Saturday, 25 May 2019

Game of Thrones Prequels Rumored to be Filmed in Korčula?!

In the week right after the long-awaited and controversial finale of the HBO series Game of Thrones, which was partially filmed in Croatia, Dora Lozica reports for Dubrovački Vjesnik that a group of high-level HBO executives and producers have arrived to Korčula to what is speculated to be a scouting expedition in preparation for filming of some of the potential Game of Thrones prequels.

Dubrovački reports that the HBO people arrived to Korčula on a private yacht from Dubrovnik, that they spent the night at the Liburna hotel and that they shared with the staff at the hotel that they're scouting the locations for some shoots on the island.

Some of the HBO executives that were seen on Korčula include well known names such as Mark Mylod, who directed 6 episodes of Game of Thrones (none of the episodes in the final season), but is best known for his work on the TV show Shameless.

Holly Rymon, the producer of such hits as John Wick, Spider-Man and Men in Black, as well as Patrick Capone, cinematographer and producer on numerous hits, such as Philadelphia, Spotlight, Girl on the Train and many other were seen walking around the Korčula Old Town and the surroundings, probably looking for perfect locations for an upcoming project. They left Korčula after having spent one night, and the hotel staff has shared with the press that they've made further reservations at the hotel and that they plan to come back in July (one can only guess that they won't be thrilled with the indiscretion of the hotel staff).

There are no indications as to what the project is that HBO is considering shooting on Korčula. However, HBO's CEO recently confirmed that several Game of Thrones prequels are being considered by the company, and one of the projects tentatively titled Bloodmoons is already being filmed in Belfast.

We've already written extensively about the missed opportunity that HBO had given Croatia when they decided to film Game of Thrones in Dubrovnik, Split, Klis and other Croatian locations; maybe if it really happens, the filming of the Game of Thrones prequel will be an opportunity to fix those mistakes!

Sunday, 12 May 2019

World's Biggest Welcome in Croatia: Day 51 - Korčula to Saplunara (Bike, Kayak, Foot)

May 12, 2019 - Putting Croatian adventure tourism on the map, with the biggest welcome in the world. Day 51 of this incredible 2011 adrenaline trip covering 2,500 km along the Croatian coast. 

The World's Biggest Welcome, an ambitious adventure tourism project in 2011 in Croatia enters Day 51 of this 2019 appreciation of one of the finest tourism promotion projects ever in Croatia.  

The plan? To showcase the diversity and fabulous offer of adventure tourism in Croatia by following a GPS route the length of the Croatian coast in the shape of the word 'Welcome' - thereby creating the biggest welcome in the world from a hospitable tourism country. 

Day 51 moved from Korčula to Saplunara on the island of Mljet. 

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74 kilometres for the day: 9 km bike ride from Korčula to Lumbarda, followed by 20 km by kayak from Lumbarda to Pomena, and 45 km walking and cycling from Pomena to Saplunara to continue forming the ‘E’ in ‘Welcome’.

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Day 51 began in Korčula at cape Raznjic before Lacko set off towards Mljet.

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The rest of the team on their way to Pomena.

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The team arrived at Mljet National Par. You can spot the Benedictine monastery and church on the island of Sveta Marija in Veliko jezero.

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And Lacko. 

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Lacko arriving at the dock on Veliko jezero.

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The dock on Veliko jezero.

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The team spotted sugar cane on the island of Mljet. 

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And some mud. 

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Lacko began cycling towards Saplunara. 

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And spotted small islands along the way. 

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A quick descent to Saplunara. 

A key part of the project was promoting tourism, and the official website has details of the key places visited during the day. 

You can see the entire project on the Welcome website, as well as much more of Luka Tambaca's stunning photography on the Welcome Facebook page

Tune in tomorrow for Day 52, the final day of the journey as Lacko moves from Saplunara to Dubrovnik. 

