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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik August 4th 2019

From the “you never know” department. As usual we arrived at JFK 3 hours early and stopped for a pre-vacation drink. There was a time when my rent was less than the two drinks. We headed to the gate for a 7:05 boarding and an 8:00pm departure. When we were sitting in the boarding area at 7:30 I knew we had a problem. The board listed departure at 8:30, then 9:00. The crowd was growing restless. The captain, Captain Dan, announced that there was a computer glitch, it needed to be addressed and then tested and since the cabin temperature was 107, they would have to cool it down. New departure 10:30. Then the board changed to departure at Midnight. There were now nine people behind the podium trying to answer questions. The crowd was beginning ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik July 19th 2019

Dubrovnik is a Southern Croatian city by the Adriatic Sea, and for a long time, it was just an old distinctive seaside paradise. Today, it is a glorious destination with a lot of vibrancy coupled with the flocking of visitors who are marveled by its preserved heritage and architecture. Without a doubt, its glorified architecture caught the eye of the producers of one of the most popular TV shows for the last decade or so - Game of Thrones. It fitted perfectly with their ideal description of a city set in a medieval fantasy period. Although there were a few special-effects edits, it must be said that a large portion of the filming perfectly utilized the old town's unique buildings as filming locations. The show has a cult following and most of the avid viewers were ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik July 6th 2019

And so Croatia via a quick walk around Porto Montenegro, a short cut by ferry & an hour crossing the borders out of Montenegro & into Croatia, not bad. We got to Dubrovnik, our first port of call and checked into our Airbnb before wandering down into the magnificent old town. Pretty busy but after taking in the sights we looked for something to eat and came across a band playing some old standards and sat down to watch them. Great players and the lead was a guy that looked like one of the chuckle brothers! As is our wont we did the walking tour on our first morning in Dubrovnik- pretty good it was too - Clearly there were a lot of Game of Thrones references including Black water bay (colourina bay) and the ... read more
well Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik wall

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik May 17th 2019

So here we are in Camping Kate. Last time we were here we stayed at Camping Solitudo. What a difference two camp sites are. Camping Solitudo very popular. Very expensive . We paid with Camping Cheques. A bus journey into Dubrovnik. Camping Kate - on the other side of the city. A boat trip into Dubrovnik . An ACSI site with no amenities. Very flat pitches, a small reception , a long walk down to the harbour. The showers left a lot to be desired . At this time of year we could park anywhere we liked. We pitched up next to an empty pitch which was later filled by a family of Lithuanians. They set up two tents , the mother wore pink PJ's and wrapped a blanket round herself. Our other neighbours were in ... read more
Dubrovnik from the boat
The walls of Dubrovnik
St Lawrence Fort

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik April 24th 2019

Kein Regen, aber im Inland Wolken und Nässe Straßen... Wie gestern kam das schlechte Wetter vom Osten. Ich blieb nur kurz auf der Küstenstraße- zu viel Verkehr und Bebauung, sondern fuhr durch eine spektakuläre Schlucht und Serpentinenstrasse auf die Hochfläche und schließlich zue Autobahn. Die war wieder autoleer aber windumtost. Große Wäsche in Dubrovnik. Dann Altstadt und Riesenpizza mit Pete und Dom.... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik October 28th 2018

What a crazy day. Pouring rain. Forgot my passport had to go back to the room while everybody was wairing for me .safe wouldn't open. Crazed. Worked that out. Drive to first stop in Montenegro. Absolutely beautiful. Small country. I can see how it would be a wonderful summer resort. Right on the water. Mountains. So pretty. Couldn't get on the boat ride cuz it was too rough. Went to second stop, kotor. Medieval town. So charming. Chapel there from 1180! Still in use. Most people are part of orthodox church. Our guide treated us to an array of cured meats and local cheeses. Wow! It takes 2 years to make their prosciutto! Had the best mussels of my life for lunch. They harvest them right there. I think I've eaten fish at every meal so ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik October 9th 2018

To make the most of my last day, I was up at 8 and showered and packed by 9am, so that I could go and have breakfast at Lady Pi Pi down the street. After a nice meal of freshly squeezed orange juice, macchiato long and a toasted ham and cheese sandwich with fresh tomato on the side, I was ready to hit the shops and wandered through the old city for the last time. All sorted I left the apartment at 1:15 to make the walk to the bus stop, where I waited about 15 minutes for the shuttle bus to the airport. It was another beautiful warm day and I made the most of catching the last sun rays, before I will be inside for the next 33 hours 😱. Bus to airport was ... read more
Alleyways of Dubrovnik are quiet at this time
My last coffee in the old city of Dubrovnik

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik October 8th 2018

Slow start to today as I enjoyed not being on tour and my new apartment. I had booked a tour for this morning that was a 3 hour walking tour covering history and Game of Thrones locations. I met my local guide Jelena at 10am at the Plocë Gate, after a quick coffee nearby. There were only 8 of us in the group so it was really great and personal. Jelena spoke really well and knew her stuff - I actually learnt a lot from her about the history. Old Dennis may have told us the same info but who knows! The tour started on the Plocé Gate, which was used in GoT as the walk of shame location. We then went into the old city and she explained about many of the famous landmarks and ... read more
Dubrovnik Old Harbour
Dubrovnik Old Harbour
The Spanish Steps - where Cersei stood naked.

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik October 7th 2018

Well, the weather was not good today! I guess it was bound to happen sometime but I was devo that it happened on the day we were going to go to the Elaphite Islands. We all met in the lobby at 9 as previously instructed where Melinda advised the Captain of our boat said we couldn't sail today, due to the weather. Apparently all cruises were cancelled for today. She was busily trying to work out an alternate itinerary for the day so said we should perhaps go and get coffee while she worked it out. Kim, Don and I headed toward the beach area (with rain jackets and umbrellas) to find somewhere to have coffee but there was hardly anything open. We ended up finding a place and just killed some time there. Melinda organised ... read more
The 100+ steps down to the Stradun from my apartment
The view at night from my balcony. St Lawrence fortress

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik October 6th 2018

We all met in the lobby of our hotel at 9am to walk to our bus and head into the old city of Dubrovnik. Once we arrived at the Pilé Gate, we met our local guide Dennis (yep, food Croatian name!),. It was crazy there as there were huge groups of tourists off cruise ships. Dennis told us that there was one day a few years ago where they had over 16,000 visitors into the old city, which isn't really big enough for that to be an enjoyable experience for anyone! UNESCO got involved and recommended they restrict the number to 8,000, which they have done but I believe they will reduce it further next year to 5,000. They will also control how many cruise ships can come into port on any one day. Of course ... read more
Inside the Cloister of the Franciscan Monastery
Dubrovnik laneways
Lots of activity in the main square

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