Saturday, August 31, 2013

Ron and Beatriz's Trip to Hvar

                                                                  
 

Hvar, the island in Adriatic Sea , is longest and the sunniest Croatian island and said to be one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Friendly people, well-indented coast, numerous picturesque and intact beaches and bays, virgin nature, very rich cultural inheritance, the scents of lavender, olive trees and wine are the reasons that island Hvar welcomes more and more tourists each year.
The town of Hvar, with its 3 738 inhabitants on the island of Hvar. Source: Island Ivar info 
   
Let us take a stroll with Ron and Beatriz:

   

   

   

       

    

The narrow alleys which we are now familiar with


The a panoramic view of the town square



The clock tower together with  the "Loggia", once known as the Governor's palace.  The interior of the loggia is decorated in a neo-Renaissance style and today, serves as a reception hall and exhibition room not only for the Hotel Palace, but also for the town of Hvar.

 

St. Stephen's Cathedral

That did not take us too long to enjoy our virtual tour and we had a glimpse of a quaint town huddled around the harbor with clean medieval streets opening to large sunlit squares by the sea.  We had a pleasant but not too tiring walk.  So let us go to the next place with more enthusiasm, shall we?

Ron and Beatriz's Trip to Korcula

Korcula (pronounced kor-chula) has a lot to offer to a visitor to see and learn - its art and history, its culture, traditional crafts and skills of stone masonry and shipbuilding, Moreska sword dances, music, writings as well as its most famous inhabitant – Marco Polo and his heritage, besides all the natural beauties, views and beaches.  Source:  Korcula info

Here are some photos of Korcula:

 

 

 
 
Such clear waters

 

 


Sunset by the Adriatic sea, what a beautiful sight!

 


       

       
  

Street performers to sweeten the night


The Korcula gate

A decorative pillar
Marco Polo  Museum

       

In the corner of the apartment


They ate a lot of pasta with some ingredients they mailed to themselves from Madrid before they left.
 
         
        
        

The narrow alleys


After a long day of discovering new places and things to see, no wonder Ron needed a rest.       

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Ron and Beatriz's Trip to Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is an old city on the Adriatic Sea coast in the extreme south of Croatia. George Bernard Shaw once said that "those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik and find it". Royalty, presidents and diplomats have all favored the city. The late Pope John Paul II was a fan of Dubrovnik and was even made an honorary citizen. Source: Wikitravel
Dubrovnik is steeped in stunning architecture and sculptural detail, and boasts spectacular churches, monasteries, museums, and fountains.

Here is what Dubrovnik looks like from the photos of Ron and Beatriz.

1) Ferry ride to Dubrovnik:



 


      

2)  The views of the city



         

       
  
   

   




 

    
  

Ron and Beatriz were met by their friends in Dubrovnik and together they visited the city.  They strolled around the historic stones high up over the Adriatic for a perfect view of the town. It is amazing to see terraces in the middle of the high stoney steps. 

They were also lucky to have coincided with the Summer Festival in Dubrovnik with its cultural highlights and free street performances.


And here is a beautiful photo of the dawn in Dubrovnik.