Monday, 27 October 2014
Exploring wonderful Dubrovnik, Croatia
Having had a wonderful drive from the airport the helpful receptionist (Nika) at Hotel More (pronounced Morey) recommended us each purchasing a special tourist discount card called a "Dubrovnik Card" from the local tourist office. She explained it was actually two cards, one gave us free travel on the buses and the other free access to museums, art galleries and "the famous city wall" (10 locations in all). She also gave us a very useful map with the city on one side and the whole area on the other side where she planted a cross showing us where the hotel was. When in a foreign country it is always reassuring to know where you are laying your head!
Having unpacked in lovely rooms and tested out all the switches etc. we went about exploring, first the hotel and then the cliff path in front of it. The cave bar blew our minds it was so cleverly arranged. Then we had dinner, went for an evening stroll along the cliff path in front of the hotel and then crashed out.
The next morning after a robust breakfast we walked to the tourist office exchanged some currency and collected our Dubrovnik Cards. A bus came along straightaway and we shoe horned ourselves onto it. It was the rush hour. I got chatting to a chap from the UK who had been there nearly a week and he kindly recommended some things to do and places to visit. I was holding on too tight to write anything down but fortunately Rosalind was eves dropping and she has total recall.
When we got to the bus station just outside the old walled town it was heaving with people, apparently there were two large cruise ships in the port. The atmosphere was magic with street performers and music and loads of food.
Having "done" a couple of art galleries and had refreshments by the little harbour we found our way up to "the wall". This goes right round the old town (as well as up and down) and you get the most amazing views and photo opportunities. Altogether the walk round the wall is around 1.3 kilometers long. Fortunately it was not too warm.
The orange area is the old town surrounded by the wall.
View from the wall of an adjacent fort.
From the wall you look down on stunning tiled roofs.
And the marina.
Rosalind has to be coaxed into posing.
There was some very clever workmanship as this hand rail bracket demonstrates.
We had a lovely lunch and a pleasant bus trip back and felt we were really on holiday!