Destination: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Stairs. The end.

There’s also sea food, a cliffside fortress city, beaches, crowds, history both ancient and recent, beauty, etc etc.

Dubrovnik is as picturesque as they come. And everyone knows it. So start your days early! unless extremely crowded places don’t bother you 🙂

 

July 13th &14, 2016.

Having arrived in the afternoon we descended 130m of stairs through winding alleyways until we arrived at the walled Old Town, just in time for an early dinner. Coincidently it was five minutes before the famed trip advisor restaurant Lady Pi Pi opened. Famous for its good food but possibly more so for its statue/ fountain of a woman, legs open, and peeing…

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Wandering the old city we made our way to the next gem on our list, Bard Mala Buza. A bar that is situated on a short cliff above the sea  on the outside of the protective wall. The sun had just set & with a beer in hand and wine on the table we had made the transition from adventure to vacation.

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(Above) The entrance to the Bar has no sign in front, & is literally a hole in the wall. So don’t forget to Save/Star it on your downloaded Google Maps.

After a few drinks we returned to the Old Town that had been transformed to something even more magical than its dayside counterpart. The low lights reflecting off the limestone floor, the high stone walls that faded into the night sky, the frenzied crowds of the day had left behind only dreamers, romantics, & the affluent.

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What goes up must come down. And Down we went, all the way to a gorgeous beach on a beautiful sunny day. The  water was warm and salty, the beach was more smooth pebbles than sand, & the umbrellas were about $10 to rent. With the heat bearing down on us the girls were in the water in no time and I evened out my farmers tan in about 30 minutes.

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Back inside the walls amongst the ocean of tourist, mostly day trippers from cruise ships or yachts or boats making their way up and down the Croatian coast. To escape the insanity we opted for a walk along the city walls with spectacular views of both the Old Town itself and its surrounding landscapes.

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It is heartbreaking to know that the majority of the newer looking red roofs were restored in the 90s after the damage sustained during the Yugoslav Civil War. As difficult as it is to try and imagine what those years must have been like, it is incredible to see that the historic Old Town was able to survive modern warfare.

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(Above:The Bar we visited the previous night)

(below: the honeymooners)

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Melissa reenacting a scene from the show Game of Thrones that was filmed here while Leah models and takes photos simultaneously.

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We ended our time in Dubrovnik just how it began, at the dinner table with seafood & wine, friends & family.

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