On the Road and In Your Backyard

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On The Road and In Your Backyard is a weekday feature spotlighting reader submissions. From the exotic to the familiar, please share your part of the world, whether you’re traveling or just in your locality. Share some photos and a narrative, let us see through your pictures and words. We’re so lucky each and every day to see and appreciate the world around us!

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Have a wonderful day, and enjoy the pictures!


Happy Monday to all – let’s hope this week is better than the last, a constant hope, of course.

Today, pictures from valued commenter Sister Golden Bear.

Home to Marco Polo, Korčula is the sixth-largest island in Croatia, and has one of the best-preserved medieval centers in the Adriatic.

Taken on June 2012

Korčula, Croatia

In centuries past, Korčula was a key military position, standing guard over the narrow Pelješac Channel. However, like many historical coastal town in Croatia, the defensive walls have since been torn down, giving some amazing views from along the walkways circling the town.

Taken on June 2012

Korčula, Croatia

One of the aforementioned views.

Taken on June 2012

Korčula, Croatia

The streets of the old town in Korčula are laid out in a herringbone, cleverly designed to caught the breezes in the summer and keep out the strong winter winds.

Taken on June 2012

Korčula, Croatia

Residents of Korčula are not shy in reminding you that it’s the birthplace of Marco Polo.

Taken on June 2012

Korčula, Croatia

Artsy shot of the Moreška sword dance. At one time this “fighting dance” was prevalent in southern Europe. It probably began in Spain as a form of protest against the Moorish occupation and then migrated to Korčula in the 15th century. Essentially, it’s a danced version of a sword battle and tells the story of an abducted princess.

Today, Korčula is the only place in the world where it is still performed and Korčulans are extremely proud of. The dancers all come from the local community.


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16 replies
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    JPL says:

    Thank you for the photos.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:


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    arrieve says:

    One more place I hope to visit someday. Thanks for sharing!

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    debbie says:

    I love the shot of the street!

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    rikyrah says:

    Beautiful pictures :)

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    Cool! Thanks for showing us, and explaining how clever the street design is. I admit I’m both enchanted and surprised by the lovely view; Croatia is not a place I associated with something like that.

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    I’m sorry…..💖

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    Hildebrand says:

    We are heading to the Scotland – to hike St. Cuthbert’s Way in the borderlands. Six days of hiking, 62 miles all told – we finish on Lindisfarne. Weather looks to be soggy, but we are amply prepared. We are very much looking forward to this trip.

    We hiked the length of Hadrian’s Wall a few years ago, and just loved the experience, so it’s awesome to find another similar opportunity.

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    Barbara says:

    Very cool!

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    Kattails says:

    Wow, lovely. I would go there. The photos catch the atmosphere–literally–I can almost smell the water. Thanks!

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    ruemara says:

    One of the places I’d like to visit. Lovely.

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    Thanks all!

    @Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho: I admit that prior to the trip I mostly associated Croatian (and Bosnia and Herzegovina, which I visited later in the trips) with the Balkan wars. But several friends visited and raved about it, so I decided to check it out. Glad I did. It’s one of the places I’d actually like to revisit, once I’ve completed the rest of my bucket list.

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    Scamp Dog says:

    @TaMara (HFG): So I was in the library today, and I heard a little girl, 3 or 4, I think, singing Jingle Bells. Odd time of year for that, I thought. Then I listened a little closer, and she was singing “Jingle Bells, Batman smells…” I smiled to myself and thought, OMG, that’s the same thing I learned 50-some years ago when I was that age!

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