Leaving Kotor, 24th May, we motored (again!) down the fiord to Zelenika and checked out. The officials were as nice as pie and handled our paper work promptly and one of the police even walked me back to the boat. About 20 metres away he said “Oh that will be €10” I offered him a €20 and he said he had no change and then I realised he wasn’t carrying a receipt book either so I asked Irene for €10 so our first bribe was for the exact amount!
The next day was a bright sun shiny day and Irene and I spent the day on board do bits and pieces and I managed to fill the gas bottles with LPG. It’s a first as we have been using propane the last 3 years. Irene had been complaining about the stove not being hot enough and we found out why when we purged the cylinders of butane some of the ‘gas’ in the bottles was so old and it had decayed to the extent that it was bright yellow and smelled to high heaven.
Our next door neighbours were an
Austrian (Hans) and his wife Hungarian (Eva) and dog Benji. Drinks on board
while Hans took us through his special German Cruising guide to Croatia which
highlights restaurants, vineyards and other food specialities like cheese,
markets and everything food. Wish we could get one in English; anyway we are
looking forward to some good meals from Hans’s suggestions. Also alongside was a
Sun Seeker power yacht from the
Irene & I headed for the old town
May 29th, Steve & Rhonda arrive around noon time and we settled down for a good old chin wag as we hadn’t seen them since February. Bob & Swannee arrived at 18:00 and it was back to old times. Irene & I had made great plans to go for drinks at a bar on the outside of the walls at Dubrovnik and then dinner elsewhere but it was raining so we all sat around and had drinks and the girls sent us out for pizza again! I have had too much mediocre pizza this trip. Too much booze, Bob threw the cork away as he opened the bottle of port. I was talking shorthand again!
The next day our guests headed off to
Today we had a great sail across Mljet Kanal and back again to Luka Sobra to have a look for the night. Not very inviting so sailed back down the coast to Luka Prožura and anchored out. I had spent hours repairing our chain counter a couple of weeks back and this was the first chance to try it. Failure! Back to the drawing board. Fancy this we were bailed up by the local harbour master and had to pay 102 Kuna (about A$22) to anchor. He claimed it was for garbage collection so we gave him everything we had, I think he got a bit of a shock. While swinging around the anchor, Swannee cleaned up at Rumikub, Irene cooked a fantastic roast chicken dinner and a sound sleep for all.
Next port of call was Lumbarda as we
had a recommendation to a fantastic restaurant. Believe it or not they were
closed for repairs and we eventually found dinner at the Feral Family
restaurant. All of our girls promptly fell in love with our handsome waiter, one
of the family, and when they found he was married with 2 children 6 & 11,
our girls all chorused ‘Oh you aren’t old enough’! In the berth next to us was a
bunch of Aussies from Wongi Wongi on
Shore day today, June 2nd and we caught
the bus to Korčula, an extremely beautiful walled town of
June 3rd; today is Irene’s birthday and
she had a day off. Breakfast was organised by me and Steve and we sailed for
Vinogradišće on the
Swannee finally gets beaten at Rumikub!
Steve, Bob & I went ashore to make a booking at Toto’s restaurant. They had a party of 120 arriving and were hesitant but we prevailed as it was Irene’s birthday and they relented. Toto’s turned on a great night, entrée of lobster in two styles. The spaghetti with special sauce (white wine, garlic, salt & breadcrumbs together with the lobster chunks was superb. Monk fish & grouper for main course and cherry cake for desert. They boys in the restaurant arrive with tea lights around the desert tray and sang ‘Happy Birthday’ then asked if they could sign us a song. Yep no worries and they burst into a gusty rendition of ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year’ and left us giggling their heads off. As we departed for the night the serenaded Irene with ‘Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene we’ll see you in our dreams’ – talk about characters.
And our girls talked them out of three Toto’s T-shirts as souvenirs. A great night and when we repaired to the yacht, Bob & I sat and nursed a 10 year old single malt The Balvenie until mid-night and I slept like a baby.
Part of the entrée Toto’s Girls
Goodnight Irene – a serenade from Toto’s boys