How on earth do I describe Dubrovnik in a way that sufficiently does the city justice and doesn’t just boil down to yet another ‘things to do in Dubrovnik’ blog post list?
When deciding where to go, we took our time researching and consulting friends who had been to the city for longer than just a cruise ship day offloading (a source of many visitors) and when a good friend suggested that if we go to Croatia, that we visit most perfectly preserved medieval cities in the world we fell on her suggestion.
Words are incredibly powerful; the flourish of a pen has the power to topple ancient towers, uplift melancholic spirits and transport us to distant galaxies. I’ve been sharing a few phrases on social that have lifted my spirits lately, so I thought I’d also share 9 travel quotes inspiring me, which you can download as a phone wallpaper or slip into your Pinterest boards. They always make me smile.
Every adventure starts somehow with a dream, so I had to start there of course. (Image from the roadtrip we did around the glorious Scottish Highlands.)
Where do I even start with visiting Mostar and Kravice Waterfall in Bosnia and Herzegovina? It’s a beautiful, quite sobering and worthy day trip from Dubrovnik. Even on a cold, wet, grey day, they were special – I can only imagine how glorious they will be when the sun is shining.
I honestly never thought that it would be possible to safely visit the Balkan Peninsula. In 1991, Bosnia and Herzegovina joined several republics of the former Yugoslavia and declared independence, which triggered a civil war that lasted four years. The Bosnian War – a long, complex, and ugly conflict that followed the fall of communism in Europe – began & finished in living memory and it never crossed my mind that it would be possible to visit the previously war-torn countryside.
Well, to be honest, November was equal turns surprising and amazing. So, I think I’d be having a rum punch in lieu of a coffee (or maybe a Jamaica Coffee – dark rum, coffee liqueur, coffee, heavy cream and coffee beans. But, I digress.)
It was rather destined to be lovely – Mr Kiwi and I had a holiday to Dubrovnik booked, missing all of their summer crowds, so we spent nearly a week exploring the ancient Croatian city. I guess you could ‘do’ Dubrovnik in a couple of days, but we wanted to really relax and explore.