Trip Start Aug 14, 2001
Trip End Nov 07, 2002

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Friday, October 12, 2001

One of the most beautiful cities in the world was only a 3 1/2 hour ferry ride away. Dubrovnik was pretty amazing to say the least. Overcoming the usual 'soba-lady'-onslaught, we found the nicest family to stay with. Ivo and Vesna and their 3 children were a real pleasure to live amoungst for a few days. We had negotiated a very fair deal to stay in a very nice room in their home, just outside the city walls and the next thing we knew, Ivo was giving us figs and oranges from the garden and pouring us a shot of home-made grappa. One night, they made us an amazing dinner of grilled fish and potatoes served with home-made olive-oil and red wine from his parents place on Korcula.
The fortress-like city walls are the biggest in Europe (25m high) and a walk along their 2km long tops was a great way to take it all in. The rooftops are a patchwork of pale to dark-red tiles as the city was shelled quite heavily by the Yugoslav Federal Army during the 1991/92 conflicts for independence. Ivo and his young family had to leave during that time and he showed us photos of things after their return. Their home survived but their car was destroyed and many young men died fighting. (The graveyard is full.) We did a day trip out to Lokrum island just off the coast and wandered the ruins of an old Benedictine monestary. We also met a nice couple from Australia and hung out quite a bit.
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