After we left Kathmandu, we flew to London for just an overnight, and then on to Dubrovnik. The sparkling Adriatic Sea seemed to follow you on every side, and we wondered how more people have not heard more about this place.
As old as the 7th century, Dubrovnik is a seaport of the Mediterranean Sea and obviously a tourist destination in the summer. Things were very quiet during our stay, other than a lot of construction. Our airbnb host told us construction is only allowed in the off season. It is illegal during the summer. “Illegal” sounded strange, but he used the word several more times for several other things. We were surprised to hear he had lived through the civil war here, considering he looked like a college age kid, but we were soon reminded it had only been in the early nineties– shockingly recent, considering. After imagining how horrible this must have been as six year old, the local sirens and dynamite being used for construction close by were even more disturbing each time they went off.
In medieval times, Dubrovnik was the capital of the Republic of Ragusa, who’s motto was “Liberty is not well sold for all the gold.” The city with its Old Town and ancient city walls is a UNESCO world heritage site now.
Interestingly, Dubrovnik, when it was still an independent state, was the first country to recognize the US as independent from British, as well as one of the first countries to abolish the slave trade in the 15th century.
Exceptionally fortunate, we were able to catch some early, sunny spring days with absolutely perfect weather. We were able to comfortably stroll to the grocery store, along the coast, and adventure the city walls.
The walls extend approximately 2 km around and were a delight to explore.
Strolling was a joy as you continuously caught site of idyllic, crooked alleyways with cobblestone paths and old gas style lanterns.
Clothes lines with a variety of colored clothing decorated the crumbling rock walls and gardens like garland.
To the right of us, the dazzling view of the Adriatic with multiple islands and rocky cliffs continued to draw you toward them.
A few cannons dotted the walls, and we learned that a cannon sounded from Fort Lovrijenac at midday for many years in the recent future.
Dubrovnik is considered an Eastern European paradise, like Hawaii for US in a way. I read that on a day in August a few years ago, 10,000 people had bought tickets to walk these walls. Wow, off season rocks. Still, the thought of jumping in the sea or SUPing to the islands did sound like a experience we would have to return for, considering the still frigid waters. We looked into kayaking, but the locals said the waters were just too choppy and did not recommend it. They had canceled their guided tours as well.
Little cafes with unbelievable views dotted each corner of the walls. This would be a perfect place for a honeymoon or anniversary trip.
Immensely calm and relaxing, you found enticing nooks and crannies to sit and gaze out at the view with your loved one around every corner.
Sipping on a glass of local wine or freshly squeezed orange juice seemed an appetizing option too.
We retired early considering we were all feeling a little jet lag. We had decided to cook at home each night, and Chris and I were going to try for a date night since the kids had requested frozen pizza one night, if we could find. The area was known for its seafood, and we didn’t want to miss it. Our little AirBNB was absolute comfort after our last month, and the kids were eager to just crash there a little. Costs here seem very similar to Cookeville, but they do not use Euros since they are not yet a member of the EU.
About 7.50 Croatian Kuna equals a US dollar. Homeschool math constantly, right?