Posted by: viewfromtheriva | February 12, 2017

Stalla celebrates Croatian cuisine paired with Belgian beer


Paired with a zesty Belgian Karmelet Tripe. Stalla's chicken in a reduced sauce of chocolate and balsamic was superb

Paired with a zesty Belgian Tripel Karmeliet made from a recipe more than 350 years old, Stalla’s chicken in a reduced sauce of chocolate and balsamic was superb

What a Saturday night treat–dinner with 8 friends at a restaurant just off the waterfront in Kastel Stari that I never heard of serving gourmet food paired with Belgian craft beer!  For those of you living in Croatia, Stalla is a must.  The owners have taken an ancient stone horse stable (stalla) and have lovingly converted it into a spacious, handsome dining room, with separate upstairs seating, serving a highly creative menu that sometimes changes twice a month!

They spend a lot of time on social marketing, using facebook and other sites to showcase their latest creations.

Tonight;s four course menu--with a surprise ending, champagne beer!

Tonight’s four course menu–with a surprise ending, champagne beer!

The first course was a medallion of pork with cranberries and baby spinach, artfully paired with a Lindemans Cassis.  Very berry!

The cassis beer really worked well with the pork medaliion and cranberry

The cassis beer really worked well with the pork medallion and cranberry

The chicken course came next. followed by my favorite, a spectacular crunchy slow-cooked chunk of roast pork in a sublime puddle of celery/marscarpone with a spray of glazed baby carrots.  Paired with a hearty, dark Delirium Nocturnum that came with a 8.5% wallop, I was in a delirium!

With dessert we had a wonderful fizzy Framboise

With dessert we had a wonderful fizzy Framboise

During the meal, Peter Buggenhout, the director of the Marabu Group, the Belgian beer distributor who helped create the event, talked to our group, explaining that craft beer tasting is becoming as popular as wine tasting in many European cities and he was hoping Croatian restaurants would join in.  As a surprise, we all got treated to the “beer of the gods”, DeuS, a Belgian champagne beer that is made in Belgium and then shipped to France to be finished using the champagne method.  Six months later, it comes back in a gorgeous Moet-like bottle:

Deus, the drink of the gods!

DeuS, the drink of the gods!

My only disappointment was the dessert–a white chocolate mousse with a dark chocolate top that I wished was all dark–being the chocolate lover that I am!  But clearly a remarkable 5 star dining experience–and for fixed price of just $25, an astonishing bargain.  Go!

to find out more about Belgian craft beer:

https://www.facebook.com/belgiancraftbeersincroatia/

for the restaurant:

http://www.stalla.hr

 

Posted by: viewfromtheriva | February 4, 2017

Matko Domancic, 1968-2017


Matko's obituary notice, posted on a town wall in Hvar town

Matko’s obituary notice, posted on the town wall in Hvar

A wonderful man was laid to rest today in a 15thC graveyard high above the town of Hvar on the island of the same name.   I wish I had color photos of him, but even this simple black and white funeral notice, like all that are placed on town walls for locals to see, his wonderful, smiling face comes shining through.

I met him four or five years ago when I was trying to create DiscoverHvar, a newspaper for tourists. He ran a boat rental/scooter-bike-car rental service on the island along with his wife and kids, and became one of my first advertisers.

Matko's dream, finally realized last year, was a labor of love--a konoba hand-built from a rocky cove above Pribinja bat

Matko’s dream, finally realized last year, was a labor of love–a konoba hand-built from a rocky cove above Pribinja bay

He took me to Pribinja bay, a gorgeous, pristine refuge just 10 minutes from Hvar town up and over the back road that leads to the Amfora, Podstine and campgrounds on the “other side” of Hvar.  Over several years he and some friends had been whacking away at solid rock to create the perfect waterside konoba. Even though part of it looked like a mining site (the rock was not giving up easily) it was easy to share Matko’s excitement that this was going to be a very special place.

Each year he got more and more done, finally adding handmade tables and chairs and creative inspirations using driftwood and rudders re-purposed into railings and gates–clearly a labor of love.

Matko even build his own private road, dock and beach for guests and beach,

Matko even built a private road and dock for guests to come to the Arsenol by land or sea!

Last year the Arsenol finally opened and it was an instant success–just read some of the reviews on Trip Advisor!  As much as Matko loved to build with his bare hands and skipper his boats, he loved to cook–and then watch people enjoy eating!

Matko doing what he loves--grilling fabulous fish!

