Today the sun blesses us with her presence yet again, so we motor across the bay and stop for another swim spot near Stonica Beach on the island of Vis. We are again feeling very lucky to have such good weather after the start of the week. Vis had a strategic military location over the centuries due to its size and location, was used as a base for the Allies in WWII, and has an old submarine hangar you can visit. Full of beaches around her shores, it is a lovely spot to go on a beautiful day.
I wander around town by myself today as I opted not to go on the optional drive around the island and over to Lomita on the far side. The shoreline for Vis stretches far both ways, so I put to first go south towards a bell tower on the far end. Many of the ruined buildings here are not preserved well and appear to be cordoned off (perhaps in an effort to restore them soon). Many little shops dot the waterfront area as I walk, and I find a lot more locals walking around than it seemed in other islands. I walk along the water's edge on my way back, admiring the many sailboats strung along the pier. They bob and bounce against each other with each wave. I'm amazed at how many boats they can park along one shoreline. I continue walking back north and around to a little peninsula sticking out over the harbor with an old monastery and church. These buildings were built over an ancient Roman theater which it appears the town will soon restore. To the rear is a cemetery overlooking the sea. One of the more gorgeous and well-kept cemeteries I have ever seen, I wander through, trying to spy out the oldest rating place. I find one dating back to 1881. I wander back to the heart of town, and en route I spot an ancient Roman bath site that appears to be in the first restoration phases. I find a nice pizza restaurant spot overlooking the harbor and return for an early evening.