Well, the afternoon of Wednesday, May 16th, was our last moment in Croatia. This has been a interesting and exciting trip. We traveled to destinations that were new to us. The scenery was beautiful. The people were nice and the food good. If you have the opportunity to visit the Dalmatian Coast sieze the day and take the trip.
Sailing into the small port of Rovinj, one is greeted with the bellower of the Church of Saint Euphemia; dominating the harbor, the sight is extraordinary.
Our excursion to Venice and the Dalmatian Coast was drawing to a close with a visit on Wednesday, May 16th, to Pula, an industrial port and Istria’s largest city. As we sailed in we passed Pula’s shipyard, one of Pula’s largest employers.
The day was overcast as we anchored off the small Dalmatian fishing village of Hvar, one of the most popular and trendy spots in Croatia.
Our cruise began when we boarded Le Lyrial Thursday afternoon upon our return from Burano.
This trip was to be a different experience for us. We decided to take a Tauck Small Ship Cruise Tour beginning in Venice and visiting the Dalmatian Coast. Usually we do our own thing and are not involved with organized tours. That’s not to say we don’t take tours but, when we do, we decide “on the fly” or we arrange for a private guide in advance. This was to be our first structured tour experience. The ship we would be sailing on is the Le Lyrial, a vessel in the French Ponant Line.
Our day began with a walking tour of the Doge’s Palace, the official residence of the 120 doges that ruled Venice from 697 to 1797. It is a magnificent structure with wonderful art throughout. Here are a couple of photos of the exterior, but not the usual suspects.
Doge’s Palace attached to St. Mark’s Cathedral
Interior courtyard with dome of St. Mark’s