Last Call in Dubrovnik

13 May 2017

Due to the previous night’s adventures, I overslept from all the drinking. But because I drank copious amounts of water, I did not wake up with a hangover. Take that, 30! However, I missed my chance for an early morning hike up Mount Srd, which ended up being fate since it was incredibly foggy and overcast in the morning.

Instead, I went back to Dubravka 1836 Restaurant & Cafe for breakfast and yet again battled the aggressive pigeons.

Afterward, I finally made my way to the City Walls tour which completely surround Old Town Dubrovnik. It was 150kn, which is about €20/£18. The medieval pathways are pretty narrow so if you are a slow walker make sure you step aside to let faster walkers pass …. Sort of like you’re in traffic. Also, this is a one way journey so walk up the stairs and make your way towards the Adriatic. There’s also plenty of vantage points, cafes, and rest stops if you need a break or simply want to look over the sea with a delicious smoothie in hand.
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One of the towers you’ll see along the City Walls tour is Minčeta Tower, which was the filming location for Game of Thrones’ House of the Undying in Season 2 — where Daenerys enters to find her dragons. Did I reenact a few scenes and take some photos? You bet I did! “Where are my dragons?!”

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House of the Undying in Game of Thrones, but Minčeta Tower to Dubrovnik.

After exploring the City Walls I headed to the Old Port where I caught a boat to Lokrum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Come to think of it, Old Town Dubrovnik and the walls are Heritage Sites as well. Within Lokrum, you will find a Benedictine monastery. Its gardens were also used to film Qarth scenes for GoT Season 2. I hiked around the island, dipped my toes in the Adriatic, and took a few pictures of the local wildlife. It is a gorgeous island that you can definitely plan a picnic at, especially if cruises are overrunning Dubrovnik. In fact, Robert my GoT tour guide, recommended that if a cruise comes into Dubrovnik the city will definitely be overcrowded. So, it is during this time when people should visit Lokrum.


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Also on Lokrum? A Game of Thrones Media Centre where you will find the Iron Throne!

When I left the island I went back to Barba for some lunch then, with the sky now clear, I headed to the cable cars. I went up Mount Srd and took a few lovely shots of Dubrovnik.

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View from Mount Srd

Afterward, I went back down and back into the city where I walked into a marching band walking through the main path. They stopped at Luža Square, and played, I kid you not, the Game of Thrones theme song. It was fate.

 

I then grabbed some dinner at Pizzeria Oliva and ended my night in Dubrovnik the way it started: drinking wine and D’vino.


Overall, Dubrovnik was truly amazing and I will definitely go back. I’d also like to explore more of Croatia and go on a wine tour or two. It was easy to give myself into my surroundings. I would just sit, relax and listen to the swarm of birds, the waves softly crashing on Lokrum, and even the mating calls of the peacocks. Each city during my Journey to 30 was unique and beautiful in its own right, but Dubrovnik was hands down my favourite. Also, my departure from the country was made all the more better as I witnessed an obnoxious and entitled drunk passenger get kicked off my EasyJet flight. Helpful travel tip: Don’t board a plane while completely belligerent and smelling of booze.

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Magic of Dubrovnik

11 May 2017

My final destination during my Journey to 30 was Dubrovnik. And you guys, Dubrovnik took me. I fell in love with the city as soon as I saw the view from my Airbnb (Shout out to Anesa!). I mean, there’s stairs to get everywhere: stairs to my Airbnb, stairs into the Old Town, stairs within Old Town, stairs to get out of Old Town – but having ran a marathon the previous weekend, I was ok with all the extra workouts.

I was originally drawn to Dubrovnik because I’m a huge Game of Thrones fan and HBO has been using sites in and around Dubrovnik for King’s Landing, among other Westeros and Essos locations. However, Dubrovnik is so much more than a GoT filming location, and its medieval walls were breathtaking. Like, if I were to retire tomorrow, I’d probably head to Dubrovnik….but real estate is expensive, so, wishful thinking.

When I first arrived I dropped my things off and headed out into Old Town Dubrovnik, the main centre enclosed by the medieval castle walls, which was a perfect walking distance from my Airbnb. Also nearby was the bus stop for the shuttle to the airport and the entrance for the cable cars that go up Mount Srd. So my Airbnb was in an ideal location.

As I took pictures of the beautiful city I made my way to D’vino, a popular wine bar amongst tourists and locals. I loved it so much I went there my next two nights. Thank you exchange rate for the cheap price of Croatian wine! 🙂 I bought the cheese platter — usually for two but because it’s me I ordered it anyway — paired with a white wine: Antunović Graševina Premium 2010. DEE-LICIOUS! #DLiciousDVino™

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D’vino’s Cheesy Platter featuring dried figs, fresh baked bread and Croatian cheeses. Yummy!

I walked around the city a little more and made my way to a restaurant (the cheese platter for 2 was just an appetiser). I ate at Dubravka 1836 Restaurant & Cafe and had a fantastic view of the Adriatic. Also I walked into the place with ice cream in hand because I’m an adult and I decided to have dessert before dinner. Seriously though, great views!

I walked around a little more, and yes, it felt like I was walking through King’s Landing, then I headed back to my Airbnb as I would have an early start the next morning for my GoT walking tour! Woo-hoo!

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“That’s what I do. I drink and I know things.” – Tyrion Lannister, Season 6