“East” Europe 2014 – Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sorry about the lack of posts the last week, and hope everybody had a wonderful Thanksgiving with their loved ones! I myself had a rather quiet and uneventful Thanksgiving with my significant other, which was quite lovely. But now, we are back on our trip to East Europe; this time, we are in Dubrovnik, Croatia!

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Our first glimpse into Dubrovnik, also known as King’s Landing (for any Game of Thrones fans out there!), was not in the city proper, but on a hill overlooking the tiny once-city-state. We took a cable car up the hill, but unfortunately, when we reached the top, it started storming and hailing! The unfortunate weather had us stranded at the top of the observatory building for about 2 hours, since power went out as well. Apparently this was the first time power had ever gone out at the observatory building, so that was an interesting experience to say the least.

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To get into the heart of Dubrovnik proper, we had to descend from the entrance down narrow alleyways and flights of stone steps. The recent hailstorm had left the slick cobblestones damp, and we had to rely on the walls for support.

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Once we got into the heart of the city though, the weather cleared up and allowed for some beautifully lit pictures, which was much appreciated to capture some of the city’s most picturesque locations.

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Once upon a time, Dubrovnik was a city-state, much like Venice. Being on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, it was a major trading port and area for the region of Dalmatia. As a result, the city was very wealthy, and flourished as the Republic of Ragusa. At some point, the city was under the control of Venice itself, and it is said that its wealth rivaled that of the most wealthiest of thalassocracies.

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Now, Dubrovnik is a thriving “hidden gem”. While not nearly as famous as other East European tourist attractions, the city has found a recent surge in popularity as it has appeared in popular television series “Game of Thrones” as the capital city, Kings Landing.

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To further educate tourists on Croatian culture, the government had even set up artisans to work in various corners of the city. There were two ladies working on Croatian lace making, which was a confusing and complicated task. I couldn’t even keep up with their fingers as they twirled and twisted their wooden pegs around patterns pinned onto small lap cushions.

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We even got to go on a short little cruise around Dubrovnik’s waters in a tiny pirate themed boat…

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Arr, ye mateys!

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The waters were choppy and rough, but that didn’t stop us from having a good time! I also managed to take a few not-askew photographs.

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We had a short coffee break to recharge, before walking around some more.

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The highlight of the day was climbing the walls of the city to look down at all the orange tile roofs. It was a long walk around the whole wall, about 2 hours of arduous up and down climbing, but the views were definitely worth it.

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And that’s it for our Europe trip of 2014! I hope you enjoyed reading about it as much as I did experiencing it. I strongly recommend going to all the places I’ve been to if you have the opportunity. I might be posting about my Malaysian holiday next, or I might do an interlude with some new recipes that I’ve been experimenting with; you’ll just have to keep watching 🙂

Signing off,
Marie

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