Trip Start Jul 15, 2004
52Trip End Apr 05, 2005
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We spent four days in Korcula. It is a very quiet and peaceful island. Most of the place is taken up by pine forest and is fairly deserted. I went for a hike in the hills one day, and did not see a single person until I reached my destination. The hills are full of vineyards, abandoned farm houses and these strange bugs that make a constant whining noise. It is very hard to describe, but it is almost like 1000 people playing the kazoo. Anywhere in the woods you cannot escape it, and it can be quite deafening.
On the way back from my walk, (The wife stayed on the beach, as it involved up-hill walking), I caught the bus back along the winding coastal road.
I waited for the bus for ages, there was no timetable and nowhere to buy a ticket. When it eventually turned up, it was the oldest bus I have ever seen. It had been painted at least 15 times but not within the last twenty years. I got on to hear the radio playing the latest hit from Bucks Fizz(Making your mind up). Even the radio was old! The driver also issued tickets from one of those old machines with the colored dials that conductors used to have in England.
Halfway home, the Pink Panther tune started pumping out loudly from someone´s mobile. I looked round to see who it was, to find no-one searching for their phone. When I turned back round I saw the bus driver taking a tight bend with one hand and both eyes on his mobile. He proceeded to answer and carry out a conversation for the whole of the nervy ride home. I never knew it was possible to change gear with the same hand that is holding the steering wheel.
It wouldn't happen in good old England.
After Korcula we moved on to Hvar.
We stayed in Hvar town.
This is a party town in every sense. We got off the boat at 7.45am and walked up the harbor to the main square. I spotted at least three groups of people in pavement cafes drinking pints of beer. 7.45am...in the morning... 7.45!
By 8.00am we had joined them, but only for coffee.
Getting somewhere to stay was a bit of a hassle. We did not find anywhere till 11.00am. Although we could have made a bit more effort, we just sat round looking like we needed somewhere to sleep till an old lady came up and offered us somewhere.
Hvar town is very lively and full of young women who are allergic to clothing. It was compulsory for women to dress in anything more than underware at any time of the day.
After two days I had eye strain. (I also need to buy a darker pair of shades).
Two days was hard enough, so we have arrived today in the capital of Slovenia. It is nice to get away from Italy. We spent our first week there, then two weeks in Croatia, which is very similar.
On first impression Slovenia has an Austrian feel. Lots of pine forest and chalet style houses. Everybody we have met so far is so friendly. I think I´m going to like it here.