Dubrovnik, Australian capital of Croatia
Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
143Trip End Sep 30, 2010
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It was a relief to finally arrive in Dubrovnik and leave the sweaty bus for good. Until we realised that although our hostel was only a few hundred metres from the bus station, it was a few hundred metres of stairs straight up the hillside. The positive side, which we managed to see later in the evening (once we had found beer and food), was the view from our balcony over the lit up peninsular and port (if you think we can afford old town views you severely overestimate our overdraw limit).
In the centre of Dubrovnik is the beautiful Venetian style old town. One highlight was the undamaged city walls that circle the town - we walked along the top of them on the popular city walls tour route for great views of the old town, the mountain backdrop and of course the sparkling blue sea complete with islands. (Being able to look into peoples backyards was sort of entertaining too). Wandering around the old town all we heard was Australian accents in all directions with an occassional English accent - it seemed that the entire English speaking world was holidaying in Dubrovnik (including Santa, although does he speak English?). I was talking later to a girl from Finland who said that all she heard was people talking Finnish, so perhaps it is just a matter of perspective (and that explains Santa). Thankfully it is possible to avoid the hordes though - the old town is higher at the North and South ends, and the tourist numbers seem to decline proportionally with the number of stairs climbed. Not far from the old town, on the 'postcard views' side of town is a gorgeous beach with compulsary views of the old town framed by the sparkling blue water. The water was surprisingly cold, especially after the warm water of Kotor, but very refreshing after a day of walking in the heat and humidity.