Dalmatian Paradise Lost!
Trip Start Sep 09, 2013
24Trip End Dec 16, 2013
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The Benedictine monks, in medieval times, had it figured out - the ruins and remains of their monasteries dot these bays and islands of the southwestern Croatia. Fittingly, and almost mystically, it is within the walls of these sacred places that one is still able to find a quiet, contemplative space, even when abandoned. However, in modern times, the area is so warm and so pretty that it is practically impossible to find that truly 'out of the way' place
We were happy to discover the little village of Cavtat at the end of the line on bus #10 from Dubrovnik. Tour buses arrive there, too - but even so you could feel that, here, things slowed right down. All coastal towns here feature a promenade on the waterfront, usually paved with limestone and lined with tourist shops and restaurants. Our favourite stops on the promenade tend to be the bakeries.... (and we had hoped to lose weight while traveling. Mmmhmm).
Beyond the crowds on the promenade in Cavtat, and past the old monastery, we found a little piece of paradise for the afternoon. This rocky outcrop on the shores of the Adriatic (which even in late September, is beautifully warm for swimming or just dipping your feet) had a small patch of grass and shade provided by a stunningly green Aleppo Pine. Just add a good book and.... zzzzzzzzzzzz. That is, until six German Fraus, each about the same age as my mother in law, discovered the same piece of paradise and promptly doffed their clothes for bathing suits, right in front of us. Talk about the Full Monty! While Sandi watched bemused, I had to avert my gaze somehow, so I decided to look up and count Aleppo cones. Twenty minutes later, the Fraus had had their dip, and the procedure was reversed. I counted a few hundred more Aleppo cones until we had the place to ourselves again. A gorgeous Dalmatian sunset saved the day.
Paradise lost, but only temporarily.
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