Like a gifted conductor urging his musicians to give their best, here’s a  photo of Matko grilling fish on his gorgeous hand-built grill–of course, the result was always music to our mouths!

He was hard man to miss in the summer.  His “spot” on Hvar’s waterfront Riva was just as you turned left to head up to where the catamarans docked.   Every day, sun up to sun down he and his crew would stand at their tiny booth offering tourists boat rentals and transfers.  His wife, Zdravka, had her own stand just opposite the town bus station, that rented scooters, cars and bikes.  But unlike Zdravka, who had a decent umbrella to keep her from getting fried, Matko got absolutely grilled.  By the time August came around he looked like someone from Senegal.  I mean, the guy was black!

What I remember most is sitting with him, one of his daughters, Matea, and Zdravka and talking about life, feasting on perfectly grilled fresh fish washed down with bottles of grasevina.  I would see them every summer and we’d usually have a simple meal. But it was always special because the intimacy we shared was so profound.  Didn’t matter what the subject–life, religion, sex, kids, politics–what a joy to share your thoughts with no worries about what the other person was thinking.

Although Matko could probably lift his weight in boulders, he was one of the most gentle of men I ever met.  And kind!  And thoughtful!  Genuinely glad to see you, happy to help.  And what a wonderful face–wide open and eager–with such a twinkle in his eyes, you’d think he was all mischief and not such a kind, generous man who loved what he was doing and had the passion to do it with pride and respect.

I have only been to one funeral in the 8 years I have lived in Croatia, so I knew a little of what to expect. But the crowd of people who stood in line to walk past the casket and embrace his family was a shock.  It took two hours for everyone in line to pass through–more than 1000 people for sure.  After the viewing, we all walked to the chapel and then to cemetery just beyond.  Such an ancient place, now caskets are all lowered under marble slabs to a crypt below.

Everyone was weeping–young people, old men, me.

Standing amidst a sea of flowers, not moving, a gentle rain started, crying for Matko along with the rest of us.

We will love him always and miss him forever!

 

 

Posted by: viewfromtheriva | January 30, 2017

What would we do without Njuskalo (“Sniffer” in Croatian)


Natasha and I have lived in Croatia for almost 8 years and discovering the simple joys of everyday living here has been a constant warm surprise.  I think of all the things we both like to do, the places and the people–where we shop, who we talk to–looking for stuff on Njuskalo, the Croatian online marketplace equivalent to Amazon, e-bay and Alibaba all rolled into one, is way, way up there.

One of great Njkuskalo finds was our 1992 E class Mercedes for $1,200.

One of our great Njkuskalo finds was this 1992 jet black E class Mercedes for $1,200. Natasha’s first comment, being Russian, was wow, this is the same car that all the mafioso drove in Moscow back then!

From our first and only car bought here, a pristine 1992 Mercedes–just as shiny four years later, but with scratches and dings made possible by Split’s impossibly narrow garages, streets, being hit by motorcycles, etc.–to 5 meter wide sliding glass doors someone salvaged from a Dubrovnik hotel, Njuskalo has provided us countless hours of fun not to mention saving us a small fortune.

The house we are remodeling in Klis, soon to have its new roof put on, was a huge challenge for us. Pretty much a shell with a stupendous view over the city to the sea, it needed everything from new walls, floors, doors, windows, bathrooms–you name it.

Like all expectant home-owners, we hit the sales and sometimes did really well, but with a shopping list that includes a complete septic system, we found ourselves going back to Njuskalo and always coming up with something spectacular.

Gorgeous hand made door, $300.

Gorgeous hand made door, $300. Handle and lock included!

The gorgeous door above, shipped from hundreds of kilometers away (only 300kn because the guy had a friend driving to Split and “could we please pay for some of the gas?”) is completely hand made.  For the size we needed, the best price for an outside door like this, with its frame, was $1500, and that model was not exactly top of the line.

When it got here we were like kids jumping up and down…wow, it really is as fabulous as it looks! Couple days later we even got the key!

As our confidence grows in chatting up Njuskalo sellers in Rijeka, Pula and beyond (a 6 to 8 hour drive) figuring out to buy or not to buy becomes less and less stress and more and more fun.  For most people, ordering a wood floor without seeing it is downright scary.  Not for us!

Our latest coup, a monster Velux skylight whose retail price is $1,700 for less than $100.  Carefully removed and stored in its original box for 8 years, there it was waiting for us.  Loading it in the Mercedes, where most of it stuck out perilously close to the road, and hauling it to the house was brutal. But worth it!

