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  • Day146

    Dubrovnik Winter Festival

    November 19, 2016 in Croatia ⋅

    Our final project before heading back up north towards Austria, was to visit Dubrovnik Winter Festival on its opening night. We'd been advised by the campsite owner to travel the 10km in by bus to avoid parking difficulties. We haven't used public transport much but thought we'd give it a go. We got the right bus (even though it displayed a different number to the one on the timetable) and got off just after the closest stop to the Old Town. We failed to find a stop to return from, but set off down the hill on the 2km walk to the festival. We worked out on the way that there were shuttle buses within the Dubrovnik area that linked to longer distance bus routes (one of which we'd used to get there).

    It was about half past 3 when we reached the festival and the imposing stone fortress walls of Dubrovnik Old Town. Alongside the usual Christmas decorations there were garlands made out of bay leaves arched over entrance ways and wound around stone pillars. Olive and orange trees stood in large hessian wrapped pots with a carved wooden decoration hanging from their base. Oh, and it was warm - 18°C warm! White wooden huts lined the main street selling snacks, hand painted baubles and other trinkets.

    While it was still light we took in the beautifully ornate stonework on the churches, halls and towers. The city oozed history and grandeur and while the crowds assembled in the main street grew, we seemed to be the only ones winding our way through backstreets soaking in the city's charms, watched only by the numerous cats!

    Returning to the main square we were just in time to see a newly wedded couple emerging from the church to a corridor of friends and family holding sparklers. They stood for a while then threw brightly wrapped sweets into the crowd from a wicker basket.

    Dusk fell as we sipped tea and coffee at a table in a side street. The Christmas lights had been turned on while we were there and re-emerging to their festive glow brought forth 'oohs' and 'ahhs'. Dubrovnik had pushed the boat out with very tastefull decorations, many of which made use of and enhanced existing grand buildings.

    Food was next on the agenda and due to the lack of traditional Croatian cuisine at the wooden huts, we chose hotdogs, only discovering after we'd ordered that it was an 'Irish Pub' stall - they get everywhere!

    Leaving in plenty of time, we waited for a shuttle bus to take us to the main bus station. The stand we waited at said the bus we needed stopped there, but after watching another that was supposed to stop there, pick up passengers over the road then fly by, we switched over and hopped on the one we needed. The driver waved us past when we tried to pay. We waited patiently for the bus to pull into the main bus station, but became increasingly worried as it drove further and further away from Dubrovnik. In a panic Will asked the driver, who told us we'd missed the stop but if we got off now and hurried, there was another bus coming in the opposite direction that would take us back. We legged it over and down the road with the driver shouting "Quick! Go left!" There were no street lights as we ran along the dark country pavement but we could hear voices ahead and managed to get to the stop just in time. It turned out the shuttle buses were free, perhaps to encourage people to the festival. We kept a vigilant eye out for the bus station that Vicky thought she'd seen on the way out. It was 3 minutes until our next bus was due, when we got off outside the station, found our way in and on to the bus bearing the same number that had brought us in. This time we asked the driver to tell us when we got to our destination!
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  • Day8

    Der Weg ist das Ziel

    October 10, 2018 in Croatia ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    Unser Weg führte uns heute über Bosnien-Herzegowina nach Dubrovnik. Schon die Fahrt dort hin ist wunderschön. Die meiste Zeit geht es an der Küste entlang, die immer felsiger wird, je weiter man nach Süden kommt. Irgendwann muss man durch das Gebirge und kommt an hübschen Seen vorbei.

    An der Grenze BiH ging es fix. Unsere Reiseleiterin meinte, das sei immer verschieden, aber meist würden Europäer nicht überprüft.

    Es gab einen kurzen Stop in Neum für die Raucher, Alkoholiker und Blasenschwachen, dann ging's weiter, wieder über die Grenze nach Kroatien.

    Dieses Stückchen „Zugang zum Meer“ hatte vor ein paar Hundert Jahren Dubrovnik an das Osmanische Reich abgetreten und im Gegenzug Schutz vor den Italienern erhalten. Und nun haben sie den Salat, meinte Maria, unsere kroatische Begleitung. Von Nord- nach Südkroatien und umgekehrt muss man immer über Bosnien-Herzegowina.

    Die Fahrt nach Dubrovnik dauert ca. 2,5 Stunden, vergeht aber wie im Flug, weil man ständig was zu gucken hat.

    In Dubrovnik dann der Kulturschock. Menschen! Menschen in rauhen Mengen. Zwei Kreuzfahrtschiffe lagen im Hafen und dann noch die ganzen Busse. Und alle strömten in die Altstadt.

    Wir wurden an Marina, kroatische langbeinige Blondine, die sprach wie Michael Mittermeier übergeben (sie hat lange in München gelebt) und strömten mit.

