05.17.2011 - 05.17.2011 77 °F
We slept in a little this morning, as it was raining again, so we took our time. We headed out around 11am, and the rain had finally stopped. By the time we made it down the hill, the sun came out and it turned into a beautiful day. During our happy hour yesterday, we decided to book a day trip with one of the local groups where you tour by boat to three different islands and enjoy a local fish lunch. As Old Town can really be done in one day, a lot of people take tours to the islands, Montenegro or Bosnia. The boat tour was in our budget and would allow us to see the Dalmatian coast from boat, which I have heard is a nice view. Our first stop this morning was to book the tour, which is a very casual thing. You tell them how much of a deposit you want to leave, and then you just show up for the pick-up in the morning.
Next, we paid 140 Croatian Kuna (local currency where approx. 4.5 kuna = $1.00) to walk the outside wall of Old Town. This gave us a great vantage point of the town, surrounding areas, and the Adriatic Sea. We spent about 2 hours and took at least a hundred photos along the way. After a stop at the Gelato stand, as I had never had it before – and loved it, we had a picnic next to the sea and watched the stray dogs and cats chase each other. There are tons of stray cats and dogs running everywhere, I guess that is just part of the town. Next we stopped by the WC and I got to experience my first hole-in-the-ground restroom. I am sure it won’t be the last on this trip, but it was a bit of a surprise as we hadn’t seen one yet.
After lunch we strolled down the road and stopped at the local beach to check the water. I only went in to my ankles, but it was quite chilly, although we later learned it was approx. 65 degrees. We needed to rest our tired feet, so headed to our patio for happy hour and a snack. As we got home and looked in the mirror, we realized that sunblock might have been a good thing today. We are both quite pink but I guess we needed to get color at some point while here – we just did it all at once.
It is quite perfect in Dubrovnik and we feel like this is a relaxing vacation after the go-go-go of London - it has the sun for me and plenty of history for Nate. For dinner, we headed to a place on the pier for a seafood sampler of mini octopus, squid, shrimp, mussels, sardines and mackerel. It was all very good, although next time I think I will pass on the sardines…too many bones to pick out for me. Everything was local, including the olive oil and bread, which was wonderful. Hopefully this is just the start of our seafood while on this trip.