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    • Day 148

      Dubrovnik, Croatia

      October 3, 2022 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      The inevitable charm and beauty of today’s Dubrovnik lies in its long and rich history. Over the many centuries of its existence, Dubrovnik has established itself as an independent, powerful and influential city. Its specific geographic position helped in the development of successful merchandising and maritime tradition. Dubrovnik has always been valued as a safe harbour, shielded by the group of islands rising in front of it, but also being intersection of the important maritime and trading routes.

      It is believed that Dubrovnik was founded in the 7th century when Croatian tribes expanded to the area in attempt to hide from the barbarians. They formed a number of small settlements that gradually, over the centuries, merged together, forming a single city shielded by the today famous ramparts.

      Dubrovnik soon established itself as a prosperous trading and maritime center at the Adriatic and Mediterranean Sea. Despite turbulent historical circumstances, Dubrovnik fought to preserve its trading autonomy and valued independence in dark medieval times, even under the Venetian reign.

      The era of true prosperity of Dubrovnik begins with the foundation of the Republic of Ragusa or the Dubrovnik Republic in the 15th century. It was an independent aristocratic republic, with its own authorities (the Rector and the counsellors), currency and flag with an image of St. Blaise, the city patron. The Republic of Ragusa was the first European country to abolish slavery. The age of prosperity and well-being reached its culmination in the 16th century with the development of the maritime trade and the local merchant navy, placing Dubrovnik among the most valued trading contractors in the world. The era of financial security and development helped in the formation of a specific lifestyle in the city. A circle of humanists supported the blooming creativity resulting in magnificent artistic achievements in architecture, urbanism, poetry, literature and science. Some of the most famous buildings from that period include the Church of St. Blaise, The Dubrovnik Cathedral and  the Rector’s Palace. However, the era of prosperity was replaced with the deep political and economical crisis in the 17th century culminating with the great earthquake in the 1667, which almost destroyed the city. Balancing between the wars against the Turkish Empire and the Venetians and struggling with the ongoing crisis, the Dubrovnik Republic ceased to exist in the 18th century as a result of Napoleon’s decision. It became a part of the Dalmatia, a region at the south of the Croatian coastline, sharing its political and historical destiny to the present day.

      In the late 20th century, Croatia declared its independence followed by the Serbian aggression on Croatian territory. Dubrovnik was among the first cities to be attacked in 1991, suffering brutal destruction and significant losses. Most of the destroyed parts of the city are today restored, preserving the priceless beauty of Dubrovnik and once again establishing it as one of the most beloved Croatian summer destinations. It is now made more popular from HBOs Game of Throwns TV series which used old town dubrovnik as the filming location for Kings Landing.
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    • Day 9


      April 19, 2023 in Croatia ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Den heutigen Vormittag verbrachten wir natürlich wieder mit Auto fahren. Warum hieße das auch sonst Roadtrip? Aber ich bin ja schon geeicht, macht mir fast gar nix.
      Wir parkten ein paar Kilometer hinter Dubrovnik und fuhren dann mit dem Boot direkt in den alten Hafen. Das ging super gut. Die Seemänner haben mich mit meinem Antoniomobil an Bord gehievt, ganz vorsichtig.
      Ich blieb auch in der Situation cool. Und überhaupt war ich heute wieder ein wahrer Engel - kein Gebelle oder Ziehen. Frauchen war so stolz auf mich, dass ich sogar den Rest von ihrem Eis aufschlecken durfte.
      So spazierten ( ich durfte beides, laufen und fahren) wir lange durch das schöne, aber ziemlich volle Städtchen.
      Als wir auf dem Pier auf das Boot für den Rückweg warteten, trafen wir eine kleine Bolonka Hündin mit ihrem Personal. Aber die war nur am schlottern vor Angst, hatte gar keine Lust auf meine Avancen. Nicht mal das Leckerli von meinem Frauchen wollte sie. Wer nicht will hat schon gehabt, dachte ich mir. Also hab ich es mir in meinem Gefährt gemütlich gemacht und die Rückfahrt mit dem Boot komplett verpennt. Danach waren wir noch ein Weilchen auf der Suche nach einem Übernachtungsplatz. Heute ist wieder pennen im Auto angesagt. Ein schöner Platz im letzten Winkel von Kroatien...
      morgen geht's über die Grenze nach Montenegro.
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    • Day 146

      Game of Thrones - Dubrovnik, Croatia

      October 1, 2022 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      Kings Landing in the Game of Thrones was filmed in Dubrovnik. Originally season 1 was filmed in Malta but the government there did not like the film crew so they moved the set to Dubrovnik starting in season 2. You may recognize some of these images of Dubrovnik old town from the HBO TV series.Read more

