Dubrovnik

Is this city the most instagrammable city in the world? I know I couldn’t stop taking photos as we struggled in the late afternoon heat to complete the city walk around the fortified walls. Just two kilometers but a completely unforgettable experience.

In the 1990s there was devastation in this city which is so beautiful, charming and gracious.   Much has been repaired at a huge cost but the wounds never heal.

The tourist industry was severely affected after the bombings but now statistics reveal that Dubrovnik now host over a million tourists annually with another twenty million who make Croatia their holiday destination. Judging by the size and frequency of the huge cruise ships which make Dubrovnik their port of call on a daily basis it is not  a surprise.  Our hotel was near the area where the ships disgorged would be tourists each morning.   The following day it would be replaced by another vessel.  One day in Dubrovnik….not nearly long enough!

It is incredible that Croatia has a population of a mere four million but tourism is its biggest industry.

Apparently a Game of Thrones tour is a popular choice or it appeared that way with a group of Top Deck backpackers at our hotel.  As I am in that 1% of people who have not seen any of the series but I can imagine that it would be a perfect location to shoot movie scenes.

One of the bonuses of our stay in Dubrovnik included a 24 hour pass which gave us transport from our hotel to the old town, access to art galleries, museums, as well as the city walls.  A three day pass is also available which would allow for a more relaxed visit.

Our final meal was not surprisingly a seafood restaurant.  I went outside of my comfort zone by ordering a black risotto!  It arrived looking like a can of worms tipped upside down in a bowl. This was according to one of my dining companions anyway but it was delicious!  Flavoured with squid ink to give the ‘black’ appearance it was a fitting farewell to Croatia and to say goodbye to new travel friends as we head off in different directions around the world but for me it was the start of a new adventure….the Balkan states.  Montenegro,  Albania, Kosovo and finally Macedonia. ,

Goodbye Croatia  thank you for the memories, the food, the wine, the beautiful beaches with pristine water and gorgeous islands.  You are a gem!  I will be back.

 

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