Captain and Clark http://captainandclark.com The Modern Cartographers, Charting Your World. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:02:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Where we slept. Croatia edition. http://captainandclark.com/2014/12/19/where-we-slept-croatia-edition/ http://captainandclark.com/2014/12/19/where-we-slept-croatia-edition/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:00:56 +0000 http://captainandclark.com/?p=14982 Our love affair with Croatia continues. This time we’re bringing you the amazing places we stayed at while touring the country. If you’re looking for great accommodation in Croatia, look no further.

We really ran the gamut when it came to where we slept in the country. From hostels to five star hotels, I can honestly say that we enjoyed each place we laid our weary heads.

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Hostel Shappy in Zagreb.

OK, so we might have scoffed at the idea of staying at a hostel in the country’s capital. It’s not that we’re against hostels, per se. It’s just that as we age, we find ourselves valuing comfort and we’re willing to pay a little extra to get it. I had just assumed that Hostel Shappy was going to be clad with the typical rickety bunk beds and queasy shared bathrooms. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Hostel Shappy is more reminiscent of a plush boutique hotel. It’s adorable, clean, modern, and in one of the best locations. Even better, Hostel Shappy offers private rooms with en suite bathrooms! That’s my kind of hostel, my friends. In fact, I’ve stayed in many hotels that I would rate below our wonderful experience at Hostel Shappy.

Do you know how you can tell that we had a great stay? I was too busy enjoying our room to actually take a picture of it. I have to leave you with just the photos above and below but I encourage you to Google Hostel Shappy and take a look for yourself. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

While the hostel didn’t offer a breakfast option, they did have a coffee bar that was open to all of its patrons. Hey, coffee is basically our breakfast anyway so we didn’t really mind. The lack of breakfast options just gave us a better excuse to get out and enjoy a breakfast on the town.

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Look at that. Who wouldn’t want to have coffee here?

OPATIJA

Did you know Opatija is one of my favorite places in the world? Because it is. I love the place. Seriously. If we were comfortable with taking our beloved cat on another long plane ride, we would probably pack up and move there.

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We were lucky enough to grab a suite at the Milenij Grand Hotel. Our room was the stuff of dreams. The bathroom was the size of our apartment back home and we had French doors that opened out to a balcony looking out over the water. Two plush chairs called to us from the balcony and we found ourselves lingering with our coffees (or champagne) every morning, wanting nothing more than to plop down and watch the day go by.

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Another perk to our hotel was that we were just a stone’s throw from Hotel Continental. A child of the Milenij family, this hotel is home to Gastro World, a delicious option for any meal while in town. With six different hospitality gastro contents (a juice and champagne bar, a room designated to aged proscuitto and cheeses, a brewery with 40 different types of beer, a restaurant, a dessert bar, and an entire chocolate factory in the basement), there’s really no way you can go wrong.

Just take a peek at the adorable restaurant within Gastro World. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a meal and one (or more) of the 40 beers available. I could have stayed there all day.

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ROVINJ

Oh hey there, five star hotel! We felt like bonafide celebrities as we waltzed into Hotel Lone in the beautiful town of Rovinj. If we had to play the word association game with Hotel Lone we would have to choose “ART.” The art! It was everywhere. Little touches were laid out around every corner. We could even take some home with us. The menus in our room could be unfolded into portable works of art that could be framed and displayed as soon we returned home.

This is an edgy designer hotel made for those that appreciate art and creativity. In fact, one of my favorite memories was meeting a friend in the lobby. She texted us with the message, “I’m here in the lobby right by the DJ. THE DJ!” Oh, and the dry erase black tables in the lobby come equipped with white board pens. Write your name or a special message that will remain until they’re erased overnight.

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If you really want to treat yourself, book one of the aptly named Jazz rooms with it’s very own infinity pool or perhaps relax in the luxurious spa. After a day of eating nothing but truffles and cheese, I found myself gravitating towards the gym. Equipped with everything a girl could need (treadmills, ellipticals, kettle bells, and more), I found my motivation as I watched everyone swim and lounge in the indoor pool. 

While I was dripping in sweat at the gym, Chris was sweating it out at the hotel’s Finnish sauna. Just remember that the sauna is very traditional and the only attire you’ll be wearing is your towel… if that.

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Oh, and for those that will be visiting Hotel Lone in the future, please enjoy their Malin+Goetz toiletries for me. I loved them so much that I ended up buying a few large sizes for myself as soon as we returned home. They’re simply amazing and fit with the vibe of the property. Rum body wash anyone?

Truth be told, our schedule was so packed that we barely had time to sleep in our hotel but when we did, it was nothing short of glorious. Our bed was huge an we enjoyed falling asleep to the sound of the nearby ocean. You better believe we’ll be booking a stay at Hotel Lone the next time we’re in Istria (which will hopefully be very soon).

