Dubrovnik Croatia

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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.

Dubrovnik Franciscan Monastery

Getting anywhere requires climbing lots of stone steps. Although Old City and the Franciscan Monastery are less than a half mile away, it’s all downhill and then, you guessed it, up, up, up on the way back – good exercise.

Defense Walls Dubrovnik Medieval Fortress

In June 2013, I passed through Dubrovnik quickly on the way to Split, Zagreb, Rijeka, and Opǎtija – hectic and only a short day, not sure that counts as a “real visit“. Glad to have more quality time here, and it’s off-season so there aren’t many tourists.

Steps Old City Dubrovnik

I walked to Old City for dinner last night and then had the fun surprise of seeing the Gypsy Kings perform at Orlando’s Column right in the middle of everything!! I’ve long been a fan and to see them performing in such a spectacular outdoor setting was fantastic – love their music! There was a crowd but not overwhelming. Old Town has a beautiful Christmas Market and Winter Festival where the New Year celebration will take place tomorrow!

Dubrovnik from My Apartment

On the way back I forgot which steps took me down to Old City : o( and got lost in the dark. After a long day I ran out of energy, took the easy way out, and called Uber… My landlord, a former ballerina, is active in the community and has great pointers on hiking, tours, restaurants, and cultural activities. More later after I settle in a bit – it’s a huge change from Berlin! I’ll be in Dubrovnik through January.

Dubrovnik Croatia – Croatia.hr

Gypsy Kings Performing at Orlando’s Column Old City

Medieval Croatian Town Trogir

Trogir Harbor

Yesterday I took a day trip to Trogir, a historic old Croatian town and harbor on the Adriatic coast. Trogir is another example of a place where word and photo descriptions are inadequate.

Aerial Shot Trogir

It took longer than I thought to get to Trogir from Split – over an hour each way via bus – but it was worth the time. Trogir is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best preserved small medieval towns in Europe. Part of Trogir occupies an island and has beautiful beaches surrounded by hills covered in lavender.

Trogir House

Trogir House

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Trogir is a jewel of a town encased in 15th-century walls.

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Trogir

“Tiny medieval streets wind through the enchanting town revealing hidden restaurants and eye-catching galleries. A wide seaside promenade snakes through the town, culminating in a charming port full of sailboats waiting to take you to the islands of Drvenik Mali and Drvenik Veli with their pristine beaches and secluded coves.” The town has a blend of Romanesque and Renaissance architecture including:

Trogir Harbor

Trogir Harbor

Trogir doesn’t disappoint. It produces one captivating site after another – especially the  Venetian Cathedral of St. Lovro!

Dinner at a favorite café and a slow walk along the promenade on the way back to my apartment watching the harbor and listening to a mix of European accents ended a satisfying day.