21.08.2009 - 21.08.2009 33 °C
Well, we have finally arrived in Dubrovnik. ACTA was to have held a convention here in 1992. Because of the cival war and the fact that they were bombing the hell out of the city the convention was cancelled. I was devastated as this was always somewhere I wanted to visit. So, at long last, we have arrived.
It is 9:30 AM and we have already made our way around the entire walled city, climbing like monkeys up and down the steps. This is a significant fortress. Because it is a UNESCO Heritage site the locals had to restore the city to its state before the war so much of the shelling and bombing has been repaired. There are still some signs. I am sure we will see more as we wander the streets of Dubrovnik. For now we opted for a nicely air conditioned Internet Cafe serving iced coffee as a reward for our morning climb. The coffee here is very different from the Italian version but tastes good after such a hike.
There are four ships in port today (again - there were four in Corfu yesterday). This means that as all the tours converge on the city it will become insanely busy. By that time we will have spent several hours here and may be retreating to the ship. We encountered one hour time change today so were wide awake at 5 instead of our regular 6 so we enjoyed coffee on our verandah as we docked. This has become a fairly regular past time. I have to say that after 11 days on the ship we have a routine pretty set - did I mention that we will buy an inexpensive bottle of local wine and consume it on our verandah before dinner - our own little happy hour. What a life!!!! It will be a difficult transition to get back to the real world.
Anyway - I think Calin is home safe and sound - we can't wait to get home and compare stories.
That's it for today. We need to go and enjoy some more of the city and the culture that is Croatia!
Venice tomorrow and then home on Monday