OVERALL

Our stay in Croatia was perfect. We truly enjoyed each place we slept and would highly recommend at least one night in each the next time you find yourself in our favorite country.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Which one of the three hotels really speaks to you? We would love to hear why in the comment section below.

 

 

We were guests of the Croatia Tourism Board but all thoughts and opinions remain our own. We’re genuinely obsessed with the county and would recommend these hotels in a heartbeat. 
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Our Sri Lanka elephant safari http://captainandclark.com/2014/12/17/our-sri-lanka-elephant-safari/ http://captainandclark.com/2014/12/17/our-sri-lanka-elephant-safari/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:35:37 +0000 http://captainandclark.com/?p=15005 In second grade, my class was assigned with the task of writing a report on our favorite animals. At the time, I had a million “favorite” animals. That was back when I thought I wanted to be a veterinarian when I grew up. Didn’t everyone? After much deliberation and a few cartons of chocolate milk, I made the difficult decision to write about elephants.

Now, believe it or not, this was a time before the wonderful world of Google. Dial-up internet wasn’t even an option. We had to research our animals using these strange devices called encyclopedias and books.

Ever since that report (I received an A+, by the way), I’ve been obsessed with elephants. I love how an animal so huge and gray and wrinkly could also be so ridiculously cute. Those ears though!

When I discovered that our trip to Sri Lanka was going to include an elephant safari, I nearly lost my peanuts. Seeing these animals in the wild is one of my favorite things (aside from cheese) and something I haven’t done since our Serengeti safari back in 2008.

Kaudulla National Park is located in the heart of Sri Lanka and is home to a slew of unique creatures. Wild boar, sloth bears (these sound both cute and terrifying), and Sri Lankan axis deer abound, but the true royalty of Kaudulla are its 200+ Asian elephants that migrate to the park in early September in search of food and-more importantly-water.

With the help and organization of our friends at Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts, as soon as our SriLankan Airlines flight touched down in Colombo we found ourselves on a bus and bound to Kaudulla National Park. Did you know that one of the best ways to avoid jet lag is to see elephants in the wild? It’s scientific fact. Trust me, I was almost a vet.

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As soon as we reached Kaudulla we loaded ourselves into open air jeeps and hit the open plain. Our jeep just happened to be bursting with travel blogging talent. We rode dirty (quite literally, at times) with our good friend Brock from Backpack With Brock, the lovely Erin from Travel with Bender, Craig, the current president of the Professional Travel Bloggers Association and owner of Indie Travel Podcast, and adventurous Nellie from Wild Junket.

We bounced through the park and took in the scenery. I’m sure our guides knew exactly where the elephants were, but they gave us a little teaser by pointing out certain trees, driving through questionable looking mud puddles, and pretending that huge rocks were elephants. They got me every time. However, after a lot of patience delivered by yours truly, they finally rounded a bend and watched as our entire jeep leapt with glee.

Before us was a bonafide herd of hundreds of elephants.

Commonly referred to as “The Gathering”, the meeting of elephants is due to their search for water during the country’s dry season (July to November). Did you know that most elephants need around 200+ liters of water every day? Kaudulla is in ideal place to quench their thirst as the park is home to a large lake.

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One of my favorite parts of our visit to Kaudulla was the adorable babies that seemed to be everywhere. Given that their mother’s undergo the longest pregnancy ever (seriously, 22 months! I’d be like, Get.It.Out.), you would expect them to be the cutest animals on the entire planet. They had all of those extra months to really develop, after all. And you know what? They don’t disappoint. I even caught one adorable little baby sucking on his trunk like a human baby would on its thumb.

One of the most memorable moments? When a family of elephants was momentarily frightened and all of the vigilant matriarchs formed a protective ring around the babies. It was easy to see how tight knit each family was and how they literally rallied around their loved ones.

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Did you know that elephants have no natural predators? In fact, the number one threat to these magnificent creatures are people. That’s us. Due to poaching (guys, I heard a rumor that the possession of illegal ivory causes one’s face to literally melt off. Trust me, I was almost a vet) and changes to their habitats, more elephants are dying at the hands of humans. In a world where seeing animals in their natural habitat is an experience few and far between, we’re thrilled that places like Kaudulla exist. Somewhere where we can watch from a respectable distance.

A trip to Kaudulla is a wonderful way to appreciate these beautiful creatures in the wild. And like my report all those years ago, I give this experience an A+.

 

While this amazing experience was provided by our generous hosts, Cinnamon Hotels and SriLankan Airlines, all opinions remain our own. We freaking love elephants and recommend a visit to Kaudulla as a way to enjoy these animals in the wild.
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An epic year. 2014 in review http://captainandclark.com/2014/12/11/2014-in-review/ http://captainandclark.com/2014/12/11/2014-in-review/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:30:20 +0000 http://captainandclark.com/?p=15082 Well, Tawny, it is that time of year again. That tail end of our annual adventures in which I remind you of what happened, so that you don’t forget. Since for some reason, you often do. 2014, the year of the Horse, was all that we expected, and more. It should also be mentioned, since you forget this part too, that all of this was made possible by our choosing to make it a priority. So, Tawny, here is the state of our union for 2014.

