There were strong contenders for the title (or maybe I’m biased) but in the end this is is the photo people on instagram liked the most.
I took this photo in Vrbnik of Croatia which is a tiny medieval town on the coasts of its biggest island, Krk. We spent there a couple hours on our last day so my feelings of awe were magnified by the sadness of departure, the melancholy of holiday’s end.
Even so, objectively looking, this place has many of things I love: sea, cliffs, winding roads, unique architecture, surprising turns.
In my mind, I call it the town of backyards which does not sound the kindest expression but it is the literal truth. It had the most unusual backyards, many times we couldn’t distinguish if we were still on the street or already in private properties.
In this town the same archway can just easily open to another road as to a stairway to a house.
It would make an interesting photo challenge to capture the stairs of Vrbnik. No two are alike and it gives character to the town. Not that it would be lacking it either way but this is that cherry on top that makes it special.
I wonder what it’s like living there. Taking the shopping uphill on the uneven roads, up on the used stairs, in the narrow doors. What is it like living behind those small windows and thick walls? There’s signs of poverty but there are also lot of signs of hope and optimisim.
Even though we’ve seen many towns like this in Croatia, Vrbnik left the deepest impression and kept a part of my heart. Being there feels visiting a different time, very unique and atmospheric. I recommend it wholeheartedly.
Have you been to Croatia yet? If yes, what was your favourite thing about it? I no, what was your favourite holiday like?