"when two normal people meet you can't go wrong"
Trip Start May 19, 2010
9Trip End Aug 03, 2010
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Just a short walk down the road we dined at a seaside restaurant run by another cousin, one who's considerable knowledge of the history of the area proved to most fascinating. Of greatest intrigue was the revelation that the Dalmatian blood line predominantly stems from the old Illyrian tribes of the region. While they were conquered by Rome over 2000 years ago, within Rome they acquired much power
A trek up the hillside brought us to the now almost deserted village of Nakovana, the only residents being another of Randall's cousins and his resilient Kiwi wife. Once a tiny but thriving village of over 100 the residents were scattered, including Randall's grandmother, by the hostility and destruction of the Second World War. While the historic nature of the village has afforded it historical protection, time is slowly and surly making itself felt. Its tiny lanes empty, save for a few remaining remnants of daily life. Happily we were able to inspect the most excellent work done on the restoration of the old family home. The fixed roof and new windows and door standing out against the back drop of rubble and ruin.
Back in Viganj we enjoyed lazing about in the warm Croatian sun; touring the coast with Bozo on his sturdy little runabout and reading in the sun. Our accommodation was the first equipped with a kitchen so we relished the ability to finally do some cooking of our own. Evenings were spent sitting up talking with Bozo, hearing his views and tales over glasses of the local red wine. While not a traditional tourist haunt, the peace of Viganj coupled with the family hospitality made us sad to leave.