 

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We got our first apartment!

 

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And we got to bring this little guy home.

 

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You were shocked.

 

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We traveled to Iceland.

 

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Which was also shocking.

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We went to Turkey.

 

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And Hawaii.

 

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And Greece.

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And Mexico, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and even Haiti.

(This isn’t a picture of you, but you were involved in taking it. That’s why I didn’t change it, even though you told me to.)

 

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We went to Spain.

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We delved into Slovenia. And owe so much of that to Flytographer.

 

IMG 4500 333x500 An epic year. 2014 in reviewWe went to Sri Lanka.

 

IMG 2614 500x500 An epic year. 2014 in reviewAnd we returned to Croatia.

 

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We delivered a letter on the Maverick Expedition!

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We went to all of our friend’s weddings, and officiated most of them.

Yes, I married all of your friends.

 

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We went cruising with Ashley Day.

 

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And perhaps you had a little too much fun.

 

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Shocking, I know.

 

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You got closer to your family.

 

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And mine. (We even road tripped Oregon with them.)

 

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We celebrated old family.

 

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And we rejoiced at the chance to know our grandfathers.

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And adopted family.

 

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And new family.

 

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We played with elephants.

 

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We spoke at a lot of different conferences.

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We toasted life.

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We got tattoos.

 

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We got REALLY into games.

 

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Including the ultimate game, the Game of Thrones.

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REALLY REALLY into Game of Thrones.

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Shockingly into Game of Thrones.

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We fought the good fight.

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We navigated the seas.

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We tamed wild animals.

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We got into cycling.

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And the most shocking part was how unbelievably gorgeous you were.

 

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We met our friends all around the world.

 

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We got even MORE into archery.

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People were (dare I say) shocked, at how good we became.

 

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We hosted the 8th Annual Castle Staudinger Archery Tournament.

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We laid siege to castles.

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We swam in hot springs.

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We were a part of the birth of Arrack Tonic.

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We became better Vikings.

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We got to know our home better.

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We went to the Pro-Democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong.

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Picnicked in Spain.

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Saved the world from destruction a few times.

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We launched a series called, “Alco-HAUL.” Which is awesome.
 

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We climbed mountains, swam in glacial lakes, and celebrated birthdays.

 

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We hosted very adult dinner parties that may or may not have spiraled into wild nautical themed drinking parties in the blink of an eye.

 

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IMG 3224 500x333 An epic year. 2014 in reviewRaced on Segways.

 

IMG 1174 500x333 An epic year. 2014 in reviewDrifted up and away in a hot air balloon across Costa Brava.

 

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Drove through Iceland.

 

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 Rode a helicopter through the skies.

 

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 And you always managed to look so shockingly sexy.

 

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All of this, and so much more. This year was a long year of trials, successes, and triumphs. Dear Tawny, remember how much we accomplished this year, and celebrate how far we’ve come.

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Treat your traveler this Christmas http://captainandclark.com/2014/12/09/treat-your-traveler-this-christmas/ http://captainandclark.com/2014/12/09/treat-your-traveler-this-christmas/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 13:30:52 +0000 http://captainandclark.com/?p=15014 Travelers xmas gift guide 500x153 Treat your traveler this Christmas

The holidays are upon us (where did Halloween and Thanksgiving go?) and it’s time to start crossing things off that long list of gifts for your loved ones. Do you have a frequent traveler in your family? Or anyone recently diagnosed with wanderlust? If so, we’ve concocted a list of Captain and Clark approved holiday gifts for the travelers in your family.

HOLIDAYS GIFTS FOR TRAVELERS

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Wild by Cheryl Strayed

I was unsure what all the hype was about. I mean, it’s a book about hiking. But it ended up being so much more than that. It’s honest and breathtaking and gut wrenching and intimate and inspiring and there are moments where you pause and ask yourself, “Did she really just say that?” After finishing the book, I actually looked at Chris and told him that I wanted to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. He still thinks I’m crazy, but after reading about Cheryl and her journey, I just might do it. This book provides great reading while on long train or plane journeys. It’s also great for fueling that wanderlust. New paperback starting around $10.

Lo & Sons O.G. travel bag

OK, so the website states that the Lo & Sons O.G. bag is an “overnight and gym bag” but let me tell you, this is the perfect bag for travelers and digital nomads alike. My O.G. has seen over a dozen countries and counting. It’s the perfect carry on as it fits my laptop, toiletry bag, reading book, notebook, pens, wallet, and everything else needed for a trip. I’ve even stuffed an outfit or two in there.

