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Uvala Danče

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  • Day57

    Dubrovnik

    June 3, 2017 in Croatia

    A.K.A Kings Landing for all you Game of Thrones fans out there! For those of you who aren't, Dubrovnik doubles as this fictional city for some of the filming of the series.

    We are actually staying in Mlini, which is a resort just south of Dubrovnik, as Dubrovnik would have bust the budget! The reason for coming here was of course to visit Dubrovnik itself but yesterday we were pretty exhausted after the ferry ride that was a journey in itself.

    It involved complete and utter confusion. From the moment we boarded - about 3 hours before the ferry left - until getting through passport control in Croatia we, and seemingly everyone else including the staff, had no idea what was going on. Firstly our sat-nav took us to completely the wrong place for the port in Bari. When we found it and 'checked in' as we should we were just told to wait in a big carpark where people were still trying to sell us selfie sticks... Chaos at the gate continued into the car deck so we were relieved to arrive up to our cabin. 2 tiny bunk beds - one broken - and a wash basin. The facilities on the ship do not appear to have been changed from the 1970's and the CD selection since the 1990's. The crossing itself was fine and in the morning the chaos continued with a 45 minute wait to be allowed off the ferry and a further 1 hour 45 to get through passport control.

    I am learning a very important lesson this trip. No-one queues like we British but I think they could do with learning ;)

    Back to Croatia. Mlini is a nice quiet resort. We are staying about 150 steps up from the beach area but this is getting off lightly compared to some of the places. Yesterday we swam in the sea and chilled and had a beer by the water.

    Today we headed into Dubrovnik by boat. The majority of our time was spent in the Old City where it is surrounded by walls, a bit like St Malo. Being Game of Thrones fans ourselves we booked into a walking tour to hear about the filming of the show and the history of Dubrovnik.

    It really is a great looking city. Thronging with tourists again (us included!) and most of the Old City is just restaurant, souvenirs, restaurants, souvenirs and so on. Our landlady - who I would estimate to be in her 60s - did say its not like it used to be when she was younger. The tour was interesting and included a visit to the Fort Lovrjenac whose entrance has an inscription in Latin reading “Freedom is not to be sold, even for all the fortunes of the world”. Which is particularly interesting as for 450 years Dubrovnik paid the Ottoman Empire a fortune every year to remain independent... At the end of the tour we got to sit on a replica of the Iron Throne so unlike most of the characters in the show, we had a happy ending.

    Tomorrow we move north to a place called Kastel Luscik near Split for four days and hope to finally do some washing!!
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  • Day18

    Dubrovnik, Kroatien

    September 16 in Croatia

    We arrive Dubrovnik at 8:00 in the morning. It promises to be a nice day again. First we are looking for accommodation. At the third try we get a very nice apartment with a great view to the old city and its mighty wall arround it. Even our car gets a safe place under a carport. Parking is very expensive here. They charge at least ten € per hour or eighty per night in a garage and 130 € for parking along the road!
    Over 320 stairs, it goes down to the old town. Groups of tourists surround the city walking on the city wall. In the city is a dense crowd. We have breakfast in front of a restaurant in a shady small lane and then we look arround in the city and later we return to our rooms. In the evening we have a great dinner next to the old city.
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  • Day8

    Dubrovnik

    August 7, 2016 in Croatia

    The old town - UNESCO world heritage. An astonishing town, built by the venetians quite a long time ago. If you search for peace and quiteness - wrong place!
    If you are into people - perfect! Loads of people in all ages from all places, mostly in a good mood. Croweded and beautiful!

  • Day38

    Dubrovnik City Wall Walk

    May 21, 2016 in Croatia

    We had explored the city inside the walls fairly extensively. Today, we were excited to walk along the city walls encircling the Old Town for bird’s eye view of the city and the ocean beyond. It took us a few hours to complete this 2km walk as every few steps we took presented a new opportunity for a National Geographic award-winning photograph.

    In some sections of the city walls, there were openings where locals and tourists alike could escape the hustle and bustle of the city, onto the rocks below and even into the cool waters of the Adriatic Sea. There wouldn’t be many places in the world where you could wear your bathers into the city, have a dip, before returning through a hole in the wall.

    About halfway through the walk, we came across cafes where we stopped to have some refreshing juice and a local beer. There was one other place we needed to see before we retired our feet for the day. We headed outside of the city wall and along a little bay, towards a towering structure atop a hill – the Fortress of St Lawrence.

    This fortress is more famously known as the Red Keep in Game of Thrones. This is where Cersei concluded her walk of shame. Yes, we might be Game of Thrones addicts, but we highly recommend this city wall walk even to normal people. In all honesty though, you should probably watch Game of Thrones.
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  • Day7

    Dubrovnik, Kroatien

    September 29, 2017 in Croatia

    Die Altstadt Dubrovniks stammt aus dem 16.Jhd
    Die Stadt wird aufgrund ihrer kulturellen Bedeutung und der jahrhundertelangen politischen Sonderstellung oft auch als „Perle der Adria“ und „Kroatisches Athen“ bezeichnet. Im Jahr 1979 wurde die gesamte Altstadt von der UNESCO in die Liste des Weltkulturerbes aufgenommen.
    Die Festung Lovrijenac dient als Kulisse des „roten Bergfrieds“ in der Fernsehserie Game of ThronesRead more

  • Day34

    Dubrovnick

    July 13, 2016 in Croatia

    Finally arrived in Dubrovnik all safe and sound after the coup in Istanbul, not that we knew anything about it, we had passed over the bridge a number of times.

