Hvar from home.

Trip Start Jun 03, 2010
Trip End May 28, 2011

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Camp Vira

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Friday, September 17, 2010

September 16, 2010

Packed up and drove to Split to catch the ferry to Hvar Island. It wasn't a particularly enjoyable one hour drive… lots of traffic and road works through morning smog, but we found the ferry dock OK. Being ferry aficionados we knew it was important to get there early… and that made us so appreciate BC Ferries efficiency! Despite having checked out the terminal the day before on our scooter, it still was not really clear where to line up. Finally we poked into a pier area and asomehwat decrepit old guy told us where to park for Stari Grad on Hvar, and then proceeded to wash our windows…. seriously! The only guy available to show us where to line up was the squeegie bum. We did end up being first in line, and eventually 3 or 4 t-shirt guys from the ferry company came along and sat around on a bench watching the confused motorists arrive. Occasionally if a motorist approached them they would tell them where to line up. It was only by chance that I discovered I was to buy tickets from a little booth there. Then when it came time to load one of the t-shirt guys sautered over, told me to start up, then wandered off to a second ferry which had just arrived. Luckily Mr. Squeegie was still there and told me to follow Mr. T-shirt who certainly had not indicated for me to follow him.

The ferry was nice and modern, a little smaller than the Queen of Surrey but just as modern. On the ferry a couple sitting near us approached… they had noticed our Rick Steves book… turned out to be a couple from North Vancouver… she had been a teachers aid in North Van, and had worked with our son, Simon. They were traveling around doing some home exchanges… they had a number of connections through a Croatian friend and were doing exchanges in Croatia, Italy and Bosnia.

We have settled in a beautiful, but expensive, campground near the town of Hvar. The campground is perched on the hillside above a beautiful blue cove, it is 4 star with all the amenities. We would prefer cheaper and less deluxe, but this seems to be the only option on the island. At this time of year.

We had a delightful au naturel swim and sun bake on the rocks along the way a bit, and will tour Hvar tomorrow.

September 17, 2010

We did some laundry by hand this morning, always a fun little challenge! And then took the cmapground’s mini-bus into Hvar. We had a good look around, at the cathedral, the Nunnery and the Franciscan Monastery, but really the highlight was just people watching on the waterfront promenade. A wonderful mixture of townsfolk, busy workers, with tourists galore of all types… lots of Americans, as there was a small cruise ship offshore, and some huge yachts moored along the bank which made for some fun rich people watching… didn’t look like much fun… their boats were just sitting there rocking quite discomfortably, and they were smoking a and drinking their breakfast at 11 am. I think it is more fun to watch them than to be them.

One of the highlights was the Last Supper painting at the Franciscan Monastery.

Then home to the campsite where we had a swim, and then BBQed the Scampi which we bought at the fish market in Hvar.

The weather is beginning to fall off, so we will likely head south toward Dubrovnik tomorrow. We have decided to skip Korcula… it is probably quite delightful, but we have had a good dose of the Dalmation towns, so another $200 ferry ride does not seem worth it.
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