Friday, July 16, 2010

Hvar Island

Hvar is yet another gorgeous island out in the Adriatic Sea. The water is a gorgeous blue, the sky clear, the sail boats sliding through the water – absolutely unbelievable. In the middle of the town there’s a fortress up on the hill, leftover from when the Venetians had a lot of trade and commerce in this part of the world. The length of their history is inconceivable for the upstart US…they have had multiple changes of rulers and countless rebuilding. But the area is beautiful.
Hvar is becoming a hot vacation travel point – with lots of people having summer homes and returning year after year. And the yachts! There were at least 8 of them parked along the docks and every one richer and more elegant than the last. There are lots of small fishing boats – they go out early in the morning, way before we get up. Lots of boats just for the tourist trade, taking people out to the various islands, island hopping, out to see anything they can think of, ferries to far away places. It’s is quite a busy port.
Jeff found a great wine shop where they had tasting. The owner was very friendly and we passed an hour visiting with him while Jeff sipped some of the wine. There are actually a lot of nice wines made in this part of the world. We also found a wonderful Japanese restaurant. The food was delicious and the wasabi made it quite spicy. I got to have mocha, though the guy was worried that I wouldn’t know what it was. J It really was great to have some again. Now if only I could get a hold of some real mochi cream. 

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