Monday in rainy Dubrovnik
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We have a morning tour through the city given by Lukka, a local guide. Dino, our program manager, is from
The main street is level but the side streets are more stairs than streets. The tour group skids and slides along behind the guides and thankfully, nobody falls. And even in the rain, laundry is hanging out to dry. There don’t seem to be clothes dryers in
After the tour, we’re on our own and it’s much too wet to walk the city walls. Since it’s Monday most of the museums are closed. We settle on the Aquarium, which is near the main harbor, and strangely enough is the driest thing we can visit. We wander around looking at the various types of local grouper and bream, all of whom seem fascinated by us and stare back.
Tonight we have one of the highlights of the trip, the home-hosted dinner. (The tour group is broken up into sub groups of eight or ten and each subgroup has dinner in the home of a local family.) The families live in a small village north of
Our host is Nicol, and his daughter, Nicolina, speaks English and translates so her parents and the tour group can communicate. We see where they are making wine from their own grapes, curing hams from their own piglet, and we even get to meet Stella the cow who is the source for much of the cheese made by the family. Dinner begins with the obligatory shot of moonshine/grappa that seems to appear with disturbing regularity before any meal but breakfast. It is made by everybody (even a priest we met later had a still near his house) and must be flammable, it’s so strong. Some grappa is flavored with walnuts, spices or lemon, but my taste buds close down after the first sip.
Between the grappa, the homemade wine, the good food, and our hosts hospitality, the language barriers are overcome. We all have a very good time before we get back on the bus to go back to the Excelsior Hotel.