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Not only does it have space for everything (there’s actually a side zipper for a pocket where you can put your shoes!), it’s also incredibly durable. You’d never know that I’ve had this bag for over a year and have taken it around the world and back again. It looks just as new as they day I got it.

I.love.this.bag. At $221.25 with holiday discount, it’s a little pricey but definitely worth it if you plan on using it for years to come.

A Try the World box subscription

A delicious Try the World box subscription is sure to please not only the travelers in your family but also anyone that enjoys food. And the last time I checked, that’s almost everyone. We recently received our holiday box and it’s stuffed with delicious treats from all over the world. Try the World is a bi-monthly subscription service that brings a box of delicious worldly treats to your door. Each box has a destination theme-be it Tokyo, Paris, or even Istanbul-and comes with a variety of edible treats from each region.

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Bonus: if you use the code CAPTAINCLARKTRAVEL you’ll receive 30% off your first box for the bi-monthly subscription.

*Update: For a limited time, Try the World has a special holiday offer of 50% your first box. Click here to get all the deets.

Kenu Highline

Chris and I swear by the Kenu Highline. Although it’s not the most stylish addition to your wardrobe, you won’t care once you realize just how cool it is. These security leashes prevent your precious phone from getting smashed, cracked, lost, and stolen. The elastic leash is made from Kevlar (yup, Kevlar) and can withstand being severed by sharp objects. No subway thievery or pickpocketing happening here. The Kevlar loop attachment can tie to almost everything (belt loops, purses, wrist straps, etc) making it easy to strap your phone wherever you need it to go.

For me, I’m not so much worried about my phone getting stolen. My focus is on making sure I don’t drop it as I’m trying to take pictures. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve almost given Chris a heart attack from leaning over the side of a ship to get a photo or attempting to take a video out of a moving vehicle. If not for the Kenu, I’m sure I would have killed my phone months ago.

Find the right Kenu for your phone here. $24.95

Apple iPad

We’re definitely Apple people. Chris teased me when I told him that I wanted to get an iPad for our travels. Between our iPhones and macbooks, he didn’t see the purposed of having a middle man. That all changed on our recent trip around the world. Long delays, epic train travels, ridiculous layovers, and 13-hour plane rides made the iPad seem like our best friend. Between games of Space Team and Plants VS Zombies, we had hours that we should have been working were spent distracted by our new buddy. While we borrowed the iPad from our cousins, I think we might just have to invest in one for ourselves. We currently have our eyes on the iPad Air 2. It’s a beauty.

Starting at $500.

ExOfficio Storm Logic Jacket

OK, so this is one cool jacket. Well, actually it’s warm. You get the gist.

We have a few chilly weather travels in our future and I’ve been on the search for a comfy but practical jacket. This one fits the bill perfectly. Not only does it have a bazillion pockets (complete with pictures to tell you what goes where) and is ridiculously warm, but the entire jacket can actually be rolled up into a neck pillow. That’s right. A jacket and pillow in one.

This jacket is light weight, water resistant, and stylish.

Men’s and women’s coming in at $160

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One of the most genius souvenirs we’ve ever come across, Flytographer is the gift that keeps on giving. Our Flytographer session was one of the highlights from our trip to Slovenia.A professional photographer meets you in one of 120 cities around the world and takes mind blowing photos of you. We’re talking framers. All of them.

Starting at $250, Flytographer is a great way to remember your trip and decorate your home. As a holiday treat, our friends at Flytographer offered our readers a $50 coupon. Just use the code: CAPTAINCLARK

STOCKING STUFFERS FOR TRAVELERS

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Aventure Wilderness Flask

This bad boy was given to us as a wedding gift and we’ve been fighting over it ever since. Chris seems to think it’s his, but I’m inclined to disagree. Either way, for only $15 a pop, I think we’ll be investing in another one. You can’t go wrong with throwing this in a stocking with a couple of shooters (you know you can take those on the plane, right?!)

The Predator tactical flashlight

The name makes it sounds incredibly daunting, but this sturdy flashlight has come in handy on almost all of our travels. We’ve used it to navigate night trains, check for geckos under our bed, and shine in each others eyes during fights. With a 400-meter beam distance, it’s also great when you find yourself lost in the dark, attempting to hike Hong Kong’s Victoria Peak (story on that experience later). $70

PowerNow portable iPhone charger

We were actually gifted this last Christmas and love it so much that we’re willing to share it with you. This little device is able to charge your smartphone while on the go. It can hold a charge for up to a year and also comes with a handy dandy flashlight. We’re constantly using ours and never (purposefully) leave home without it. Coming in at $29.95, it’s a great way to stay charged while on the road.

 

WAYS TO GIVE BACK THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

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The holidays aren’t just about physical gifts. It’s also a wonderful time to give back. Here at Captain and Clark, we try to do a little good during the holiday season. Whether it’s paying it forward at a coffee shop, handing out bags of food to the needy, or donating to our favorite charity, we’re sure to spread a little of the Christmas cheer. Here are a few other ways we plan on giving back this season.

