Europe (January 2018)
Hvar, Croatia
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There were high winds on the Adriatic on the day we were to visit the island of Hvar
Conditions were not safe for our small ship of 44 passengers
As an alternative our cruise line booked passage for us on a commercial ferry
These vessels serve commuters and tourists, hundreds at a time
Sometimes they transport famous passengers as well
Since this was the off season
The ferry was not very crowded
Our program directors who always accompanied us on excursions
A very comfortable environment
View from the deck of the ferry
We traveled by bus from the harbor along the coast
Stopping to examine a rock kiln
The landscape is quite rocky making agriculture difficult
Lavendar is a main crop

The island is known for a special type of lace
Made from the fibers of the agave plant

Benedictine nuns create this lace in their convent

A fortress dominates the landscape
As well as small fishing boats
Hvar is a popular tourist spot during the summer months.Yachts of the rich and famous crowd the harbor
In January the weather is quite mild, but the town has few visitors
So exploring and taking photos is very easy
Except for locals going about their daily routine, we had the place to ourselves
Local fishermen brought in their catch and sold some to residents right on the dock, fresh off the boat

The town of Vrboska on the northern coast of the island has only 500 inhabitants
While it was very quiet and serene in January
Signs indicate a livlier time in the summer months
This church built in the 16th century served as a place of worship and also a defensive position
We sampled the products of a winery which
has been operated by the same family
for 6 generations