Did brovnik

Trip Start Jun 03, 2010
Trip End May 28, 2011

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Camping Solitudo

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

September 18, 2010

The weather turned out to be not bad at all, but we packed up and headed south anyway. Our first stop was for coffee at our waterfront spot in Hvar. Then we set off south down the island for 60 kms to the south end. The road was supposed to be challenging and it lived up to expectations… very narrow, winding, bumpy and hilly… but we had lots of time, so we took it easy, and indeed, quite enjoyed the trip.

However, as we arrived at the ferry terminal at the south end, the ferry was loading, and ended up overloaded with cars left behind, us being the third. Oh well, we are used to that from BC Ferries, and it was a much more pleasant 2 hour wait than the usual BC Ferry terminal, with a quaint tiny seaport to have coffee in. The ferry was smallish, bigger than the Bowen ferry but smaller than the Georgia Strait ferries. The ferry workers were just as disorganized, and frankly, stupid, as the ones in Split. As they had loaded everyone… cars loading at the same time as passengers by the way, there was a motorcycle in one of the last spots. It was like watching Laurel and Hardy to see them try to get the motorcycle moved over enough to squeeze in one more car. Sure makes you appreciate BC Ferries! The crossing was about 30 minutes. Then we had an hour and a half drive down the Dalmation Coast, through a few kms of Bosnai, and back into Croatia to hit Dubrovnik.

We are ensconced at Camping Solitudo, which ain't really so solitudo. It is quite big, but is set up quite nicely to give a modicum of privacy. Still very expensive…. About $37 per night. We are hoping this will be counterbalanced by some cheap and maybe free camping when we head east.

Tomorrow we tour Dubrovnik.

September 19

We first had to catch a bus to the old town from the campground. To our disappointment, it was neither walkable nor bikeable… about 6 kms, and over the top of a ridge. It was a good 15 minute walk from the campground to the bus stop, then a 20  minute wait, and then the bus was already full and we had to stand. This is all a bit too inconvenient for a $37 campground.

That done, Dubrovnik was great… a very pretty little town with marble paved roads all enclosed in romantic walls, with the crashing waves of the sea on one side and the steep hills on the other. We just wandered around enjoying the town in the morning, with an interesting stop in a photography exhibit dedicated to war photos, including the siege of Dubrovnik in 1991. In the afternoon we walked the town walls all around the town with beautiful views of all parts of the town and the sea…. About 2 kms of walls, and then a nice beer on the waterfront overlooking the boat harbour…we then killed some more time walking, and came back to the same café for a lovely dinner of grilled shrimp and seafood risotto….mmmmm.

As we ate dinner, thick black clouds rolled in and an incredible red sunset lit up the hillside (see photos). We were on the wrong side of the walls to see the sun setting, but the hills were amazing!

Just as we set off for the bus, the clouds opened up and the rain poured down, so we took refuge under an archway for about 30 minutes with a mob of tweenies who had just come out of a movie.

It eased off enough after the 30 minutes for us to strike off toward the bus, and miraculously one came just as we arrived at the stop. There was still some thunder and lightning and flooded roads during the bus trip, but it pretty well stopped by the time we had to walk back from the bus to the campsite…good timing all around!
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