Donate to Elephant Nature Park

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We recently had the opportunity to partner with Save Elephant Foundation and visit Chiang Mai’s Elephant Nature Park. Home to over 30 rescued elephants, this sanctuary needs donations to continue rescue efforts of other abused animals as well as care for the resident pachyderms and 300+ rescued dogs and cats. Every little bit helps and we’re happy to contribute to founder Lek Chailert’s valiant efforts. Read more on how to help this wonderful foundation by clicking here.

Participate in Passports with Purpose

Every year, Passports with Purpose (PWP) selects a charity to support. This year, all PWP proceeds will go to Sustainable Harvest International.

Here’s how it works. Up until December 17th, you have the opportunity to browse prizes and purchase an online raffle ticket ($10). Obviously, the more tickets you purchase, the better your chances of winning the awesome prize. These prizes range from Amazon gift cards to an all-expense paid week in France. If you miss the December 17th deadline, never fear. You can still donate without bidding on a prize. Every $5,000 raised will help a family learn to farm sustainably for five years. Take a peek at this year’s incredible prizes by clicking here.

 

 

Believe it or not, none of these were sponsored, although we have worked with a few of these brands in the past. They really are just products that we truly believe in. Now, go treat yourself or a loved one!

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Greece according to our Instagram http://captainandclark.com/2014/12/03/greece-according-to-our-instagram/ http://captainandclark.com/2014/12/03/greece-according-to-our-instagram/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 18:23:46 +0000 http://captainandclark.com/?p=15020 We’re only now recovering from our whirlwind journey around the world. We can’t believe that it all started with TBEX in Athens. Greece seems like it was years ago. In order to jolt our memories and share a few of our adventures with you, we’ve opened up our Instagram vault.

It was my very first time in the country (Chris was there on a university trip back in 2005) and I fell in love with the culture, the food, and the history. While we were only in Greece for a little over a week, our time on our Celestyal Cruise (formerly Louis Cruises) allowed us to see more of the country than we thought possible.

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Arriving to the island of Mykonos. Where I had one of the best meals of my life.

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Even the birds were friendly on Rhodes island.

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The beautiful blue and white of Santorini.

 

Have you been to Greece? What did you enjoy most? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Returning to Croatia, our happy place http://captainandclark.com/2014/12/01/returning-to-croatia-our-happy-place/ http://captainandclark.com/2014/12/01/returning-to-croatia-our-happy-place/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 15:46:11 +0000 http://captainandclark.com/?p=14980 We love Croatia. There, I said it. I love Croatia more than warm clothes fresh out of the dryer, more than my beloved Anderson Cooper, and dare I say even more than cheese. CHEESE.

We have an unabashed obsession with this country. Maybe it’s the stylish people and their dry sense of humor (made even better by those sexy accent, amirite?) Perhaps it’s because Croatia is one of Europe’s more affordable countries? Or it could be because it’s stupid pretty. Like, no place should have the beauty that the country posses. Also, it’s got a little bit of everything- forests, ocean, beaches, diverse cities- you name it. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the food. If Austria and Italy had a delicious love child, said child would be Croatia.

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When Chris asked me what I wanted for my birthday, the very first thought that popped into my head (after a life-sized replica of Anderson Cooper made entirely of cheese and a room stacked with purses… also filled with cheese) was that I wanted to ring in my 29th year somewhere special. No, not Harry Potter World, although that would be a close second. I decided to celebrate my special day in my favorite country.

Somehow, we always end up in Croatia during the off-season. October and November are the only months that we’ve been in the country but truth be told, we wouldn’t have it any other way. The weather is magnificent-not too hot, not too cold-and the subtle morning mist lasts just long enough for us to appreciate it before it allows the sun to emerge. Visiting during the off-season also allows us to feel like we’re experiencing a more authentic Croatia (i.e. no hoards of tourists or guides with colorful umbrellas to maneuver around).

While each city, hotel, restaurant, and experience deserves its own post, I wanted to leave you with a little sneak peek of highlights from this past trip. Hopefully you’ll be able to fall in love with Croatia as much as we have. But beware, she’s ours.

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Visiting Zagreb’s beautiful Mirogoj cemetery the day after All Saint’s Day

OK, I get it. A cemetery isn’t the typical highlight when on vacation. That being said, this one is a little different. Where some cemeteries are dark, creepy, and reeking of sadness, this one was stunning. Take, for example, the photo above. How do you get vines to look like that?

While in Zagreb, we had the opportunity to take a segway tour (hold the laughs, we happen to look glorious on those beasts) of the city. One of my favorite stops was at the Mirogoj cemetery. The weather was beautiful, the leaves were changing, and the gravestones were covered in flowers and candles from loved ones of the departed.