    • Day 8

      Dubrovnik City Walls

      July 12, 2023 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Today, we had to change accommodations to be a bit closer to the actual old town of Dubrovnik and, therefore, closer to all the happenings of the city. It is getting seriously hot now in Europe, and as such, carrying our bags through the streets of Dubrovnik took all our energy. The city is littered with hundreds of steep and long sets of stairs that you have to traverse to get to most places. Our accommodation was at the top of one of the hills, but eventually, we did make it. We then had to rush to our kayaking tour so we could cool down in the water. We had booked a kayaking and snorkelling tour around the city to see it from the sea.

      Eventually, we were off to the first snorkelling location. It was a little hidden beach within a Cove that you can only access via kayak. That being said, there were still plenty of people there in other tours. There wasn't much to see in the water, a part from a duck that was diving probably 10m underwater to hunt for fish in between rocks. He would be underwater for 30 seconds at a time. I would watch and see if he would catch anything. He did multiple times. Other than that, the fish weren't that spectacular, so Jack and I found a rock jump of maybe 7m and just jumped off that before it was time to go. To help out a father and daughter, Jack and I then swapped to the individual kayaks. This made the journey much harder, but we were much more capable than them to do it, so we obliged and swapped. We then circled around the island of Otok Lokrum, and the tour guide explained the history of Dubrovnik and the island itself. Apparently, the island is cursed, and he explained some of the stories of the people who owned the island and their mysterious deaths. In an ironic (or perhaps spooky) coincidence, the last owner of the island was Franz Ferdinand, the Archduke of Austro-Hungary. In which his assassination in 1914 led to the first world war, and subsequent second world war. This, therefore, may be the most deadly curse ever to be placed. The story of the island is very interesting, and I was entrigued to go and have a look. However, we ran out of time in our journey. Once we made our way around the island (which took bout 2 hours of paddling), we headed back to the beach and thus finished our journey.

      I wanted to tour the city walls of Dubrovnik, but it was quite expensive, so Jack decided against it. Luckily, our hotel host recommended the Dubrovnik pass, which was the same price as the walls but included many other attractions. The Canadians we had met in Hvar were also in Dubrovnik at the same time as us, and so one of them joined me for the journey. This was one of the highlights of my trip, we went in the afternoon so it wasn't as hot and the views of the old town were incredible. Walking all the way around was about 2km and had bars throughout it for pit stops and drinks. There were so many amazing viewing spots of the old town, the city of Dubrovnik, and the ocean and surrounding islands. It was the highlight of my time in Dubrovnik.

      This was supposed to be one of my last nights with Jack before he went to Spain, so we decided we had to hit the town. He was still quite sick, but I forced him into a solid night. We had looked around for a decent place to have some drinks, but after overpaying at a few different bars, we figured we may as well find the clubs. After wandering through some shit and empty clubs for a while, we texted our hotel host for any recommendations, and he told us to try out Revelin. We got free entry because it was before midnight, and the place was absolutely going off. It was one of the biggest and coolest nightclubs I'd ever been to. It was in like an old underground subway thing. It was strange but very cool and meant there was plenty of space to dance and move around. By pure coincidence, the Canadian girl I had spent part of the day with was also at the club (or I have a stalker). So we spent a bit more of the night with them before Jack went home for bed. He was still quite sick, and clubbing isn't really his scene, but I was glad he came out for a bit, at least. Not long after Jack, we all decided it was time to head home and try and get a reasonable night's sleep, but I'm glad we got to experience the Dubrovnik nightlife before we left.
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    • Day 13


      May 29, 2023 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      Aujourd'hui nous visitons l'ancienne ville de Dubrovnik. Ce n'est pas chose aisée pour Clou qui a des ampoules énormes aux doigts de pieds !
      Le tournage de Game of Thrones a entre autres eu lieu ici, et on comprends rapidement pourquoi ! Les ruelles médiévales ont un côté fantasy qui nous plonge immédiatement dans une aventure !
      La petite dame qui nous a accueilli pour la nuit était super gentille. Une bonne journée pour conclure une bonne semaine !
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    • Day 3

      Second day morning tour of old city

      June 4, 2023 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      This morning we met up with our host and tour guide Marijana (a Dubrovnik native) who showed us around the old city. Highlights: 15th century Sephardic synagogue (2nd oldest in Europe after Prague) and adjoining Jewish museum, oldest continuously operated pharmacy in a Franciscan monastery, and hearing and seeing the history of the 1991-1995 Homeland War that Marijana lived through.Read more

