June 8th was my first day on the road. For the next 14 days, I will be traveling up the coast of Croatia and staying at many different places for a night or two. I left Dubrovnik early in the morning; a coach bus took the group to our first location of Ston.
Ston is a little village built in the 15th century, protected by a series of walls second in length to The Great Wall of China. The walls were constructed to protect the village’s precious salt pans which extract salt from sea water by evaporation. We climbed a portion of these walls and had the opportunity to see Ston from a birds-eye view.
Second stop for the day was lunch and wine tasting at Bartulovic winery. The Bartulovic’s only produce 20,000 liters of wine a year with organic homegrown grapes – no pesticides or poisons. Their 500 year old family house and vineyards are tucked away in the mountains of Prizdrina. The family cooked a delicious meal for us and let us taste their red and white wines. I may or may not have bought a bottle or two of wine to take back home ;)
Back on the road, we took a ferry ride from Trpanj to Ploce. From there on we drove to Metkovic where we stayed in a hotel for just a night. Metkovic is another small village in the Neretva river valley. This area is extremely fertile and produces large quantities of fresh produce. My room had a great view of the fields and river.
Dinner we just picked up at the supermarket right next to our hotel – there was not an open restaurant in sight. The rest of the night we all drank on the patio and talked (common theme here haha).