We are still circumnavigating the Island of Lastovo, but today is all about Anastasia and her 11th birthday. Just like last year when we were in Sardinia, there is a bit of wind around, but we're safe in a really sheltered bay... with a pizzeria!
So it's pizza for lunch
Then it's time for quick swim...
...before playing with the new toy...
.. a pretty good day!
The disused port of the old town was a great place to leave Hector whilst we walked up the hill to the town of Lastovo and a great place to cool off. The water was incredibly clear and soo inviting!
Hector almost looks like she's levitating!
Lastovo only has one real town, it is perched on the side of a hill and one of its unique features are the fumar or Chimneys. No two are the same.
Lastovo is an isolated island and national park. We've been looking forward to coming here as it is off the beaten track and supposed to be very beautiful.
It's proving to be a sleepy island with some great anchorages. That said on our first night we end up with a yacht dragging anchor (in no wind), and hitting us, thankfully at slow speed. We were able secure it to Hectors side and stop it dragging into the rocks behind us. The owners were out to dinner and eventually came back - a little shocked to find their boat had moved on..
Trying to escape the crowds we've headed for the outer islands. First up a tiny little island with a handful of houses and beautiful clear water - on one side. There's a bit of wind around, but we've really well sheltered. A walk around the island and we experience the wind and sea from the exposed side of the island.
Round the back of the island is a bay where the rubbish of the Adriatic washes up, really sad to see - plastic rubbish is just so out of control.
Tribunj, north Dalmatia is the further-est north we have been in Hector and it is unfortunately as far is we are going.. it's time to turn around. We took is as a good omen that on turn around day the dolphins came to play.
As always the church gets the best view in town. The nice thing about this church apart from the great view we had from the top, was the little chapels dotted up the pathway to the top. The stations of the cross, which apparently are used for quite a service during lent.
Sladoled is the Croatian word for ice cream, somehow we've managed to learn this word pretty quickly and spot a spadoled shop from a few kilometres away.
Today with a hill to climb and the temperature rising we hoaned in on the local shop and stumbled on a true artist. This guy clammed New Zealand was his favourite country and commenced sculpting an ice cream kiwi for Anastasia, and other interesting winged creatures for the other girls. Sam got a cone on a cup with a Croatian flag on top - wow!
If you are ever in Tribunj we highly recommend the experience - he's clearly someone who loves his job!
There are quite a few swans and cygnets here, along with ducks and ducklings. The swans come up to the anchored boats and tap on the hull until someone appears with food. There is something regal about swans and you can forgive them for being so demanding!
We're an ordinary family of 5 dreaming, planning and now beginning our adventure around the Mediterranean (and further afield), having an awesome time! Look out for our boat and come and say hi.