Surf is Up
I think one is required to visit a LOT of churches, basilicas, grottos, etc. when one visits even the remotest places in Europe. We had just finished visiting a Greek Orthodox Church up a winding road at the peak of a hill that was at the conclusion of a tourist bus ride across the island of Corfu. On the way back to town we also made a required stop for refreshments and tourist trinkets. The tourist trap looked out over this estuary. The rowboats would have been fine by themselves, but I thought the surf board just added a gentle irony to the scene. Nothing inside beat anything visually we saw outside. It was truly the ‘most beautiful!’
I never planned to go to Dubrovnik Croatia. Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Macedonia---the whole mess just seemed like a big hunk of hell to me. However, the cruise ship’s first port of call was Dubrovnik. It was wonderful. It is a walled city —of the medieval sort—squeezed between the Adriatic and the mountains. There were plazas, narrow streets, and terraces that held houses built up the side of the mountain. We walked down to their ‘beach’ and walked along this wall that seems to have no purpose with a gate of equal import.