We had fifteen minutes to stroll through the cemetery (sans segway, mind you) and barely scratched the surface of the grounds. It’s a beautiful place to reflect, pay your respects, and appreciate the beautiful architecture and foliage.

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Truffle hunting in Istria

It took 27 years for me to be introduced to the glory of truffles. I remember the day clearly. We were on a food tour in Venice and we were given tiny prosciutto sandwiches generously lined with a truffle cream cheese. I was hooked after the first bite. Truffles.are.awesome. I love how the powerful scent wafts through your entire nose and mouth. Truffles are like the champagne of the earth!

As luck would have it, my birthday was spent in the Istria province of Croatia. And do you know what that region is known for? Their amazing wine, fragrant olive oil, and forests of truffles! And we weren’t just there during any old time. It just happened to be the start of white truffle season. JACKPOT.

Linda, honey, listen. I had a breakfast that consisted of truffle honey, truffle olive oil, little truffle cream cheese sandwiches, two types of truffle cheese, truffle sausage, and then a giant heaping plate of truffle scrambled eggs. Oh, and all of those dishes had shaved truffles on top. You know, as a garnish. And then we went truffle hunting. It was like Easter except we were searching for little truffle eggs worth more than what we pay in rent. Hashtag truth.

Oh, and then there was lunch. A meal that had even more truffles than breakfast. I done died and went to truffle heaven.

Let’s just say that overdosing on truffles may result in the intense aroma emanating from your pores for weeks… and weeks. Sorry, not sorry.

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Exploring Rovinj for the first time

This town could be from a fairytale. Think Beauty and the Beast with friendlier town folk that are less inclined to pitchfork outsiders.

Also located in the Istria province, Rovinj is a little too beautiful for words. We only had a few days to explore, but they were filled with amazing food (you guessed it, more wine and truffles) and some mind blowing scenery.

What’s that, you say? You want another picture of Rovinj? OK, but this is all you get until our post featuring the town is live. Don’t say we never do anything for you.

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We’ve already disclosed more than we wanted to. How else are we going to get you to come back and visit us? Keep your eyes peeled for more posts from Croatia. We’ll also have pieces from our recent time in Greece, Slovenia, Italy, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Hong Kong. It was a busy month. But in the meantime, help get the conversation flowing by answering the question below. We’re always intrigued by our readers.

Have you fallen in love with a destination on your travels? Where was it? We’d love to hear in the comment section below.

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Capturing travel memories with Flytographer http://captainandclark.com/2014/11/24/capturing-travel-memories-with-flytographer/ http://captainandclark.com/2014/11/24/capturing-travel-memories-with-flytographer/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:30:51 +0000 http://captainandclark.com/?p=14891 101114 Tawny 01 3688347354 O 500x333 Capturing travel memories with Flytographer

Now that Chris and I have a place to call our own, I want nothing more than to decorate it with cute personal touches. And while we take thousands of pictures on our travels, we barely have any decent ones that include the both of us in the same shot. Sure, we take the occasional selfie, but it would be nice to have a few photos of the two of us to frame on our wall. It’s a good thing that Chris has long arms. Every time I try to fit both of us in a selfie someone ends up with only half a face.

Oh, and all of our mirror shots are epic fails. Exhibit A:

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We also have trust issues when asking fellow travelers to capture photos of us. I can’t even count the number of times Chris has tightly squeezed my hand as we watched tourists fumble with our expensive camera equipment. It’s hard to watch as someone else handles the technology that helps you make a living. We also end up with some of the worst shots ever.

Exhibit B:

 

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Why yes, Chris is missing the top of his head.

Friends, we’re happy to announce that our days of horrible selfies and entrusting our camera in the hands of clumsy tourists are over. Step in our new best friend, Flytographer.

The idea behind Flytographer is that a professional photographer stealthily follows you around while on your trip and captures mind blowing photos of you. The results are epic. After seeing a few of our friends take Flytographer for a spin, we knew we just had to try it for ourselves. We weren’t disappointed.

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After careful consideration, we agreed that we wanted our first Flytographer shoot to take place in a country that we’ve never been to before. We chose Ljubljana, Slovenia as it’s a city that we knew very little about. Our 30-minute Flytographer shoot started with us meeting our photographer, the talented Mankica, outside of the famous Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and we immediately knew that this was going to be a fun experience.

We quickly scurried (via funicular) to the top of Ljubljana Castle. This medieval fortress was the ideal place to capture photos as Chris and I explored.

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We had so much fun running around the fortress as Mankica snapped away. She was careful to give us our space but also suggest ideas on how we could capture some ridiculously awesome photos. Mankica was also very knowledgeable about the area. Hailing from Ljubljana, she educated us on the city’s past and also gave recommendations on some of the best cafes and restaurants to try.

