By Jade McSorley for Summersalt Yoga
Walking around the narrow streets of Vis Island, through alleyways and stone arches, signs of botanical and human life seep through the nooks and iron gates, reminding me nostalgically of my favorite childhood novel, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Washing lines hang amongst palm trees, disrupted dining areas and abandoned chairs leave trances of recent commotion. Cats laze amongst the bracken, tired from the heavy heat of the Mediterranean climate. Gardens grow in and amongst the stone walls, never knowing which came first – the ancient buildings or the creeping vegetation? An endless plant palette paints the island, and as you wander throughout the small town, you unearth gardens around every corner, like a childhood game of hide and seek or discovering a secret place found across the Adriatic sea.