26.09.2012 - 28.09.2012
The ferry to Korcula was a good one taking about 1.5 hours for a cost of 50 kuna ($8.00) per person. Great value. We arrived at 8 pm and darkness had fallen. The harbour was lit up and provided a nice backdrop to the city which spread out behind it. We had a rough idea which way to go to get to our hotel so off we went. The Park Hotel is on the harbours edge opposite the ferry terminal area up a hill and by night it has a nice perspective. We checked in not knowing what to expect after our Travel Agent from Hells previous efforts coupled with Trip Advisor comments. Yes it is old. Yes it is in need of major work ( reception told us they are closing down soon) But it seems comfortable and our view from our balcony looks over the harbour and looks lovely at night. We headed back out after dropping the cases in our room to a little eatery we saw on the way to the hotel and had the best pizza we have eaten for a long time. This coupled with a beer for me and Celeste with a Mogito saw us content for the evening. We awoke to the sound of Church bells ringing and looked out onto a bay glistening in the morning sunshine. Breakfast was O.K. then we headed for the Old Town over the other side of the harbour. You guessed it, another old rambling set of laneways and walls with shops and accomodation tucked in. Very ancient, very interesting. Cobblestone paths and roads certainly make for fun wandering and adds to the feel of the whole town. Worn out and hot we headed back to our accomodation, changed then headed for a sun lounge by the waters edge below our room. No sand, just smooth pebbles running into the turquoise water.The water is crystal clear and in we went. Bracing cold at first then we found it was not that bad after all and we floated around as the water makes us very bouyant due to the heavy salt content. Sunning ourselves we reflected on where we are and felt very fortunate indeed. Must be time for a drink so off we went to the eatery from last night for a beer, Mogito and pizza. Mmmmm just as good as we remembered. The afternoon rolled into the evening and as darkness fell on this lovely day we changed then headed out for dinner ( and a drink, maybe another Mojito for Celeste ) It must be the mint in the drink!
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Last day in Korcula
Today was a very busy day. Awoke to a warm 30c for the day ahead. Breakfast in a little cafe in town followed by a walk then back to the hotel for a swim in the sea. Being Saturday the local kids were out in force playing in the water and having fun. By the afternoon the adults had made it to the pebbly beaches. We rallied for some lunch at Celeste's mojito stop then a rest. Dinner then we are done. Korcula has been a lovely stop for us with friendly people and a quaint, seaside aspect. It was interesting to find out that from October to June there is not much activity on the island as ferries are cut back due to winter and a lack of tourists. Hard to figure from my perspective as the weather stays mild according to the locals with winds being the main nuisance. All in all a lovely place to stay. Dubrovnik here we come.