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After taking a ton of pictures in the fortress, we decided to move our session outside of the walls. The leaves on the trees were striking and we were able to get a few extra photos in before our time was up. Once our shoot came to a close, Mankica personally escorted us to Ziferblat, a cafe experience that needs a blog post of its own. We drank a few coffees and talked about the beauty of Ljubljana before we went our separate ways.

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Guys, I cannot even tell you how awesome our photo shoot with Mankica was. Being in over 100 cities worldwide, Chris and I promised that we would use Flytographer at least once a year. This was all agreed on before we even received our pictures. And unlike most photography sessions, we didn’t have to wait weeks before our stunning photos were edited and delivered. Flytographer guarantees to have your photos to you within FIVE days of your shoot. FIVE DAYS, PEOPLE!

The only problem we face now is how to narrow down which pictures make it in frames. We love them all! We can’t believe it’s taken us so long to get on board with this wonderful way to remember a trip. And the best part? These are souvenirs that you’ll have for forever and they don’t take up ANY room in your suitcase!

And now I’ll leave you with my favorite photo of the two of us. This one is definitely going up on the wall.

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 Special thanks to the wonderful people at Flytographer for this incredible experience. While our first session was given in exchange for a review, our options are (and will remain) our own. We’re more than happy to book future sessions with this innovative company.

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Shots of coffee around the world http://captainandclark.com/2014/11/20/coffee-rtw/ http://captainandclark.com/2014/11/20/coffee-rtw/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:44:32 +0000 http://captainandclark.com/?p=14959 We like to joke about our caffeine dependency. Being from the Seattle area, it’s a pretty accurate stereotype that we are helplessly addicted to coffee. Of all our travels across the globe, our most difficult to date was our trip through the southern states of the US where there was no coffee to be found for hundreds of miles. It should be noted that “sweet tea” and Coca Cola are, in fact, not substitutes for coffee. You may remember this from our last round of coffee pictures. Both Tawny and I would gladly trade sleep, laundry, and comfortable bus seats for a cup of coffee on the road.

As such, it should come as no shock that our collection of joe around the world has grown recently. Without further ado we give you our newest photos of coffee around the world.

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So far, coffee in Bangkok has been as much about the latte art as it has about the flavor. Watch out, this powerful metropolis has everything your heart desires.

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All of our coffee experiences in Sri Lanka were on the road. For a culture more fixated on Ceylon tea (endemic to the area), we have to say that the coffee was more powerful than anything. It was designed to get you up and moving, not sitting in the cafe.

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Rome is all about the etiquette of coffee. A waiter once refused to serve us a cappuccino as an after dinner coffee. Espresso is the drink of choice to finish up a meal. Cappuccinos are exclusively for breakfast.

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The coffee in Croatia is not only delicious, but theatrical. The idea is to set up shop in any of the outdoor, street-facing coffee shops and people watch as the day goes on. Coffee culture in Croatia is a chance to see and be seen. So dress up, and get your arm candy ready.

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Ah, Ljubljana, hard to spell and easy to fall in love with. More than anything else, it was the street art in Ljubljana that made us fall so deeply in passion with this city. From ballerinas to Spanish guitarists, the buskers in this Slovenian city really raise the bar. Grabbing a latte on the forum walk is a sweet way to pass the day.

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Athens has all of the coffee styles under the sun of Apollo. However, to truly taste Greece you should grab Greek coffee. This delicacy has a finely ground layer of coffee at the bottom of your espresso cup that provides a huge kick to your cup. Just don’t drink that layer of coffee grounds. It’s not appetizing and the locals might scoff at you.

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Not unlike their neighbors in Greece, the people of Turkey offer small espressos with a thick layer of grounds on the bottom. We found the coffee in Turkey to be sweeter though, and served with an extra helping of sunshine.

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The Greek island of Rhodes has all the coffee you could want, and usually a menagerie of animals to help you drink it. My macaw friend here strolled right up on my shoulder and tried to help himself to my cappuccino. When I refused, he settled for eating the button off my sleeve instead.

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Cheeky parrot.

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All of the coffee shops we found in Serbia had smokers galore, and every cappuccino had the most perfect foam we’ve ever seen. The cups are served extra dry, meaning that they have a thick layer of foam on top.

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Still though, some of the best coffee we’ve ever had was from Iceland. These creamy cups of liquid happy come with rock sugar and a view of Viking paradise.

 

Are you as obsessed with coffee as we are? Let us know your favorite caffeinated beverage in the comment section below. Also be sure to check out our newly launched instagram account dedicated to our favorite coffees from around the world- @CoffeeRTW

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Croatia, how we love thee. http://captainandclark.com/2014/11/11/croatia-how-we-love-thee/ http://captainandclark.com/2014/11/11/croatia-how-we-love-thee/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 22:07:09 +0000 http://captainandclark.com/?p=14878 It’s been three days since we left our beloved country of Croatia. It had been thirteen months since our last visit but as soon as we landed we felt as if no time had passed at all. There’s something so special about the country and we still haven’t been able to put our hands on exactly what it is. Maybe it’s because there isn’t just one reason to love Croatia. There’s many!

