Monday, July 16, 2018

Magical in Hvar Town

When we started vacationing here on the island of Hvar, Croatia in 2008, I remember being amazed at what it smelled like here.

I know, that may sound crazy.  But when you've smelled the combination of sun-baked lavender, rosemary and pine, along with the Adriatic sea air, it's something you never forget.

It smelled like that this morning as I went out for a walk.

Back at the house, I sat out on the terrace with some of the kids, enjoying a morning of talking, laughing and coloring with five year old Sarah!

By afternoon we were ready to head into Hvar Town to show our friends its unique beauty. But first a drive along the infamous dirt road that hugs the cliffs.

It's always fun to experience it with those traveling on it for the first time. Yes, it can feel harrowing, though it's really not. But it's fun to watch their faces respond to it!

We arrived into Hvar Town, checking the big map to get the lay of the land before walking in!

Today's humidity is high so it feels even warmer than it really is. But it's a gorgeous day for a walk!

We wandered over to the other side of Hvar Town's harbor in search of a place for lunch.

Stopped along the way for some pictures with the beautiful harbor and sea behind us!

Once we made it over there we found out that the place we wanted to have lunch at didn't open until 2. That led to more pictures.

And a walk around town while we waited for the restaurant to open.

Although the town was packed with people, somehow you really didn't feel it as we wandered down the back streets of stone houses, hundreds of years old.

While some stopped to shop, there were cute photo op moments around every corner!

Finally the restaurant opened and we headed there to enjoy the harbor view.

This was a restaurant we hadn't been to yet, but I chose it because of the view from the terrace.

But as it turned out, it's my new favorite restaurant in town! Absolutely everything was delicious - from lamb to sea bass, from mussels to fried calamari - it was a gourmet delight!

We lingered on the terrace of Dva Ribara for a couple of hours, everyone fully enjoying the tastes, sights and sounds.

It was one of those magical afternoons where you felt as if you had not a care in the world and no where else to be but here!

It was hard to get up and leave from such a wonderful meal and time together there.

But the rest of Hvar Town was calling our names so we continued on with our afternoon of exploration.

Remembering a bakery I'd seen last fall when visiting with my brother, we ducked in to see if they by chance offered anything gluten free.

We were completely delighted by not just one GF dessert, but five! Claire and I chose two to have boxed up to bring back to the house for a treat later on.

One of the best parts of this bakery? It reminds me of the name my grandsons call me!

I'm known as "Nonnie", but this bakery it named "Nonica", the local name for "grandma"!

While our friends looked in shops, the kids, Claire and I hung out on these beautiful stairs, of which there are so many throughout the town!

Later we headed down towards the harbor, to a spot where I wanted to take their family picture since it's such an epically beautiful location.

Back out at the harbor, Claire and Ginger looked adorable with the local ferry docked behind them!

When all was said and done, we'd been in Hvar Town for nearly seven hours today. There is so much to see and do there, and we didn't even see it all, by any stretch of the imagination!

I was amazed at how well the kids did all day, never once complaining or wishing we could do something else. They are delightful to hang out with, even in front a drugstore after a round of grocery shopping at the end of a long day!

Friess family, I think you need to come back for another day in Hvar Town! There's still so much more to see!

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