King’s Landing: Dubrovnik, Croatia

After a long ass bus ride from split, we arrived in Dubrovnik. The bus ride should have taken only four hours and after multiple 30 minute stops, we didn’t arrive in this seaside city until after dark. Hey, we stopped for 45 minutes in Bosnia & Herzegovina and had the opportunity to snap a few pics so that’s fun. The drive was long and annoying but oh so beautiful.

The Bosnia & Herzegovina coast:

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Driving along the coast heading toward Dubrovnik:

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Upon exiting the bus station, we made the ten minute walk uphill to our hotel, The Berkeley. The hotel is on located in north Dubrovnik well outside of the Old City but was inexpensive and not busy! We were upgraded to a suite complete with sea views and kitchen. Making ourselves quite at home, we unpacked and went out to grab a bite to eat at this trendy business like restaurant. We made our way back in the warmth of the night and watched the city lights glimmer and reflect over the seaside harbor. We felt like we were in Mexico – the climate not the people or infrastructure.

We arose to perfectly blue sunny skies and warm weather. After being in cold Austria and Slovenia, we were loving the low 60s here in Dubrovnik. With t-shirts and no heavy coats we made the 25 minute walk from our hotel to the Old City, you know the one you see photos of. Staying outside the downtown area allowed us to walk through ‘ real’ Dubrovnik, which was cute as ever. Seaside views from small grocery coop shops and tiny pension hotels. Making our way down to the Old City, we were giddy with excitement.

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The old wall surrounds the town, with a labyrinth of cobblestone streets, shops, restaurants and a miniature attempt at a Christmas market. There is one main thoroughfare (it’s the widest street) with the majority of restaurants. Owners stop us midway and show is the menu for lunch and dinner even though we had just had breakfast. Passing through the streets is a wannabe photographers dream , every corner is beautiful.

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We passed the harbor and opted do take a harbor cruise since it was so sunny and warm and we are on vacation right?

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After a boat malfunction, our second boat arrived and we were off on our hour long cruise. Along the way we cruised along the Old City walls and spotted a bar clinging to the sides. We passed an arboretum island where they film game of thrones and cruised along the beachfront hotels.

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Sun kissed and searching for more, we made our way to this hillside bar. We finally found the gem and ended up staying for hours.

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As the sun set we ran to buy beers because they weren’t so cheap there and then headed back to watch sunset.

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Making our way back up the hill from the Old City, we stopped in at a hotel recommended pizza joint, asked for it to go and enjoyed a lazy night in our room. The next day, we woke and decided to head to the tourist information center to check out buses to Montenegro but after researching all options it wasn’t going to happen. Too expensive, too long of bus rides seeing how we’d have to go all the way back to Split. Gotta leave something to come back to right?

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We walked around before deciding to make the climb up to the top of the hill above Old City. We weren’t in good hiking clothes at all, dress, toms, shorts but we weren’t going to walk back to the hotel either. So up we went, up the hillside with 180 views views of the Old City, the clear blue Adriatic Sea, and the islands. The top isn’t anything special , small restaurant and war museum. It’s said that are still land minds off the trail so it’s strongly encouraged to stay on the marked path.

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Back in the city center, we slugged our tired feet to our favorite overpriced bar for some booze and to relax. It was worth every penny. We were headed back to split for one night and then to Zagreb, Croatia capital before using the rest of our eurail passes and training to Budapest!

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