Croatia - Dubrovnik

Trip Start May 30, 2013
Trip End Dec 09, 2014

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Day 0: August 27, 2013

We arrived in Dubrovnik at around 16.00, we booked a private room with private bathroom because most of things in Dubrovnik were really expensive, we paid USD 25 per person and the cheapest that we could find was for USD 22 for 6 bed dorm with shared bathroom.

The good thing about the place that we were staying is that they actually went to pick us up at the bus station. When we arrived to the place the lady that was hosting us told us that they overbooked the place but that she had another room at one of her neighbors. This was a little bit weird but we actually read about this in some reviews and since the lady was really nice we were fine with this because the room was actually really nice.

Since we wanted to stay just one night in Dubrovnik (because it is quite an expensive city) we went right away to the city center, the old town. After arriving there we could see that it's a really old town surrounded by really big walls all over the city.

The city was full of life, a lot of people, lights, music, restaurants… We started our walk in one of the main entrances, the Pile Gate that goes directly to the main street in the city called "Placa Street" a really busy street with the road made out of white stones that makes it really slippery after rain. It’s a really nice old city. I don’t know why maybe cause of the narrow streets or the old architecture but it reminded me Venice, of course that taking out the small rivers.

We were walking for around 3-4 hours inside of the city to start walking back at about 21.00, arrived in the apartment, had a shower, booked a hostel for the next day in Kotor (Montenegro) and went to sleep, but just before I was going to sleep the guy that was hosting us (a 80 year old guy) offered me a drink. Since I couldn’t refuse him I got a drink with him he spoke a little bit of Italian so we had a fun time!

Day 1: August 28, 2013

That day we got up quite early and got ready to start visiting the city, we left our stuff in the reception and just when we were about to depart, it started to rain, but heavy rain! We waited for a while to see if it could be just a temporary rain, but since it seemed that it wasn’t we changed our clothes to rain gear and started walking in the rain! We arrived in the city and the only good thing was that there were almost no people, so we went to the city walls (KN 30 approx. USD 6 for students, KN 90 for adults) and went sightseeing the city. It was really nice but the only bad thing was that in one point and just for about 5min it started to rain heavily so we were completely soak! This didn’t stop us and we made all the way around the city walls. After this we got something to eat, but just a pizza slice that we ate in Gundulic’s square because everything was really expensive with most restaurants charging around USD 20.

Walking around the city was really nice and we got to see a memorial to the Heroes of Dubrovnik that fought against Serbian Army during the attacks between 92 - 95, the gallery showing this was located in Sponza Palace. Then we went to St Blaise’s church, Cathedral Treasury and St Ignatius church between some of the main attractions.

After that we left the old town and we went for Fort Lovrjenac, a big fort right next to the old city, the only bad thing was that you had to pay, but if you had entered the city walls you didn’t. Unfortunately we got rid of the tickets so we had a problem, but after talking and showing some pictures to the guy at the entrance he was kind to let us in.

After this it was around 16.30 so we started walking back to our place to get our things and at 18.00 we left for the bus station, unfortunately we didn’t have a ride for the way back!

It was a short but nice visit, Dubrovnik has really nice sights and a lot of history, but the bad thing was that it’s full of tourist so it makes the city to be quite expensive. We think it’s not made for backpackers, instead for more grown up people willing to spend a little bit more.

Oh, what concerns the conversion rate it was KN 1 = USD 5,5.
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