'Pearl of the Adriatic' is Flippen Right!

Dubrovnik Travel Blog

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Turns out that there are no trains past Split, so it was another bus ride for me today down to Dubrovnik. I said goodbye to the girls with a promise to try to meet up with them again in a few days in Sarajevo, and a big yeah we're dorks group hug happened before we parted ways. The entire four hour ride was absolutely gorgeous along the coast, with green-blue crystal clear water lapping the shores and boats galore rocking along. The houses along the coast at times reminded me a bit of La Cinque Terra, and at others what I'm expecting Greece to look like, but we'll see when I actually get there.

I had no idea where I was going to stay, but figured I'd find a tourist office of some sorts to book a hostel.

Just like in the postcards :)
Dubrovnik ended up being just like Split in this sense though-step out of the bus and half a second later several people trying to rent you private accomodation. I'd been planning on tagging along with the girl from LA I'd met on the bus, but hers seemed a bit pricey, so I ended up going with a little lady who didn't speak very good English, but offered a place with a view for only 8 Euros a night, which seemed pretty fantastic after all the money I've spent on bus rides the past few days. Ana, the sweet older lady, did her best with English and kept calling me 'Christine, dear' trying to make sure I knew that her casa was mi casa.

When she told me that she was going to go copy me a key, I wondered why exactly she didn't already have an extra one if she has guests all the time, but whatever-there's a couple here from Sweden so I guess it's legit enough for me.

Forty-five minutes into waiting for her to come back with the key, I decided to just venture out anyway. Reach to open the door. I'm locked in. Ah! Guess that's what I get for going with that cheap of private accomodation. The view is beautiful though, and soon enough she was back and I was off to see the city.

Dubrovnik is absolutely gorgeous; the Pearl of the Adriatic as it's been deemed. After being told by an English couple on the bus that the 70 Kunas (about $14) wasn't worth walking along the city walls, I decided to save the money and booked a full day excursion to the islands off shore tomorrow. The Old Town was great seen from the ground, and small enough to see in just a few hours. To be honest, these next few days are more about relaxing for me, after all this running around cities and looking up the history of sights for the past month.

Cafe on the water before sunset.

Appropriately, this landed me enjoying an Ojuzko beer right outside the city walls on the side of a cliff overlooking the Adriatic Sea and several tree covered islands. Asking the man next to me what time the sun sets here, I was surprised to hear perfect English-turns out he's from Quebec City and I had a nice little chat with him until it was time to head back before the sun set; the advantages of my accomadation? Cheap, private, great view. Disadvantage? I suck at finding my way through windy roads. I finally found it and enjoyed the last of the sunset from the terrace, now it's some good 'ol American tv shows for the first time in a month. :)

 

 

 

 

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Just like in the postcards :)
Just like in the postcards :)
Cafe on the water before sunset.
Cafe on the water before sunset.
Sunset from my guesthouse on the h…
Sunset from my guesthouse on the …
Loads of hills and great views fro…
Loads of hills and great views fr…
Pearl of the Adriatic
Pearl of the Adriatic
View from the little cafe.
View from the little cafe.
Dubrovnik
photo by: benwielenga