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Lapad

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  • Day37

    Dubrovnik Old Town

    May 20, 2016 in Croatia

    Oh woeful weather. It had not stopped raining since we left Split for Dubrovnik yesterday. Today we slept in and waited for a break in the weather. We were keen to explore Dubrovnik. We first stopped at Srd hill, behind the Old Town of Dubrovnik.

    Srd hill played an important role in Dubrovnik’s history. Dubrovnik (as with the whole of Croatia) used to be part of Yugoslavia. When Croatia declared its indepence in 1991, the Yugoslav People’s Army waged a war against Croatia, known as the Croatian Independence War. During this war, a small platoon from the Dubrovnik army used the fort on this hill, which provided them with a good vantage point. This fort is now a war museum. It still bore tell-tale signs of the destructive war it endured on its outside walls. Large gouges in its walls from being sprayed by enemy artillery have not been patched up.

    There was a lot of misplaced confidence that the Old Town would not be touched by enemy fire as it was a UNESCO heritage site. This was a fatal error for so many of its residents when the enemy bombardment destroyed much of the town. It had since been rebuilt and restored to its former glory. We had the afternoon to explore Old Town and quickly decided it’s worth spending the day tomorrow here.

    Yet another Old Town, I hear you say. I assure you that no matter how many Old Towns you have visited in Europe, you would still be in awe of this one. A fortified wall completely encloses the old city, making it the perfect venue to shoot many scenes for Game of Thrones, especially those of King’s Landing. With the help of trusty Google, we turned the day into a hunt of actual Game of Thrones film sites.

    We also found a popular bar through an opening in the city wall, perched on a small cliff. In summer, patrons could jump off a rock landing into the azure waters below. Aaron really wanted to give it a go but it was rather cold and the clouds had done their best to block out the sun for most part of the day. Definitely bucket list material!
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  • Day9

    Adriatic Paradise

    May 8 in Croatia

    What a wonder-filled day we had! Slept late, walked the promenade around the bay, stopped for a beer and sandwich at the Cave Bar, took a nap, went to dinner, more beer and food and back to.our room for a good night's sleep at 10 pm.

  • Day8

    Arrived in Dubrovnik!

    May 7 in Croatia

    After a delightful and short flight on Edelweis Air we arrived in Croatia and were welcomed by our driver and wonderful Spring weather. We are staying at Hotel Kompas, a modern and comfortable hotel on the coast of the Adriatic sea.

    Hotel room is large compared to typical European ones and our balcony looks put on the beach and water.

  • Day10

    Still in Dubrovnik

    May 9 in Croatia

    We had a great walk in a local forest park, sat on hotel room deck, and Barb finally got her swim in the Adriatic sea checked off on her bucket list.

    Tonight we join other members of our tour that arrived today for dinner and tomorrow visit the "Old Town" area of the walled city of Dubrovnik. We have 5 from CA, 7 from Oregon, 2 from Washington and 2 from Colorado.

  • Day11

    We toured grad, or old town, Dubrovnik. Our guide shared the fascinating early history of the Repubic of Croatia, a nation then of diplomacy and trade. It was the first nation to recognize the USA as independent.

    While it looks old, and much is, it was significantly damaged during the Yugoslav wars in the early 90's so much had been repaired and restored.

    Game of Thrones fans may recognize a few locations as scenes from several seasons were filmed here with some off the town serving as King's Landing. Many locals played as extras.

    It is a beautiful city surrounded on three sides by the acute blue, crystal clear waters of the Adriatic.
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