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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik September 18th 2022

“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.” - Isabelle Eberhardt We have had such a fabulous, full day today in Dubrovnik! We walked and walked, along old city walls, admired amazing views, climbed up and down about a million stairs (over 23,000 steps on my Fitbit today), and just had such a great day. 😀 We’d be walking today, and admiring yet another incredible view, and I just had to marvel, “you’re in Dubrovnik!”. It’s so incredible to be here and to see the beautiful old city. We started the day with breakfast in a hotel just down the street (Hotel Pletka, a sister property to our Hostel Sol). There were lots to choose ... read more
Me and Susan on the city walls
Me heading up some of the many stairs
Me along the city walls

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik September 17th 2022

Greetings from Dubrovnik! We had a very early morning, getting up about 3:45 am. We showered, finished packing, and went downstairs to find Carolann (sorry Carolann I’ve been spelling your name wrong!) already up and the kettle boiled for tea. We had a cup of tea and Carolann made us each a lunch to bring with us - cheese (and pickle for me) sandwich, a bag of chips, and a chocolate biscuit. It was so thoughtful, and we really appreciated it. Carolann drove us to the Eastbourne train station with plenty of time to get our 5:20 am train to Gatwick. We were there shortly after 5 am, hoping that the coffee shop might be open, but not surprisingly, it wasn’t open that early. It was VERY chilly this morning, and since I didn’t bring any ... read more
View from our room - the port
Neighbour views

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik September 5th 2022

Our shore excursion today was into Dubrovnik (the old oaks). Dubrovnik is one of the main shooting locations for the Game of Thrones. Mainly King’s Landing with a lot of CGI added. Basically a medieval town that had been conquered multiple times. When communism fell and Yugoslavia fragmented there was fighting to determine who controlled the other countries which are now Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina,. They were essentially bombed by their own army. The map shows the strikes that happened to this city. You would be hard pressed to find the damage today after all of the rebuilding. We visited a Dominican Monastery and a Catholic Cathedral that are both functioning. (we found it odd that the cathedral was not selling rosaries). During some free time in Dubrovnik we visited some stores and picked up a ... read more
Dubrovnik Bomb map
Dominican Monastery court yard
Traditional Croatian Dress

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik May 19th 2022

The Croats use a peka, a dome or bell-shaped terracotta, cast iron, or steel lid that is heated by burning wood beneath it. After it is heated, the food to be cooked is placed in a round tray underneath the peka. The peka is used primarily to cook fish or octopus. But potatoes and vegetables are always a welcome addition, often becoming the star of the dish (who else says that?). The potatoes tend to suck up the flavor of the meat or fish. Peka is an ancient technique, often using an outdoor fireplace, specifically built for peka. It is a slow cooking method, allowing the flavors and aromas to blend perfectly. It is believed to be an adaptation of primitive techniques of baking ingredients in clay, for people who could not afford ovens. Now, peka ... read more
A typical peka dish
The peka oven
Octopus, peka style

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik March 24th 2022

As of today, here are the State Department warnings regarding travel to my destinations in May. Serbia: Reconsider your need to travel. It has not been updated since Oct, 2021. Belgrade is only 320 miles from the Ukraine border! Croatia: Exercise a high degree of caution. (Mar 2022) Greece: Same as Croatia France: Same as Greece Germany: Same as France So, what am I going to do? The cycling portion of my trip in May in Croatia, from May 14-21. Is the Adriatic Sea safe for tourists? Yet, Poland is rated the same as Croatia, France, and Germany, though they have received upwards of 3 million refugees from war torn Ukraine. At least Ukraine is listed as "Do not travel" as of March 20, 2022. Here are the warnings for the Ukraine: Military action is underway. ... read more
STEP has you covered

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik December 16th 2021

Day 1:part 1 2016 11 August I remember their trip like it was yesterday. I woke up around 6:15 am half asleep looking like I have bin in a fight the day before because of my big eye bag showing due to the lack of sleep. Although I was tired I knew we had to leave otherwise we would not get on our plane in time. With this in mind I sprung out of my bed and got ready with excitement gleaming across my face and body. Keep in mind I am not an adult so I didn’t have stressful things like passports and boarding passes to think about.Everyone else then not so gracefully got out of bed and ready for the day which turned out to be one of the best days of my life(for ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik December 10th 2021

Day 1:Part 2 2016:11 August I finished of writing about me and my family turning around the corner in the taxi to the the magnificent view of the town Dubrovnik. We paid the taxi driver and set off through the town to meet the Airbnb we were staying in, and the owner of it.We were walking through the historically beautiful town and I notice 2(two) things, one is that there were probably more stray cats there than humans and two is that there were bullet holes in the architecture which felt strange to think. If you didn’t know there was a war there in the 90s and you can even see stuff like bullet holes there now. When we met the owner we noticed her English was so good even though she was Croatian.This is probably ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik August 9th 2021

Bonjour à tous, Entre les kilomètres, et la chaleur, le soir je suis lessivé. Je n'arrive pas à lire plus de 10 pages, hier vers 10 heure, j'éteignais, et dans les bras de Morphée. Je crois avoir trouvé l'explication concernant ma "cagade" de réservation. J'avais rentré dans les demandes, un hôtel à Dubrovnik donc en Croatie, et lorsque, j'ai élargi la demande, elle est resté en Croatie, oubliant, qu'ici le pays était morcelé. Aujourd'hui a été beaucoup mieux que les deux jours précédents. Après un pdj super copieux, à 8h30, je programmais Ston, à 75 km. Ston en Croatie, est connue, pour ses remparts, construits en 1358, il mesure à l'époque 7km de long. A ce jour ils sont la plus longue d'Europe, voir les second du monde, derrière la grande muraille de Chine. Ston est ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik July 7th 2021

Unless you are a dedicated cyclist like me, you probably have never considered a cycling trip, or better yet, a cycling cruise. Perhaps you might want to reconsider this option, particularly since electric bicycles are now an option. But stop and think about all of the fun "off bike" that you might have. First, and foremost is the social aspect of joining a group that is both fun and interesting. There is plenty of time to socialize, at happy hours, meal times, cycling breaks, and on board activities. And time to meet locals as well. Second, the food is a big attraction, both on board, and on shore. Meal times tend to be the highlight of the day. The stories tend to get exaggerated, and with the help of some adult beverages, louder and more interesting. ... read more
Sail Croatia is the best!!!

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik March 17th 2021 Dubrovnik walk along the Wall Southside Dubrovnik's walls measure 2km around but the thickness varies according to where the builders perceived threats. On the landward side, the walls are four to six metres thick but on the seaward side only 1 1/2 to three metres. The height also varies according to the configuration of the terrain; in some places it reaches 25m This was the second part of the walk that I had taken virtually a couple of weeks back. The first 300 metres protect the seaward side, a slight rise takes you to the highest point of the south walls where the very oldest settlement once was and we saw the highest house of the town where an elderly couple still live. Then the walk descends to Fort Bokar which was begun in the ... read more

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