The walled city

Trip Start Sep 07, 2005
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Thursday, June 8, 2006

The flight in to Dubrovnik was amazing, the view from the plane is outstanding!! The water is so blue, and you fly right over the Old Town center. I was glad to have a window seat for a change! I had forgotten last fall and what it was like going from place to place without booking accomodation. The first few places of this trip we had booked because they were busy cities and we were arriving late, or wanted to stay somewhere in particular. But many places in Greece, Turkey, and now Croatia still allow people to stand at the bus or ferry terminal and rent out rooms to tourists. If you don't mind the chaos, it is a great system because there is so much competition, you end up paying less overall and don't have to go through the hassle of pre-booking. It doesn't always work out great though :)

The drive from the station was a bit hairy, the guy driving us cut off some pedestrians in the intersection, and then yelled at them! A police officer on a motorbike drove up beside us, and proceeded to have a yelling match with our driver as we continued down the road. Eventually our driver gave in and apologized, or so it seemed, and the police officer sped off! Interesting system.

The place we are staying is in an area called Lapad, it is a residential area near the marina. There is one road that circles the area, all the houses are built on a hill with concrete paths seperating them. So there is no traffic, but how those people got all their furniture in their houses I'll never know! We were tired just from carrying our packs up all the stairs. The view is great though.

Mom and I took a nice walk in the first bit of sun we have seen in days, we followed the path around the peninsula for quite a ways. There is a long stretch of it that reminds me of the seawall in Vancouver. Felt like home. There is a nice beach about halfway round, where we stopped for lunch and to admire the view. People were swimming, so although it has been cold the water must be warm!

The highlight of Dubrovnik has to be the walled Old Town. For $10 you can walk all the way around the outside of the fortified walls, with stunning views. Outside the walls is the newer part of town, and then the sea. Inside, there are houses and yards that you look right down on, as well as the usual restaurants and shops. The highest point is the fort, which looks out over the whle old town, the marina, and the sea and surrounding islands. Though it rained most of the day, it settled down enough that we could enjoy our walk and still take loads of pictures! Probably one of the top 5 sites of my whole trip I'd say.
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