May 14, 2011 – Dubrovnik
We decided on an early ferry so that everyone had extra time in the morning, once we got to Dubrovnik, to look around.
Everyone was up on time and ready to go at 6:30am to catch the 7am ferry. We had a quick breakfast, our last breakfast, on the front porch. It was going to be a lovely day. The sun was coming up and the water was like glass.
Tomi had the bus packed and we were off. We had a quick stop at Bella Vista restaurant, just before Ston, for coffee and a bathroom break and we then arrived in Cavtat at 10:00am.
We had found out earlier in the trip that there were going to be 9000 people in Dubrovnik today as there were 4 ships coming to port. As we drove into Dubrovnik we saw 2 parked in port and then as we went past Dubrovnik, on to Cavtat, there were 2 more parked in the bay.
Mihaela had us all organized with our rooms and we were able to get back on the bus by 10:30am so that we arrived in Dubrovnik at Ploče gate to the old city (Stari Grad). We said our goodbyes to Tomi and we entered the old city. Already there were a lot of people. We stopped infront of Saint Blaise church where were would meet at 12:55pm to walk to Lokanda restaurant for lunch at 1pm.
Everyone had a nice glimpse of Dubrovnik before lunch and would see more on our tour this afternoon. We walked to Lokanda, which is on the back side of dubrovnik where the port of Stari Grad is, and sat on a large out door patio, covered by white umbrellas, for lunch. The cold platters came out and we were offered Octopus salad, tuna pate, sardines, anchovies, cheese and olives. Lunch followed with grilled squid, grilled shrimp, seafood risotto, squid risotto, and grilled small white fish. This restaurant is known for serving everything in black iron pots.
A few of us had dessert and others coffee, and we were all content by the time Antonija met us at 3pm for our tour. Antonija took us to the parts of Old dubrovnik the regular tourists do not think of going. We stayed off the Stradun and went to where the people of Stari Grad live. It was quiet, peaceful and shady. We found 2 of the local bars on the exterior of the western walls where you could swim and have a drink. It was accessed by walking through the walls of Dubrovnik… this used to be the beach for the local residents.
Our tour ended at the water fountain and then everyone had another 1.5 hours to wander around before we met to catch our water taxi back to Cavtat.
Everyone was early to meet the water taxi, as I had threatened that if anyone missed it they would have to get back to Cavtat themselves. We boarded the boat and left Dubrovnik at 6:30pm. It is a lovely view of Dubrovnik from this side, although the sun had not set yet so taking a picture was difficult. The ride back was 45 minutes and I am pretty sure there were a few people that napped on the way back. We arrived in Cavtat at 7:15pm and walked directly to Galija for dinner. Jodi and Preston were already there as they had taken the 4pm ferry back.
Dinner started with spinach soup, followed by salad and then vegetarian cannelloni. Again a few people ordered dessert and coffee. At about 9pm everyone started saying their goodbyes and we all headed back to our accommodations. It was a beautiful day and the perfect way to end a wonderful trip. Thanks to everyone that joined us on our 14 day tour and I do hope we will see you all this way again.
|Streets of Stari Grad|