The Iron Throne of Croatia: Dubrovnik

(Excuse the awful Game of Thrones reference above. I’m not a big enough fan of the books or series to do much better.)

After Split, mom and I took a bus down the coast to the magical city of Dubrovnik.  Strangely enough, to go from Split to Dubrovnik (same country) you have to pass through Bosnia Hercegovina (another country) for a stretch of land. But we jumped out of the bus long enough to snap this shot of the scenery:

Driving to Dubrovnik through Bosnia Hercegovina

Hi Bosnia Hercegovina!

After arriving in Dubrovnik and settling into another cute apartment, we headed straight for the famous Old City.  Every image I had of Dubrovnik before this trip (and most of my images after) were of the Old City.  The fortress-like walls and winding alleys are straight out of the medieval ages – no wonder Game of Thrones films here!

Heading to Dubrovnik's famous Old Town!

Heading to Dubrovnik’s famous Old City!

Admiring the columns of Old Town

Admiring the columns in Stari Grad

The next morning we trekked back down to the Old City but decided to take a back road, instead of the main one.  It was definitely a more scenic route and felt more direct, but we couldn’t be sure.  Our Dubrovnik days were always filled with uphills and downhills, regardless of which path we chose.

Peekaboo!

Peekaboo!

Hi flowers!

Hi flowers!

On our second day we stopped for lunch at Mimoza, a restaurant our landlady had recommended to us.  To be honest, the main dishes weren’t too wow. The meats were a nice break from seafood (a break from seafood? Blasphemous, I know!) but were nothing special.  However, we did notice a certain adorable slow-walking creature in the flower pots by our table. And mom managed to find a pretty amazing cake for dessert.  She may or may not have come back on our last day to order one (or 4) more slices!

Adorable turtles by our table at Mimoza restaurant

Adorable turtles by our table at Mimoza restaurant

Mom's favourite cake!

Mom’s favourite cake!

Another restaurant find: Wanda’s! I had found Wanda in one of our guide books and after scouring the incomplete street signs, we finally found the place in a back alley of the Old City.  Right away Wanda won our hearts when a waiter insisted we sit down for free prosecco, even though we were just making a dinner reservation for later.

Free Prosecco at our favourite restaurant!

Free Prosecco at our favourite restaurant!

Admiring the view off the Old City

Admiring the view off the Old City

Cats rule this town

Cats rule this town – they are everywhere! 

After exploring more of Stari Grad (Old City), we met up with my Amsterdam friends, Candy & Carlie, who were just starting their Croatian adventures. We took them to Wanda’s for some delicious carpaccio, pasta and, of course, more free prosecco! We also became pretty convinced that our waiter (the one pouring the free drinks) wanted me to marry his son! Living in Croatia and eating free at Wanda’s? I do!

Meeting up with Candy & Carlie in Dubrovnik!

Meeting up with Candy & Carlie in Dubrovnik!

Our favourite jazz band with the singer with the voice of an angel

Our favourite jazz band with the singer with the voice of an angel

The next day we met back up with the girls and headed up…all the way up the Dubrovnik Cable Car to get full views of the beautiful city! While we almost melted waiting to get onto the car, the views (and cool wind) at the top were spectacular!

View from the top of the Dubrovnik cable car

View from the top of the Dubrovnik cable car

Mom and Carlie building Inukshuks!

Mom and Carlie building Inukshuks!

From the top of the mountain to….the sea! After returning to ground level, we decided to take our group to the water and try our luck at a few hours of sea kayaking and snorkelling.  Overall, it was a really fun experience and great way to see more of the Old City.  That being said, the water was freezing and my arms were definitely in some pain the next day!

Getting ready for our sea-kayaking adventure

Getting ready for our sea-kayaking adventure

Snorkelling in the freezing cold with nary a fish to spot!

Snorkelling in the freezing cold with nary a fish to spot!

After kayaking it was time to replenish liquids (aka get our day-drink on) and grab some dinner.  Mom and I tried out a few new places in the Old City, before meeting back up with C&C for dessert and drinks while listening to my favourite jazz band.

Afternoon drinks after kayaking

Afternoon drinks after kayaking

Asian-fusion on our last night in Dubrovnik

Asian-fusion on our last night in Dubrovnik

The next morning we packed up and got ready to head to Montenegro! But before our bus left, I managed to sneak in one more must-do Dubrovnik experience: walking the Old City walls! I joined Candy & Carlie for the 2km walk which felt more like 10 thanks to lots of stairs and the scorching midday heat.  But, the views were incredible! I kept expecting to see a GOT star shooting a scene!

Views from the Old City walls

Views from the Old City walls

Missing this view!

Missing this view!

Hey ladies!

Hey ladies!

Selfie on the wall!

Selfie on the wall!

Beautiful red roofs of the Old City

Beautiful red roofs of the Old City

All smiles (and all sweat) as we finish our wall walk

All smiles (and all sweat) as we finish our wall walk

After finishing the wall, we met back up with mom and enjoyed some Mimoza cake.  Saying goodbye to the girls we grabbed a quick lunch (back at Wanda’s, of course), picked up our bags and boarded our bus for Herceg Novi, Montenegro!

Bye beautiful Dubrovnik!

Bye beautiful Dubrovnik!

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4 thoughts on “The Iron Throne of Croatia: Dubrovnik

      • Right, that makes sense. I suppose I was thinking cheap compared to going through Italy or France.

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