I've been on my travels again, this time a girls trip to Dubrovnik in Croatia. It's somewhere we intended to visit last year, but things conspired against us. We arrived in the evening, just around sunset, which is a magical time to arrive. The view from the taxi as we drove down the winding mountain roads down towards the city which was all lit up was breath taking. The quaint clean narrow streets had lots to offer including many restaurants, cafes and bars.
The next morning offered a walk around the city walls, again breath taking views. You can buy a city card, which gives you access to the walls, some museums, art galleries and monasteries. I think it also gives discounts at some restaurants but we didn't attempt this.
As well as taking time for cafe life the afternoon was spent at the Sephardic Synagoue (no photos allowed) a couple of churches, a glass bottomed boat trip to see how far away one of the islands was along with views of the coast followed by a cable car ride up to the mountain to watch the sunset over the city. This was enjoyed with a cocktail and cake
The next day involved looking around a monastary and then we par took in a Game of Thrones walking tour, which was very interesting, it did involve some real history as well as TV show memorabila which included a visit to a fort which can be seen from the walls. If you buy a walls ticket (or obtain one from your city card) you are able to visit this fort for free, once again spectacular views as well as amazing insight into it's purpose as the Red Keep in the show.
We visited the steps of shame, which is actually the steps to a Jesuit University and then decided to spend the afternoon in the nearby island of Lokrum, whilst there are scenes that were also filmed there, it was a beautiful island with a little salt lake to have a dip in, gardens to wander around which you need to share with the wild peacocks and rabbits, and just generally a place to relax.
Our magical short trip came to an end the next morning, it has certainly wept my appetite to return, there is much more to see and do.