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Published: October 4th 2014
After Intrepid had officially finished, Bill, Alan and I moved to our new apartment in Dubrovnik old city. We ran into Svet, Phil, Kristy and Annie having coffee so we were able to say goodbye. Our apartment man met us, and it was an exhausting climb up over 200 medieval stairs to the apartment (but it was worth it!) While we waited for the room to be finalised, wd had lunch and Alan made the waitress laugh and blush (as he inevitably does!). Later that evening we met Svet, Brit, Maree and Emer for dinner and drinks. The next day, Bill and I went for a short trip to the incredibly close island of Lokrum. On the island, there is some lovely nature walks and peacocks walking freely around the island. All along the shoreline, there were people splayed out on the rocks and swimming in the blue ocean. Oh, there was a nudist beach too hehe. I couldn't help but peek (and got a rude shock!) After lunch, Bill and I went up the cable car to the old fortress, and to the museum. As it was our last night, Bill, Alan, Svet and I had dinner together. The next
day, we parted ways. It was so wonderful to travel with Alan again 😊 Many more laughs, and a heap of new memories. He went home to Oxford, and we went by bus to Split.
The bus ride to Split took us through Bosnia and Herzegovina again. So more passport checks! The funny thing was, if the bus did right at Nuem, we would have been going to Sarajevo, rather than contuining straight and going back to Croatia. Once we got to Split we bought our ferry tickets and were on our way to Hvar. For the first time on this trip, we experienced a touristy, island lifestlye, with stacks of expensive yachts in port. After we found our way (uphill) to our apartment it was time to find something to eat cos we were starving! One thing we found in Hvar there were so many white fluffy dogs like our little Shaabi! Needless to say we took many photos! We were in Hvar to meet our friends from home, Dom and Claudia, who were there for a wedding. The next day we ran into Dom as we were doing our bit of sightseeing and arranged to meet later.
We walked up the old fortress (a much shorter walk than the one in Kotor), as well as went for a swim later in the day. That evening we had a really nice dinner with Dom and Claudia by the harbour. Hvar was nice, hut as we're not really beachy people, we exhausted the things to do in Hvar, so we were glad to leave for Split the next day!
In Split we stayed in a charming room within the walls of the old Diocletian's palace. The palace are now in ruins, however the walls are still in tact, as well as several Roman columns. Within the walls of the palace now is a myriad of streets with shops, restaurants and hotels. It's a really cool place, and we were glad to stay where we did. The first night there was a massive downpour of rain- luckily we moved from the original restaurant where we were sitting outdoors, and to another restaurant indoors. However, the staff had to run back and forth between the buildings and got absolutely drentched! Water was just gushing down the old streets. The next day we pottered around and explored town. We went into
the church, crypyt, treasury and climbed the (very high) bell tour and got stunning views if the city. We later had homemade beers at a place near our hotel whuch was very very nice. The next day we said goodbye and were on our way to Greece!
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