The walled City.

Trip Start Mar 12, 2010
Trip End Sep 17, 2010

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Friday, June 4, 2010

From the moment you enter Dubrovnik, the sense of natural beauty of the mountains that ride the border between Croatia and Bosnia, and the stark beauty of the harsh stone walls in contrast to the vivid blue of the ocean. We arrived on Friday and stayed in a German couples house for the weekend. this was problematic as they spoke only German, and we had to ask the man who drove us to Dubrovnik to translate. On the Saturday, we took a scenic walk after a large lunch, to the shortest river in Croatia (possibly in all of Europe). The 'river' was only 150 metres long and the only thing that made it apart from the connecting canal was the bridge. however it was breathtakingly clear and it was a great place for a photo opportunity. After this we piled into the car and traveled for a while to to find the perfect view for Daniels' camera. After that we traveled to the old city of Dubrovnik (there are two cities of Dubrovnik, the old city and the new city) where we walked around and enjoyed seeing the sheer awesomeness of the city, whilst eating a scoop of gelati each (of course!). The wall around the city is spectacular, however the stone looks rather dull compared to the bright red of the roofs of the many buildings that are nestled within. We ended up at the Moor, where an old, large ship was docked, it looked like it was out of the 19th century! however it is duly noted that the boat 'cheated' by reversing out of its moorings with its engine. 

On the Sunday, we ventured out once more, ready for a more in-depth viewing of what Dubrovnik had to offer. But first we had to say goodbye to our lovely hosts, who gave us a HUGE bag of shallots, which made the car (and us most likely) smell like onion, it was an interesting start to the day. After we had departed we made our way to the highest point in Dubrovnik, a large mountain that gives gorgeous views of the coastline, as well as the harsh terrain of the mountain range. On the top, there was an old fortress, which had a museum of the war that had happened 10 years ago between the Croatians and the Serbians, it was a great eye opener to what happened to this place, only 10 years beforehand, as if you had not seen the museum or know beforehand of the war, you would not know that it ever happened. Whilst we were up there we took photos on a platform, which had a huge cross outlooking the sea. After this little detour it was time to go 'on the walls' of the famous walled city. we drove down and laboriously found a car park that was relatively close to where we had to go. we walked down and entered in an alternative entrance that where we did before, we had to walk down what seemed like an endless flight of stair, until it led to the main road, as it was lunch tome we stopped at a little pizzeria, to recoup and refresh as well as prepare us for what was to come. to go up the wall you have to pay in cash so make sure you have money on you if you ever plan to go up, the cost was 60Kn for an adult, Students and children were 30Kn. so after that we were off, racing up the stars to see all of what the wall had to offer. i cant say much, because it is too hard to describe. quite simply it is breathtakingly spectacular, quite literally as there are 700 steps in the entirety of the wall so make sure you take some water with you. pictures is the only way you can describe it. As we made our way down and hopped into the car, we reflected on the weekend and how quick it had gone, and how beautiful the coastline is.
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