The first was God made—the numbing wonders of
In mind-numbing contrast to the park are the surrounding villages and towns that still show the horror of war between the Croats and Serbs in the 1990’s. The area around the park was a major area of violence and atrocities born from hate. As you drive the road to the park or, more telling, turn off the major road and explore small side lanes, you become aware of house after house still peppered with bullet scars, sometimes partially repaired, other times being lived in just as they were left 15 years ago, sometimes abandoned.
Worse, by far, though, are the remnants of homes and buildings that were totally destroyed. They stand now as shells, with sightless windows. The sun streams in where roofs once were and interior walls are non-existent. Many are so encroached upon with weeds and foliage that seeing the structures is difficult. They were abandoned and left to time. Knowing that thousands of people were massacred during those years, the haunting question is what happened to the families living in the houses when the guns and bombs came.
Now, 13 years later,
Today we arrived in Trogir, a charming but totally touristy island close to
Hotel Villa Sikaa is a small hotel, dreadful looking from the outside and stairway but delightful upstairs where it really is. Anyone headed this way, would do well to check it out and ask for room 16—the best. It comes complete with a spa/sauna shower, double paned windows (to block the disco noise from next door,) delightful attention to detail and nice people. The room is air-conditioned which may seem like a bit of unnecessary information; however, if you were with us, you’d know just why this is important. And...there is free wireless access.
Finally for now, I can’t say enough about the food—fish, shell fish, fish and more fish. It is beyond good. Maybe because it is truly fresh or because preparation is pure and simple, whatever, I will dream of it all when I order fish in the states—probably accompanying the dream with “if only this were
Now, it’s time to shower and get ready for dinner. Hopefully, I can upload this tomorrow.