To follow the whole project from the start, follow the dedicated TCN page

Saturday, 11 May 2019

World's Biggest Welcome in Croatia: Day 50 - Ploče to Korčula (Kayak, Bike, Foot, SUP)

May 11, 2019 - Putting Croatian adventure tourism on the map, with the biggest welcome in the world. Day 50 of this incredible 2011 adrenaline trip covering 2,500 km along the Croatian coast. 

The World's Biggest Welcome, an ambitious adventure tourism project in 2011 in Croatia enters Day 50 of this 2019 appreciation of one of the finest tourism promotion projects ever in Croatia.  

The plan? To showcase the diversity and fabulous offer of adventure tourism in Croatia by following a GPS route the length of the Croatian coast in the shape of the word 'Welcome' - thereby creating the biggest welcome in the world from a hospitable tourism country. 

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Day 50 moved from Ploče to Korčula.

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52 kilometres for the day: 17 km kayak ride from Ploče to Trpanj, followed by a 10 km bike ride from Trpanj to Donja Vručica, 20 km on foot from Donja Vručica to Orebić, and 5 km SUP from Orebić to Korčula to continue forming the ‘E’ in ‘Welcome’.

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Day 50 set off on kayak from Ploče. 

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And Lacko beginning the journey to Pelješac. 

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But first, Trpanj.

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After Cedo presented the team's plan to climb St. Ilija, they were invited for a drink of discouragement.

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Lacko visited the birthplace of his grandfather in Donja Vrucica.

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And then they continued on foot to Orebić.

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They had to make their own path to Orebić. 

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The plan was to get through to the old path built by Napoleon. Apparently, no one had been there for decades.

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They managed to get through to Napoleon's forgotten path.

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Which took them to the reef, from where they made it to the top.

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Walking on a cloud on St. Ilija.

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The further they climbed, the thicker the clouds. 

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But the clouds started to clear. 

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And they opened to a view of Korčula.

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They could finally see the top of St. Ilija!

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Total bliss. 

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St. Ilija 961m.

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The group then made it down through pine forest. 

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And Lacko paddled to Korčula. 

A key part of the project was promoting tourism, and the official website has details of the key places visited during the day. 

You can see the entire project on the Welcome website, as well as much more of Luka Tambaca's stunning photography on the Welcome Facebook page

Tune in tomorrow for Day 51, as Lacko moves from Korčula to Saplunara.

To follow the whole project from the start, follow the dedicated TCN page

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

World's Biggest Welcome in Croatia: Day 47 - Lovište to Lumbarda (Kayak, Bike)

May 8, 2019 - Putting Croatian adventure tourism on the map, with the biggest welcome in the world. Day 47 of this incredible 2011 adrenaline trip covering 2,500 km along the Croatian coast. 

The World's Biggest Welcome, an ambitious adventure tourism project in 2011 in Croatia enters Day 47 of this 2019 appreciation of one of the finest tourism promotion projects ever in Croatia.  

The plan? To showcase the diversity and fabulous offer of adventure tourism in Croatia by following a GPS route the length of the Croatian coast in the shape of the word 'Welcome' - thereby creating the biggest welcome in the world from a hospitable tourism country. 

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Day 47 moved from Lovište to Lumbarda.

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68 kilometres for the day: 20 km kayak ride from Lovište to Blato, followed by 33 km by bike from Blato to the bottom of Klupca, and a 15 km kayak ride from the bottom of Klupca to Lumbarda to complete forming the ‘M’ in ‘Welcome’.

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Sajko and Lacko sett off from Lovište towards Korcula.

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Maneuvering around the boat.

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And the deep shadows in the sea.

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Marko snapping Korčula in the distance.

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Babina - Tea, Sajko and Lacko arriving at the island of Korčula. 

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In Babina, the team switched from kayaks to bicycles and carried on pedaling down the main road.

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Cedo investigating narrow passages between cliffs.

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The team encountered Kocje, a beautiful and unusual protected park near Zrnovo. It is special for its labyrinth of cliffs and vegetation.

