One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things - Henry Miller

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


5/07/2010 8:01 AM

We are safely along side in Civitavecchia (Can you get your tongue around that word?) about to head out into the Tuscania country side thus avoiding Rome. We can see seven tourist ships in the port already! Imagine Rome!!! A day in the Etruscan country side tasting ice creams at a country estate sounds far more civilised to me.
Blair Smith was right. Dubrovnik was an absolute delight although again we avoided the masses and as expected were not disappointed. Again all my research before I left home is paying dividends. We had a delightful day driving North along the Croatian coast to Ston and Trsteno. We saw 400 year old trees in a garden established by a merchant noble man in 1494 ... aren’t the dates incredible? The house was unfortunately damaged in the Bosnian war and half the garden damaged by an associated bush fire but still very beautiful to see. All returning sailors had to bring a plant for the garden so you have this huge range of plants from all over the world. Now genesis of plants dating back 500 yrs have been identified.

The next stop, STON, was a included a launch ride to an oyster farm where we dined on oysters and clams delivered fresh to the boat by an 82 year old weathered fisherman and sculled them with Grappa . Should have had a bottle of that when my flu first started. It would have really cleaned out the airways!!! This was supplemented by several glasses of Peljesac on the boat and in the restaurant over a seafood lunch... needless to say I was feeling no pain by the time we turned for home...a most delightful day in the most picturesque countryside. It just keeps getting better!

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