In between all of this we have scored amazing bamboo pre-finished, parquet floors with 7 coats of lacquer for 1/3 of the price and again, getting it delivered practically free from Zagreb from another friend of a friend–“he drives Zagreb-Split empty, so just buy him lunch”.  We asked the seller to put some together and take a photo so we could get a look.  Wowser!

New, pre-finished bamboo parquet floors with 7 coats of lacquer!

New, pre-finished bamboo parquet floors with 7 coats of lacquer!

How about a top of the line Bosch black ceramic glass 4 burner gas stove top, used half a dozen times, original box, guarantee, perfect, half price.

Or our Calligaris Italian design enormous glass dining table and six designer chairs, also slightly used and not a scratch, 40% of the store price and they showed us the original papers.  Seeing they had a panel truck, we asked if it included delivery….nema problema they said!

The strangest item we got for the house was a custom-made all glass sink sitting pretty on top of an all glass cabinet with etched glass doors, complete with a handsome chrome faucet and all hoses….$40, less than the cost of the faucet!

Now that roof is about to go on, the window walls, doors, floors, bathrooms and other parts of the house that have been happy and waiting in our builder’s warehouse, are all ready to go.

The view from the kitchen of our soon to be finished house with Split, the sea and the islands in the distance.

The view from the kitchen of our soon to be finished house with Split, the sea and the islands in the distance.

As we move closer to getting our house finished, after 8 years of apartment living, we realize, wow, most of it comes from Njuskalo!

Now if we can only find that outdoor jacuzzi we saw last month for $400…..

www,njuskalo.hr

 

Posted by: viewfromtheriva | December 15, 2016

Back to school in Otok, Croatia


I’ve always enjoyed teaching, whether it’s volunteering or designing an entire course. The most fun is being a volunteer  in a foreign country and coming to a local school to talk about America or teach an English class.  Today, Jelena Vrancic, an energetic born in Croatia English teacher and licensed professional guide here in Split, invited me to come to her rural elementary school outside the town of Sinj in the small village of Otok.

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I was impressed.  The school was in great shape, clearly well-loved by kids and staff alike. The headmaster is a real go-getter because the place is brimming with high tech computers and even has a complete “smart room” with a zillion tablets and inter-active screen to make learning science and math a lot more exciting and intuitive than it was in my day!

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For such a tiny village, the school was imposing–staff and students number more than 500! Jelena walked me through some of the classrooms (wow, no graffiti on the desks or the walls!), meeting teachers and showing me a lot very beautiful and creative arts and crafts done by the kids with their teachers–a Christmas tree just inside the main door was festooned with hand made angel and other ornaments using dried corn leaves.

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Jelena wanted me to teach two classes, her 8th grade group and then younger 6th graders. For the older group, I had prepared two different poems to illustrate the wonders of the English language….the All the World’s a Stage speech from Shakespeare’s As you Like It, written around 1599 and e.e. cummings classic poem In Just Spring, written in 1920.

The whole idea was to show how truly inventive and flexible English is and how little it depends on correct endings and word order, as do many other languages.  To further illustrate this idea,  I decided to tell the story of when I was in Puerto Rico many years ago and some Americans in a cab stopped me and asked if I spoke Spanish.

Amazingly, their taxi driver, a Puerto Rican, somehow couldn’t understand they wanted to go to Morro Castle–which is like telling a cabbie in NYC, “take me to the Statue of Liberty”, or a Croatian driver, “take me to the Palace”.

Somehow, despite the fact that Morro Castle in Old San Juan is THE most visited tourist site in the city, and is a very Spanish word, and SOUNDS like “Morro castle” when anyone says it, he shook his head, “no se nada”, which in Spanish pretty much means , “I don’t understand.”

Like an idiot, I figured maybe if I said it really slow and much louder, he would get it. Didn’t work and clearly he was getting pissed.

Luckily, my high school Spanish suddenly came back to me–oh yeah, in Spanish it’s not “Morro Castle” it’s the Castle of Morro!  You need to put in the article and a preposition!

So I lean into the window and in my best accent, I say, “El castillo de Morro”, literally the castle of Morro.  And of course, he bursts into a wide grin and says “SI!, SI!, SI!”and roars off like a madman.

Compare this torture with being on Pluto and say something like “me hungry” in English and you will probably get fed.

