said his dad and his dad before him just kept building til they got it the way they wanted…..a little concrete here, a window there, some more tiles, another room!

windswept trees bending towards the sea

windswept trees bending towards the sea

Sitting here, just plain relaxing, I felt the tension leave my shoulders and realized again why so many Croatians love their simple village and island homes and can’t wait to escape from Split to spend as much time there as possible.

terrace view

terrace view, with the sea and the sky a seamless blue connection!

Enjoying such good company and good food made us ready for a great swim. All in all another perfect day in almost paradise!

enough to feed the entire town!

enough to feed the entire town!

and what could be more perfect than a great salad washed down with Louie's  home made wine!

and what could be more perfect than a great salad washed down with Louie’s home made wine!

Enjoy our new Croatian vacation portal

 

 

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