Hvar, Croatia

September 15, 2013

Thursday evening late, we arrived in Hvar, the city on the island of Hvar, in Croatia from Bol, Croatia. Hvar is a short ferry ride from Hvar, but they are nothing alike. Bol has Zlatni Rat beach, 1600 people and is small, quaint and family oriented. On the other hand, Hvar has no real beaches, has 3500 people and is geared toward the mega-yachters and the partying people. The island of Hvar is the longest of the Croatian islands. It also has the sunniest weather.  Thursday evening we walked 20 minutes to town and walked around the harbor and town square.  Both are quite beautiful, full of outdoor restaurants, people and, of course, beautiful yachts from all over the world.  Most of the restaurants serve seafood, which is so fresh since it was caught the same day they serve it. YUM!

Not letting Friday the 13th slow us down any, we retraced our steps from the night before so that we could capture the sights with daylight photos. Boy, were we shocked, stunned and surprised at the sheer beauty of the color of the Adriatic Sea at Hvar, particularly the hues of greens and blues, while we have seen similar colors before, we kept thinking the blues and greens were coming from our polarized sunglasses, but when we checked, we did not even have them on!!!  After breakfast, we rented a boat and a captain for the day and headed to the Pakleni islands about twenty minutes away from Hvar. This is a chain of 16 islands, mostly uninhibited, where you can sail or motor to that have deserted beaches, no sand beaches, but only small pebble beaches. Several of the islands do have restaurants, rent sun beds and provide other facilities.  We stopped on a couple of the islands, sunned and ate our lunch at a small restaurant that had no menu.  The restaurant was just a collection of thatched roofed structure.  When we sat down at our outdoor table, we asked the waitress for a menu and she replied with “I’m the only menu” and that they only served fish, whatever fish was just caught today.  They grilled us the fresh fish of the day while we watched other diners being served in tree houses at the restaurant.  We spent 6 great hours on the water and on beaches and
had a great time!

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Later in the evening, we walked to the town of Hvar for dinner.  In the harbor was a mega-yacht 90 meters in length and 5 stories high. It belonged to a billionaire from Poland.  You could rent the yacht for $1 million per week.  NOT!!  I think we will pass!!

Our last night in Hvar Saturday, September 15th, we watched the sunset from the Hula Hula Beach Bar where Beyoncé and Jay-Z hung out a year ago while cruising the Croatian Coast.  The sunset was spectacular with colors of red and orange, while the sky overhead remained a beautiful blue.  The Hula Hula Bar was full of “young” kids drinking, dancing on tables and celebrating the sunset before they actually hit the bars in Hvar (which open at Midnight), start rocking at 2:00 AM and close around 5:00 AM.  While we would love to follow the “young” ones, it would be too late for us. So, we had a nice dinner in Hvar, and danced till midnight at the Park Café that had an international clientele of English, Americans and Brazilians.  We made the first set and part of the second set before we left.  The band had a special guest in from Sao Paulo, who came up on stage and started cranking out “Mustang Sally”, which turned out to be our favorite song of the night.  Surprisingly, all the music was in English and the crowd knew the words to most of the songs.

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Today we are on our way to Dubrovnik.  Have a great Sunday.

We love and miss you.  –Norm & Rita

Hvar, Croatia and the Paklini Islands

Phoenix 2 by day!

Phoenix 2 by day!

Polish billionaire's yacht, Phoenix 2. 5 stories high!

Polish billionaire’s yacht, Phoenix 2. 5 stories high!

Watched these go by a we laid on the beach!

Watched these go by a we laid on the beach!

This is our third stop, a little beach with very clear water!

This is our third stop, a little beach with very clear water!

Looks like we might have run into a little traffic!

Looks like we might have run into a little traffic!

One of the smallest islands

One of the smallest islands

Our fresh catch of the day!

Our fresh catch of the day!

There motto here!

There motto here!

Sittin in tree house.... having a drink! Looks like they were having fun!

Sittin in tree house…. having a drink! Looks like they were having fun!

This is where we decided to stop and eat lunch!

This is where we decided to stop and eat lunch!

Here's our beach bar... anyone thirsty?

Here’s our beach bar… anyone thirsty?

This was our next stop, beautiful!

This was our next stop, beautiful!

Pretty much what the coastline looks like!

Pretty much what the coastline looks like!

Pull up a rock and have a seat for the day!

Pull up a rock and have a seat for the day!

At first, we thought our captain dropped us off at Gilligan's Island... but we never saw the Skipper, Mary Anne, Ginger, Gilligan or Thurston Howell III!

At first, we thought our captain dropped us off at Gilligan’s Island… but we never saw the Skipper, Mary Anne, Ginger, Gilligan or Thurston Howell III!

Our first stop on our boat day. This creature greeted us as we entered the beach area!

Our first stop on our boat day. This creature greeted us as we entered the beach area!

Pretty much what the coastline looks like!

Pretty much what the coastline looks like!

Goofy's in the harbor!

Goofy’s in the harbor!

Town square

Town square

More of Hvar's harbor

More of Hvar’s harbor

This is a small yacht pulling out for a cruise!

This is a small yacht pulling out for a cruise!

Partial view of the Hvar harbor

Partial view of the Hvar harbor

View from the balcony of our hotel, don't let this fool you, the pool water was ICE cold!

View from the balcony of our hotel, don’t let this fool you, the pool water was ICE cold!

When we first walked down to the harbor, this is what we saw as we rounded the corner.

When we first walked down to the harbor, this is what we saw as we rounded the corner.

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      • I could not resist that comment!!! You guys have sooooo much fun. Your outfits are soooo cute for Octktoberfest!!!! Have a beer for me. Not my first choice either, but “when in Rome” as they say. I hope you can bring those outfits home with you. Cram them in your backpack. Sorry about the delayed response. I am so glad you got a good laugh out of that!!!!

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        • NO problem at all!! and, Yes, we are bringing them home. We actually just finished packing a very large box that we are sending home tonight b/c we will not need a lot of these things as we continue our journey into Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the hot tropical climates. We are “lightening our load” so to say. Rita

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    • We both waited the entire time we were there on that beach for that guy to move, and he wouldn’t. Norm would NOT take a picture of the sign b/c of the man, and he really wanted it, so I said…. I’ll do it and I took the picture! Rita

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