A Town known for its red tile roofs and Fortress

Trip Start Sep 05, 2011
Trip End Sep 27, 2011

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What I did
Toured Dubrovnik
Drove to Dubrovnik, toured it
Full day tour of three islands by boat - swan in the Sea

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

I finally got to go on a major boat trip for a full day tour of the islands around Dubrovnik.  I have been wanting to get out onto the sea since I got here and this was certainly the way to do it. Boat was perfect - not too rough but not too classy either.  Great friendly people, good food and 2 swims in the ocean.  2nd time I nearly did not make it out as it was a very slippery cement dock we were using and you all know how that would be with me not being able to stand from a crouch position.  After several tries and much tugging by Luka I did get my hips on the cement and then somehow managed to get up.   I really must have been a sight wobbling about.   It was worth it though - the water was warm - the sea around Canada is so cold and in most places rough that I would never dream of going in.  Not even in Tofino as the waves really knock you down, but this was smooth and warm and fun.   I met 4 people from Australia and two from Canada who hung together during the full day trip and we drank wine and beer and laughed ourselves silly.  Can't even remember what was so funny but the stories and the antics were great.  In fact I have to admit that I really needed to let go and just be silly today.  Zora, the liveliest of the group, was there with her dad, a Tito survivor, jailed at 18 for not joining the party - he had some very interesting stories too and immigrated to Australia when still a young man but now 77 and comes back every year to visit.  Zora invited all of us to join her and her dad for dinner at a restaurant near the docking area.  I went back to the hotel and realized that I was quite drunk and looked like I had been marooned for a month.  The shower did not do the trick so I phone for coffee and asked them to send a pot.  How many persons the fellow asked. I said one but she wants 3 cups of coffee so please send the pot.  Hardly hung up the phone when it arrived.  I drank the whole pot and felt much better - got dressed and Luka was back to drive us over.  Since parking is so bad we did not take the car during the day but at night we felt we should as the streets are not scooter friendly in all places and it is hard to see where the problems are before you are upon them.  It was funny to see everyone dressed up for dinner and as Zora said, "we all cleaned up real good".  Dinner was interesting, but certainly more subdued than the boat trip.  Hopefully, we will keep in touch.  Click on the slideshow and the little arrow at the bottom right of the picture to get full screen and then go back and click on the videos which show the group I was with and me in the ocean.   

 Dubrovnik is on the Adriatic Sea coast positioned at the terminal end of the Isthmus of Dubrovnik. It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations on the Adriatic, a seaport and the centre of Dubrovnik-Neretva county. Its population was 43,770 in 2001,[1] down from 49,728 in 1991.[2] In 1979, the city of Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
The prosperity of the city of Dubrovnik has always been based on maritime trade. In the Middle Ages  it became the only eastern Adriatic city-state to rival Venice. Supported by its wealth and skilleddiplomacy, the city achieved a remarkable level of development, particularly during the 15th and 16th centuries. Although demilitarised in the 1970s with the intent of forever protecting it from war devastation, in 1991, after the breakup of Yugoslavia, it was besieged by Serb-Montenegrin forces for 7 months and heavily damaged by shelling.

For more information on the history of Dubrovnik from ancient times to the present go to Historical Dubrovnik

For a great video by Rick Steves click here 
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