Here’s the way cool Jelena, in her guide get up–rest assured, it’s all long skirts and blouses in Otok, the very model of a sophisticated English teacher!

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To my surprise, the kids did not get e.e.cummings at all…..just thought it was boring! Despite such juicy, inventive words like “puddlewonderful” and “mudluscious” and his bizarre punctuation.

Borrrrrring.

Uh oh, and Shakespeare was still to come!

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Because the All the World’s a Stage speech is Shakespeare’s take on how we “act” during various phases of life, I had different kids read different lines….stopping at the end of each phase of life to review and get their feedback as to whether or not he got it right about going to school, being in love, a soldier, etc. etc. and whoaa..they got it!  And liked it!

So of course, when it was all over, I got my just rewards:  a giant chocolate bar with rice (Croatians were the first to put rice in chocolate bars in case you didn’t know–in addition to inventing the mag lite, the world’s fastest electric car, etc. etc.)…plus a necklace of whole walnuts, a traditional “friendship” gift in olden times; some hand made soap and other goodies that the kids make and sell in the village square during Christmas to show their talent and earn a few kuna.

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A wonderful day with bright, eager kids, teachers who love them and teaching and wait just a minute, that lady janitor doing the stairs looks REALLY familiar?  No, it couldn’t be…..

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It’s Neda! the fabulous peka bread maker who sets up her tiny table every Saturday and Sunday in Split’s green market and sells home made sausage, eggs and other goodies along with her stupendous bread. Get there by 10AM or those loaves are history!

We hugged and kissed–what a great, happy surprise!

So a perfect ending to a perfect day–in the hinterland of Split having a blast with my mother tongue.

Ugh, but now comes payback.  All those e mails from my Croatian friends, “yeah yeah, but when are you going to learn CROATIAN!!!!!?????

Posted by: viewfromtheriva | December 9, 2016

4.8 earthquake jolts Split!


Today around 2:00PM, the sound of cannons in the basement rumbled through the historic old town of Split sending people out into the street–earthquake!!  Centered around 11km from the heart of Split, the jolt was palpable, lasting 4 or 5 seconds.  With the exception of a crack in one of the main streets in town and some popped windows, nothing serious, but with the recent Italian quakes that caused real damage, another reminder that sometimes Mother Nature gets angry–even here in quiet, sunny Split!

No, this is not downtown Split, but it sure is an amazing earthquake photo!

Posted by: viewfromtheriva | November 30, 2016

Tesla charges into Croatia


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It sure was a surprise today when I visited the Katarina Hotel in Dugopolje, about 15 minutes from Split, to see a shiny row of Tesla supercharger stations in their parking lot.  Although you can’t buy a Tesla here–you can rent one in Zagreb–there are two charging stations in Croatia.  Both are in Dalmatia, the other is in Sinj.

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Not sure why the company chose these two sites, but good to know that the country that was Nikiola Tesla’s birthplace, the father of alternating current,  has two supercharging stations ready and waiting!

Here is an update–apparently the Tesla website is out of date, lots of new places:

http://www.chasingthedonkey.com/where-to-charge-your-electric-car-in-croatia-travel-blog/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=facebook_page&utm_medium=Chasing+the+Donkey+Croatia&utm_content=Where+to+Charge+Your+Electric+Car+in+Croatia+%2B+Other+Handy+Tips

Posted by: viewfromtheriva | November 17, 2016

Giant lobster swims into Split….and maybe escapes!


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Today I visited one of my favorite restaurants, Re di Mare, located smack on the wharf in the Spinut Marina. In addition to their outdoor waterside seating, their indoor seating features a pretty nice size aquarium stocked with local fish.

As I was leaving, there was a big commotion around the tank, with the chef and his crew struggling with–holy mackerel, what is THAT—a giant lobster!

you should see his claws!

you should see his claws!

The beast took up half the tank and weighed at least 8 kilos….and according to marine scientists, anything this big is more than 50 years old.  At 700kn for a normal lobster dinner here, around $110, I was looking at a $1000 plus meal, alive and swimming!

Having lived in coastal Maine, where lobsters are part of the local landscape and monsters like this are caught every year, it was an eerie reminder of what lurks beneath us and how magical it is seeing creatures like this so close up.

But a big part of me still wants to sneak back in, grab it, and put it back where it came from…..

 

Update Nov . 28

 

Went back today and the beast was gone…I asked “was it eaten?”  Thankfully, it was “given away” and the understanding was that it “was released back into the sea”

Let’s hope so!

