Sword dancing

Trip Start Sep 07, 2005
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Friday, June 9, 2006

Thursday morning we hefted our packs and made the trek to the ferry terminal. It was early in the day, so the sun wasn't hot yet, which helped the walk. The woman at the info centre had of course got the time of the ferry wrong, but at least it was later than we thought and we didn't miss it! We arrived in Korcula early afternoon to the throngs of people renting accomodation, we ended up with an apartment over-looking the sea for $40 a night!

That night we went to watch the Moreska, which is a traditional sword dance that has been performed on the island for 400 years. It starts with the band playing some music, then a girls chorus came out and sang a capella, which was incredibly beautiful. Last was the sword dance itself. It's acted out, with two warring sides and of course a beautiful lady caught between the two. The choreography was fabulous, and the men are smashing the swords together so hard there are literally sparks flying! It is a wonderful tradition, and is still performed there weekly.

The rest of our days there we spent at the beach, walking around exploring, checking out the shops, and generally relaxing. The weather was the best we had, a bit of rain, but finally some sun! So we tried to take advantage as much as possible. The town is lovely, the old centre sits on a peninsula at the end of the island, and the ferry docks right in front of it. Our apartment was a 3 minute walk from there, and 1 minute to the beach , so very convenient. Outside the entrance to the old centre was a little market, selling everything from fruit and veggies to jewellery and clothes. It was fun to see my Mom trying out her haggling skills! Not something you get to use in Canada a whole lot.

The last night we went out for dinner so Mom could have 1kg of mussels! The restaurant was advertising it's fresh lobster by putting a few live ones on an outside table to people walking by could see...unfortunately, as they were still alive, they kept jumping off the table! I had a seafood risotto that had all sorts of interesting things in it, including these small shellfish the size of prawns, but that looked like lobsters... I have no idea what they were, but they tasted great anyway!
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