Friday, January 17, 2014

Hvar Island, Croatia

Hvar Island turned out to be one of my favorite stop on this trip.  It was occupied since at least 3500 BC, and has been ruled variously by Greeks, Romans, Ottomans, Austrians, and French.  But one can still see its character as a place of fresh fish, herbs, vineyards, and its Venetian flavor.  I like it because I was able to climb up to the hill top and see the Venetian fortress stood high overlooking the Croatian isles.
The fishermen just returned and were cleaning up their catch:
 A walk around the Old Town, one can see much Venetian flavor:
 An old well with the book held by the Venetian Lion closed - meaning the time was at war:
The Venetian fortress on top of the hill:

I could see our ship parked below by the water front:

We then drove to visit a local winery, which was near a church built as a fortress, in the event of sudden arrival of invaders.

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