"when was the last time we had a drink in a fort?"

Trip Start May 19, 2010
Trip End Aug 03, 2010

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Flag of Croatia  , Korcula,
Thursday, June 3, 2010

A short but scenic ferry ride south and we found ourselves in the small medieval town of Korcula. The old part of town is tucked behind an aged defensive perimeter, fortifications against a hostile region that was always seemed to be baring down on the Dalmatian coast. Indeed Korcula felt this pressure more than most, with the calm waters off its shore baring witness to the second latest navel battle of the medieval period in Europe.

The town itself is painfully cute. The tight alleyways buzzing with restaurants and bars heavily frequented by locals out celebrating the catholic holiday of corpus christi. We wandered up and down, poking our noses in shop windows and trying to corner local cats to inflicted often unwanted affections. Wandering about it does not take long in Korcula to figure out the town hero. While Venice claims him as their own the town of Korcula, with some justification, claims it was the birthplace of Marco Polo - bringer of pasta to Italy and perhaps the greatest traveler of all time. Story goes he left Korcula to make his way in Venice, and after finding favour there raised funds for his now legendary travels. So tied to Venice Marco became that apparently he joined the Venice fleet to sack his old home town. Korcula frowned on such shenanigans and apparently he found residence after the battle inside Korcula's jail.

Our hastily arranged accommodation was so charming that it rates a mention. It was once the home of the owners grandparents and obviously had not been redecorated in half a century. Beautiful 1950's decor filled the house, and gave it a homely feeling that we, and especially Leah, took a real shine to. The view out the window was the best of our trip thus far, taking in the old town and stretching around to what would be our next destination. The rather small and remote town of Viganj. We only had the one night in Korcula and were sad to leave its cute little alleyways and streets so soon.
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