Courtesy of Jennifer Ward
While bicycling along the Istrian coast in northern Croatia with friends in October, Jennifer Ward of Orlando came across the local method of storing fishing boats. The simplicity of this fishing-boat structure struck me, and I just had to snap a photo during a quick break, she said. I was impressed by this very effective and minimally invasive method to tie up the local fishing boats. Jennifer and her friends were taking a biking and boating tour along the Croatian coast, disembarking their boat each day for an 18- to 37-mile bicycle ride along the beaches of the Adriatic Sea and through towns and villages, fiords, olive groves and vineyards. There were daily coffee breaks in quaint cafes, scrumptious lunches in small restaurants along our bike routes and quick breaks to soak in the ambience of the area, she said. About 24 bikers from Canada, the U.S. and Germany took the tour. We all shared our meals, slept and socialized on our home-away-from-home boat, the Tarin, a 30-meter-long ship. We learned so much from our Croatian bike guides and ship crew about the history and culture of the country. It is a treasure that most Americans do not know exists.