Dubrovnik , Croatia. The most visited tourist spot in Croatia. Visits from Doug (9/17-29), Clay (Kaye’s brother) and his daughter, Emily (10/21-29).

We actually had two stays in Dubrovnik, Croatia, one with Doug as part of his 2+ week visit with us and another with Kaye’s brother , Clay, and his daughter, Emily.  It was fun to spend time with family.

We’ve had pretty good luck with AirBnB’s throughout this trip, however, we hit a bad one with Doug in Dubrovnik .  We had some reservations about the place before we even arrived.  They didn’t have many reviews but it was all we could find at the time.  It was on the side of one of the steep hills in Dubrovnik with 15% to 25% grades to get there.  When we finally found it , it was one of the many unfinished buildings that you see throughout Croatia.  Out one of the windows was  a partially built structure attached to ours.  As we looked around the apartment we found black mold throughout the bathroom, not a good sign.  We stayed about 1/2 hour, took a few pictures of the mold and left.  Doug, in the meantime, had found another AirBnB about 8 miles away.  We booked it and checked in.We showed AirBnb the photos of the mold and they gave us complete refund + a small voucher.  They were very responsive.  The place we moved into had it’s issues as well but mold wasn’t one of them.  The owner of the place we ended up in was so friendly he offered us some ‘grapa’ (home made liquor)- at 8 in the morning.

Clay and Emily showed up on October 21.  In between Doug and Clay and Emily,  Kaye and I went to Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzogovina and spent some time in Split.

The photos that follow are from both Dubrovnik stays.  We had one of the best Airbnb’s we’ve had when Clay and Emily visited.

Dubrovnik is perhaps Croatia’s most visited city.  They get large ocean cruise ships in regularly which usually fills up the old town.  Our strategy was to go the old town when there were no ships in port.  Our place overlooked the harbor so we see  the ship traffic.

Dubrovnik had also gone to war with Serbia and Montenegro in the early 90’s.  It was not  a long war but the Croatians remember it.  They have a war museum on top of the hill overlooking Dubrovnik that can be reached by gondola.They hate the Serbs. Our hosts remembered the war and shook their heads when talking about it.  Kaye and I went down to the harbor on Croatian Independence day where the Navy and Army strutted their stuff and got kids into the military mood.  For more info on the war check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croatian_War_of_Independence.

Our stay in Dubrovnik ended our 3 month+ time in Croatia and the Balkans.  From Dubrovnik we flew to Edinburgh, Scotland.  We’re still having to bop in and out of the Schengen area which neither Croatia or the UK are part of.

Below are images of Dubrovnik , the walled city.  Although it was bombed quite heavily during the Balkan wars of the early 1990’s,  it has been largely restored.  A walk around the wall takes about 1 1/2 hours.

Below are some photos from our walks and boat rides in and around Dubrovnik .

 

 

Photos of family visits and other sites seen in Dubrovnik and surrounding islands.

 

The war with Serbia and Montenegro was only 25 years ago.  The generation that lived through it remembers and the new generation wants to be ready.

 

Both Kaye and I felt like we missed too much in Scotland in our last visit so planned 2 weeks in Edinburgh and 2 weeks in Glasgow.

With our kids coming into town for Christmas,  I probably won’t get much blogging done.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday.

Split and Vinisce,Croatia and Kotor, Montenegro. Time with Doug. September 13-22, 2017

We picked Doug up at the Split airport on Sept. 13.  It was good to see him after nearly 6 months on the road.  Kaye and I had moved into our AirBnB in Venisce, Croatia a few days before he arrived.  Venisce is a small fishing village a few miles north of Split with small modest beaches and limited things to do.  We spent some time on the beach,  drove to Krka National Park, spent some time in Split and went to a Split vs. Rijeka football (soccer) match. It really wasn’t much of game, Rijeka won handily but the crowd in Split is crazy. They start chanting at the beginning of the game and it doesn’t stop.  As the game progresses they start lighting flares and it looks like fire has broken out at the end of the stadium.  I don’t think that would work at a Viking or Gopher game.  Here is  a link to a YouTube video of the crowd.    Here a couple of links to video of the crowd:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4uGvJB7rls    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSCpQjAhWG0

We also went on day trips to Krka, a Croatian National waterfall park.  Not as pristine as Plivitce National Park but very similar.  One of the differences is that you can swim in Krka and not in Plitvice. We also took a boat tour to a few of the islands off the coast of Croatia.

After a few days in Vinisce, we drove to the town of Kotor in Montenegro. Montenegro had been part of Yugoslavia before it split into 7 countries in the early 1990’s .  At one point, in the early 1990’s , they joined with the Serbs and waged a war with Croatia.  Many Croatians are still bitter over the war.  Our Dubrovnik AirBnB hosts simply shook their heads and said ‘terrible, terrible’ when discussing the war.  Montenegro has applied to become part of the EU.  More info on Montenegro can be found here  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montenegro

Kaye and Doug spent 6+ hours hiking one of the Kotor Bay mountain fjords.

It was good to see Doug after more than 6 months of traveling and we’re happy that he took the time visit.  He also spent a week with us in Dubrovnik, Croatia which will be our next blog post.

Vinisce, Croatia is a small fishing village north of Split.

 

Krka National Park, Croatia

 

The Bay of Kotor, Montenegro.  Lots of incredible landscapes.

After Doug left,  Kaye and I spent about 10 days exploring Split and some of the islands off the coast.

A trip to visit the Fortress of Klis just outside of Split. The site has been occupied off and on since 9AD and used as main defense of Dalmatia from the Ottoman invasion.  Also used in filming of Game of Thrones.

Here’s a photo of the mayhem that goes on at a Split Football game.  Also a photo of a couple enjoying their time in Croatia.  Here are links to videos of a Split football match.