Stari Grad, Hvar

We motored over to Stari Grad; it seemed quiet.  The only sign of activity are the yachts moorning on the quay.  It was midday and taciturn Stari Grad seems to go home for lunch.  We walked along the bay in the heat. The town is scenic but the walk toward the ferry quay is enticing. We wandered towards the shade of a pine covered path, we witnessed picnics virtually in the water.

Cool lunch in Stari Grad
Cool lunch in Stari Grad

We found a very nice cafe, under fragrant pine trees, with great music.  You could jump down a few stairs and go for a swim, come up and have a shower and sit back down to your piccolo latte.

View from the Cafe
View from the Cafe

About 4PM, the town came to life and you could see its vitality return and Stari Grad became vibrant.  Children, dogs and their minders were walking up and down the handsome white stoned Novo Riva, with yachts in the center of small fishing boats and giant day tripper boats. Music coming from boats and the chatter of friends enliven the atmoshpere, hard to believe that it is the same town we landed in four hours earlier.

Up at the top towards the Trig Stepjana Radica, we walk along the bay towards the market.

James on the Novo Riva
James on the Novo Riva
Stari Grad
Stari Grad

At the market, all the fruit and many of the veggies are covered in bees. The stall holders are stoical and set up sacrificial watermelons, so the bees will leave everyone alone but we think it is just successful in attracting more bees. Bees come back to Mercier, drunk on grapes.  We take the grapes outside and send the staggering bees home.

Sacrifial Watermelon
Sacrificial Watermelon

Last night, we met up with the crew of Sarayu, Dennis, Bosjana and Caroline, the five of us went to a lovely restaurant, Jurin Podrum in one of the alleys parallel to the Quay.  We talked about passages and directions, it has been great catching up with other Aussies.  We are sharing the same experiences, it’s a powerful tonic.