DUBROVNIK,CROATIA

  

Long Day Flying…but worth it

Our flight from Minneapolis to Amsterdam was 7.5 hrs, with a small layover before the next flight to Belgrade, Serbia. From Belgrade we flew into Dubrovnik. Total hours since leaving Minneapolis airport was about 16.

While flying from Belgrade to Dubrovnik, I sat in the window seat and observed what was going on below us and in the sky. The land was amazing, with beautiful mountains that were full of green trees and rivers,lakes and divided up farm land! It reminded me of the beauty we have in this world and never know about it until it is brought to us by travel! I had no idea about Serbia’s climate or landscape. What beauty!

As I watched the beautiful landscape underneath the plane, we soon came into huge cumulus clouds. My mind immediately went to my family that has passed and are out in our universe, watching and hopefully guiding me along on all my travels. I felt their presence in the clouds, as if they were saying,”Good for you!! Travel and see the world. We are right here  to experience it with you!” They each surfaced in my emotions with stories to tell as we climbed, walked, swam and drove our way across Croatia and Montenegro.

Somewhere above Serbia

I had previously set up a driver to pick us up and bring us from the airport to our rental room. Since I used Booking.com for our rental room, I had remembered seeing they offered drivers to pick you up at the airport and bring  you to your destination. So, I went back to booking.com and booked a driver to pick us up at the airport  and bring us to our rental in dubrovnik.

when we landed a gentleman named Mario was there waiting for us. We were so thankful that we chose to hire a driver vs take the public bus from the airport to the bus station in Dubrovnik. The city is on a mountain side with lots of one ways and really busy traffic. Other then the gated city, everything is up hill from the sea. We would have had to find our rental room and drag our luggage all over town and up many, many stairs. Our driver knew our hostess and dropped us off at the bottom of the stairs that lead up to her place. Still, lots of stairs to carry the luggage up, but once we were on her terrace, our jaws dropped with the view!

 

We enjoyed our ‘welcome’ croatian beer, given to us from the sweet owner of our rental before heading down all the stairs to the Gated City!

 

374 stairs from the bottom, next to the East entrance of the Gated City. Excellent workout…as anyone that knows me, knows I love a great workout while walking or enjoying the outdoors!

WHAT TO DO IN DUBROVNIK

We felt this city offered lots of variety for the traveler. Game of Thrones fan? Well, there are all kind of tours you can take to learn about the filming of the series. We decided on Game of Thrones Tour with Karaka Cruise and Dubrovnik Walking Tour.

We researched all the tours on TripAdvisors and made our reservations through their website. They are a trustworthy website and we follow the four star or higher when booking. 

The tour started on the North side of the city in the docking area. You arrive and enter the replica boat that was used in the series. Each person was given 1 drink upon departure and offered to dress in the costumes on board as your favorite character and then pose for a picture. All while listening to the announcer describe specific details about the filming of the show, while sailing the Adriatic Sea and stopping at the Gated City (Kings Landing) for the walking tour. Then we walked through the Old Town guided along with details and images from the show.

This tour was about 2 hrs long and cost around $66 US dollars after fees and taxes.

 

There is sunset kayaking, which I really wanted to do, but ended up never participating in this activity(still disappointed about it!)

There are beaches to lay on (very rocky), rock jumping, fishing, scooters to rent, islands to visit, cable car ride to top of mountain that have amazing views of the gated city and all the numerous islands, along with the Imperial Fortress built in the 19th century. The Panoramic Restaurant is a wonderful place to enjoy watching the sunset with a delicious meal. They even gave us warm blankets after the sun had set.

Panoramic Restaurant-AMAZING.

 

LOKRUM ISLAND

These were all great adventures in Dubrovnik, but one of our favorites was traveling to the island just out from the gated city called LOKRUM Island. Hiking, swimming, olive groves, peacocks, a replica KINGS THRONE from Game of Thrones, food and drinks by the sea and even a natural water hole called  The Dead Sea, which is a salt filled lake linked to the sea.The amount of salt in this lake is suppose to make it very easy to swim/float. 

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