When Logan and I came to the famous city of Dubrovnik last year it was bursting with European teenagers attending a youth conference. It was loud and crowded and, although charming and beautiful, I honestly did not leave the most famous city in Croatia with the best impression. But it just didn’t feel right skipping over it when I came back with my mom. So we went. And sometimes first impressions are wrong, right?
After a few days of blissfully exploring two Croatian islands we were a little city-shocked as we pulled into the port at Dubrovnik. We were forced to make the trek to Old Town (teaching us to remember to carry smaller bills for bus fare) and walked up and up and up to our room at the base of the famous walls of Dubrovnik. There had been a major lapse in communication with our host about directions and we showed up hot and tired (and grumpy). A short nap, a tall glass of wine, and a plate of delicious local fish and cheese remedied this. After calming down (okay, mostly I needed to calm down…) we went back out for a bit of exploring and some mediocre tourist dinner on the main street of old town.
Feeling much less cranky the next morning we decided to get an earlier start and walk the city walls before the hordes of other tourists woke up or showed up. I had done this before, but the views were no less magnificent and our early start meant that we were essentially alone atop the city.
We were done about the time the rest of the tourists began showing up, so we took the opportunity to escape to the nearest beach. We spent hours laying in the sun and swimming in the cold, but spectacular Adriatic.
After our day at the beach we decided to indulge in a sushi dinner at Bota. Logan and I had eaten here before, and my mom and I were both thrilled to get our sushi fix. We ate local applejack fish, salmon and an oyster roll; all of which were delicious and fresh. We were glad to still be on an American dinnertime schedule, which is earlier than most of Europe, because we went without a reservation and while we were lucky and got a table, we saw countless people turned away after we had been seated. We ended the night watching the sunset and having a drink at Buza Bar, which is built into the wall of the old city and has amazing views of the water.
Our only full day in Dubrovnik was perfect. Walking the walls, swimming in the Adriatic, eating delicious fish and watching sunset from a great location. Who could ask for more?
Next up? My first new country of the trip, Montengero!!