Our final day with Niche Touring
09/12/2019 - 09/12/2019
After breakfast, we headed to Konavle. Located in Croatia’s southernmost region, Konavle is the agricultural region of Croatia, and its major crops include corn, wheat, potatoes, barley, soybeans, sugar beets, and sunflowers.
Random fun fact: This agricultural area is also known for, of all things, a style of jewelry, Konavle earrings. This style of earring achieved international notice when they were a favorite style of Queen Rania of Jordan.
Our first stop was the village of Gruda, where we went to a studio where women are trying to preserve the ancient traditions of embroidery. Our hostess was wearing traditional garb.
They are teaching school children how to raise silkworms in the manner of their ancestors
...that will lead to production of the silk thread for their embroidery. The intricate local patterns (which served in the past as nonverbal communication regarding the wearer’s status, are painstakingly intricate. Here are some preserved samples.
Our next stop was Sokol Grad (the castle of Sokol). It was a vigorous climb!
Along the route to the top, we stopped at various rooms that provided insight into the castle’s past.
By now, you should recognize the peka bell oven.
Did I mention that it was a hot and rigorous climb?
A few last shots of the views...
Here is the first runner up for the graveyard with the best view.
Our final excursion took us to meet Ivo, who has lovingly restored his family’s watermills, which were destroyed during the war.
The walk along the water was peaceful.
You may or may not be able to judge the force of the water as it comes down the mountain.
We were greeted with rakia and snacks by women in their traditional garb.
Ivo demonstrated two types of mills. This first one uses large millstones to grind the grain. Ivo demonstrated how he can adjust the mill to alter the texture of the final product.
This second mill pounds cloth to strengthen the fibers.
Our final stop was for a farewell luncheon that took place along a fresh water trout stream. We started with rakia, moved on to prosciutto and cheeses, then salad, followed by a platter of freshly caught grilled trout and one of assorted meats. And, of course, lots of local wine. Then, dessert! We will be lucky if we fit in our airplane seats tomorrow!
Jane said a few final words to wrap up this fabulous adventure.
When we returned to the hotel, we packed up the bags (always sad) and headed out to catch our final Cavtat sunset. We enjoyed watching the yachts
reprovision and welcome their guests (just like Bravo’s “Below Decks”)! We ended our evening all together, back at the hotel for some drinks and handmade chocolate rakia. Everyone else is leaving the hotel at 5 AM, so we said our goodbyes tonight. We do not have to leave until 10 AM!
Photos are tagged Croatia and Cavtat