John & Connie Europe 2013 travel blog

Dubrovnik From The Coastal Highway

At The Grist Mill

Seaside Town

Main Street Ancient City

Side Street Ancient City

The Outer Wall

The next morning John awoke early (6:00am) and headed to the ship’s gym for an early morning workout.

Breakfast was enjoyed at the endless Buffet on the Lido deck.

The ship arrived in Dubrovnik around 10 am and we headed out on our prebooked shore excursion labelled the “Best of Dubrovnik”. We departed the mooring area around 10:30 am and boarded an air conditioned coach for our 4 hour tour. The coach headed south along the scenic coastal highway lined on one side by steep cliffs by rocky lime stone cliffs on the other to a small village called Gruda. Around 11:30 am we arrived at a small farm and old grist mill where we enjoyed some of the local culture including a tasty snack of cheeses and thinly sliced beef served by girls in traditional costumes. Oh, did I mention that they also treated us to a glass (maybe 2) of local wine. During the next leg of the tour point we had to pull over as a passing cab had sideswiped the bus and our tour guide advised that the police would have to be called. Fortunately, the cab did not stop and our bus driver could not find any damage on our vehicle so we were able to continue as planned to the small sea side town of Cavtat. We enjoyed a stroll through the town before heading north towards the medieval city of Dubrovnik. Arriving at the old city of Dubrovnik we were overwhelmed by the thousands of other tourists and tour buses that were also there. Because of the crush of people we did not have a lot of time to spend exploring the walled city. The walled city of Dubrovnik was built in the 7th century and is now regarded as one of the top 10 historic sites in the world. The city is surrounded by thick, high walls erected to keep invaders out from both land and sea. The walls were rebuilt in the 17th century as the area had encountered a major earth quake which destroyed most of the walls. John had hoped to do the walk completely around the outer walls of the city but due to time restrictions, he was unable to do so. We took a quick stroll down the centre street, snapping pictures of the narrow & steep sidestreets. There were long lineups waiting for the buses to return us to the ships (Two other large cruise ships had moored in the harbour around the same time as our Carnival Sunshine ship. We made it back in good time and the ship was able to depart on schedule at 5:30 pm.

We had opted for early evening dining at 6:00 pm for this cruise so we changed clothes and then down for dinner. Once again ate too much, complained afterward, and vowed to eat less tomorrow. The Hypnotist evening show was very entertaining and provided us with a lot of laughs.

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