As we approaced Cavtat, I enjoyed watching this parasailor as the wind currents took him far above the sea.
Having seen the Franciscan Monastery on the waterfront from the small ferry, we decided to vist it first. The church was so poetically called Our Lady of the Snow. It was founded in 1484 and was built over the course of the 15th and 16th centuries.
Significant changes were made to it in the 18th and 20th centuries. The cistern in the cloister was constructed in 1878 for use by sailors.
The Monastery is most well known for its polyptych of St. Michael dating back to 1510.
Our plan was, once fortified with food, we’d walk around the other bay. The trail took us through the forest and past what looked like had been underground bunkers.
I just MAY have been eating a chocolate croissant!
Our cruise boat for the day:
Another luxury liner I suspected!
We reached Lopud, the first of the three islands, just an hour later. In the 15th century, Lopud had its own fleet of 80 vessels and a shipyard. Notables from
We walked along the waterfront for a bit and then for about 30 minutes inland.
Since we only had a limited time on the island and the beach, pretty well the only attraction on the island was on the other side from the port, we took a golf cart taxi there.
We rented a couple of lounge chairs and an umbrella and relaxed on the lovely sandy beach at
Nothing like being beach bums for a couple of hours to help recharge the batteries.
The water was very shallow even pretty far out and was quite warm to swim in. I was content to just sit and read although I know I should have doing all the water aerobic exercises you've taught all of us in your great class, Judy!
We decided that we could actually hike uphill through the pine-scented forest to the port and not be total lazy louts and have the taxi take us back too!
The church is dedicated to St. Niklas, the protector of sailors and children. The existence of the monastery ended with the arrival of Napoleonic troops in Dubrovnik in 1806. I found it odd to learn that later Napoleon forbade funerals in churches. According to a sign on the church, beneath it are the highest palm trees in Europe!
We got to Sipan, the second island, just 15 minutes after lunch was done. It’s the largest and the most agricultural of the Elaphite Islands and has two small ports.
We reached the next island, Kolocep, at and we had 90 minutes to wander around. It's the Elaphite island nearest to
The main attraction was wandering through the pine forests and olive groves.
Scenes from Kolocep:
We were surprised to come across next a pretty large 13th century Carmelite Monastery and Church dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We were quite amazed to see a monk by the monastery as the island has so few residents.
Think this will make a nice screensaver shot back home.