    • Day 12

      Dubrovnik, la ciudad amurallada

      September 25, 2019 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Dubrovnik, a través el los siglos, ha sido República independiente o parte de distintos países o imperios. Hasta allí llegaba el imperio Austro-húngaro en el siglo XIX. Fue parte de la antigua Yugoslavia desde comienzos del siglo XX. Sufrió un brutal bombardeo desde la montaña en la guerra de 1991-1995 por parte de Serbia y Montenegro, que incendió buena parte de las edificaciones centenarias. Desde nuestro apartamento se ven los techos nuevos, tal vez el 70% de ellos. La arquitectura se mantiene en su mayoría, hay calles amplias con comercio y algunas otras angostas con buenos restaurantes y mesas en las calles.Read more

    • Day 188


      March 15, 2023 in Croatia ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

      15./16.03.2023 – Dubrovnik, Kroatien - Unesco Weltkulturerbe
      Heute regnet es, was uns jedoch nicht davon abhält die 4 km ins historische Städchen nach Dubrovnik zu gehen. Schön ist es hier, richtig toll! Auch wenn ein kalter Wind bläst.

      Auf einer Tafel lesen wir, das die Altstadt im Jugoslawien Krieg mit 650 Mörsergranaten massiv zerstört wurde.

      Nach einer ausführlichen Stadtbesichtigung beschliessen wir hier etwas zu Mittag zu essen obwohl die Preise vergleichbar mit der Schweiz sind!

      Am nächsten Tag ist strahlend schönes Wetter! Da muss man doch noch einmal Dubrovnik besuchen, erneut sind wir von der wirklich wunderschönen Altstadt begeistert! Erneut streifen wir durch die Gässchen, suchen und ein Restaurant mit fantastischem Blick auf den Hafen für den Mittag und lassen uns von dem sehr zuvorkommenden Kellner verwöhnen.
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    • Day 18

      Old Town Dubrovnik

      January 7, 2023 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 55 °F

      We are so jet lagged! More so than usual. I blame lingering grief, although I know that wherever my dad is, he’d be happy to see me and Larry traveling.

      I read an article recently that pointed out that even when a loved one dies, our relationship to them continues. I always have Dad in the back of my mind when I travel because he loves to see all my photos.

      Even though he mainly lurked online, he would always tell me how much my photos and travelogues cheered him up. So I am comforted by that thought. I hope he is still lurking on my travel posts, wherever he may be.

      Today we wandered all over Old City Dubrovnik. Although it is a UNESCO World Heritage site, it’s more widely known these days as the setting for Kings Landing in Game of Thrones.

      In fact, when we reached some stairs that were featured in the show, some other tourists began chanting, “Shame! Shame! Shame!” in reference to an infamous scene involving the queen being perp-walked there.

      It took some effort to get our weary selves off the ship, but I think the sun and sea air did us both some good.
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    • Day 58

      Dubrovnik 🥰

      October 25, 2022 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Heute früh sind wir auf einen Stellplatz in der Nähe von Dubrovnik gefahren. Als ich das Gas aufgedreht habe, sind zwei Baby Katzen um mich herum geschlichen. Richtig süß. 🥺 nur leider haben sie sich nicht anfassen lassen. Wenig später ist eine bisschen größere Katze dazu gekommen. Diese hat sich streicheln lassen und hat mit mir mit einem Stock gespielt. 🥰
      Als wir im Womo waren haben sie sich auf unsere Stühle gelegt. Dort haben wir sie auch gelassen. ☺️ ich habe ihnen eine Schale mit Wasser hin gestellt und es sind gleich alle zum trinken gekommen. ☺️

      Gegen Mittag sind wir dann mit Erna nach Dubrovnik gefahren. Die Parkplatzsuche war schon wieder super nervig und schwer. Nachdem wir endlich einen gefunden haben mussten wir 45 Minuten in die Stadt laufen und abends wieder zurück.
      Die Stadt ist sehr schön, alt, süß und schnuckelig. Leider gab es sehr viele Straßenkatzen die auch oft krank ausgesehen haben…die armen. 😔
      In der Stadt wurde anscheinend auch ein Teil von Game of Thrones gedreht.

      Abends sind wir dann noch essen gegangen und es hat sehr lecker geschmeckt! ☺️ endlich mal wieder. 🥳
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Dubrovnik Cathedral, Cathédrale de l'Assomption de Dubrovnik

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