Day 14 of Balkan Adventure September 23 2011 Dubrovnik, Croatia
Day 14 of Balkan Adventure is last day of the Intrepid travel portion of my Balkan adventure. Going to travel to Dubrovnik today.
We meet up in a private van and head off to Dubrovnik. On route we stop for a photo shot of that island from Kotor we visited. Another interested side and view of it all.
Then we make our journey towards croatia. Before that we make a road side stop at nice gas station for bathroom. At the moment over 7 tour buses showed up and lots of tourists are all over the place. I go in to buy some bottle water and a bottle of pop, orange crush today.
While waiting outside we see a stray cow running down the highway, hope that farmer finds him.
We make it to the border and crossing the borders is no problem, actually boring , so no story to report.
After about 2 hours we make our way towards city of Dubrovnik.
We make our way into the city and get off the van. To get to our accommodation which are at an apartment style. Most accommodations in Dubrovnik are like apartments. We walk down many flights of stairs to get to our villa. Then meet the owner who assigns each of our rooms, very nice. The villa is very nice and clean and has a nice yard.
Walk around a little bit before meeting with group for orientation walk. Then we are going to visit and tour the Old city walls of the old city.
First here is some information below from the internet about the city of Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik (pronounced [dǔbrɔ̝ːv̞nik]) is a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea coast, positioned at the terminal end of the Isthmus of Dubrovnik.
It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations on the Adriatic, a seaport and the centre of Dubrovnik-Neretva county. Its total population is 42,641 (census 2011). In 1979, the city of Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
The prosperity of the city of Dubrovnik has always been based on maritime trade. In the Middle Ages, as the Republic of Ragusa, also known as a Maritime Republic (together with Amalfi, Pisa, Genoa, Venice and other Italian cities), it became the only eastern Adriatic city-state to rival Venice.
Supported by its wealth and skilled diplomacy, the city achieved a high level of development, particularly during the 15th and 16th centuries. Although demilitarised in the 1970s with the intent of forever protecting it from war devastation, in 1991, after the breakup of Yugoslavia, it was besieged by Serb-Montenegrin forces for 7 months and received heavy damage from shelling.
A feature of Dubrovnik is its walls that run almost 2 km (1.24 mi) around the city. The walls run from four to six metres thick on the landward side but are much thinner on the seaward side. The system of turrets and towers were intended to protect the vulnerable city.
We make our way to the old city and its swamped by tourists, a few cruise ships have arrived. This city is like the main port of cruise ships and a tourist trap, but amazing.
We go and enter the fortress city and walk around.
Head to the water fountains and have the water which is pure.
It is an amazing site, and to walk in such history feels great. It is a shame 40% of the city was shelled during the war in the 1990’s but thats life.
Moving on, I take many great photos of this city. Then later start the walk about the walls of the city.
Walking around the walls is quite amazing. Get good views of the lower part of the city and a feeling of what it was like during the 1600’s to be in such a place.
The unique shape and colour of the roofs make it a very photographic site. Would be nice to share this design in parts of Canada.
Take many photos of this area. Also see a movie or “t.v” show of some type being filmed on the walls.
After taking 2000 photos of the walls we all head for lunch. For lunch have a local beer and a chicken salad, which is a masterpiece.
Head back to hotel for a little while. Later on regroup later and and head back down to old town for a final dinner.
We go out to this one restaurant and have red wine and I have some sea food of some type which is amazing. Afterwards go for an ice cream cone of chocolate and an evening walk about of the city once more. Enjoy the nightlife feel of the city and its nicer now that most of the tourists have left the area.
We end up back at hotel and that is the end of the Intrepid part of my trip. Rest of the group some are going home, some to France and some are continuing on in Croatia.
I start a new trip tomorrow, with a company called Busabout and a do a week mini cruise up the coast of Croatia, so its going to be a tough life. Stay tuned.