It’s a slow news day today. We chugged out of Hvar harbour this morning, all the cruise boats uncoupling and sailing away one by one. Before too long we dropped anchor again, in a secluded bay off the island of Korcula. Plenty of time for swimming and sunbathing.
Today marks the fifth week since we arrived in Europe, so it is well time that we let ourselves relax. I am trying to read The Bridge over the River Drina, by Ivo Andric, a Yugoslav who was winner of the Nobel Prize in literature. I should have finished it long before I stepped foot in Bosnia, but we have been busy, and it is a complicated read. I managed a few chapters today.
Waddy wants me to make particular mention of our captain. He says he docks the boat as gently as a fairy’s fart. That’s Waddy’s expression, and he was keen for it to make it to the blog. I have let it through as I am scraping for today ‘s blog post. I am happy to pass any complaints and feedback back to Waddy. Please just treat me as the middleman reporter.
We could have taken the optional tour to an olive oil grove and winery but we passed on that. Instead, we wandered a little around the town of Vela Luka, a small town on the western side of the island of Korcula (the other side from where we started the cruise last Saturday). It may be a small town, but it has a big harbour, which is exactly what Vela Luka means.
The big surprise was in the evening after dinner. We were entertained on board by a Klapa group – male singers performing harmonies either without musical accompaniment, (a cappella style), or with just an accordion, guitar and mandolin (or tambourica – a similarly shaped local instrument). They sang for well over an hour, beautiful local ballads and traditional music. The voices ranged through tenor, baritone and bass. The harmonies were superb. It was a special treat, sitting out on the back deck of the Adriatic Pearl, sipping drinks as the sun set and night fell over the bay of Vela Luka, and being entertained by our own personal group.
It doesn’t get much better than this.
Wednesday 3rd July 2013 , Garrulous Gwendoline, Vela Luka,
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