Hvar, Croatia

There are over a thousand islands in Croatia. Hvar is one of the largest of these (the main city on the island bears the same name). We ventured around the island from Hvar to Stari Grad (literally "Old Town") where we visited a monastery. On the way back to Hvar we stopped for a wine tasting and a tour of the old city fortress overlooking Hvar. The island is speckled with incredible pebble beaches with beautiful, clear water. This island is certainly going on my list of backpacking destinations for a trip down the line.

 Sun hitting this city of Hvar.

Sun hitting this city of Hvar.

 City square in Hvar.

City square in Hvar.

 Monastery in Stari Grad.

Monastery in Stari Grad.

 There were a lot of children playing on the streets of Stari Grad. They shared the "roads" with passing vehicles.

There were a lot of children playing on the streets of Stari Grad. They shared the "roads" with passing vehicles.

 A girl roller blades on the uneven ground. The boy was having a "gun fight" with some of his friends - he was running with the girl but happened to do an about face right when I was snapping the photo.

A girl roller blades on the uneven ground. The boy was having a "gun fight" with some of his friends - he was running with the girl but happened to do an about face right when I was snapping the photo.

 View of the city of Hvar from the fortress.

View of the city of Hvar from the fortress.

 Paul modeling the clear waters.

Paul modeling the clear waters.