One of the many amazing things about living in London is it’s proximity to so many fantastic vacation destinations. Having been lucky enough to go on some fairly awesome adventures over the past few years I thought it would be fun to share with you all where I’ve been in a regular ‘Travel Throwback Thursday’ feature. This month I’m taking you all with me to gorgeous, sunny Dubrovnik so grab a cup of tea and your sunglasses and settle in to enjoy the journey…
After reading (years and years ago) that Dubrovnik has ‘the most beautiful beaches in Europe’ I quickly added it to my Dream Travel list. My boyfriend, however, was a bit skeptical so I laid in wait for a moment of weakness (aka: vacation indecision) on his part and took the opportunity to strike. It was May last year and after a long, cold and windy London Winter we were ready for some serious sun – Dubrovnik seemed like the perfect choice. After an extremely early wake up call (who knew anything or anyone operated in the world at the ungodly hour of 4:30am?!) and a few hours in the air we stepped off the plane into the kind of warmth that envelopes you like a hug.
Hopping into a cab we rolled the windows down as we wound our way along the coast towards Dubrovnik getting glimpses of the old town around every curve.
Arriving at our hotel (the gorgeous Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik) we dropped our bags, liberally applied sunscreen and raced out to start exploring. (You will quickly come to realize that I vacation at what others deem an ‘aggressive pace’. I always want to see absolutely everything and I’m lucky to have a travel buddy who feels the same!) Entering Dubrovnik’s old town I was immediately captivated by the sparkling marble streets and terracotta covered buildings. The best view of the town is from above so we started our climb up to the Old City Walls. Neither of us were prepared for that level of strenuous exercise on very little sleep but when we finally made it to the top the views were nothing less than stunning and completely worth the pain. Not to mention the fact that the breeze coming off the water provided welcome relief!
We wandered along the walls discovering our new favourite view at every turn. The sparkling water, the boats gently bobbing along…
…and I, for one, couldn’t get enough of this terracotta dream world! (You’re welcome for not including the other 47 nearly identical pictures of the following shot I have.)
We even found the perfect place to grab a drink and let our vacation calm sink in:
We meandered our way around the walls, eventually returning to where we started at the main entrance to the Old Town. From here we descended back down to ground level and started a proper exploration. The Old Town is populated with tons of tiny streets, tall staircases and hidden architectural gems so we wandered for hours stopping frequently for Gelato. (The best you’ll find is at Poklisar overlooking the North Pier and marina.)
Before we knew it day started to turn to night and we went in search of some more substantial sustenance. Located just off the Stradun (the Old Town’s main street) we found Spaghetteria Toni which served some of the best pasta I’ve ever tasted. It was so good we ate there more than once!
Thoroughly stuffed we wandered aimlessly after dinner enjoying the beauty of the silent city (seriously, where did the crowds go and how did they do it so quickly?!) which feels almost transformed when the sun goes down.
As all of the climbing and wandering (not to mention that early start!) caught up with us we decided to head back to the hotel before one or both of us collapsed. A busy but completely unforgettable first day in Dubrovnik!
Next Thursday we’ll be continuing the Dubrovnik adventure so make sure you come back and check it out. Spoiler alert: there’s a rampaging peacock and high altitude yoga. You won’t want to miss it!