Korcula, Croatia – Marco??? ………(say it!)

Karie on May 27th 2008 10:37 pm

Korcula is the birthplace of the world’s first known travel writer, Marco Polo.  Although there is a chance he was actually born in Venice but set sail on his famous journey from here.  Or, that his true birthplace remains “unknown”, but we for sure know that he lived in this house right here for at least a while.  Ok, well the original house is long gone, but it was definitely on this island, around this area, and probably looked something like this.

Either way, this house was one of the main attractions in the town of Korcula.  We didn’t have a lot of time on this island, as we were having so much fun in Hvar we sacrificed some time on this island to stay there longer.  It worked out well, as the town of Korcula is actually very small, and you could easily see the whole thing in a day.  Of course there are plenty of things to see and do on the rest of the island, but I wouldn’t know anything about that.

Our time in Korcula was spent finding good food, walking around three sides of the city to take pictures of the Adriatic from every angle, and of course, touring the infamous house museum (which takes 10 minutes, if you read all the signs and climb stairs slowly).

After the grand tour of Marco Polo’s home, we wandered into the Marco Polo shop across the street.  It happened to be the hottest day on our trip. However, it was still May, and all Croatians know that tourist season does not begin until June 1st.  It doesn’t matter how many people are there or what the weather is like, summer does not begin until June 1st.  No exceptions.  No fancy lights to decorate the city on warm summer nights (they have already been strung, but cannot yet be turned on), no extended summer hours, and thankfully, the hotels still charge off-peak pricing.  Basically, if it has anything to do with summertime, forget it, you’re too early.

This had a huge impact on the poor Aussie who wandered into the Marco Polo shop while we were browsing the magnet stand, asking to order some “Marco Polo Ice Cream.”

“I’m sorry, but we don’t have any.”
“You don’t have any?  But it’s advertised right there on the door.”
“No, it’s not hot enough for ice cream yet.”
“It’s not hot enough for ice cream???” replied the Aussie in distress, as sweat literally dripped down his forehead.

It doesn’t matter if it’s 90 degrees and humid.  It’s not June 1st, so it’s not hot.

Apparently we were the only ones on our ferry back to Dubrovnik that got that message.  We boarded like good little passengers, fully clothed and prepared to stow our luggage and take a seat in an orderly fashion, just like on our previous (much smaller) ferries.  Everyone else came aboard in their bikinis, with a deck of cards, or cash in hand for food and drinks.  The boat was ginormous, yet there was not a row of seats to be found.  It felt like Reno, minus the slot machines.  Lounges, restaurants, sundecks, and ugly carpet.

It was actually a great experience, as there was something for everyone. Free-Spirited-Scott sat down for about 2 seconds before getting up to explore.  (In case you didn’t know, Scott can spend hours looking out the window, so getting to walk around outside when he feels like he’s supposed to be sitting is an extra treat.)

I, on the other hand, have two phobias: small spaces, and… large boats.  I could barely even look at the USS Midway when we’d walk by the harbor in San Diego, even though I’ve always wanted to tour it.  So, this was a growing experience for me, and it was actually (mostly) fine, as long as I didn’t look straight down over the side of the boat, or up at all the lifeboats.  Maybe visiting Marco’s house has given me the confidence to overcome my phobia.  They should add that to their marketing material.

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One Response to “Korcula, Croatia – Marco??? ………(say it!)”

  1. Nomadic Matton 19 Jun 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Are you lost permenantly? where are the updates!

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