Trip Start Aug 02, 2010
Trip End Feb 15, 2011

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Edi's Sea View Rooms

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Next stop: Edi's Sea View Apartments and hopefully a good shower. Edi was a very friendly guy, and it turned out the we were being put in one of his two apartments in the old town, rather than one of the rooms in his main house outside the town walls. As with our first night in Dubrovnik, the location was excellent, with the entire old town literally on our doorstep. Another UNESCO heritage site (Croatia has 7). Unfortunately the AC wasn't the best in the world, and it required that we leave one of the windows open, so a fair bit of noise was audible. Luckily, the AC eventually cooled things down and earplugs proved their worth yet again. On Edi's recommendation, we headed to konoba (restaurant) Taj Mahal, which despite the misleading name serves Bosnian food – more Cevapi. After dinner, we walked around the beautiful old town streets and came across an open doorway near the town walls with "No nudists No topless" painted on the tunnel wall. Since we were neither nudist nor topless we felt safe to follow our intrigue and stepped through the tunnel, emerging on a rocky outcrop outside the city walls touching the sea, with a mostly full moon hanging in the sky. It blew us away. We shared a bottle of local white wine staring at the moon and pinching ourselves to make sure it was all real.

We got up early to walk the city walls when they opened at 8. We figured we would avoid the hottest part of the day and as many pesky tourists as possible (!).  This is one of the highlights of Dubrovnik - the guidebook gave us the history behind each tower and stretch of wall and nature did the rest - it was just beautiful.

We spent the rest of the morning and afternoon exploring all around the town, every alleyway brings you to another gorgeous vista or quaint corner. We visited the oldest pharmacy in Europe and St. Spa's church.  We spotted some people eating a mouth-watering burek so traced their steps and found some of our own - spinach and cheese for Dave and vegetable for Aileen.  The steps of the nearby church provided a perfect spot to relax and enjoy. Refreshed and reinforced, we followed the inside of the city wall on the south, and found another sea front bar named Buza, where we watched the crystal clear sea for a while.  The afternoon was used for taking a nap and getting some admin done for our much neglected travel blog - too much to see, not enough time to capture it all.

Some more photo time was needed before dinner at Mea Culpa for a perfect capriccioso pizza and a couple draught Favorit beers. Our last evening stroll brought us back to the harbor. St. Blaise's church and the city bell tower in the town square are so beautiful at night, the whole place is really.  All of the streetlights happened to go out, so the almost full moon stood out even more prominently. And so back to the room, to do a little bit of work on the ridiculous number of photos taken in Croatia and have an early night.  This is a truly beautiful country, and we're already looking forward to our next visit.
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Jane on

Wow guys this looks and sounds fabulous, you must be so enjoying it and keep up with the day by day accounts, great to see it all through your eyes. Enjoy!

Patrick Keating on

Not a bit jealous. I'm quite happy going to work every day!!!!!!!!! Keep up the good work

Mom on

Hello Dave & Aileen, I have just had time to work thru your notes and pictures since you left Ireland, glad things are going well and you're having a grand time. Your pictures are great as usual!! My thoughts of Croatia and Dubrovnik are the same as yours, Joann and I were blessed with a full moon while there and our took us back to the old town at night-breathtaking to say the least. Love, Mom

Mel on

Hi Dave and Ails
Wow all looks so amazing and caught up with Jules and Nic today in Limetree and they were telling us all your news. Istanbul sounded fantastic. Enjoy, relax and looking forward to your next instalment lots of love Mel xxxxxx

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