Anne & Tom On The Dalmatian Coast & In Venice & Italy travel blog

Croatian currency

Sailing into Dubrovnik

Entering the gate of the city

Harbor

Driving to the country

A greeting from a girl in traditional costume

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Some refreshments

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The mill - making corn meal

A bridge over the mil race

The water was low, but enough to work the mills

Examining the woolens from the stamping mill

Inside the stamping mill

Water power

All the machinery here was restored to working order

An explanation of the water power

At our second stop - not operating like the first on

Cyprus trees

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Giant wheels

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Peppers

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Chickens

A garden

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In the restaurant

Lunch - Anne's first panorama shot

Singing

Dolls in a display

The owner

Lunch

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We left to return

Hand made

The artist

Anne purchased some of her works

Bobbin lace

The main street

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A sloping side street

The town is surrounded with hills

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A beautiful sunset


Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 Dubrovnik, Croatia Country Visit

03E

Croatia has its own money, the kuna. We anchored out and took the first tender with our land discoveries tour to visit the countryside. After a drive out into the country that has been designated for farming only, we arrived at an old mill. Here was saw a reconstructed grain mill and a stamping mill. Before exploring these machines, we were treated to a welcome drink served by a local young woman in costume.

Water powered the mills and a small mill stream flowed along our path to these two structures. Corn meal was the product of the lava stone wheel. The incoming grains were ingeniously agitated by the action of a stick bouncing on the uneven top surface of the wheel. The second mill is for pounding woven woolen garments to make them more compact - much like the “fulling process.” Again, this was restored by the owner and is a tribute to how things were done in the past.

We moved on to our next stop where lunch awaited. But first we toured the farm where some garden sized plots were growing cabbage, tomatoes, and a few other crops at the end of summer. There were two horses and a few chickens.

Lunch was a variety of Croatian appetizers (ham and cheese) followed by potatoes and eggplant. The best part was the singing by a pair of guitar and accordion players and the old owner of the place. There were many display pieces of grinding equipment and costumes. We returned in time to look over and buy some exquisite embroidery from a lady named Kate. She was doing her craft right on the steps of the main entrance to the walled city. After a short walk up the main street, we headed back to the ship. A glorious sunset over the high hills that surrounded the city of Dubrovnik topped off our day.

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