The food.

My mouth involuntarily started watering as soon as I began reminiscing about the delicious meals we had in Croatia. Being in close proximity to Italy, Austria, and Hungary the country is blessed with the perfect marriage of tastes. I particularly enjoy the heartiness found in the Austrian-Hungarian meals and the savory dishes deriving from Italy. Gorgonzola gnocchi, for the win!

Also, this trip we visited the Istria province at the heart of white truffle season. I had a breakfast and lunch that consisted of mostly truffles with small helpings of pasta and eggs on the side. Um, what? Pair that with the wine and olive oil from the region and there’s really no reason to ever leave… or go hungry.

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And I know we’re going to be writing a post solely dedicated to the ridiculously delicious meals we had while on our trip, but I need to pay homage to the best soup I’ve ever tasted (pictured above). Found at Bistro Fajn in Zagreb, this pumpkin and chestnut soup came accessorized with caramelized pumpkin seeds and a juicy ox tail ravioli on top. My only complaint was that there weren’t more ravioli. I could have eaten it for days.

The people.

We discovered that most Croats have an amazing sense of humor. Their sarcasm and sense of timing is priceless. Everyone we met, from our taxi drivers to hotel staff, were friendly and hilarious.

Some of the most entertaining conversations we had revolved around the history of Croatia and the raw emotions that come from discussing it. Most locals are very candid about their feelings and have a strong patriotism for their country that was infectious.

The coffee culture.

Hailing from Seattle, it’s no secret that we love of our coffee. Have you seen our instagram? It seems like almost every other picture is of a cup of java we’ve recently enjoyed. And you know what? We’re not even mad about it.IMG 2458 500x375 Croatia, how we love thee.

We noticed that Zagrebians? Zagrebites? -those living in big cities like Zagreb and Rijeka also enjoy their coffee. With multiple cafes hiding throughout every corner of the city, it’s easy to see how meetings, dates, and even work, are centered around one of these local haunts. As Chris and I were walking around Zagreb on a Tuesday I had to stop and wonder if any of the hundreds of people out enjoying coffee had day jobs. Turns out, they just know how to get work done while enjoying a delicious cuppa joe.

The scenery.

Croatia is beautiful, y’all. Granted, we’ve only visited it in the fall, but rumor has it that it’s still as breathtaking in every other season. This time around, we rented a car from UK Car Rentals and found ourselves basking in the glory of fall. The leaves were changing to fiery orange and red hues. It’s a miracle we made it to any of our destinations as we were tempted to stop and take photos every other mile.

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The prices.

Unlike a lot of Europe, Croatia is relatively easy on the wallet. We were stunned (and a little buzzed) after six shots of rakia (a yummy Croatia spirit) and two beers set us back a grand total of 94 kuna, or approximately $15USD. Fifteen dollars would barely buy us ONE drink in Vegas, let alone two rounds for a table of four. Don’t even get us started on the coffee. What would typically set us back at least ten dollars back home only cost three dollars in this beautiful country. Coffee’s on us!

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Food and drink aren’t the only reasonably priced luxuries in the country. If you know where to look, you can easily find comfortable and stylish accommodations without breaking the bank. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Shappy Hostel & Bar in Zagreb. Now, before you jump to any conclusion about hostels, rest assured that this one is different. Not only is the decor clean and hip, but Shappy also offers private rooms with en suite bathrooms. The best part? The location is in the heart of all the action. For a mere $40 USD, one can sleep in their own room, enjoy a nice long shower, and be minutes away from Zagreb’s hottest restaurants, sights, and bars. Le bomb.

Door porn.

You know a country is gorgeous when even their doors look good! We featured the breathtaking doors of Croatia in a post before but after our latest trip, we are going to revisit the subject. Why can’t doors in America look like this?!

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Have you been to Croatia? What are your favorite parts of the country? Let us know in the comment section below.

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The furry felines of Greece http://captainandclark.com/2014/10/31/the-furry-felines-of-greece/ http://captainandclark.com/2014/10/31/the-furry-felines-of-greece/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:45:51 +0000 http://captainandclark.com/?p=14833 It should be no secret that Chris and I are extreme animal lovers. We tend to befriend stray creatures almost everywhere we go and Greece was no exception. While we gather our thoughts on a more thorough round up of our time in the country, we would like to showcase a few of our new buddies. Thank God our suitcases won’t fit more in them or else we would be bringing home a few new members to the family.

Behold, the cute kittens of Greece.

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Don’t worry, there’s more. We have enough photos of cats that we could probably start a new blog based solely on the kitties of Greece. It should be noted that we were pleased to see that most of the cats were well fed and regarded as harmless.

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Tell us what you think. Are you animal lovers like us? Which cat is your favorite? Let us know in the comment section below.

 

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