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Dubrovnick

Out of Albania and into Croatia


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Time to leave Albania - I think the hosts are quite ready to see us go.
A slightly bad start at 7 AM when we learn the bus driver needs a typed, printed list of all passengers and their passport numbers to present at each border. No one is pointing any fingers......but....someone didn't know....someone didn't tell.

A long bus ride through Albania, Montenegro, and in to Croatia.
The scenery is beautiful.

The bad start continued when there was a mix up for our group and the travel agency. We had been booked in a different hotel than originally reported. No one is pointing any fingers......but....someone didn't know....someone didn't tell.

I had been told that Dubrovnik was a beautiful spot, but I did not know what to expect.

The walled city, the cable car ride to the Napoleonic fort that is now a museum to the Homeland War, and the beuatiful residential and hotel areas. Add Dubrovnik to your travel plans and have a relaxing week. Just be prepared for thousands of tourists from buses and cruise ships in the walled city day and night.
View from the wall

View from the wall


At home in Dubrovnik

At home in Dubrovnik


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Museum_of_Homeland_War.jpg


Garden in the convent

Garden in the convent


Stairway  with restaurant

Stairway with restaurant


Flower garden

Flower garden


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Dubrovnik_10.jpg


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Dubrovnik_9.jpg

Posted by pscotterly 22:51 Archived in Croatia Tagged dubrovnik Comments (0)

A Swim in the Adriatic


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A beautiful drive from Split to Plitvice National Park.
I had wanted to sea kayak in the Adriatic in Dubrovnik, but I chickened out when I thought the water was too choppy and I wouldn't be able to manage it. I decided I was not going to leave the Adriatic without doing something besides looking at it.

Testing the Waters

Testing the Waters


I go for a swim in the Adriatic

I go for a swim in the Adriatic


Lunch after the swim

Lunch after the swim


A yacht named Paula

A yacht named Paula


Perhaps I should be on this yacht instead of a touring coach.

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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia


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Some people on the tour had been here before and specifically wanted to return.
I enjoyed it very much, but after all the talk about the "wild forrest" and being from Colorado, I was expecting something a little more remote.
The lakes are beautiful, but tourists walk in long rows along the boardwalk around the lakes.
Perhaps it is like getting to Zion in Utah and realizing the unique beauty, but being overwhelmed by the crowds.

I did enjoy the chance to get a fairly good walk, the tasty wine, and a nice local-style dinner.
I didn't enjoy the lower level room with a view of the propane tank.

Jasmina sets us straight

Jasmina sets us straight


At Plitvice Lakes National Park Croatia

At Plitvice Lakes National Park Croatia


Here comes the bus

Here comes the bus

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Split, Croatia


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The drive along the Adriatic from Dubrovnik to Croatia was spectacular.
One beautiful town after another

One beautiful town after another


Farmland Delta

Farmland Delta


Islands along the Adriatic

Islands along the Adriatic

When we first entered Split, I thought it was just "an old, industrial communist city."
Then we were shown the Riva and the old walled city. I am surprised once again!
Originally built as a retirement home for Diocetian, the last pagan emperor of Rome, and then a major medieval Venetian-controlled city.
Many of the Roman walls remain and most of the medieval city was reconstructed from the materials. All are still in use as apartments, shops, churches, and tourist attractions.

I can't believe how ignorant I have been about this part of the world.
Roman wall

Roman wall


Flowers on home in Split

Flowers on home in Split


Oour guide describing the en suite in Roman home. Some of the aquaducts built then are still in use today. Before lead was used, so the water is completely safe.
Roman en suite

Roman en suite

Medieval homes in Split

Medieval homes in Split


Cellar of Diocletian retirement home

Cellar of Diocletian retirement home

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