Thursday, October 4, 2012

Croatia, Part 2: Korcula

After a crazy few days in Hvar, we hopped on a ferry and headed to Korcula, about an hour and a half away.

Korcula is less beachy, and less of a party-scene than Hvar (hence why we opted to spend Sun-Tues here, rather than the weekend).  There were also a lot fewer British accents, and lot more French and German accents here (funny).  Its charm lies in its pretty views, and its quaint Old Town, complete with a picturesque bell tower and a gorgeous shoreline strolling path.  It was out of a story book!

I'll have a few more pictures from a wine tour we took once I get my last roll of film developed this weekend (Last roll!  Sad!), but for now, here are a few favorite snaps!

Some (Random) Notes:
- Lonely Planet raved about Croatian ice cream.  Don't get your hopes up; it's nothing special (sadly).  But their pastries are delicious!

- Stay in an apartment on Korcula, not a hotel.  We stayed in this one (thanks to Sharz's rec!), which was very reasonably priced, modern and clean.  It was about a 5 minute walk to Old Town, and had a gorgeous terrace with a view!

- LD Terrace is the best restaurant in town, and it has a gorgeoussss view!

- Speaking of food, fish have bones here, and olives have pits, and grapes have seeds.  Chew accordingly.

- Funny story.  We tried to rent a scooter to drive around the island and were turned down because of our lack of scooter-driving experience!  Apparently, we're totally trustworthy to drive a boat, alone, in the open ocean, but don't even think about letting us on a scooter!

- Getting to/from Korcula should be easy considering how close it is to Hvar.  But actually, it can be a b*tch. There is only ONE ferry route from Korcula to Hvar (continuing on to Split), and it leaves at SIX O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING.  FOR NO GOOD REASON.  How could there ever be a good reason for that?  It's inhumane.  And on top of that, you can only buy tickets for the one ferry the night before, between 7 and 8pm -- prime pre-dinner drinking time -- FOR NO GOOD REASON.  And tickets sell out regularly.  Ridic.

P.S. You can see Part 1 of my photos from Hvar here, and instagrams here, if you'd like.

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