Trip Start Sep 14, 2012
Trip End Oct 15, 2012

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Where I stayed
Villa Dubrovnik Garden
What I did
More of the old town

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Up around 0610. Some ablutions and Arjan awake thereafter. Mr and Mrs Geek had vacated their room and we checked out the swish digs, including a living room area more than half the size of our room [yet alone the balcony]. He took the opportunity to shower there.

After 0800 we went into the old town where Arjan bought some sweets and a T-shirt. We then returned to the Restaurant Orhan for brekkie. The Dutchman was short on kunas so I bought him an omelette 70 CK. Chatted about the group. He said if I decide on a Himalaya trek to give him notice.

We returned for Arjan's final packing. I found one of the two bags of sweets on my night table.

Down to the taxi stand. Rachel and Nathalie were there. A hug for Rachel and handshakes for Arjan and John, those remaining in Dubrovnik cut in half.

Nathalie asked me if I wanted a coffee so we went to the old city. By this time everything was open. She had a crepe and we both had a large latte, the drink so good she had a second. She didn't like her room re bathroom cleanliness and a rather curt owner when she asked him to confirm her early morning flight. She found the Aussies hard to understand, quite apart from instances of Strine she had never heard before. We made plans for a 1900 rendezvous for dinner.

Another shower and down to the old town for the third time a bit before noon. Got a large ice cream cone with that unpronouncable Italian word ['statra' something?] and mandarin 18 CK.

Did some diary update against the Big Onofrio's fountain. Jill and Ian stopped by so able to say a proper goodbye. Off at 1300 for photo ops, starting with the Church of St Saviour and then the Franciscan Monastery. It is warm and the ice cream vendors are in overdrive.

What struck me the most about the old town of Dubrovnik is the looks [and shots] up the hilly portion to the north. Sitting with Nathalie earlier at brekkie, we were in many photos as we were in such an alley, looking back toward the main street, the Stradun.

At the end of the Stradun is Orlando's Column. St Blaise Church, the patron saint of Dubrovnik, was not open. Passed on all museums.

The Dubrovnik Cathedral was spartan in appointment. Scoped out the Taj Mahal as a possible dinner venue. The Serbian Orthodox Church had a nice interior. All over town there are 'Fodor's Choice' or Tripadvisor recommended places.

Strolled along the Stradun back toward the west gate taking 'uphill' shots, something with the book in mind.

St Ignatius Church had a fine interior but there was a service going on, forcing me to take some discrete shots through glass. The old town was busy but not crazily so. The 'boat people' were prevalent inside the old town; buses and queues for them to return to their ships, outside.

Tried to start the computer on the steps of St Ignatius Church but would not do so. With no wifi and a possibly wonky computer, went to an internet place for a half hour to catch up on things and with email, all that done by 1530.

Back to the room. The computer was fine. Downloaded the pictures so far, had a rum and coke with the balance of the pretzels and did the diary. Between the minimal sleep, the sun and the rum and coke I was a tired puppy.

The computer has been tempermental re starting up. Updated some lists as the ominous sound of thunder was heard. The sky is darkening so may be a wet evening.

Rendezvous with Nathalie, asking her to bring along the trekking brochure Zsolt gave her. Showed her the room Ben and Justine had. Walked into the Taj Mahal. The good news is we found the place on the first go; the bad news, on a Saturday night it was booked. Eventually went to the Cafe Royal, a bit over the planned budget but decided to put the meal on Visa so tomorrow will change back into euros any excess Croation kunas 275 CK.

The meal was fine. Chatted about group members, the two groups and Nepal trekking options. Had a Karlovacko beer in the posh place [or at least trying to put on airs of a posh place], a cream of leak soup and sea bream bass, along with an espresso.

Took a few pictures of 'uphill' staircases as we exited along the Stradun. Few people around but too tired to stay behind for some photo ops, needing more sleep than pix.

Farewell to Nathalie who has an early flight. Will send her some pix and keep her in the loop about a Nepal trek. Back by 2140. Poured the final rum and coke and updated the diary, bed a bit after 2200 and no need to get up tomorrow. We'll see.

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