Vrisnik Travel Guide

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Vrisnik Things to Do

  • hunting for and drying figs

    Actually many figs already lie under the tree in a sun dried state.Best time to pick is end of August.You don't need to buy them in the markets, there's enough growing wild.But I am not going to tell you where I find them.

  • Walk off up into the high lavender...

    This photo is taken from next to the `upomenik', the monument to those victims of fascism in World War 2, a place for nice views. Above is forest, lavender fields and crags. And secret places where those using chemical toilets dump the contents once ievery so often.

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    Hvar roads

    by halikowski Written Mar 18, 2004

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    A lots of people are frightened by the challenges of Hvar's mountain roads. My great-aunt was killed when her son fell asleep at the wheel. No chance of that happening here!


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Vrisnik Warnings and Dangers

  • wild things

    Cats in the villages are feral. Whilst I was laying a floor, I left a drawer out overnight on the terrace. There were newly washed folded clothes inside. In the morning there was tumult and diarrhoea everywhere, but not on the ground, on the clothes themselves. Wild things are wild and don't respect civilisation.

  • be careful of wanting to restore old...

    Putting ina new front door. Drago the locksmith looks on. Job was OK in the end, though south-facing wooden doors need protection from the moist winter `yugo'. Neighbour Nenad buys UV lac, which serves as good protection from the sun as well.

  • local dogs

    free running, and with a tendency to hunt out tasty tit-bits lying around. Cats and mice are at it too.


Vrisnik Off The Beaten Path

  • View from the path up to the karst...

    You can see the island Brac. It would be difficult to describe the path, it isn't signed or anything. But if you go up from the village and pass some rocks daubed with red paint, then you have reached Nenad's land, and you have veered too far to the left. Go back and head straight up the gully.

  • View from the karst fields on the tops

    My friend Herve (from Brussels) pushed me to walk up to the rocky plateau on the top of the island with him. Magnificent views (this shot was taken in March). Isn't the landscape dry? The old folk say it was much drier than when they were young.

  • Vineyards under the village

    This is me with a builders' bag walking up to the village at the end of March. I still haven;t worked out all the paths that cross the vineyards. The wine is good, full of body, costs 22 k./litre and can be bought at most of the houses. My friend Drago buys from the mythical Jimmy of Svirce, if you can root him out.


Vrisnik Favorites

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    Stone walls

    by halikowski Written Mar 13, 2004

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    Favorite thing: All the Croatian islands are criss-crossed with falling-down stone walls from the time when herding sheep and goats was still common. Unlike Italy, where, say, Tuscans are so proud of keeping up their food-making traditions, in Croatia it is not so well kept up. The fields are reverting to `maquis', scrub of dwarf pines and thorn bushes. Greener, perhaps, and wilder, but without the soft touch of the human hand.

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