    Now staying in an Air BNB for 5 days, it is very nice short walk from Old Town. All unpacked and even the grocery shopping finished. Now to get ready for more sighseeing and get our bearings.

  • Day5

    Dubrovnik, Kroatien

    July 26 in Croatia

    Dubrovnik erreichten wir bereits sehr früh, gegen 7:30 Uhr. Nach dem aufstehen und frühstücken entschieden wir, mit dem Shuttle-Bus in die Stadt zu fahren, denn diese ist 4km vom Schiff entfernt. Schnell war klar, dass das eine sehr gute Entscheidung war, Da man vom Hafen ausgehend erstmal einen langen und steilen Berg hoch musste, ehe man in der Altstadt ankam.
    Nach einiger Verwirrung und dem Start in die falsche Richtung, welche dann coolerweise in einem hochgelegenen Park endete, in dem sich 3 Schildkröten in einem runden Teich sonnen und der eine super Aussicht auf das Meer bot. Danach stiegen wir den Berg wieder herunter und gelangten durch die alte Stadtmauer in die Altstadt.
    Dubrovniks Altstadt ist der Wahnsinn und für jeden Game of Thrones Fan definitiv eine Reise wert!
    Aber auch für jeden anderen lohnt sich ein Besuch der Stadt, denn die ist malerisch schön. Die meisten Gebäude sind aus weißem Stein, ebenso wie die Straßen und Gässchen.
    Auf unserem Weg durch die Altstadt kamen wir an antiken Gebäuden vorbei, und liefen direkt hinter den Stadtmauern durch den alten Hafen. Sehr cool ist, dass es fast überall erlaubt ist, im Meer zu schwimmen. Das Wasser war fast durchsichtig, sodass man leicht bis zum Boden sehen konnte. Auf dem Rückweg tranken wir noch einen Eistee in einem kleinen Cafe und machten uns dann auf den Weg zurück zum Shuttle-Bus.
    Zurück auf dem Schiff machten wir erstmal Cocktailpause und uns anschließend fertig fürs Abendessen.
    Danach schauten wir auf dem Pooldeck noch den Aida Stars, einer Gruppe aus Sängern, Tänzern und Artisten, bei einer Aufführung zu und ließen den Abend dann auf Deck 12 gemütlich im Freien ausklingen.
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  • Day35

    Croatia

    June 21, 2016 in Croatia

    I loved Croatia! Most of our time was spent in Dubrovnik, which was amazing, but the Dalmatian Coast up to Split is also incredibly beautiful!

    Dubrovnik is definitely one of my top destinations this far! The old part of the city is walled and the streets and set-up reminds me a lot of Venice (maybe that's why I loved it so much). The city walls were built for protection and financed by requiring all visitors to the city to purchase a stone for the wall. In recent times, Dubrovnik Old Town has been home to the filming of many scenes from Game of Thrones, as well as the upcoming Star Wars movie. Necessity was the mother of invention for Dubrovnik in relation to using the first "Quarantine" facility - During plague times, a quarantine facility was built outside the city walls to house people wanting to visit the city. Visitors were required to remain in the faculty for 40 days before being allowed to enter, if they survived, they were permitted entry.

    We took public transit from the campground into Dubrovnik Old Town and enjoyed a guided walking tour. Ida, our guide, included lots of Game of Thrones information (e.g. Kings Landing, walk of shame, etc.) because the show is so popular and our group had lots of huge fans! I've never seen the show, so all of that stuff went right over my head - maybe I'll check it out when I get back.

    For the afternoon, we took a boat cruise to Lopud Island, where we had a swim stop, and Kolocep Island, where we could explore and have lunch. The water was quite cool, but very refreshing, especially since the temperature was in the high 30s with almost 100% humidity! A few groups are at the same restaurant, which was right on the waterfront and had a great view of the harbour.

    The next day, 8 of us booked a sea kayaking tour... Great views of the city from the water! We also stopped mid-way for some sandwiches and a swim at a secluded beach. Then, we headed out into the sea loop around another island and head back to the start. Two of the group got seasick on the last leg of the parking adventure and our guide called to have his colleagues come pick them up in a boat - I didn't realize getting seasick happened on such a small craft, especially since the swells were fairly tame. Our guide, Dan, was great! He was knowledgeable and entertaining, plus our 3 hour tour turned into 4!

    The group was pretty drained after kayaking, but I really wanted to walk the city walls - great views overlooking the city and the coast line! Denae and I were the only ones that took it on and I'm so glad we did - fantastic! That said, incredibly hot and humid, but hey, it's Croatia in the summer!!

    I loved Dubrovnik, it's on par with Venice for my top places this far! I tried to find a piece of art to commemorate the experience, but I didn't come across anything that was quite right, so memories and photos will have to suffice for the time being. It's interesting that a lack of cars is a common denominator. The biggest challenge was the heat and humidity, especially when the tent was stiflingly hot by 5am!

    The next morning, we started our trek north up the Dalmation Coast... Wow! Amazingly beautiful scenery! We stopped in the afternoon at Split for lunch and exploring the Palace of Diocletian, as well as street markets.

    We spent the night in Seline and our campsite was right on the water. A few of us went for a nighttime swim to cool off before bed. The water was cool and refreshing, but very salty! It was great that they had a fresh water shower right at the beach.
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Uvala Danče, Uvala Dance

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