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Korčula town.

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And Mislav riding through the streets of the town.

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The team made it to Lumbarda.

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For a pleasant sail.

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And a view of Pelješac.

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A Lumbarda swim on one of the islands, with St. Ilija, the highest peak of Pelješac, in the background.

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The team explored the Lumbarda streets.

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And Grk, the indigenous grape variety from the sandy plantations of Lumbarda.

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And the town in all of its glory.

A key part of the project was promoting tourism, and the official website has details of the key places visited during the day. 

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Lumbarda.

You can see the entire project on the Welcome website, as well as much more of Luka Tambaca's stunning photography on the Welcome Facebook page

Tune in tomorrow for Day 48, as Lacko moves from Lumbarda to Ston.

To follow the whole project from the start, follow the dedicated TCN page

Monday, 29 April 2019

Konoba Karako in Orebic, a Delightful Peljesac Extension of Korcula Dining

April 29, 2019 - While Korcula has many excellent dining options, the short and regular boat connections to the Peljesac Peninsula give plenty of others. An evening at homely Konoba Karako in Orebic.

Often it is only when you spend a little time in a destination that you realise the subtleties that are not immediately obvious on first arrival. 

Having lived on Hvar for 13 years, I was always a little jealous of Brac, which had SO much better ferry connectivity, especially during the winter. But then I spared a thought for Korcula, which had much worse connections than Hvar. 

And then I went to Korcula and slowly discovered that far from being more disconnected from the mainland than Hvar, the mainland is actually an extension of daily and social life. 

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"Why don't you pop over for dinner?" asked my friend when I said I had no fixed plans for my last night on Korcula. "I know this lovely cosy little konoba on the water. Take the small little taxi-boat at 19:00 (cost 12 kuna) and I will meet you the other side, and we can walk from there."

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It would never have occurred to me - as I am sure it doesn't to most visitors to Korcula - to pop over to the Peljesac Peninsula for dinner, but the boat connections are really outstanding. Apart from the main ferry terminal, there are regular taxi-boat services which are quick and affordable. I took the 19:00, for example, had a wonderful evening and was on the 22:30 ferry back home.  

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My friend met me and we walked along the waterfront. Orebic is known for its fine waterfront sea captain stone houses, and they were mightily impressive close up. The wind was up a little, and a brisk walk along the waterfront brought back all those island memories and loves now that I live in exile in Varazdin. 

And even more so when I entered Karako. For here was the homely and warm authentic konoba experience at its best. Open most of the year, Karako is one of the most heartening things in Dalmatian hospitality, especially our of season - a warm and welcoming place with excellent traditional food and great wine, as the wind howls outside. Its waterfront location must make it a divine spot in summer. 

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Hostess Ani gave us a warm greeting, fully immersed as she was with her prawns in the cute restaurant kitchen. Authentic Dalmatian dining the traditional way. I felt a little homesick for my former island life. 

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As the season has not yet started, there was a more limited menu, but it was all superb. I was obviously enraptured by the tuna steak, as I forgot to snap it, but here is the fabulous Dalmatian platter for two. 

A really nice contrast to the excellent dining experiences on Korcula, then a brisk walk along the waterfront, taking in the salty wind and lapping waves before the late evening ferry. 

Ah, the joys of island life, made all the more bearable when you have such fantastic options just 15 minutes away on the mainland. Lovely place.  

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Monday, 29 April 2019

Marenda, the Art of Dalmatian Brunch at Radiona on Korcula

April 27, 2019 - The second day of this year's Korculanske Pjatance Korcula Spring Food and Wine Festival took an outstanding look at one of the pillars of Dalmatian society at Bistro Radiona - 'marenda', the Dalmatian brunch.

Korcula in Spring is mesmerising. This is my second visit to the island of Marco Polo at this time of year, both to the excellent Korculanske Pjatance Spring Food and Wine Festival. It is fast becoming one of my essential entries in the calendar, for it has everything Croatia could - and should - be offering in its shoulder months. 

