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24th April, 2013

Hvar, Croatia

Hvar harbour

Some folks tell me almost everything. The delightful lady, who had been a POW in Shanghai during the war, was caught short while walking around Valletta and her husband stopped a respectable looking gentleman in the street to ask where the nearest public WC might be situated.

He apparently said, ‘Oh, just go into the bank over there and tell them I’ve sent you. I’m the manager’. The bank staff were almost falling over themselves to ensure satisfaction.

After a day travelling across waters to the south of the toe and heel of Italy, we headed into the Adriatic Sea and up to Hvar, a delightful small port
on the Dalmatian coast.

The cobbled streets of Hvar

This Croatian island has been inhabited since pre-historic times and was a major naval base in the times of the Venetian empire.

We anchored just half a mile from this charming little town, which is more used to the well hoofed tourist these days. Four hundred of our guests took the tenders ashore on what turned out to be a lovely sunny warm morning.

Not having been before, I also managed to spend twenty minutes or so to take a short stroll to see what everyone was raving about. It would have been very pleasant to stay longer - the pale stone cobbled streets and pavement café’s oozed a
relaxed atmosphere.

Local cafe's

Narrow alleys led up to small houses with clay tiled roofs and balconies with shuttered windows. Fishing nets lay along the quayside drying in the sun, while close by palm trees added shade
for walkers.

In the small harbour a luxury yacht lay moored near to local fishing boats, while other small crafts were ready to take trippers out into the bay.

I was particularly taken by some town houses that had elegant Venetian style windows and the campanile of St. Stephen’s cathedral at the head of the square.

Up on the hill side the old castle looked down from massive 13th century walled fortifications.

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