As our bus rounded the hillside and we were greeted with our first view of the walled in old city of Dubrovnik H and I knew we made the right choice in visiting Croatia.
Before the fun could begin we had to tackle the mission of finding our accommodation, which from the reviews did not sound like an easy task. We had looked pass those comments when booking our room, caught up in our daydreams of the balcony with ocean views that awaited us.
So off we went into the heat rolling our suitcases, hoping the reviews were wrong. Well after walking up and down steep, yet charming, stairs we found ourselves laughing uncontrollably at how ridiculous our situation was.
These stairs were no joke and we were dripping sweat by the time a nice postman found us just about giving up on ever finding our accommodation. Lucky for us he knew the way and we tried our best to keep up with him as he bounced down the stairs we just huffed and puffed up. When he pointed to our accommodation H and I nearly cheered with happiness to finally be done dragging our suitcases. And to add salt to the wound, the place we were staying was a mere left instead of a right turn at the start of the stairs.
Live and learn.
Now that we have finally arrived to our accommodation we were greeted by a sweet older woman who’s English vocabulary consisted of, one moment, which she said repeatedly while we waited for her son to meet us and give us the room keys. This was the most uncomfortable and hilarious twenty minutes of our trip by far.
Let’s set the scene.
H and I sat at a small table with the woman, no one was talking. We were dripping sweat and trying out best not to giggle. The nice woman gave us paper towels (clearly we were disgustingly sweaty) and then proceed to pull out an unlabeled bottle with some mysterious liquid.
The liquid in question
She poured us each a shot, smiled, and said one moment (translation, please drink). H was proper and sipped the drink, I took one sniff and knew that a quick shot was the only way to get it down. Now we still don’t know what was in this extremely strong shot, but between being in the sun all day, little food or water, and lack of sleep we both felt that tiny shot instantly and started off our vacation with a buzz induced nap.
It was glorious.
Even more wonderful, waking up in our room and seeing this as our view from or balcony.
We knew all the sweat and tears of finding our accommodation would be worth it.
Now that we had checked off find accommodation, drink unknown liquid, and take a power nap, we were ready to head into the old city and finally explore what lie within those walls.
We arrived in the city in the late afternoon as the temperature finally cooled making it bearable to be outside walking around. The city was full of life with people finally daring out of their air conditioned homes, children played with parrots, and a band marched through the city much to all us tourists delight.
Every time we passed by a tiny little street my curiosity got the best of me so most of our evening was spent wandering down one tiny street after another, not really knowing exactly where within the walls we were. But when you follow an unknown street and come out with stunning views of the ocean, why even bother with a map?
As we watched the beautiful sunset from our hidden gem of an area the feeling of finally being on vacation sank in. Don’t you just love when you can feel yourself relaxing and letting go of the stress of everyday life, just ready to enjoy your vacation?
Well our “moment of clarity” was interrupted with the grumbling of our stomachs so off we went to sneak out some of the tasty pasta we had been told to try in Croatia. H is super proud of his discovery of the restaurant we ate at that night, it totally wasn’t the luck of it being the first place we agreed on or anything.
I will give him credit, the pasta was delicious!
With our stomachs happy we walked back to our accommodation in the low glow of the setting sun, ready to start exploring more of the city first thing in the morning. If the sunsets make the city look like a magical glowing fairytale who knew what daylight had in store!
The next morning started with breakfast on our balcony, I sure could get use to breakfast with a view!
Since this was our last day in Dubrovnik H and I headed off after breakfast to brave the heat and get some more exploring in before we left for our next Croatian stop. When we entered the old city you would never had thought the streets where packed just the night before, it was a ghost town.
The only other people brave enough to face the heat!
We didn’t let the heat slow us down too much though and took off to climb a hill that offered some of the best views of the city!
Any Game of Throne fans out there recognize this area from the show?? Unfortunately we didn’t have time to take the Game of Thrones filming site tour but the entire old city made me feel like I was walking through King’s Landing.
After a sweaty climb we were more than up for grabbing some gelato by the harbor. We enjoyed our pistachio gelato while watching the boats make their way off to sea, and kayak goers attempt to go out to sea as well.
The rest of our day in Dubrovnik was filled with aimlessly wandering the charming streets of the old city, but I will just let the pictures do the talking…
Croatia sure made a great first impression!
Question of the Day?
Are you a Game of Thrones fan? Have you ever been to Croatia?