But how to beat the incredible start of the opening day, where Konoba Maha in Zrnova played host to an extraordinary display of local nibbles, washed down with tequila and a copious quantity of Korcula's famed Posip and Grk wines? The wise ones among us kept a little space for the evening spectacle - and arguably the event of the festival - a 5-course special at Lesic Dimitri Palace, paired with Korculan wines and introduced by Master of Wine Jo Ahearne

What could possibly compare to that, I pondered to myself, on an early morning stroll (see video above), taking in the breathtaking gorgeousness of this historic old town jutting out into the Adriatic?

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First up on day 2 was 'Marenda - the Art of Dalmatian Brunch' at Bistro Radiona, a waterfront restaurant a short walk from the old town. 

Marenda is a double-edged word for me, and for many years, it had a really negative connotation for me. 

State institutions have an official break in the middle of the morning, also called Marenda. It is so-called as the hard-working officials who have been pushing paper around for at least a couple of hours, close the office and go for a coffee break and perhaps a snack. Nothing wrong with that, you might think. The only problem for those visiting officials in places like the tax office is that one never knew the time of the marenda, and so a locked office might be your reward for coming at the wrong time. And not only that - the normal marenda time was half an hour, just enough time to enjoy a nice leisurely coffee and gather some strength to push more paper around until lunchtime. So when I saw an advertised marenda time of 10:30 - 11:00, I would make sure I was in position by 10:59. Only to find that half an hour often became 45 minutes or an hour. Ah, life on a Dalmatian island. 

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But then there is the other type of marenda - the actual eating. The so-called Dalmatian brunch. And as I was about to find out, the Art of Brunch at Bistro Radiona on Korcula was a feast indeed. 

I wasn't too sure what to expect, but I liked the warm welcome above. 

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And you can't go wrong with a little prsut to kickstart proceedings.

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We took our places at our table for two, our first mission to do battle with this wonderful plate of oysters. 

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A little marinated anchovies never hurt anyone, and I particularly enjoyed the fragrant rock samphire and caperberries. A really strong dish, which tasted every bit as good as it looked. 

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A little goat and fava bean stew.  

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While my friend opted for the limpet and sea snail tagliatelle.

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The sea snails were quite chewy and easily prized from their shells. 

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There were more courses available, but I had had more than enough. Until the selection of traditional Korculan desserts came out.

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And who can resist a little light rozada? 

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A truly exceptional presentation of the art of marenda. I will be back!

You can follow Bistro Radiona on Facebook.

To learn more about Korcula, check out the Total Croatia guide, Korcula in a Page

Saturday, 27 April 2019

British Gourmet Class on Korcula, as Lesic Dimitri Palace Combines with Jo Ahearne MW

The 3rd Korculanske Pjatance Korcula Spring Food and Wine Festival opened on April 26, 2019, with two Brits combining to provide an unforgettable gourmet treat at Lesic Dimitri Palace.  

Someone asked me recently to name my favourite place in Croatia. 

With so many incredible things to see and do here, the list of top places is long, and it was a question I have been thinking about ever since. And then this morning, I think I had the answer, or at least a strong candidate for that favourite place. 

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There is something about the terrace at Lesic Dimitri Palace in Korcula Town that you cannot find anywhere else. Perhaps it is the waves gently lapping against the rocks below, the subtle wind blowing to nullify the intense heat of the day, the engaging company of British owner Michael Unsworth, the food of course, and the general laid back ambiance of this magical historic walled town. It is a little spot of perfection which celebrates the very best of tourism in Croatia, and I feel privileged to have experienced it on more than one occasion. 

I felt even more lucky when I was not only invited back to cover what was for me one of the highlights of 2018 - the Korculanske Pjatance Spring Food and Wine Festival - but an invitation which came with accommodation at the fabled Lesic Dimitri Palace itself. I was beyond excited. 

