Hard to believe it is almost the end of October, the days are drawing in – becoming shorter and darker. Driving back from a day trip to Dubrovnik three days ago I saw the many shades of autumn sneaking into the roadside grape vines and small trees.
Autumn colours from the bus!
I am fully aware that I have been neglecting my blogger role, I have been having the most delightful time catching up with a Californian friend whom I had not seen for 5 years. Rava and I met at University in New Zealand 20ish years ago, last time I saw her was in Kerikeri, NZ. And last week I flew to Rome to meet her – having made a rash promise to come and meet her there if she booked flights here to visit us. I must admit that at the time I promised to meet her I was fairly sure that she would not fly over – I was so delighted when she sent me her ‘I’ve booked!’ email – how nice that someone would fly all this way just to see me, and of course meet Doka and see where we are living.
My flight arrived in Rome an hour before Rava’s and I watched the arrivals door eagerly for her smiling face; I think we talked almost solidly for the 10 days that we were together.
It was such a great time; 2 brief days in Rome,
the overnight ferry from Ancona to Split,
then the ferry to Korcula that evening,
Then we had 4 days together in Korcula, it is so fun to be a tourist in your own town. We paid the 15kuna to climb Veliki Revelin – the tower or kula at the entrance to Stari Grad and took in the city views from a new perspective,
ate good Korcula food;
and enjoyed the chance to catch up on five years.
Rava and I travelled together to Dubrovnik where we walked the city walls,
Dubrovnik view from city walls
ate a yummy lunch together and said our bus station goodbyes – she off to the airport and homeward bound and I on the bus back to Korcula.
As I wrote this it was raining here in Korcula, the perfect excuse to stay indoors and catch up on some paperwork, rest and read. Rava will be home now and her lovely husband and 2 beautiful children will be so delighted to have her home again, and Croatia will once again seem far away. Lots of photos and happy memories, until we meet again my friend this short piece is dedicated to you. x