Korcula was apparently founded in the 12th century B.C. and the ancient looking buildings and walls certainly suggest that to be the case. Korcula was a pleasant surprise. As far as Croatia is concerned, you must visit Split, but if you don’t have much time I would recommend putting Korcula and Split above Hvar and Dubrovnik.

Korcula reminded Lorna and I of well-maintained towns like Nice and Corsica in France. The streets are kept really clean and the high-walled, maze-like alleyways are fantastic to walk through. As for the restaurants lining the walls overlooking the crystal-clear ocean and surrounding islands, well…

On day-two in Korcula, Lorna decided to have a girls-private-shopping-expedition and I hired a scooter and spend four hours scootering to a beach about half-an-hour away. I only had my iphone with me, but you can see from the picture that I had a great time. I’m glad the bike didn’t malfunction on me though, because there was no phone reception and I didn’t see a single soul for at least three hours as I made my way through various small-tracks of mountain pathways.

As with the rest of Croatia, Korcula was really cheap with most meals costing around $6 AU and coffee costing around $1 AU. The scooter I hired for the day was $30 AU, including fuel.

The above photo is the view we had from our apartment, Lenni Apartments, which again was cheap. It cost $50 AU per night and we were in the exact-middle of the city. You walk outside and you’re in-the-mix. The nice-man who owned the apartment owns a few on the island. He used to be a sailor, for twenty-five years, he told me. Now he just rents out his awesome apartments. Because we were staying out of season, he upgraded us from a two-bedroom room, to an apartment with a separate kitchen and lounge room for no extra. Nice guy!

This restaurant table is where I wrote the second chapter of the second Silverbirch novel, over a pint of Karlovacko. I’ve got a long way to go though, at this point. However, the view somehow inspired me to piece together the basic ideas for the next ten chapters. Wish me luck.

The following day we left for Dubrovnik.

Rob Kaay is an Australian author & musician.

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