    Zuerst ging es in das Augustinerkloster mit der ältesten Apotheke Europas, die immer noch in Betrieb ist. Schon im Säulengang roch es intensiv nach ätherischen Ölen. Hier wird eine Rosencreme gefertigt, für die Asiaten meilenweit fliegen.

    Wir sind dann auch noch auf die Stadtmauer und umrundeten die Altstadt zur Hälfte, dann suchten wir uns lieber ein schattiges Plätzchen.

    Man kann kaum glauben, dass hier in den engen Gassen Game of Thrones gedreht wurde. Zum Beispiel die Szene, als Cercei Lannister nackt ihren Weg der Schande gehen musste. HBO zahlte 5 Millionen Dollar, damit die Stadt für die Dreharbeiten gesperrt wurde.

    Es war ein schöner Tag in einer beeindruckenden Stadt mit viel Informationen über das Land und die Menschen hier.
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  • Day19

    Game of thrones

    October 17, 2018 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Tagsüber war die Stadt leider viel zu voll, aber trotzdem sehr schön. War mit Steffi und Flo die beide Fans von game of thrones sind 😄 bekam dadurch eine kostenlose Führung zu den wichtigen Drehorten der Serie.

  • Day19

    Dubrovnik City Walls

    May 2, 2018 in Croatia ⋅

    This was our 2nd time in Dubrovnik and the plan was to walk around the city walls. Beautiful day and we didn't want to fork out $14US each to have a shuttle bus take us into town.... it was only 4km, mostly flat except for the last big hill, so we decided to walk in. It took a while but we were pretty pleased with our efforts.

    As with anything in Europe, there was a fee to walk around the walls - 300 Kuna or around $25pp. Lots of stairs up and down and approx. 2km around. The ocean is clean and clear and a beautiful blue colour. Looking down on the city below you could see the tiles that had to be replaced after the bombing 20-30 years ago.

    After our walk around the walls we found this fantastic lolly shop (We saw it before when we were here last). Bought an assortment of lollies to try. One of them was called a hot chilli pepper. We thought it was just a gummy lolly but when we ate it it sure packed a punch - burnt our mouths for ages.
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  • Day34

    Old Town for Dinner

    July 13, 2016 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Off for a visit and dinner to Old town, I am sure we will be visiting Old Town very frequently, this area has so much to see and do.

    We had dinner and delightful cocktails over looking Blackwater Bay not the real name Game of Thrones name.

  • Day35

    Old Town

    July 14, 2016 in Croatia ⋅ 🌬 27 °C

    Walked completed down to Old Town now to start our walking around the old city. We booked into a walking tour so we could get an understanding of the history, buildings and stories of the medieval walled city.

    So much history, wonderful stories, steps, cobbles and incredible buildings.

    Old Town is jutting out into the Adriatic Sea with a backdrop of rugged limestone mountains.

    Dubrovnik Old Town is known as one of the world’s finest and most perfectly preserved medieval cities in the world. For centuries, Dubrovnik rivalled Venice as a trading port, with its huge sturdy stone walls, built between the 11th and 17th centuries.

    Today the walls enclose Dubrovnik’s historic centre and walking on the walls which we actually did not do but you can get incredible views of the Pearl of the Adriati’ and the surrounding lush green islands.

    Dubrovnik’s Baroque churches, monasteries and palaces,renaissance fountains and facades, are all intertwined with gleaming wide marble-paved squares, steep cobbled streets and houses, all of which have also remained unchanged for centuries.

    Simply a beautiful place even though it is a little crowed it is very serene.
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  • Day35

    Game of Thrones

    July 14, 2016 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Time for our Game of Thrones tour.

    The tour was so much fun we could place ourselves in some of the scenes so easily. Our tour guide was excellent and gave us some very special insights into the series as our she was one of the main extra's and played the part of most of the girls including Brienne.

    We actually walked the "Walk of Shame" starting at the top of the staircase. Even told that the crowd in the series was actually quite small the people just kept moving to make it look like lots of people, we need to see that episode again and pick a person to see how many times they are in the crowd.

    The Red keep is outside the walled city so it was necessary to take a short walk up the hill to the Red Keep again told lots of stories and explained how the crew cover and hide things which should not be in view. Apparently lots of flowers are used to cover items which should not be there.
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  • Day37

    Hole in the Wall

    July 16, 2016 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Today was a rest day. We have been so busy we thought we would take it easy for a change and feel like we are actually on holidays rather than sightseer's.

    Rest day to us means another walk and wander around Old Town . We also found out about a bar that was definitely worth a try "Hole in the Wall", a very pleasant day indeed. We watched lots of interesting things in the water from old ships, submarines to people jumping in the water from the rocks and trying to get back to the rocks in the swell.Read more

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