Bosnia and Herzegovina – Počitelj, Medjugorje, Mostar

The day tour to Bosnia was interesting, and since my time in Dubrovnik is over soon, I decided to go rain or shine. Unfortunately, the weather was terrible and put a damper on photos and exploring. A dual-citizen, our guide shared history, folktales, and side stories about his life in Bosnia and Croatia. Day Tour…

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Opera Divas at The Church of Saint Blaise Dubrovnik

Four Opera Divas performed at the Church of Saint Blaise last night. They were fantastic!! The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra String Quintet and pianist Alberto Frka accompanied them in a concert to honor St. Blaise. They sang songs by Croatian composers Pejačević and Jusić as well as Saint-Saëns, Rossini, Bellini, Gounod, Bach, and Mozart! The String Quintet played Haydn’s “Serenada” and it…

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Festival of St. Blaise Dubrovnik Croatia

St. Blaise saved Dubrovnik by warning the people of impending Venetian invaders. Statues of the Saint (Croatian Sveti Vlaho or Sveti Blaž) holding Dubrovnik on his palm are everywhere. Since 972 Dubrovnik has celebrated their patron and protector with a “series of concerts, exhibitions, book presentations, and theatre performances”. The Festival of St. Blaise is from…

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Walking The Walls Old Town Dubrovnik

Yesterday was perfect for Walking Dubrovnik’s Walls – crisp temperature, sunny sky, wisps of clouds, slight wind, and only a few selfie-taking tourists. Walking the walls is a “must” for visitors, but I waited a few days to learn Old Town’s layout. The fee for the walk is 200 HRK ($30), good for one day…

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Dubrovnik’s Fortresses

Dubrovnik’s Medieval City has endless treasures, and yesterday I enjoyed a guided tour of the five major fortresses around its walls. I’ve been waiting for the right time to take the two-hour “wall walk” and wanted to learn more about the Old City first. With changes throughout their history, Dubrovnik’s forts are the greatest fortification…

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Rector’s Palace Dubrovnik Croatia

Rector’s Palace is a historic monument and “one of the most impressive buildings in Dubrovnik”. The cultural museum’s breathtaking environment is perfect for displaying the Republic of Ragusa’s artistic and historical heritage. The museum is one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve seen – inside and out! Since there are few tourists at this time of…

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Dubrovnik Croatia Reflections

It’s an understatement that Dubrovnik is a vast change from Berlin! With the 90/180 visa rule, I had to exit EU Schengen countries. Of all the options, Croatia was the right choice. Dubrovnik in Winter Some say visiting Dubrovnik in winter is crazy, but I love the time here, even though it can get windy and…

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Game of Thrones Walking Tour Dubrovnik Croatia

For those who don’t already know, the US production company behind the Game of Thrones TV series “picked Dubrovnik – Pearl of the Adriatic – as the setting for the capital city of Westeros, King’s Landing”. It was an excellent choice for many reasons, not only Dubrovnik’s stunning medieval beauty. I don’t know if writer George R. R.…

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Beautiful Dalmatian Coast Croatia

Dubrovnik and the Mediterranean climate here are so beautiful, I’m at a loss for words. Still in orientation mode learning my way around and getting used to the steep hills and stone steps. Hopefully within a few days I’ll be moving faster. Today was slow and it’s noticeable that after the New Year celebration many…

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Dubrovnik Croatia

I arrived in Dubrovnik yesterday afternoon to clear skies and a Mediterranean climate warmer than Berlin but nippy at night. My apartment is in the hills overlooking Croatia’s stunning Dalmatian Coast, Old Medieval City, and Adriatic Sea. Getting anywhere requires climbing lots of stone steps. Although Old City and the Franciscan Monastery are less than a half…

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