The hotel has just 9 rooms, all themed on parts of Marko Polo's Silk Road - Venice, China, Ceylon, India, Arabia and China -  but an astonishing 32 employees in the season, which probably makes it the highest ratio in the country for staff to guests. Just one more reason why Lesic Dimitri Palace is considered by many to be the top boutique hotel in Croatia. It is one of just four hotels in the country which are members of Relais Chateaux, while its fine dining restaurant also features in the Michelin Guide.

And we were here for the food...  

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I managed to catch some of the impressive Lesic team before the evening started. You see the same faces year on year at Lesic Dimitri, one of the most cohesive and professional units I have seen in my time in Croatia, and a team which clearly loves that they do. 

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After a very successful career in the City of London, Michael Unsworth turned his attentions to Korcula, an island he has been in love with since meeting it while visiting his future wife in Orebic back in his student years. With the opening of Lesic Dimitri and its excellent restaurant, he has been the driving force and pioneer for Korcula's focus on higher quality in both gourmet and accommodation. 

It was fitting that the evening at Korculanske Pjatance also starred another Brit doing amazing things on another Dalmatian island - Master of Wine Jo Ahearne on Hvar. After the welcome and introductions from Lesic Dimitri sommelier Drazen and Michael, Jo introduced her paired selection of Korcula wines to go with the menu of Lesic chef Marko Gajski, beginning with an aperitif of Merga Victa Posip 2018.

And so to the food, which was truly one of the best meals I have had in a long time. Marko Gajski is a rising star of the Croatian gourmet scene and is improving year on year. This dinner was a wow.

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Gambero rosso, with a glass of Grk Bartul 2018 by Zure.

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Jo was on hand to introduce each wine as every course was served, explaining both the wine and the reasons for her choice. It is not every day you get an education from a Master of Wine included in the meal.  

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Sashimi  - sea bass, bottarga and horseradish, with Rukatac Single vineyard 2016 from Radovanovic. 

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Escargot tempura, with garlic, parsley, lardo and egg yolk. Jo paired this with Amfora Milina. 

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Rubia Gallega beef, with beetroot, demi glace with marinated tarragon seeds sauce and spring onion. Bire might be famous for its Grk, but the red Plavac Mali Bire 2016 went very well with it.  

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And to finish, a cheese selection with a glass of Luka Krajancic Posip Orange 2012. 

A superb evening, and congratulations to all involved.  

It is 7 years since the late Anthony Bourdain told the world about Croatia and its 'world-class food, world-class wine, and world-class cheese.' I am sure he would have enjoyed last night on Korcula.

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It was nice to capture some special moments from the evening. Chef Marko, who has benefited from the opportunity and faith Michael has put in him.  The respect, love and appreciation is mutual.

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And it was nice to see Jo and Marko talking shop and exchanging their views after the meal. 

A truly lovely event. Make sure you put the Korculanske Pjatance in your schedule for next year. You can follow the rest of this year's festival on Facebook

Learn more about Lesic Dimitri Palace.

Both Jo and Michael kindly agreed to a video interview, which I recorded this morning, and which will be published as soon as I overcome my technological ineptitude. 

Saturday, 27 April 2019

Korculanke Pjatance Spring Food and Wine Festival Opens in Style on Korcula

April 27, 2019 - The 3rd edition of Korculanske Pjatance, the Korcula Spring Food and Wine Festival, got off to a glorious start at Konoba Maha, in trademark glorious weather. 

Of all the Croatian tourist destinations trying to implement strategies for the future, one of the most interesting and enticing is the island of Korcula. 

Like much of the rest of the coast and islands, Korcula is blessed with so many natural treasures - nature, beaches, heritage, culture and pristine seas. 

And outstanding food and wine. 

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Putting these components together and trying to build a destination with an outstanding gourmet off which will attract higher spending quality guests rather than setting for the mass market is something that Korcula has been implementing for some years now, and with considerable success. 