Posted by: viewfromtheriva | October 30, 2016

Split’s 4th Mediterranean Archeological Film Festival, Nov. 3-4


Franka Resic, an art history student, handing out fliers to the film festival on the Riva

Franka Resic, an art history student, handing out fliers to the film festival on the Riva

For the past four years, Split’s Museum of Archeological Monuments, at the end of the Marjan hill tunnel, has hosted a biennial international film festival.  The festival consists of international and national films in competition as well as an accompanying program made of lectures, restrospectives and/or exhibitions. All foreign films are subtitled in Croatian.

This year the festival is on Nov. 3 and 4th and admission is FREE!

To publicize the event, a group of students studying art/history/archeology donned vintage Renaissance costumers and handed out fliers along the Riva.

For more information, show times and program:   http://www.mhas-split.hr, telephone 21 323 901

Franka and her "court" out and about on the Riva promoting the festival

Franka and her “court” out and about on the Riva promoting the festival

 

Posted by: viewfromtheriva | October 23, 2016

Croatia’s Peljesac peninsula–paradise found (along with coyotes!)


My sister and her husband live in Florida and each year they visit us here in Split, bringing size 11AAA New Balance sneakers, chewable vitamin C tablets from Costco, Excedrin, Good n Plenty candy and other American wonders that I still crave.

They arrived last week and we decided to do a three day holiday to Peljesac–a gorgeous peninsula between mainland Dalmatia and the island of Korcula which is home to more than 40 wineries, including Croatia’s premier red, Dingac; spectacular scenery, distinctive cuisine and local folk who love living here and are eager to welcome you and share their pleasure.

The car ferry from Ploce takes you to Tripanj on the peninsula in about an hour

The car ferry from Ploce takes you to Trpanj on the peninsula in about an hour

Although you can reach Peljesac by car, passing through the coastal border with Bosnia and continuing to Ston, the coastal drive from Split to Ploce, where you catch the ferry to Trpanj,is more fun and adventurous.  The serpentine road just meters from the sea, the stunning images….a dozen wooden sailing gulets, the season over, now moored lined up hull to hull waiting for winter in Krilo; a storm squall racing in over Brac;  a burst of sunshine through the clouds turning the water a dazzling aquamarine; mandarin orange sellers lining the road (now is the season!)….and a ferry crossing!

|Our home in Vrbanj

Our home in Viganj, Petra Apartments, owned by the Matic family who live on the top floor.  The two lower apartments each has their own terrace with this glorious view.   Want to come?  Call Dusko at +385 20 719 301!

After arriving in the small seaside town of Trpanj, the drive across the peninsula to Orebic, the largest settlement on the peninsula, takes under an hour.

What an adventure!  Living on the coast here in Split I feel like a real flatlander–so all those majestic hills, deep canyons, switchbacks and steep climbs were fabulous fun.  And the sharply cool weather had created the kind of colors I hadn’t seen since I lived in Maine–wild oranges and reds, vineyards turned yellow and rust, lush green suddenly yielding to vast stretches of wildfire-blackened forest…the sea, dark, vast, endless.

Saic Winery cellsar outside Orebic

Saic Winery cellar outside Orebic

We had planned to visit Saint Hills, Matusko and Milos wineries during the three days we were here.  But when I saw a small sign for Saic Winery, I made a wicked hard left and snaked my way off the main road outside Orebic to their shop. Hard to find for sale in Split, their Plavac Mali is really splendid, rich, full-bodied and to my taste, much better than the same varietals from Hvar which are so popular.

The shop was locked up tight…so we banged on a couple of doors nearby and yippee, the winery owner’s wife comes out and invites us in to taste!

Yes please we'll take a case

Yes please we’ll take a case…that’s Natasha on the right with the pooch, a Russian toy terrier too cute for words but I still love the cat more.

Our first tasting and we hadn’t even arrived in Viganj yet, the small town where we had rented two apartments in a three floor family house smack on the water.

An hour or so after our Saic experience, Dusko, his wife Perica and their son Tomislav greeted us like relatives….sit down, enjoy some cheese, home made wine, cake!

More than yummy–Natasha actually asked and got her cottage cheese cake recipe, light as a feather and dee-lectable.  Dusko told us he had spent 30 years in the merchant marine, seen the world and then some and now his son Tomislav, studying in Split, will follow his dad’s footsteps as an marine engineer,

The whole family made us feel like there was absolutely no other place we could have possibly come on Peljesac other than Petra.

