Korcula was one of our favourite towns visited during our Croatia sailing adventure. This medieval walled Dalmatian city and said birth place of Marco Polo is one of the greenest islands in the Adriatic sea. The town is rich in arts and culture with many museums to see during the day and talented street performers to entertain throughout the night. We were fortunate enough to overhear a choir rehearsing for a concert in the center of the city for the upcoming weekend. We sat with our take out pizza on the steps of the building and talked to the singers during their break. They were practicing a mix of classical and modern music, different from anything we’ve heard before.
Like many of the towns visited throughout the trip you can walk everywhere and see everything within them. We stopped for gelato twice in Korcula and at £1.50 for a double scoop each, we could afford it! At sunset we went to a cocktail bar called Massimos. The bar is built in the turret of a 15th century tower and has beautiful views of both the town and the coast. We climbed up a steep ladder to get to the top and our drinks came up by pulley. Try not to have too many drinks at this height, as getting back down the ladder could be difficult.
Venice is a city that feels like a community. Men and women shop locally from their favourite bakery, butchers and vegetable markets daily and the food is amazing. We took the train from Verona to Venice and when we arrived we thought it would be no problem to find our hotel. Little did we know that Google maps does not depict the roads properly and many of them are not even printed out on maps. Fortunately we were near one of the tourist destinations with signs to follow once we got off track. Venice was very safe, which meant no risk in getting lost unless it was night. There are very few lights to guide you back so it can take a while if you get lost in the evening.
One of the best things to see in Venice is the Mercato del Pesce, the fish market. I personally don’t care for fish or its smell but the experience is worth it, and you can plug your nose as you walk through. The market is located along the canal behind the Rialto Bridge and is best to visit in the morning. Across from the fish market is Mercato di Frutta e Verdura, the fruit and vegetable market. The vegetables are so colourful and tempting. You can pick up some fruit to snack on during the day and pick up a roll at a bakery nearby for lunch.
David and I consumed an overwhelming amount of pizza during our trip. Every single day we had pizza, and more often than not we had it for both lunch and dinner. It’s cheaper than any other dish in the city and very fresh. The gelato is what I will miss the most about our trip. Getting a scoop for 1.50 was like living in one of my dreams. Gelato is my absolute favourite and pistachio is the flavour to beat. Pictured to the right is me in the gelato eating zone!
My weakness is frozen desserts. Cakes, pies and cookies I can easily pass up but for some reason ice cream, gelato and sherberts break all diets, eating patterns and rules. Today we went to Black Vanilla in Greenwich for gelato. It was definitely a case of comfort food eating after such a stressful week. The house we moved into caused a lot of hassle and my timetable for school has not been posted. Gelato was the perfect solution! Gelato is also better for you then going straight for the tub of ice-cream. Ice cream has a 16-26% fat compared to gelato’s 4-8%. So really, it was the healthy choice.
The toughest decision when you’re in Black Vanilla is choosing what flavour to get! Since it was taking me an abnormally long time to choose just one flavour David said we will have to go back again. Perfect :) I decided to go with coffee and it was amazing! David had the caramel de leche (image right) which was also very good. Next time I’m thinking hazelnut, or pistachio, or salted caramel…