« La mer est sans routes, la mer est sans explications. »
– Alessandro Baricco, extrait d’Océan Mer
Croatia is blessed with some of the most breathtakingly beautiful seas and beaches in — I would argue — the world.
I visited Croatia in the summer of 2011. My two traveling partners and I took the cruise ship from Ancona, Italy, and crossed the Adriatic Sea to Split, Croatia. The first couple of days were spent exploring Split, but there was nothing much to see besides the ancient Diocletian’s Palace in the heart of the city and the beaches were slightly overcrowded. We decided that island-hopping would spice things up a little, and there were so many to choose from — Hvar Island, Brač Island, you name it. Hvar Island was apparently the ultimate party destination, but we weren’t really in a partying mood; we just wanted some place quiet to soak in the sea and the sun. So Brač Island it was.
Brač was everything it promised to be and so much more — less tourists, pristine blue seas, affordable food and accommodation, friendly locals. The main attraction at Brač is Zlatni Rat, a narrow white pebble beach located on the south coast of the island, and is also known as ‘the Golden Horn’. Interestingly, the shape of the horn changes with the tide, which makes this a truly unique beach indeed.
We spent an entire afternoon at this beach. I actually did not swim, which I truly regret, but an afternoon of reading Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk About Kevin under the shade of the trees with the blue sea spread endlessly before me was just as nice.
When I came to Brač I finally understood how the sea could offer one a sort of peace that simply cannot be found elsewhere, certainly not in the urban jungle most of us currently live in. In this week’s photo challenge themed ‘Sea’, I want to show that the sea’s greatest offering to me has certainly been none other than this: tranquilité.