There are so many things about small seaside villages in the off season that make them and life, truly blissful.  Like the 7km “road” between Orebic and Viganj.  More like a private driveway along the sea….romantic at night and beautiful during the day, wide enough for only l car, it just kept following the shoreline all the way!

Unlike Split which still get a cruise ship or two deep into November, the Peljesac season is much shorter, with many places here folding up on Oct. l.

So for us and others like the Austrian couple who have been coming to Petra for more than 20 years off season, such peacefulness….hearing the water lap at the pebble beach, no sound of cars or people, is paradise.

Until it turned dark and the full moon came up.

What is that sound!?  OOOOOoooo!  OOOOOOOOOoooo!  Coyotes?  In Viganj?  Where is the pooch?

Sure enough Dusko tells us that there ARE coyotes up in the hills, but they leave folks alone except then they are hungry and like dogs, come down and sniff around for food.  Harmless? You bet.  Scary sounding?  You bet.

Frank Milos winery in Ponikve

Frank Milos winery in Ponikve

Next morning, still thinking about coyotes, we had a great home-cooked breakfast (my omelets are famous) and then set off for one of the premier wine growing areas on the peninsula, anchored by the town of Ponikve.

The Milos winery, a family affair like so many of them here, was open and happy to see us.  Their wines are top shelf, more expensive and worth it.  The tasting included some decade old plavac and under the expert guidance of one of Frank’s sons (sorry, forgot his name–the one with the beard!) we quickly appreciated the nuances between the vintages.  While I was lapping up the wine, Natasha was eyeing the handmade stone sink.  Milos exports 40% of their production, selling the rest locally to better restaurants.  In Split you can enjoy their Stagnum and other premium wines at Paradox, just behind the Croatian National Theater.

Although we couldn’t get to sample the wine at Saint Hills, we did stop at Matusko, one of our favorite wines–their Posip (white) as well as their Dingac and Postup are really delicious and considering the quality, far more reasonable than many others.  A big place, the cellars were underground and went on forever, with gated brick “reserves” as well as barrels stacked chock-a-block for aging.

Cavernous cellars at Matusko Winery

Cavernous cellars at Matusko Winery

Making the wine

Making the wine–this photo was taken through a glass pane on a door to the production area.

I do have to mention our quick trip to Korcula town.  After an easy ramble around the walled Old Town, we stopped in at one of my favorite places in Croatia–Konoba Komin.  Owned by Frano Gavranic, if it isn’t grown or caught on Korcula, he doesn’t serve it.  I don’t even bother asking for a menu–he looks at me, I look at him, and that’s it.  Our meal began with a mix seafood plate of various marinated delicacies, some tuna pate, homegrown greens, figs and more….and then the main course was several kinds of sea bass and a pair of pilot fish, rarely served, but sensational with Frane’s mashed garlic potatoes with just enough blitvah to make it extra tasty.  And the wine?  Posip of course.

Me, Natasha, sister Judy in the sunglasses and he husband Alan behind her

Me, Natasha, sister Judy in the sunglasses and he husband Alan behind her

On our way back to Trpanj we had some time to catch the ferry back to Orebic so we walked around the town and took this very weird photo using a road mirror–cool, eh?

But this next one of me and Judy is even stranger

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If you like our blog, take a peek at our website:

http://www.sightseeingcroatia.com

 

 

Posted by: viewfromtheriva | October 23, 2016

Amazing “palm” plant looks extraterrestrial!


Although the foliage sure looks like a palm, this "tree" was on the ground in a flower bed--so it may not be a "tree" but in fact something else

Although the foliage sure looks like a palm, this “tree” was on the ground in a flower bed–so it may not be a “tree” but in fact something else

On our recent getaway to Peljesac peninsula with my sister and her husband from the the states, we took a quick hop on the 15 minute ferry from Orebic to Korcula town.  Along the ramparts, close to the lookout with a mounted cannon, I saw this really strange palm plant with an enormous “flower” in the center.

the central flower of this palm plant was amazingly intricate

the central flower of this palm plant was amazingly intricate

The closer I got, the spookier it was…and the close up of what is inside this “flower” is practically extraterrestrial.  I’m just happy my mobile phone camera was able to get such cool shots…..thankyou Blackberry for my Z10…probably the only one in Split who has one!

Wow....it's alive!!!

Where is Sigourney Weaver? It’s an Alien spawn….and wow….it’s alive!!!

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