on June 21, 2013
We’d arrived on the street where we believed the apartment to be a little earlier than we intended. We drove down the road slowly, ignoring the beeps of other motorists, and couldn’t see anything resembling Zlaticev Trg 3, so we did another circuit. This time we stopped outside a general store and my wife popped in to see if he knew where the apartments were. He didn’t but he rang the telephone number for us and told us to wait in the car outside his shop, because the owner would be with us any moment. True to his word we saw a friendly face approaching the car. It turned out to be Marinela the owner and she jumped in to the back seat and directed us on another circuit of the one way system to find a parking spot just outside of the front door to the apartment and in a shady position. We hadn’t been far away and it was the very apartment that my wife had thought it might be. I being the pessimist had feared it might be the huge concrete monstrosities at the other end of the street. Once we’d climbed up the many stairs to the third floor apartment we were almost suffering from altitude sickness, but once the door to the apartment was opened we realised that the effort of getting up here was worth it. We entered first into a small reception room, housing a large fridge freezer and then into the main living area of the apartment. Everything looked fairly new and it was evident that this had been designed rather than "thrown together" with discarded furniture from the main house. A small, compact kitchenette was well equipped with coffee maker, kettle, full sized oven running off calor gas, plenty of crockery and cutlery housed in a series of neat kitchen cupboards. Not that we’d be paying this section a great deal of attention other than for plates for our breakfasts (mainly to be bread and jam with croissants)The living area had a large comfortable settee and smart beech cupboard for the modern wide screen TV. In a small alcove, leading to a small French style balcony, was a dining table that would comfortably seat four people on smart red chairs. Although you couldn’t sit out on the balcony it afforded a good view across the town. Not a magnificent view but still "bringing the town into the apartment". We made use of the washing machine, which was placed in the bathroom, and then moved the table to accommodate a clothes horse for the washed clothes. We don’t usually do a great deal of bulk washing on holiday but as we were just over half way through our Croatian visit it seemed like a good idea to take home less washing on return to the UK. Clothes dried overnight as the washing machine had a great spin on it.Finally our bedroom was well fitted out with storage space and a large king-sized bed. This was extremely comfortable and we were both sound asleep on our return from the town and our evening meal.The apartment was very convenient for walking in to town and within 10 minutes we were able to be at the amphitheatre and another 5 minutes and we were in the old town. Although we had the car we much prefer to walk into town and take in the flavours of the town as we do so. It didn’t feel as if we were tourists living for a couple of days in this chic apartment building in the centre of a residential area. It’s a great place to stay but you’ll need to be able to manage stairs. Certainly by the time we’d negotiated our way up to the third floor we were a little out of breath. Not that it mattered as we could relax in the comfort of the apartment. I’d recommend this place for both its high standard and its closeness to the old town.
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