Korcula Town has several boutique festivals in the shoulder season, including the Korkyra Baroque Music Festival in September but if you are a foodie, there is only one place to be at this time of year. 

Korculanske Pjatance, the Korcula Spring Food and Wine Festival, is now in its third edition, and it has already become an unmissable part of my TCN travels on the second day of this, my second visit. A series of workshops, cooking classes, wine paired meals and other culinary activities highlighting the Spring flavours of this must flavoursome island is one of the best gourmet promotional concepts I have seen in my time in Croatia. Various Korculan restaurants host the events, and with the island's winemakers providing their excellent Grk, Posip and other local varieties, this is a festival to satisfy even the most demanding gourmand. 

This year's festival started at Konoba Maha, near Zrnova, with an opening ceremony with (quite a few) nibbles. for media, partners and participants. The slow-burning fire gave a taster of the meat and tuna tasters, which would follow, but there was plenty to sample before then. 

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And before we could even get to the wine, an obligatory 11 am tequila cocktail, which hit the spot rather well. 

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Many of the island's top chefs had prepared various delicacies, and Lesic Dimitri chef Marko Gajski was busy applying the final touches. It was to be a busy day for young Marko, who would later serve up an astonishing 5-course special at Lesic Dimitri Palace, with wine pairings provided by Master of Wine Jo Ahearne, who had popped over from the neighbouring island of Hvar, where she is the first Master of Wine making wine in Croatia, all from local indigenous grape varieties. 

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It was also my first visit to Konoba Maha, and the setting was superb. There is a trend in Croatia to develop agro-tourism businesses, and while the quality of the end product can leave a little to be desired at times, Konoba Maha is showing what can be achieved. The garden is lush with a rich and aromatic selection of local plant life, with a section which also provides vegetables for the Maha kitchen. It is a divine spot in total isolation. 

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A divine spot, even with the food. But add in a few bites to eat... 

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A selection of the initial offerings while the slow cooking happened a few feet away. 

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Korcula is famous for its white wines of Grk and Posip, and both are regarded as among the best white wines in all Croatia. A number of the island's winemakers turned up to support the event. 

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With a rather an impressive selection of Korculan wines to try. And with a cocktail workshop to come at 15:00, followed by that Lesic dinner, it was necessary to pace oneself a little. 

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From wine to cocktails, and there was plenty of engagement from participants in the workshop, which this correspondent had to leave soon after it started due to a prior commitment. 

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There was so much to look forward to in the next day and a half. That dinner at Lesic Dimitri Palace.

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Learning about 'marenda', a type of Dalmatian brunch the following morning. 

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Before a 6-course dinner with celebrated Croatian chef, Dino Galvagno, back at Konoba Maha. All this before a Galvagno masterclass on the topic of Wild Edibles and Entrails the following morning. For details of more events at Korculanske Pjatance, follow the festival Facebook page

And put it in your diary for next year. 

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Korčula and Lastovo Protest Lack of Transport Links

Due to the lack of transport links to the western part of the island of Korčula and the island of Lastovo, mayors of municipalities of Vela Luka, Blato, Smokvica and Lastovo have sent an open letter to Jadrolinija's CEO David Sopta, Minister of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure Oleg Butković, Dubrovnik-Neretva County Prefect Nikola Dobroslavić, and Member of Parliament Branko Bačić, reports Dalmacija Danas on April 25, 2019.

“The island of Korčula is one of the most populated Croatian islands without a physical link to the mainland, while the inhabitants of the island of Lastovo and the western part of the island of Korčula are some of the most isolated ones, if we take into consideration time needed for them to reach their county seats. For this reason, most residents gravitate towards the county seat of the neighbouring county, which is connected with the islands by ferry and catamaran lines. For years these lines have been neglected, both qualitatively (types of vessels) and quantitatively (number of lines). Although fast and with excellent manoeuvring capabilities, the Lastovo ferry no longer has enough capacity for this line, and it could surely serve its purpose better on some other island line.

