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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

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik October 5th 2018

We met our local tour guide, Vesna, at 9 am and proceeded on our walking tour of the old town of Kotor. This place is just beautiful and everything I glimpses the "wall of Kotor", I am in awe. The wall is 4 and a half kilometres long and took about 1,000 years to complete. To walk to the top there are 1,400 steps and it is unbelievable how hight up it goes, all the way to the fortress on top. We started the tour at the 'sea gate' in the city wall where Vesna explained that the water used to come right up to this gate, in ancient times. We then walked through the town, stopping along the way for Vesna to tell us something about particular buildings. On tower, just inside the sea gate ... read more
The cathedral
Looking up at the church in the wall
The wall up to the fortress

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik October 2nd 2018

There is one thing we really enjoyed while in dubrovnik, it was enjoying the sunset and our nights out. We have found a couple of nice bars and one restaurant worth mentionning. If you are looking for a nice view point to enjoy the sunset, then I would propose one of those two locations: Bard bar ou Buza bar. The two are fairly crowded at that time of the day, so come early or be lucky to find a nice seat. And yet they are not so easily spotted. You have to go through a tiny gate from inside the city walls to find yourself at the foot of it. Just grand! The atmosphere in both is great but Bard is a bit more fancy, serving nice cocktails while Buza is a bit more rough serving ... read more
Bard bar
Takenoko restaurant
Buza bar

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik September 21st 2018

After dinner at Magellan restaurant came home straight to bed, everybody exhausted. Rob slept well, Kelly still jetlagged. Up at 5.45am for good buffet breakfast then on the bus at 8.25am Stopped at lookout with best view of the old town Dubrovnik, absolutely postcard vistas of the town and coastline. Then down to the town for a guided tour by Ivana around the town, very busy with tourists but still so pretty. Walked the walls, very warm and crowded. Back down stopped for a cool drink then taxi back to hotel. Relax for the rest of the afternoon and will have dinner in tonight.... read more
view from front of hotel
view from front of hotel
Dubrovnik old town

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik September 18th 2018

Last night was an accommodation fail. The apartment is over a hostel bar where they played music so loud the walls vibrated and then shouted to be heard over the music until 2 am. By 7 am the church bells are ringing and the neighbour is back in the alleyway singing. The bed is uncomfortable and there’s no hot water. Lack of sleep and a cold shower has made me grumpy. To make matters worse, the old man decides against the cold shower so the apartment smells of sweaty old man. Breakfast is ‘included’ – this means the owner has left some eggs and jam in the fridge. There’s no bread but we can go and collect some from his mother’s shop. After we have cooked our eggs we pack and trek back to the car. ... read more
Breakfast included
Queen Victoria
Bay of Kotor

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik September 7th 2018

Over the course of two weeks, our tour covered a distance of approximately 980 km and traveling through Albania, Montenegro, Croatia and Slovenia. Three of these countries would be new to us. We spent two days in Albania which was only enough to give us a taste of the country before moving on to Montenegro. Again, we had not had much time in the country of Montenegro though it truly deserved more time to explore. However, it was long enough to appreciate its varied geography ranging from the high, lush green Bjelasica Mountains and national parks down to its golden beaches on the Adriatic Sea. Montenegro produces some excellent wines, honey, and figs which explains why dried figs are sold in farmers markets everywhere. As past experience has taught us, tour schedules are not often varied ... read more
Montenegro
Architectural detail in Kotor's Old City - Montenegro
Sculpture inside of Kotor's Sea Gate - Montenegro

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik July 29th 2018

Käytiin ennen aamiaista meressä uimassa, hotellin rannassa. Vesi oli mukavan lämmintä. Bussilla keskustaan. Kierrettiin kaupunginmuuri. Siinä on pituutta 2 km ja siinä meni reilu tunti. Etnografisen museon jälkeen poikettiin kahvilla. Palattiin hotelliin klo 12. Käytiin uudestaan uimassa ja otettiin päiväunet. Illalla lähdettiin Cavtatiin, joka on lentokentältä 6 kilometrin päässä. Ensin mentiin kaupunkibusseilla vaihdolla linja-autoasemalle, joka on muutaman kilometrin päässä vanhastakaupungista, satama-alueella jossa on moderni keskusta. Läheisessä baarissa kahvit ja viini maksoivat huomattavasti vähemmän kuin hotellialueella ja vanhassakaupungissa. Mentiin sitten bussilla Cavtatiin. Bussi oli aluksi tyhjä, mutta matkan varrella siihen nousi väkeä. Käveltiin Cavtatissa rantakadulla ja käytiin katsomassa niemenkärkeä. Tilasin elämäni ekan Über-kyy... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik July 28th 2018

Haettiin kolmen päivän Dubrovnik Card turistineuvonnasta, joka oli hotellialueella. Kortti piti sisällään kaupunginmuurien kierroksen, muutaman museon, 6 matkaa paikallisbusseissa ja menopaluumatkan Cavtatiin bussilla. Menimme bussilla keskustaan. Oli helteinen päivä. Kiertelimme vanhaakaupunkia. Kävimme museoissa. Yhdessä museossa oli hyvä valokuvanäyttely vuoden 1991 sodan tuhoista. Löysimme myös baarin joka oli muurin takana rannassa. Söimme pitseriassa ja sitten jälkiruoat terassilla jossa tuuli mukavasti. Klo 15.30 lähdimme laivalla Lokrumin saareen. Kävimme meressä uimassa. Söimme palatessa vanhassakaupungissa, ensin Jukka jatsibaarissa, jossa Jukka halusi käydä, sitten minä toisessa ravintolassa pääkadun pohjoispuolella, kun halusin kokeilla mereneläviä. Palasimme bussilla hotellille ja kävimme pimeässä katsomassa vielä hotellin rantaa.... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik July 27th 2018

Tälle matkalle lähdin pelkillä käsimatkatavaroilla, maksimipaino 8 kg. En ottanut mukaan lainkaan pitkiä housuja, kun sääennuste lupasi 30 asteen hellettä sekä Kroatiaan että Suomeen. Pakkasin mukaan jo pari paitaa, jotka päätin heittää matkalla menemään. Lisäksi huomasin että lenkkikenkäni olivat jo aika risat, joten en tuonut niitäkään Suomeen takaisin. Matkalla oli tarkoitus nähdä täydellinen kuunpimennys, hieno planeettajono Mars - Saturnus - Jupiter - Venus, joka ei näy nyt Suomessa. Dubrovnikissa oli tarkoitus kiertää kaupunginmuuri, ja sitten oli aikeena käydä päiväretki naapurimaassa Montenegrossa. Lennettiin illaksi Dubrovnikiin. Hotelli oli Lapadin niemellä rannassa, vanhastakaupungista länteen. Alueella on paljon muitakin hotelleja. Oli täydellinen kuunpimennys ja Mars kirkkaimmillaan 15 vuoteen 6 astetta kuun eteläpuolella. Käytiin kats... read more
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