Where do I even begin with everything that has happened these past few days? It has been absolutely wonderful.
Monday, I started out the day by getting my Dubrovnik Card - which comes in very handy while you are here. This card helps you get free admission to many buildings, the City Walls, and Fort Lovrijenac. I knew I would be going to this place because I was heading to a Game of Thrones Tour that morning and that's where part of the tour is.
I knew that I wanted to get this tour in first thing in the morning so I would have the rest of the day to explore. I used Dubrovnik Walking Tours and our tour guide's name was Dora. Not only was she a local, but very knowledgeable about the city and the television show. She was able to get some behind the scenes scoops as her sister worked for the show for all 8 seasons as a stand-in. Dora even appeared in an episode as an extra. When her sister got promoted, Dora took her sister's place.
We walked to Fort Lovrijenac, which is where the majority of the scenes from "King's Landing" was shot. She showed us pictures of the differences between the show and real life.
We then walked back down towards the city walls and saw different spots they used including some beaches, and right inside the city walls where they used the walkway as one of the scenes where Geoffry was walking when hell started breaking loose in the streets. This is when I noticed this town is all about the stairs and walking. Everywhere you go there are flights of stairs. And not just any stairs, steep stairs and lots of them.
Dora took us through Old Town and showed us different places they shot Game of Thrones, including the Walk of Shame. She showed us where it started and that it is not really a straight line as it goes through multiple different allies. It was interesting to note that the GOT had to pay residents and businesses to be closed and have their windows shut since it is a normally a very busy area.
For the final part of the tour, I got to sit on the Iron Throne. If you can't tell by my smile, my days was made.
I had worked up an appetite from the crazy amounts of steps I had to take. I had done some research on the cheaper but still yummy restaurants around Dubrovnik and the closer ones to the wall. I had decided on Spaghetteria Toni. I am not sure what I had, I just remember looking at the menu and saying "I want that," to the waitress and this delicious bowl of pasta came out.
I had some time to kill after lunch so I went to the Cultural Historical Museum since it was the only one that was on my Dubrovnik Card that was open on Mondays. After the museum, I went back to the room to lighten up my load before heading down to the dock for the sunset kayak trip I had registered for. (You can find the link on Airbnb here.)
The kayak trip was so amazing. Per the rules on the guide, we had to have double kayaks and not singles. Luckily, I found a group of three that I was able to pair up with. We paddled to a cave to start the trip and were able to snorkel right outside of it. Besides from inhaling a rather large amount of sea water, that was a really awesome experience since the fish get so close to you. Afterwards, we kayaked all around Lokrum Island stopping at multiple caves to hear more about the history of Dubrovnik and the island. As we get to the end of the island, the sun was setting. It was a magnificent view of the city. The total trip was 7.5 km.
Once we got back to shore, we were given a small local bottle of wine to enjoy. I was pretty exhausted at this point, so I just grabbed a sandwich to-go and headed back to the room.
Tuesday, I decided to get up early to go to the City Walls. I was told to do it first thing in the morning as it gets VERY hot throughout the day (which it does, you don't need to be up high on the walls to know that it gets hot). Luckily, it was cloudy in the morning so I had no sun or heat exposure. It's a great view of the city from the walls.
I had walked for almost two hours so by this time I was hungry. I saw that there was Mexican food so I decided to try that out. It is a Mexican Pizzeria, not a fusion, but on the same menu they have Mexican and Italian. It was called Bona Fide. I ate the enchillada con pollo and I was very satisfied. It hit all the right notes that I was craving.
After lunch, I went to three museums, Pulitica Gallery, the War Time Limited Photo Museum, and the Francician Monestary Museum.
I then made my plans for the rest of the trip so I could make sure I got in everything that I wanted to see before I leave. I figured it would be the best time to actually go on Lokrum Island. I left for the port and after about a 15-minute boat ride, I arrived on the island. I wish I would have changed into my bathing suit before I went there because there were many places you could get into the water and layout. However, it gave me a chance to see a lot more of the island.
Lokrum Island has no one living on it. It is forbidden. The only people allowed to stay the night on the island are the firefighters. Reason being: urban legend. It is said that someone cast a spell on the island and it made people disappear. It even caused a few of Napoleon's soldiers to go missing. Some curse right? So the only things on the island are firefighters, bunnies, and peacocks. As an animal lover, I had the best time watching these creatures. I even was able to see some baby peacocks throughout the island. The rabbits come right up to you and can be really friendly.
I made it my mission to go to the fort at the top of the island before I left it for the evening. The path to get there is called the Pathway to Heaven. However, it does not say Pathway OF Heaven. It's a very long upward walk to the top. The view is totally worth it though.
It was time to leave the island and I was becoming very hungry. I had a few options for dinner but I chose the one closest to the port. When we arrived, I went to Gusta Me. It has a view of the port from the balcony. I was able to enjoy some wine and their house special for my meal. It was stuffed calamari with Dalmation smoked ham and mozzerella cheese on green potatoes with swiss chard that had sauce of olive oil, lemon and butter. Talk about mouth watering.
After I finished my meal, I scouted the places I was going tomorrow to see how long I needed for each spot before heading back to the room and getting my last night's rest.
Wednesday morning, I packed up my bags and cleaned up the room before heading out for the day. Kate (the Airbnb host) allowed me to keep my bag there so I wouldn't have to lug it around. I then headed for the art museum which I spent some time at. I then got a late breakfast before heading to the airport early. I loved Dubrovnik and I cannot wait to head back there some day. I have already told everyone I know that they need to add it to their bucket lists as it was the most gorgeous place and just easy to be in. Even for solo travelers. Now I am heading back to Copenhagen this evening to spend the last few days of my vacation.