The Walled City - Pearl of the Adriatic
Trip Start Dec 29, 2012
88Trip End Aug 15, 2013
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We came to Dubrovnik by bus and then took a local bus to the old town. It was quite a journey to get there, but what a beautiful and historical place.
In the morning we headed to the beach for some relaxing after such a busy travel day the day (and night) before. Too bad we arrived too late to rent any lounge chairs, but we did snag an umbrella along the rocky shore. We weren't too impressed with all the rocks at first, but the boys had a grand time building rock structures instead of their typical sand castles.
The next day Jim and I were out the door early to snap some pictures of the main streets and gates before the hoards of people arrived.
On this day, we took a gondola up the side of the mountain to gain a bird's eye view of Dubrovnik and to visit the war museum at the Napoleon fort on top of the hill.
Interesting too, was the fact that Dubrovnik never lost a war throughout it's history dating back to its origins in the 7th century.
See more info here Even when Napoleon took the city, he tricked them into letting his troops enter and took over from within its walls. We took a guided tour along the walls that surround the city and our guide told us the city was an independent city state until Napoleon.
Caleb discovered he is destined for true love after balancing on a gargoyle at the city entrance. Legend says that if you balance there on one foot while removing your shirt that you will find true love! Albeit Caleb left his shirt on, he balanced with an ice cream in his hand - that's got to be worth something!
We loved visiting Dubrovnik, enjoyed learning about the history of the city, and as Jim and I are reading the Game of Thrones, we were excited to hear that the show has been using Dubrovnik to film the King's Landing scenes!
The next morning we left to meet our guide for a seven day kayak tour of the Elaphiti Islands which are a short ferry ride from Dubrovnik.