Lovrijenac Fortress

Dubrovnik, Croatia

We now understand why Dubrovnik has been described as ‘the pearl of the Adriatic’! Dubrovnik_cliff_barWith marbled streets, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque style churches as well as fountains and the surrounding city walls, everywhere you look is something that will capture your attention. The shopping is also great in Dubrovnik with many jewelers demonstrating how to create coral beads. I picked up a hat unlike any design I’ve seen in a little independent shop down one of the side streets. For drinks you can head to a cliff bar, they can be seen from along the city walls.

Old Town from City WallsWe spent most of our day walking through the old town and around the 1,940 meter long medieval city walls that surrounded the city. The walls were constructed in the 10th century and fortified considerably in 1453. There are four fortresses around the Old Town; Miceta Tower, Revelin Fortress, St. John’s Fortress, and Bokar Bastion. From the walls you can oversee the entire Old Town and all the buildings within it. Also from the walls, you get an amazing view of the Lovrijenac Fortress. The fortress was built on a 37 meter high rock overlooking the sea and according to some chronologists, is dated back to 1018 or 1038. Above the entrance it reads ‘NON BENE PRO TOTO LIBERTAS VENDITUR AURO’, a saying from an Aesop fable meaning ‘freedom is not sold for all the gold in the world.’ Dubrovnik loves liberty and would use this phrase as a reminder to those on guard of why they were there.

 

 

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Milna Croatia Sunset

Croatia Sailing Adventure

David and I planned a last minute trip Topdeck Croatia Sailing Tripto Croatia, and I use the term ‘plan’ here very loosely. We actually booked it through True Traveler, a company that pulls a bunch of set trips that are currently available from various companies online to assist you while choosing your perfect adventure. We went with the Croatia Sailing trip via Topdeck Travel. There were 20 of us on the boat, all under 30 and a common interest in traveling all over the world. The majority were from Australia, however there were others from the USA, UK, New Zealand and Canada.

We landed in Split the morning after my final exam for the semester in perfect sunshine and set sail for the next week. Our first stop was for a swim break,David Jumping Into Water in Croatia jumping off the ship from either of the two levels. Of course  David climbed up to the tallest point on the boat to jump. We set anchor in the sea just offshore as sea urchins cling to the rocks in the shallow areas. They are deceiving in that they look nice and fluffy from above the water, however they are like glass shears if you step on one. The first night we docked at Milna, a small fishermen village. We watched a beautiful sunset, the perfect kick off to our relaxing week of sailing around some of the islands of Croatia.