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Published: October 4th 2018
This morning was spent packing up and getting my bag out my door before 8:15, after which I headed downstairs for a quick breakfast as we needed to be on the bus by 8:45am. We then drive to Split to wait in line at the ferry terminal. Kim and I did a quick walk to find some coffee - which we did but I'm not sure it was worth the walk! We had to go inside a bar, which was filled with smoke, to get the coffee. We couldn't get out of there quick enough and both felt like we had actually just smoked a cigarette haha.
Our bus drove onto the ferry whilst we all walked in board and found an area we could hang out together. It was a pretty old ferry so no comfortable seats and given it was going to be a 3 and 1/2 hour + trip, it wasn't ideal. The light in the women's toilet wasn't working so thank goodness for phones having torches these days. The day was overcast with the occasional sprinkle of rain, but I actually found a spot out on deck where I could catch a few days (when they
appeared) and enjoy the view along the way. Our ferry was heading for the island of Korcula and it followed the same route I had already done to Hvar, so I was able to get another close look at the town of Hvar but this time I was also able to see the full length of the island. I really should have got out more haha! It was pretty spectacular. We had a bite to eat along the way and also Kim & Don shared some of the rose with me that they had bought at the Bibich winery yesterday, which was lovely. Once we passed Hvar the next stop would be the port on the island of Korcula.
Once we arrived we walked off the ferry as Damir (our driver) was also driving our bus off, so we were able to get onto that pretty quickly. It was then a 1 hour drive from here to the other end of the island, the old town of Korcula. We arrived around 3pm and proceeded to check into our rooms. We are staying at the Hotel Korcula (in the town of Korcula...... on the island of Korcula haha) which is
a beautiful 100 year old hotel right in the water front.
At 5pm we all met in the lobby to meet our local guide, Stanka, who was going to take us on a walking tour of the old town. Stanka had lived in Australia for a year so her English was great. The old town was very pretty and the most famous thing about it is that they believe it is where Marco Polo was born. Even though we walked around for almost an hour, it really only took this long as Stanka stopped often to tell us stories about the different places. Once the tour finished we had some time to ourselves before meeting up downstairs again for a demonstration on some of the local Croatian cuisine at the restaurant at the hotel. The chef first showednus how to make octopus salad and then we got to try it. It was delicious. The next dish was the hand made macaroni- a speciality of Korcula! Every piece of macaroni is made by hand and is time consuming but the people who make it all the time are able to do it very quickly. We then saw our chef fillet
the sea bass, which will be our main course. After the cooking class we then had our dinner. The octopus salad was the best I have ever had, so fresh and tender. The macaroni was served with a meat sauce and the pasta itself was so silky and delicious! The fish was lovely too with crispy skin and served on a chard and potato patty. For desert we had a local dish that was like a caramel brulee with a hint of rose. Very nice meal and lovely night chatting with some of our group.
After dinner I ventured out for a walk around the town. It didn't take long to do a lap but it was quite lovely out and helped to digest my dinner!
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