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  • Writer's pictureKristina Lang

Early summer in Novalja/Rano ljeto u Novalji

Updated: Jun 29, 2023


This early summer, like many during my life, I decided to spend in my Croatia. Considering that I come from a country known for summer tourism, crystal clear sea and wonderful nature as well as picturesque places by the sea, I always come back there again. Some of my British colleagues ask me why I always go to Croatia when the world is full of wonderful places with gorgeous beaches, cultural sights and diverse nature. And yes, I would love to visit Greece, Spain, Italy, Vietnam or the Caribbean, but unfortunately there is not enough time for everything. At some point in our lives, we realize that we can't have the world anyway and we can't see and visit all those places that attract us for one reason or another. I used to go to the Croatian Adriatic every summer with my family, and now I have passed this habit on to my daughter.


The food in Croatia is healthy and delicious, but if you are a tourist and Croatia is not well known to you, I recommend that you ask local people to recommend good restaurants because the quality does vary. So, for example, we discovered that in the town of Novalja on the island of Pag, the Moby Dick restaurant has excellent food. There I tried a shark steak for the first time in my life and it was excellent, like very soft chicken. Novalja is known outside Croatia for one of its beaches, "Zrče", where young people from all over the world party all night long. I heard that over the next few days, ten thousand British tourists will arrive in Novalja, I assume mostly young people.





Considering that this is a Croatian-British blog, I cannot help but mention that yesterday I saw about thirty British teenagers on the city beach in Novalja. Their way of having fun didn't really impress me and I would gladly tell their parents to teach them a lesson because entering the water with a 2L big bottle of beer is not cool at all as well as inhaling Nitrous oxide from a balloon. And I would appeal to the Croatian authorities to urgently declare the sale and use of Nitrous oxide for drugging illegal.


On this occasion, I would like to thank my dear friend Davorka, who only bought an apartment in Novalja a few months ago and has already offered it to me for free use this holiday. The apartment is spacious, has a beautiful garden with a large table and deckchairs, and I happily return to it after a day spent on the Novalja beaches.


Kristina

Friday, June 23rd, 2023


Rano ljeto u Novalji


I ovo rano ljeto, poput mnogih tokom života, odlučila sam provesti u svojoj Hrvatskoj. Obzirom da dolazim iz zemlje poznatoj po ljetnom turizmu, kristalno čistom moru i divnoj prirodi kao i pitoresknim mjestima uz more uvijek se tu ponovo vraćam. Neki me moji kolege Britanci pitaju dal uvijek idem u Hrvatsku jer svijet je prepun divnih mjesta sa zavodljivim plažama, kulturnim znamenitostima i raznolikoj prirodi. I da, ja bih rado posjetila Grčku, Španjolsku, Italiju, Vijetnam ili Karibe, ali nažalost nema za sve dovoljno vremena. U nekom trenutku života shvatimo da ionako svijet ne možemo imati i ne možemo vidjeti i posjetiti sva ona mjesta koja nas iz ovog ili onog razloga privlače. Ja sam na hrvatski Jadran svako ljeto odlazila sa svojom obitelji, a sada sam tu naviku prenijela i na svoju kćer.

Hrana je u Hrvatskoj zdrava i ukusna, ali ako ste turist i Hrvatska vam je slabo poznata preporučam da pitate lokalne ljude da vam preporuče dobre restorane jer kvaliteta varira. Tako smo na primjer otkrili da je u mjestu Novalja na otoku Pagu izvrsna hrana u restoranu Moby Dick. Tu sam prvi put u životu probala odrezak morskog psa i bio je odličan, poput vrlo mekane piletine. Novalja je poznata izvan granica Hrvatske po jednoj od svojih plaza “Zrče” na kojoj mladi ljudi iz čitavog svijeta partijaju čitave noći. Čula sam da će tokom nekoliko narednih dana u Novalju stići deset tisuća Britanskih turista, pretpostavljam mahom mladih ljudi.

Obzirom da je ovo hrvatsko-britanski blog ne mogu ne napomenuti da sam jučer na gradskoj plaži u Novallji vidjela tridesetak britanskih tinejdžera. Njihov način zabave me nije baš impresionirao i rado bih poručila njihovim roditeljima da im održe lekciju jer ulazak u vodu sa 2L velikom bocom pive nije nimalo cool kao niti udisanje dusicnog oksida iz balona. A na hrvatske bi vlasti apelirala da prodaju i upotrebu dusicnog oksida u svrhu drogiranja pod hitno proglase ilegalnim.

Ovom prilikom zahvaljujem svojoj dragoj prijateljici Davorki koja je tek pred nekoliko mjeseci kupila apartman u Novalji i već mi ga je dala na besplatno korištenje za moj ovogodišnji ranoljetni odmor. Apartman je prostran, ima prekrasan vrt sa velikim stolom i ležaljkama i ja mu se rado vraćam nakon dana provedenog na novaljskim plažama.


Kristina

Petak, 23. lipnja 2023.

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