European summers on Croatian islands is every Hollywood movie stereotype come to life, so much so that I was still repeating, "this is actually real" over and over to myself.
It really hit home how lucky we are to live in Australia and Sydney that the crystal clear turquoise waters on Korcula and especially on Proizd island didn't completely render me speechless. Proizd island is a tiny island with exactly one restaurant and essentially bordered by small coves and could literally come right out of a postcard. We have water close to this in more remote beaches on the coast of NSW in Australia, but I can see why everyone in Europe's landlocked countries flock to the coast on their summer holidays because it's truly gorgeous. Have to say though - loose limestone rocks may be infinitely preferable to sand when dry but pretty painful for bare feet when you actually get into the water!
Korčula is a larger, more developed town and is full of white yachts bobbing lazily in the distance, an overabundance of boat shoes, waiters in black vests and offering cracked pepper, and sunhats. So many sunhats. Perhaps a Bond villain, stage right. True or not, this was an island town that runs off maintaining this impression. Despite the summer heat, the buildings are structured in a way that maximises the wind tunnel effect in the alleyways. And they are catnip for photographers: overhanging greens and flowers, staircases and limestone walls. Plus literal cats, sunning themselves in the warmth.