Now This Is A Nice Joint..

Trip Start May 02, 2006
Trip End Mar 02, 2007

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Friday, June 23, 2006

Greetings from beautiful Korçula.

It was a tough decision to head to Korçula over Hvar which we'd heard so many good things about from many people. In the end however our mind was made up by an educated guess that Korçula would be quieter for a pair of old folk like us (well me anyway).

And what a guess it was, Korçula is a wonderfully quiet and relaxed island. Sure, by day the tourist boats roll and move through the old town but not in overwhelming numbers like in Dubrovnik.

On arrival it's again a case of getting mobbed by private-room touts when you get of the ferry and another old lady won the day to make it 2 from 2. They just look so cute and helpless it's nigh on impossible to say no to them. It also helped that her house was in the old town and right on the water next to one of the fortress towers. An accommodation location unlikely to be topped for the rest of the trip.

Similarly to Dubrovnik, Korçula Old Town has been looked after and remains in pristine condition. To be able to stay in the middle of such an old and historical place is certainly worth every cent spent. In fact it was home to Marco Polo for some years hence all the ice-cream places I guess.

Laziness was the order of the week so we would spend each day by the water just down from 'our' place, wander back for lunch or make ourselves the backpacker standard salami and cream cheese rolls, my god we hate those things now. Lunch would be followed by more splashing about in the crystal clear warm water. Dinner would either be cooked at home or at one of the numerous Italian restaurants dotted about the place. The evenings would be taken up with watching the world cup and knocking back beverages and chatting to the other spectators from various parts of the globe. How's work everyone ?

We hired a scooter one day to ride around the island checking out some small beaches and bays and do a little wine tasting. Korçula is famous for it's wine apparently and we couldn't pass the opportunity to visit a couple of wineries and quaff a few in the name of experimentation.

It was a blisteringly hot day so our first stop was at the 'best' beach on Korçula according to the tour/scooter hire guy. It was certainly deserted as promised and from a distance looked sensational. Sadly however, there was garbage strewn all over the beach itself which is something we've become used to in Eastern Europe but something we didn't realise till too late was the strange film that was on top of the water. It was a real shame, the ride down to the beach was magnificent with coastal views to die for, a slow walk through a picturesque olive grove to get to the beach and then you just hit the trash heap resting at the back of the beach and your shoulders sort of slump knowing that it all seemed to be to good to be true. Hopefully they'll recognise the potential and tidy the place up.

Similarly the wineries weren't quite what we were expecting, more of a small tin shed with a lady inside selling bottles without offering a tasting so we blew that idea off in favour of exploring a few more of the little towns scattered around the island. Some of these were exceptionally nice and we stopped to swim in a few of the nicer bays. All in all the trip around the island was well worth the effort and if you find yourself on Korçula I suggest you do similarly, just give the putrid beach a miss for the next couple of years.

Sadly our time in Korçula came to an end around the same time Australia's run in the world cup did. We loved Korçula and can highly recommend to anyone thinking of heading over that way soon. Just stay in the old town for that authentic Korçulan feel.

Next pod, Budapest - Hungary.


Nath and Kat.
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