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