Accordingly, on January 28, 2019, a meeting was held in Dubrovnik on the topic of solving the problems of the (non-)existence of transport links to the islands in Dubrovnik-Neretva County, especially fast-ship and ferry connections to Vela Luka and Lastovo, initiated by Member of Parliament Branko Bačić.

Four significant conclusions were agreed upon at the meeting: It is necessary for Jadrolinija to immediately start the process of purchasing a used ship for the Split-Vela Luka-Lastovo line, and continue towards constructing a new ship for the same line. The participants also fully supported the construction of eight local- and county-level ports in the area of Dubrovnik-Neretva County. It was established that the Jelena catamaran, the only one with the necessary maritime capabilities, should be permanently devoted to the Split-Vela Luka-Lastovo route. There is also the need for the fast-ship Dubrovnik-Lastovo line, for which the government has already given its consent, to be converted into a daily line to improve connections between Lastovo and the county seat, and to make it possible for high school students to attend the secondary school in Korčula, which is the wish of parents from Lastovo.

Given that we have received unofficial information that the purchase of the used vessel Panorama for the Split-Vela Luka- Ubli line has failed, and that the Jelena catamaran will no longer be used for the Split-Hvar-Vela Luka-Ubli route, please let us know as soon as possible whether this information is accurate and what is the plan for the tourist season that has already begun. We also ask you to reconsider the decisions mentioned above, so that in 2019 the inhabitants of the islands of Lastovo and Korčula would no longer be treated as second-class citizens,” states the letter sent by local officials.

Translated from Dalmacija Danas.

More Croatian island news can be found in the Lifestyle section.

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Spring 2019 on Korčula Full of Religious, Sports and Food Events

The main event of spring 2019 on Korčula will probably be the food and wine festival Korčulanske pjatance, and TCN has written about the appeal of the festival. But, this year late April and May will be filled with various interesting events on Korčula, inviting you to visit the island before the craziness of the high tourist season starts and enjoy the island and the town of Korčula in all its glory.

One of the traditions observed in Korčula for centuries is the celebration of the Holy Week, or as the people of Korčula call it "Vela setemana" (obviously, a combination of a Croatian word for big and an Italian word for week). All three of the confraternities of Korčula (The Confraternity of All Saints, the St. Rocco Confraternity, and the confraternity of St. Michael) participate in the procession of the Holy Friday (April 19th 2019), one of the biggest such processions in Croatia.

Not often does it happen that the big processions around the Korčula Old Town take place not even a week apart, but this year, since the Easter is so late in the spring, the festivities of the day of Saint Mark take place just a few days after Easter. The procession and the celebration of the saint to whom the Korčula cathedral is dedicated will happen on Thursday, April 25th. It is also a great opportunity to visit the Cathedral itself, a gothic-renesanse monument built in 14th, 15th and 16th century by Italian masters and local builders, first and foremost master stonemason Marko Andrijić.

If you're not into food, wine or religious celebrations, maybe you're into sports and recreation. If that's the case, Korčula has got something for you too: Marco Polo Challenge Triathlon, which is taking place on April 27th this year, for the ninth time. There are several disciplines to choose from, either the olympic triathlon (1500 m swimming + 40 km on a bicycle + 10 km running) for the most fit, sprint triathlon (750m + 20km + 5 km), sprint triathlon relay (one athlete doing each of the disciplines), super sprint triathlon for the kids under 19 and under 16 (375m + 10 km + 2.5 km) and a fundraising 5 km street race open for everyone. Korčula Marco Polo Challenge triathlon is the first race of the triathlon season in Croatia.

And, finally, after the triathlon and all that racing has made you hungry, the Croatian Island Products fair will open in Korčula on April 27th as well. It's an established event, promoting the flavours of Korčula in the location accessible to tourists throughout the tourist season once a week until the late autumn, helping local producers present their products to a wider audience.

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