The Island of Vis
We had a quick visit to the Dalmatian Island of Vis...about 2 hours ferry ride from Split. Most of our excursions during this trip have been based off of local recommendations. We started hearing about Vis from a guy on a bike in Budapest. We were biking around the city and he pulled up next to us at a stoplight. My husband, Joe, has a tendency of befriending everyone...so we struck up a conversation as we biked. Last recommendation he made...."definitely don't miss Vis."
Vis is actually not heavily traveled or touristy--so great recommendation! It was inhabited for some time by the Yugoslav People's Army as a military base, but they've long since departed and now it's just a lovely island town. They also make some of the favorite Croatian wines like Plavac Mali (which is a really tasty red).
Side note: Our taxi driver on Vis also owns a vineyard on the island, so he brought us 5 liters total of red, white and rose. We paid $14 US for it. Can't get any better than that!?
How about some watercolor impressions of the island?
There are 2 towns on Vis Island; Vis on the eastern side of the island, and Komiža on the western end. This is a rendering (my impression, if you will) of Vis towards the end of sunset. The stones are a pastel yellow/pink in bright day-light, but in the evening they turn a pinky-purple. The water always stays a bright blue.
On the opposite side of Vis is the town of Komiža. It's a bit more touristy here because a lot of boats launch from this point to visit the Blue Cave. This is a watercolor of one of the beaches stretching along this side of the island. Everything feels so bright on the Dalmatian Coast. They love their white-wash stones and terracotta roofs. Their doors and shutters are a mix between mint green, hunter green, and orangey-red. Simplicity done well...and probably unintentionally. :)
We visited the Blue Cave on the Biševo Island, which is an even teenier island off of Vis. I couldn't even describe the blue of this cave to you, you'll just have to Google it. It seems unreal though--like the brightest blue neon light you've ever seen is lighting the cave under water. I did this rendering not as a perfect cave detail, but as an impression of my feeling towards the hundred of blues reflecting everywhere. I can't even mix this blue with the watercolors I brought with me. But thank you, nature! This was cool.
We've made it to Dubrovnik, so hopefully more images to come soon.
Until next time......cheers!