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Walls of Dubrovnik

Today, we got up early to take a ferry from Split to Dubrovnik. The boat was comfortable, which is the most important thing, since the ride was about 4 hours. On the way, it made stops at a bunch of adorable little islands. At some point, I'll have to come back to check them out. We arrived at the ferry port and wanted to get to our hotel- Villa Rosa. At first, we wanted to take a taxi, but the guy didn't really want to take us because it was so close. For a car, it's about 3 minutes away, even though it has to go around and not straight. Walking, it's only 3 blocks. However, those blocks are pretty much straight up the side of the mountain. With luggage- even rolling luggage- it's a schlep. We arrived at the hotel, which is really a series of apartments. There wasn't really a front desk, but we just walked in and the lady who ran the place was there. I don't know what we would have done if she hadn't been there, but since she was, she let us into the apartment. It was really nice. My parents had their own bedroom. I had mine with a spare bed. The living room was large and spacious. The kitchen was fully stocked with dishes. And the AC worked well. Really, after climbing the hill, the AC was the most important thing. Once we got settled though, we headed out for lunch and to hike the walls. We grabbed the bus to the old city and climbed the stairs to the top of the walls. The hike around the walls was a nice hour and a half walk for me, but my parents were a little pooped by the stairs. Fortunately for people who get hot and need breaks, there are all sorts of break points during the walk, many with ice cream and cold beverages. The walk itself gives a great view of the city and surrounding areas, and also some perspective. I can't imagine being a soldier dressed in that heavy armor we tried on, on a hot day, having to stand guard on or even fight from the walls. I have pity on all the people who had to do that over history. Also, it's my understanding that this is one of the places the do a lot of Game of Thrones filming, so if you're a fan, it's probably got that extra meaning for you. After the walls, we walked around the old city a little bit more, and eventually stopped for dinner at Taj Mahal. It is a Bosnian restaurant. The were playing Mexican music. So, we listened to Mexican music while eating Bosnian food in a restaurant named for an Indian site while in Croatia. Actually though, it was some of the best food I've had on this trip and the eggplant rolls stuffed with cheese were only thing that I'd make at home out of anything I've eaten so far.

View from the wall

View from the wall


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Posted by spsadventures 16:00 Archived in Croatia

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