On the road again...
09/09/2019 - 09/09/2019
Before leaving Bosnia, we stopped to see the village of Počitelj, a settlement built by Bosnia's King Stjepan Tvrtko in 1383. The village is considered to be an open air museum. Let us share with you some of the gorgeous sites.
Perched high atop the hill is Sahat-kula, a silo-shaped fort overlooking the village. It was used to house watchmen and military to guard against possible invasion.
You can see the minaret of the Hajji Alija mosque, which was built in 1563. The mosque sustained significant damage in the war, but was restored in 2002.
Here are some views from our walk into the city. Note the fig tree growing through the wall.
There was some significant uphill climbing.
There were many stands with homemade products. Look at these beautiful paper cones full of dates, nuts, and other goodies.
We crossed the border to return to Croatia, taking the coastal route to Dubrovnik. Along the way, we passed through Metkovic, the delta growing area, where the fresh water meets the sea. It has been dubbed "Little California."
We made a stop in the town of Ston, where we admired the Wall of Ston, which is the second longest continuous wall in the world (exceeded only by the Great Wall of China). Only about three miles remain, but they were believed to have covered at least five miles when built in the 14th Century.
Ston is also known for its ancient salt production.
This statue represents the importance of "a pinch of salt."
Here is the arched gate of the town, and a few other views.
The interior of the church was closed, but here is the exterior.
Last, but not least, Ston is famous for its oyster beds, and we had the opportunity to experience these delicious gems. Charlie did not share the enthusiasm of most of the group. No problem, I ate his!
From Ston, we traveled along the "Dubrovnik Riviera" to our hotel in Cavtat. The Greeks established a city here in the 6th Century BC (Epidaurum), and it was renamed Cavtat in the Middle Ages. We caught a glimpse of Dubrovnik on our way.
We checked into our final "home" in Croatia, Villa Pattiera, where we will spend our last four nights.
We had time to poke around the charming seaside town.
The Church of St. Nicholas was open.
We took a long walk all around the peninsula. The area reminded me of Maine. Little beach "clubs" are set up right along the rocks.
Before dinner, we enjoyed a beautiful sunset.
Photos are tagged Croatia, Mostar and Cavtat