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September 25, 2017 - Ride around Brač Island
Today we took a ferry from Split to Brač Island. We cycled a loop on the island and
enjoyed lunch at an olive oil producer's restaurant. We began the day
with light rain but most of the ride was dry.
Brač is famous for two things: its radiant white stone, used to build Diocletian’s Palace
in Split and the White House in Washington, DC, and Zlatni Rat, the long pebbly beach
at Bol that extends lasciviously into the Adriatic and adorns 90% of Croatia’s tourism posters.
It’s the largest island in central Dalmatia, with several towns, sleepy villages and a dramatic
Mediterranean landscape of steep cliffs, inky waters and pine forests.
The interior is scattered with rocks – the result of the back-breaking labour of women
who, over hundreds of years, gathered the rocks to clear land for
vineyards and olive, fig, almond and sour-cherry orchards.
ABOVE LEFT - Approaching Brač Island - known for olive oil production and its limestone quarries.
ABOVE MIDDLE - Ready to dock on Brač island
ABOVE RIGHT - This small village of Ložišća is located on the west side of Brač,
2 km from the coast. The dominant building is the Parish Church of St. John and Paul.
ABOVE LEFT - Small chapel with a pine tree growing out of the roof in the town of Nerežišća,
located on the crossroads of the island’s main roads and on the slopes of the largest plain on Brač.
ABOVE MIDDLE - Large map of Brač showing the bike route we rode today
ABOVE RIGHT - We passed lots of olive tree fields fenced with stone walls.
The olives on the trees will be ripe and ready to harvest in late October.
ABOVE LEFT - Lunch at the museum of olive oil restaurant
ABOVE MIDDLE - Our guide Robi and driver, Bora - pouring the homemade cherry
rakija (similar to grappa) Rakija is the most common form of Domestic alcohol which is
served throughout Croatia. Real homemade Rakija can be found in many variations
and flavors. We're starting to enjoy having this before most meals - quite tasty!
ABOVE RIGHT - Ally, Peggy and Katelyn all saying "Živjeli "
(cheers in Croatian) before downing the Rakija
ABOVE LEFT - Brač is known for its many limestone quarries.
The pieces are often polished to look like marble.
ABOVE MIDDLE - Kristina, Katelyn and Sue leading Fred down the mountain.
ABOVE RIGHT - View back down toward the Adriatic after our loop ride (I turned around
and rode back up for the photo). We had a great long descent back to the ferry.
ABOVE LEFT- Brighter sky as we departed Brač to go back to Split
ABOVE RIGHT - Night view of Diocletian's Palace