As we traveled along the croatian coast, we had many views of stunning water and wineries along the edge of the adriatic....in the shot below you can see one of the many wineries....i guess most folks in croatia grow grapes to make their own wine....we did sample some from a winery along the way....but this is not that one....that was when we stopped a VERY small place called trbnik....where we had the largest and tastiest pizza ever....it was incredible....
but the place where we hit the biggest storm was dubrovnik.....a medieval, walled city that is stunning to experience, as you will see from the few pictures that follow....this town has been around for centuries and when we arrived, it was to an enormous storm that included hail....we stood under the awning of a hotel/restaurant for two hours waiting for the rain to stop....and three of the six of us were drenched....including me....but for some odd reason i had packed jeans and an extra shirt in my backpack that weren't soaked....go figure....this first shot of dubrovnik shows you how narrow the alleyways are there....and all of the stairs you can climb to the highest part of the city....it is built on the side of a mountain :)
and then we climbed the walls.....WOW, is about the only word i have for that experience....it took us about 1.5 hours to make our way all the way around the walls, and it was stunning....the views of the roofs of the houses, the sea, the small port, the drawbridge, as seen in the picture below....just incredible....this is why this city is so spectacular and i am so glad i have been there and walked the walls myself....with very few people....it was june and the rain storm had sent many people away....we were very lucky :)
another town/island we visited was korcula, which is where marco polo is from....the italians and the croatians don't agree about him being roman or croatian, but they do agree he wasfrom here.....the stirs you see below are the way into the old part of the city....while we were here we were treated to a spontaneous choir competition...because net to where we were having dinner had fabulous, outdoor acoustics....it was an added bonus to this stop :)
after korcula we headed to hvar....the playground of the rich and famous (and us for a night) on the dalmation coast....we had a stupendous dinner and pre-dinner wine tasting on this island/town....it was a fantastic stop....
one of the other beautiful stops we made was to this beach....we were so happy, there was decent coffee and fruit cups to be had while on this spit of land....some folks got in a swim too....just amazing
but the trip had to come to an end....unfortunately....what a trip it was....incredible swimming, terrific meals on the islands (not on the boat though), a great bunch of folks to hang with and a fantastic way to start my summer vacation.....we may be trying to do it all again next year....but we are thinking of a smaller size experience...i'll keep you posted though....all-in-all it was incredible and i am really glad i got to see the beauty of the southern croatian coast (dalmatia)