Korcula Town

Trip Start Jan 08, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, July 5, 2005

It turned out to be a bit of a long trek to the home of Marco Polo. Ferry from Hvar to Vela Luca then a coach trip to the other side of the island. Interesting money making scheme over here. They charge for the seat on the bus then also charge for the privilage of stowing a bag in the luggage hold beneath the bus!! Buggers!!

From above, Korcula looked wonderful. Another small walled town on the waters edge. We expected to be massacred by accommodation touts on arrival, but there were only two. A young boy and an older woman with far too much makeup and a scary, hairy facial mole. We went with the young chap.

The first apartment he showed us wasnīt fit for a dog, and the second was lovely but too far out of town. The last one was just right. 10 mins walk out of town and on the waters edge. I beat him down slightly with the price which made it even more attractive.

We had beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and sea. Hardly anyone around either. We got chatting to the kiwi girl staying in the next apartment with her Mum and eventually wandered into town for dinner. Just as weīd finished eating, there was a huge crack of thunder, massive lightening and all the lights went out. It looked like all the electricity was out all over town. It was absolutely pissing down. Got a touch drenched on the way back!! Luckily it cleared by morning and made way for brilliant blue skies again.

We walked into town and climbed Marco Polo tower. Some say Marco Polo had been born in a house that had been located in that sight a long time ago. Apparently there is still a line of the Polo family living in Korcula town. He went to Venice to be educated and started his explorations from there. It did used to be a Venitian city so this claim could very possibly be true. There were good views from the top anyway. They milk it to the max whether itīs true or not. The actual town centre is very small and pretty with lots of lanes to wander round and loads of tourists to get in your way. Weīd had enough of all the people so we went back for an afternoon dip. The water was brilliant!! Crystal clear. We had dinner on the terrace and watched the sun set. So relaxing.

We had already decided to stay another day when the kiwi next door dropped by and told us that the bus to Dubrovnik was nearly full when she had bought her ticket so we probably wouldnīt get a ticket anyway. So next morning after a wake up swim, we went to check out the bus situation. Sure enough it was full. Damn!!! Weīd have to stay another day swimming and relaxing in the sun!!! Such a hard life.

On Friday morning we decided to have another wander round town and climbed the town gate tower and walked round the walls. A girl in a bank in Split had told me that her mother came from a lovely town called Lombarda and that I should go there when on Korcula. So we got a bus over. My recommendation - donīt bother!!! It was a complete waste of an hour and 52 kunas. Might have been lovely when her mother grew up but it was rubbish now.

Croatian food hasīt quite been anything special. They seem to cater for the truck loads of italians coming over for the summer. Every place is a pizzeria. So pasta has featured heavily in the diet. Even so, I didīt want to leave. We were only going to stay two days and ended up staying for 4! It was so beautiful and relaxing, but early Saturday morning we got the bus to Dubrovnik. Another walled town.

Would it be all that everyone says it is?
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