The wonderful old town of Dubrovnik
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We arrived in this beautiful city of Dubrovnik after a bit more than one hour driving from Klek. We were driving along the fantastic coast road which brings some fantastic scenery all the time. On one side you have the mountains and one the other side you have the blue ocean and the green islands.
We had to stop several times due to the magic views but two times due to custom control as well. Very close to Klek Bosnia has its only access to the coast at the city of Neum, this access were given to them just after the second world war in order to make sure that they as a country was not isolated from sea access.
We drove into Dubrovnik city centre eager to see the old part of town and we were quiet lucky getting a parking lot just next to the entrance. We didn't enter straight away because we saw a nice restaurant next to the parking overlooking the entrance and decided for a quick lunch. The restaurant was very nice and we found a great secluded table at the end of the outdoor service area. The waiter was polite and efficient and we both had great salads and were after that ready for some adventure.
Entering an old city wall is to me always fascinating; I can't help to picture how it would have looked like in the old days. The wall was enormous, high and mighty. When we entered we were greeted by hordes of tourists and I was happy that we went a bit outside the major tourist season, I could just imagine this place in high season.
The city was clean, welcoming, delightful and full of bright stone built houses nicely renovated; there were nice shops everywhere and what stroke me was, that it opposite the old city area of Mostar, Dubrovnik was an ordinary city with butcher, bakery and so on, not just tourist traps like bars, restaurants and souvenir shops.
We walked around in the old town before we decided to mount the city wall which was supposed to be an intriguing walk. The entrance fee was close to 7 euro for each of us, which I found fair seeing the amount of work that had been into maintain it.
The view was stunning and the height of the highest point I found breathtaking, especially because my girlfriend has to crawl up on all high points and being a lowlander from Denmark I am scared like hell of heights. Everywhere that I walked I was surrounded by beauty; not just because I was walking around with my girlfriend but also because the city was wonderful with its white clean house walls and red roofs, but also the sea to one side and the mountain to the other made it all fantastically picturesque.
We walked almost all the wall and after that I didn't need any more Stairmaster exercises that day. Before leaving we decided to take one more round in the city getting the souvenirs for my girlfriends sister who are collecting magnets and plates from all the places my girlfriend has been. After this mission was accomplished we headed out to the car again and back to our apart hotel in Klek. We had a great day in Dubrovnik.