In Korcula

I’m enjoying being back in Portland for about two weeks, usually starting the days out slowly by checking in at one of my favorite coffee haunts that I can only make it to once or twice a year now.  This morning I’m in Ristretto Roasters, enjoying a mustard and cheese croissant and surreptitiously glancing at a trio of young women at the counter cheerfully chattering the morning away and occasionally showing off their favorite stretching poses.

Today’s featured image is one of my all time favorite photos of Rachael.  She’s lying on the sea wall in the harbor at Korcula, a Croatian island a bit north of Dubrovnik, and one of the two alleged birth places of Marco Polo (Venice also claims him).  It was taken in late September, 2011, on our tour from Florence to Dubrovnik.  Yes, THAT September.  We were in Orvieto on 9/11, puzzling over the agitation at a nearby table of cyclists, and not learning the cause until we saw the headlines the next morning.

The photo has water in it, and a bicyclist, so I could almost argue that it qualifies for this month’s challenge if it weren’t 17 years old.  Instead, I might as well just call it what it is: a plug for the journal of our upcoming tour from Dubrovnik to Barcelona, which begins in a bit over a week.  We hope to see you there.

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5 response to "In Korcula"

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: August 16, 2018

    You guys are quite incredible! Two weeks respite and you’re off again. Judging from your past two trips, this one is bound to be a winner, too. Looking forward to more great pictures.

    • By: Scooter Posted: August 16, 2018

      Tempus fugit, as my high school Latin teacher would chide us to hurry and take our seats. Tempus fugit.

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: August 16, 2018

    Love the pic of Rachel – hope you have an enjoyable time in Portland before you head off for the next leg of your continuous journey. I, too, was out of the US on 9/11. I had just moved to Australia permanently a few weeks previous, and we were asleep when it happened. Nigel rang me from work the next morning and told me not to watch TV (so, duh, what did I do?).

    • By: Scooter Posted: August 16, 2018

      We are enjoying our time here – responsible Rachael is out on her bike most days, while I find one excuse after another to be a slug for a bit. Good thing we’re only in town for two weeks. I can’t get too badly out of shape that quickly, hopefully.

  3. By: Bill Stone Posted: August 17, 2018

    Scott wrote: “The photo has water in it, and a bicyclist, so I could almost argue that it qualifies for this month’s challenge if it weren’t 17 years old.”

    If you were to make that argument, the Committee would rule against you. “Bicyclist” is optional. “Bicycle” is mandatory. Case closed. Call the next defendant, and remember: Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.

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