Saturday, August 9, 2014

An Evening on Hvar

After an early dinner at our campsite, the three of us drove down the road a few kilometers to the next village.

Claire had asked Dave if they could hike to the top of the mountain to see the sunset this evening. He was only too happy to oblige!

But with my knee still healing, and a hot dog (pun intended!) who was not up for a two hour mountain hike, I took the opportunity for a nice walk back to the campground with her. 

The road follows the contour of the land, giving a view to the sea all the way back. It's breathtakingly beautiful.

It's not fancy here, except for God's fanciness! 

There are no hotels on this side of the island, just two campgrounds, private homes and small apartments for rent. There are no tourist shops, few restaurants, and only a tiny market in each of the four little villages on this side of the island. 

But what I love is that it feels so natural and unspoiled. You can imagine that it's looked this way for a long time.

Just over the mountain is the Stari Grad Plain, set up by the ancient Greeks in 4th century BC. Yes, this place is that old!

On our side of the mountain, above the campground sits an abandoned stone village. I don't know its history or age, but you can't help but wonder what these inhabitants did all the way up there years ago. 

It's 9:30 PM now and Kaylee and I are still here at our campsite by ourselves, though three new neighbors have moved in since we've been back. People are constantly coming and going in this campground! Tonight we are surrounded by Germans, Austrians and Slovenes who are all settling in for at least the night. 

We hope Dave and Claire will be back soon to tell us about their adventures!