Today, we had our earliest wake up call so far in order to get in line for the ferry to Brac island.
We could not believe how turquoise-clear the water was. We could see the bottom even in deep water with fish everywhere.
After the ferry landed, we boarded our coach again and a local guide joined us. She told us all of the facts below.
The island is solid rock. It is known for fine hard limestone and has many quarries. Stones are cut into slabs for houses and even roofs. However, it makes it hard to build foundations, plumbing pipes, etc. It's very hard to grow things because there is little top soil and rocks must be cleared.
They do grow almonds and sour cherries, Marachino as well as olives, pomegranates and citrus.
The island has two million olive trees. They claim to have the best olive oil in the world. We had a local meal at an olive factory, the old fashioned kind with a grind wheel and stone instruments and holding tanks. We had local sheep cheese, prosciutto, olives, rustico bread, grilled veggies, and of course olive oil and homemade wine.
Black pines are native and mushroom shaped.
Muflong wild sheep nonnative.
Stone igloos for the shepherds to sleep.
We took a return ferry at days end and had a nice meal in the hotel. Now it is off to Herzegovina and Bosnia to Sarajevo tomorrow.