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19th April, 2014

Hvar, Croatia

Saga Sapphire

A day at sea saw us passing first Sicily and the heel of Italy as we passed into the Adriatic, pleasant sailing in calm seas. Hvar is a charming little town that is on the Dalmatian coastal ferry route from Split in the north.

We anchored just half a mile from the small jetty and ran our two tenders back and forth all morning, first for the organised tours and then for those independent passengers who just wanted to pop over for a wander.

It was a pleasant morning and when things had quietened down, we joined the exodus, went across and strolled down into the main square, then through the narrow streets to the waterfront.

We came across a small church that appeared to be closed, but nearby an open door indicated a museum. Passing through into some small medieval courtyard we found the museum was also closed, but another half open door led into the back of the empty church.

Hvar, Croatia

It was a delight, with traditional orthodox religious paintings, very old carved wooden seating for the choir and the floor made up of large well-worn tomb stones of those who had died many centuries ago.

The inscriptions below carved figures were almost indecipherable, but somehow these great stones, with steel fastenings polished by thousands of footsteps, added to the comfortable familiar feeling for those that must have used this place of worship ever since.

Returning to the main square we took a coffee while sat outside one of the cafes, it seemed every other visitor had the same idea. For a while we people watched until it was time to take the short ride back.

The bow and stern anchors were retrieved after lunch along with the two tenders and pontoon, then the ship headed north, to what for some will be the most anticipated stop of our cruise.

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