Trip Start Mar 08, 2008
Trip End Sep 06, 2008

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Vila Micika

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

It rained for 3 days straight while we were in Dubrovnik.  Driving down the coast, you can tell it's a beautiful city with ocean all around.  But when it's gray, cold, and raining constantly, you have a hard time appreciating the scenery.  And the locals keep telling us how last winter was the mildest winter in history, or that three days before we arrived it was warm enough to swim in the ocean.  It's like salt in our wounds.  We did appreciate the amazing food though.  We had some delicious seafood pasta, black squid ink risotto, and grilled prawns, just to name a few of the dishes.  And the rain is not keeping me from eating two scoops of delicious gelato (Jeremy only gets one, the wimp).  Also, people couldn't have been nicer here.  When we asked one woman directions, she actually called someone on her cell phone to confirm directions and then got out of her kiosk to show us exactly where to go.  And at the grocery store, the nice lady gave me a free cookie.  I must look like someone who gets a lot of enjoyment from food because this was the second time on our trip that a merchant had given me free food

Despite the rain, we still walked the perimeter of town and saw the ocean from three angles: Lapad Bay, Graz Harbor, and the Adriatic Sea.  The Old Town is a maze of narrow staircases and ally ways that lead to one amazing square or another.  All the buildings are made of beige stone with rose colored tile rooftops.  With the water surrounding the whole thing, it's really quite pretty. 

But after three straight days of rain, we decided today to cut our losses and we booked an overnight ferry to go to Bari, Italy, tonight.  But around noon today a miracle happened...SUNSHINE!!!  It's turned into a beautiful, glorious day with the bluest skies and oceans you've ever seen.  So we went back to the Old Town and climbed the famous city walls that form a barrier around the old part of the city.  From the top of the walls, you are surrounded on almost all sides by georgeous blue ocean and the sound of the waves crashing.  The views of the ocean and the city around you were too beautiful to describe.  And the upside of all the rain was that there were barely any other tourists up there.  So we've been thoroughly enjoying our fourth and final day in Dubrovnik, which more than makes up for the first three gloomy days here.  If you ever have a chance, make sure to visit Dubrovnik, but do it after May when the weather is warm and sunny. 
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