And what have the Romans ever done for us, you may ask and in this part of the world the answer is – they dug a trench- well a canal really and made one island, two – Cres and Lošinj (Lo’shin). The latter has a few villages the largest of which is Mali – which actually means ‘small’ while Veli Lošinj which is really tiny actually means ‘big’. Well all this is part of the magic of the place.
We sailed into a stunning natural harbour fringed by a fabulous wide promenade dotted with boutiques, bars and restaurants and were immediately smitten. This place is lovely! Our accommodation at apartment Leila (aptly named!) was located just off the main square, a two-minute walk from a Lidl supermarket and ‘bus’ stop. It was fabulous!!!!
John, the travelling encyclopedia, had a plan. We took the ‘bus’. The bus is a tourist train that isn’t really a train but a small tractor pulling wheeled carriages. As I said, all part of the magic! We headed to the Borik Beach Bar for a beer, afterwards a swim then lunch then another swim, a rest and a read on a lounge with umbrella then our waiter, Marko, had our table waiting for dinner at sunset…Ahhhh this is the life!!!!
Mali Lošinj is a bit like a Greek island with trees. There are lovely pebbly beaches, with fantastically coloured waters and that special ambience. However, there is a difference and that is most noticeable at Ĉikat Bay. Here we hired bicycles and cruised the promenade lined with amazing villas initially built in the mid to late 1800s and recently restored to their former glory. We took a picnic – considering we had almost blown our week’s budget on our indulgence the previous day. Amazing food at an amazing place and …well…it was worth every Kuna!!!!
The island of vitality, Lošinj. The island has thousands of plant species and multitudes of herbs and spices. Here you can really get into aromatherapy, all sorts of ‘active’ escapades or go to a museum, as we did. We donned our disposable paper socks and ventured in to view and find out all about, the Croatian Apoxyomenos. He was beautiful. He was discovered in 1996 and after incredible restoration work earning the museum an EU prize for Cultural Heritage he was fist displayed in 2006 in Zagreb then he did a bit of a world tour and was finally brought home close to where he was found. Across the world there are eight other Apoxyomenos – ancient Greek bronze statues of athletes but this one is considered by far the finest example. He was cast in the act of scraping sweat, oil and dust from his body with a small curved instrument called a strigil. The strigil didn’t survive as it would have been made of wood. Apparently the scrapings were then sold. Yes, sold! These scrapings were highly valued and when applied would of course encourage youthfulness, beauty and good health. Perhaps a session of aromatherapy would also assist in the application of this incredible ‘balm’? Ahh there’s nothing like believing in a little magic.