Thursday, June 16, 2011

Farewell Croatia June 9 2011

Farewell Croatia June 9 2011

We are only half-way up the Croatian coast but unfortunately our time is up and we need to start heading south to Italy. It’s with mixed feelings to haul up the anchor at Uvala Razetinovac, where we have spent the last 3 days waiting out the gale warning at the open sea. To get to Brindisi, Italy at the ‘shortest’ distance, we’ve decided to go to Komiza, a fishing village on Vic Island where there’s a customs office to complete the exit formalities.

We arrived at Komiza at 4:30pm, and casted the lines to the harbour attendant. He recommended two lazy lines but we would only stay till we’re done with the exit papers. This is only the second time we took a berth in Croatia! It’s going to be a bit of a wait since the harbourmaster’s office only opens between 8:00am to 1:00pm, and 6:00pm to 8:00pm only. So we took the time to do one last provisioning and for Ben to have his daily ice cream.

Komiza is a pleasant, unassuming little town with harbourfront lined with palm trees. On the southern end of the harbour is the Kastel, a 16th century fortress with a clock tower built onto one of its corners at the end of the 19th century. The town is known for a traditional, sail-powered wooden fishing boat, the Gajeta Falkusa, built on Vis for over 300 years. We had a short walk, completed the exit procedure with just enough time left to have a diner of angler fish stew at Bako, a restaurant by the beach. In the fading light of the evening we headed out to the open Adriatic for Italy. A distant thunderstorm displayed a techni-colour lightning show for us …. then, we’re blanketed in total darkness with little illumination from the passing ferries and freighters, which came less than a quarter mile to 3Rives.

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