5 minutes later we reached the other side. Quick. Easy. Fabulous. Done and done.
It was a beautiful day and the views of the sea and surrounding islands were oh so beautiful. This was our first time out to an island on this vacation, thus making it yet another unique adventure! Every place is was so different than the next or previous place!
We arrived at Nada and Ivan's apartment in Lumbarda (just 10 minutes away from Korčula) that I found on airbnb. This place is so remote there isn't even an address to put into the GPS, we just had to go by Ivan's directions. We truly felt secluded and in our own little world. It was awesome. Like we owned the entire island!
A porch and patio for resting. We sat for hours out here!
Three bedrooms, two floors, a big open kitchen, free internet, parking, stellar views, and more, for just $134 a night. I think this was the most expensive place we stayed at but really with the size of our party, it's still a freaking good deal compared to hotels. The seclusiveness and the gorgeous location and amenities made it worth every penny. I HIGHLY recommend staying here. Like Kotor, the windows were open and it felt so open and fresh. Sigh. What a dream!
The neighbors had a plethora of cats.
Fox wasted no time getting acquainted with the furballs.
AND we found another turtle in the yard! What's with the turtles?!
We put the kids down for a much needed nap while we relaxed out on the porch and caught up with correspondence/social media/REALITY :) (inside joke).
We had to wake the kids up at 4pm or else we wouldn't be able to do everything we wanted in Korčula. We drove the short way and got to see an amazing view of the entire town from up on the hill before we descended down into it.
What a beautiful town!
Like many places in Europe, there are churches practically on every corner.
Pics from our walk: the staircase of the Great Land Lake. | Detail of the north tower. | A fountain in the front of town. | The bells in the tower we climbed.
We walked to the north tower to see if we could eat dinner there because what a view and tale to tell! But sadly it was a bar. And we don't drink.
For dinner we ate at the recommended Komin Restaurant. Delicious kebabs and scalloped potatoes. Perfection.
A final note about Korčula and the Old Town Walls - for several centuries Korčula held a crucial strategic position as one of the most important southern outposts of the Venetian Republic. The original town walls around Korčula date from at least the 13th century, but the fortifications were extended (and new towers built) over several centuries to defend against various foes of Venice - mostly Ottomans and pirates. The most recent tower dates from the 16th century when the Ottomans attacked Korčula. The rector and other VIPs fled to the mainland but a brave priest remained on the island and came up with a plan. All of the women of Korčula dressed up as men and then everybody in town peeked over the wall - making the Ottomans think they were up against a huge army. The priest prayed for help and the strong northerly Bora winds blew. Not wanting to take their chances with the many defenders and the weather, the Ottomans sailed away and Korčula was saved. I hope the VIPs who ran away got their comeuppance... By the late 19th century Korčula was an unimportant Habsburg beach town and the walls had no strategic value. The town decided to quarry the top half of its old walls to build new homes and to improve air circulation inside the city. Though today's walls are half as high as they used to be, the town has restored many of the towers, giving Korčula its fortified feel.
Our final destination: LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA!