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Published: August 9th 2008
Out adventure to Korcula began a lot later than expected. We had a fabulous time with our fellow hostelers at the bar, well too good of a time, and did not wake up at 5:30 as planned to catch our 6:30 Ferry. Instead I awoke to Justus whispering to me at 8:30 am that we were late, really late. We gathered our stuff quickly and stumbled down to the ferry office to see what we could do in regards to exchanging our pre-purchased tickets. By some sheer luck, we ended up getting money back for our tickets and took a later ferry to Vero Luca on the Island of Korcula and then hopped on a short bus ride across the island to Korcula Town. The countryside was really beautiful, with rocky mountains, lush vegetation and scattered vineyards. The bus dropped us off on the edge of the old town, but given that it takes about 20 min to walk around the whole town, it wasn’t too far from our hostel. We had pre-booked a room at the One Love Hostel (Korcula Backpackers) and were headed in that direction before a small restaurant advertising Fresh Wraps and Smoothies distracted us. We were
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starving and both ordered a breakfast burrito (YEAH!) which was fabulous, and tasted much like home, I have to admit. It was merely a 2 min walk from the wraps place to the hostel. When we arrived at the hostel, we were greeted with a sign that said “reception closed until 6 pm”. Some other hostel goers sitting outside informed us the reception closed in the afternoon, but we could leave our stuff in their room while we waited the 4 hrs.
It was off to discover the city. We made our way around the city wall, and then through the small streets inside. I loved the feel of the city, it was very historic but quaint. In the very center of the town, at the highest point, was a beautiful church. We arrived just in time to witness the gathering for a beautiful destination wedding. It was a British crowd, that even included one kilt! Go Scotland! :-) We wandered out a distance from the town to get some good photo views. The town was absolutely gorgeous, the water the most beautiful color of blue! After gazing at the beauty for a while, we headed over to a
rocky swimming area where we fell asleep in the sun for a while. It was a much needed nap! Finally it was 6 pm and the hostel was due to be open again, so we headed back to check in. It wasn't long before we had settled into our room shared with a girl and guy from England and Wales. They were very nice and luckily had the same idea as us, to go to bed at a decent time and wake up to get moving on the next adventures.
Justus and I found a restaurant that was recommended in one of our books for dinner. I tried the seafood risotto, black and white. The black one is colored with squid ink, so crazy, but both were really tasty. We stayed in town for a while and watched the sunset which was gorgeous and then headed back to the hostel to get some sleep. We could hear the party going down in the bar downstairs, but after our night out on the town in Split, we knew we couldn't handle it. We awoke early to catch our bus to Dubrovnik and had no problems locating it. The bus ride
from Korcula to Dubrovnik was about 3 hours and took us across to another strip of Croatia by Ferry and then down into Dubrovnik, thus avoiding the strip of land that is part of Bosnia. The bus trip was absolutely gorgeous! I would have stopped in each cove for at least a week, every piece of coastline was just perfect!
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