Weekend In Dubrovnik

On a recent Thursday afternoon Mark and I took a short, direct flight from Paris to Dubrovnik, Croatia. We had heard such great things about this beach town and were happy to find a summer weekend to go see what all the fuss was about. Turns out it was about incredible views, a beautiful coastline, and a palpable sense of history.

Dubrovnik does not offer an array of hotel choices. Many people stay in rooms rented out by apartment owners. Because we booked this trip at the last minute, our choices of accommodation were limited. We were very pleased with the Dubrovnik Palace, which is located in Lapad, about a ten minute bus ride from the Dubrovnik Old Town, where most of the sights are located. We never had to wait for the bus, which stopped right in front of the hotel, and we enjoyed being away from the crowds. Also, they gave us a handsome upgrade, which was a nice surprise.

view straight out our balcony

view straight out our balcony

view off other end of our balcony

view off other end of our balcony

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One day we enjoyed the lounge chairs on the rocks by the water. Mark went for a dip, but I watched from shore because I could tell there wasn’t  a swim-up bar out there.

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The Old Town became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991, and was definitely one of the prettiest I have ever visited. I loved how the streets were polished by thousands of years of feet.

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The most popular attraction in Dubrovnik is the walk around the city walls, which span a mile and a quarter. The views of the sea and the red roofs of the town were incredible. However, I would not recommend walking the walls if it is raining, or even if it not raining but might rain while you are up there (like us). The stone quickly became very slippery, making the final quarter-mile or so a bit nerve-wracking. Also, don’t be one of those people who wore flip-flops or platform shoes, adding another three degrees of difficulty to an already challenging activity.

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Notice the hot water tanks on the roof!

Notice the hot water tanks on the roof!

Unfortunately, the cruise ships have discovered Dubrovnik, and the narrow streets of the Old Town are flooded with cruisers until late afternoon. We followed the advice of our concierge (and Rick Steves) and tried to avoid going there until after the ships had left. Without the crowds, we loved walking the streets of Dubrovnik and Lapad.

We were hoping to be invited in to this very nice house, but the gates remained closed.

We were hoping to be invited in to this very nice house, but the gates remained closed.

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mail slot

mail slot

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On our last morning we rode the cable car to the top of Mount Srd, just behind the Old Town,  where Napoleon built a fortress to keep a watchful eye on his new subjects. The view was staggering.

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We were thrilled to have the opportunity to visit such an interesting and beautiful city.

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We were hoping to add Scandinavia to our trove of memories, but our trip to Stockholm and Copenhagen is looking like it won’t happen tomorrow. Thanks a lot, striking French air traffic controllers. We are just a few of the many travelers who will be frustrated in the next few days as this,  not coincidentally, is the weekend many French people go on holiday. We are frantically looking for a train destination within France, but of course it’s difficult to find available accommodations at this late time. To make us even more grumpy about staying home, the heat wave continues in Paris, with the high forecasted to be 100 degrees two days this week.

C’est la vie in France, mes amis.

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4 responses to “Weekend In Dubrovnik

  1. Melissa Bramhall

    HI – first off i want to thank you for this blog. We were in Paris last week and went to Ellsworth for lunch. I think it was our favorite meal of the trip! The French do love a good strike. Last week taxi’s – this week air seems like we made it out just in time.

    On Dubrovnik we loved it as well. If you get the chance go to Plitvice lakes national park in Croatia. it is one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

    Back in Houston for our 90+ weather. Thanks again.

    • You’re so welcome and I”m happy you enjoyed Ellsworth! We just took a guest there a few nights ago and it was wonderful again. I would love to get back to Croatia and see the parks! What else did you enjoy in Paris? I saw your street from my bus one day- looked like a good location!

  2. Normajean Longfield

    Beautiful!!! Hey in case you have not been yet, and it is a TRAIN ride away, near Nice, are these two wonderful towns called St. Paul De Vence and Eze… if you have not been, that is worth a visit… and the 5 star restaurant is worth the money ( I thinkt he name was the Column D’Or… Have fun! Normajean.

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