Ahoy Dubrovnik!

Dubrovnik seems straight out of a fairy tale, a walled fortress by the Sea – deservingly so, as many people know of the city as one of the filming locations from the popular TV series, Game of Thrones. As we walk around old town it is very hard not to notice a resemblance to some of the shots used for the City Walls of King’s Landing. We were able to get a city pass which allows us unlimited bus travel around the town, as well as admission to several exhibits including the city walls themselves. And so we climbed atop the walls for the entire perimeter, about 2km worth.

We were able to get a city pass which allows us unlimited bus travel around the town, as well as admission to several exhibits including the city walls themselves. And so we climbed atop the walls for the entire perimeter, about 2km worth. There are some amazing views of the city looking out over the Adriatic Sea. We saw a group of kayakers and thought we would also give it a shot too! We also saw a cool cliffside bar where you could also go for a swim (we had a look later and the drink prices were extortionate.)

It is a little late in the day to do kayaking so we leave it for tomorrow and head back to our guesthouse for some drinks on our balcony and getting in a nice dinner and rest after a long day exploring Dubrovnik’s Old Town.

The sea kayaking tour takes us around the city walls to a nearby offshore island, and then to a cove before heading back to our little port – in total about 7km. As we are a group of 3, one of us needs to do a solo kayak and so I elect to take on the single, how hard could it be? In retrospect that was a big mistake as I had to paddle twice as fast and twice as hard to keep up with everyone else – I was wrecked after only making it halfway and had to get a friendly tow from one of the tour operators. Interesting fact, that offshore island is a secret spot for nudists (sorry I didn’t get any pictures).

As I thought it could not get any worse with my arms feeling like they would be ripped off any moment now it started to rain very hard after what seemed like a perfect sunny day. We eventually made it to the little cove for a small reprieve for a snack lunch and some crappy snorkelling (just rocks and shit, no biggie). The struggle was not yet over! Now the current was going against us as we had to make our way back to port while trying not to get swept into the rocky cliffs. But alas its all smiles as we return to shore, thankful that I had not passed out or had a heart attack.

 

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