Day 9: Dubrovnik
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On this day, our final day of cruising, our ship docked in the port of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Jon and I were keen to take one of the ship's official excursions as it was the only easy way to get up on the coastal scenic highway with a view out to the sea. The various other group members splintered off to take excursions that interested them or to walk the old city on foot.
The excursion did not disappoint. The views from the coastal road were amazing. As far as the eye could see there was ocean with the walled city of Dubrovnik and its small offshore island below us. The island is quite remarkable in that for years it housed an occupied monastery until Napoleon conquered the territory and took the island over for munitions and operations.
Once the tour guide had taken us on a leisurely stretch of the coastal road to capture some great pictures, we were then escorted down into the old city. I've never been in any place like old Dubrovnik - the historical portion of the city is akin to a castle - it's completely walled in with its back to the ocean. It's surrounded by a moat. A MOAT! Very very cool.
Our tour guide wound us through the narrow side streets up and around the larger main pedestrian walkway. We visited the oldest pharmacy in Europe still in operations, a few religious houses of study and worship, and learned a lot about the history of the town.
Warning- don't read the next section if you're eating or about to.
It was here in old Dubrovnik that I had my first encounter with what is called a 'Turkish toilet' (makes me never want to go to Turkey). Imagine you open a ladies restroom stall expecting to find a toilet but it seems someone has mistakenly put the floor of a standard walk-in shower in it's place. The only difference between it and an actual shower is that there are groove marks telling you where to put your feet on the floor to squat and do your business and instead of a showerhead you have a faucet (the kind you hook your hose to outside of our homes in the states) about a foot and a half off the floor.
I had so many questions as soon I opened the stall. How does this work for older persons or others with bad knees? How do I manage this wearing pants?! There was no time to contemplate these issues though since there was a very long line of women behind me. Obviously I was going to have to remove my pants, while keeping my shoes on. BUT THERE WAS NOWHERE TO LAY MY PANTS DURING THE OPERATION! I had to sling them over the door.
After my lovely bathroom experience, we stopped to pick up a Croatian cookbook and then boarded the shuttle bus that took us back to the port to board the ship.
Dubrovnik: town of castles and crazy toilets!