Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic

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No trip to Croatia is complete without checking out Dubrovnik. I didn’t know much about the city until I started researching where to go on my mini Croatia trip, but every source I encountered raved about Dubrovnik. Just from it’s descriptions of it’s beautiful ancient walled city to it’s sparkling blue Adriatic coastline, I knew that’s where I wanted to go. It definitely earned its pearl of the Adriatic nickname!

I’ve never watched Game of Thrones but the show is shot in Dubrovnik which no doubt adds to its tourism. Somehow between end of the semester exams and assignments (which in Canada ends in April rather than July) I totally forgot that we’d be going to Croatia in the middle of July – during the height of the heat and of tourist season! So I was definitely surprised how the city was just packed with tourists.

Nonetheless, as I walked around the old city and soaked up the sun on the beach, I can definitely see why its become such a popular vacation spot.

Now go to some more photos of this gorgeous city! (along with some fun facts about Dubrovnik and Croatia!)

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Dubrovnik is part of the Dalmation Coast, where those spotty dogs got their name!

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Croatians have some interesting name choices for their currency. The Croatian currency is called the kuna, which is named after a rodent! Their coins are called lipa, which are named after lime trees!

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The necktie was invented in Croatia, which in Croatian is called the “cravat.” By the way speaking of ties, did you know there’s a thing called World Tie Day?

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Agatha Christie spent her honeymoon in Dubrovnik! If it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for us!

 

Croatia enjoys 2,715 hours of sunshine a year. That’s more than Sydney, Australia! Ahhhh take me back!!

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Irish writer George Bernard Shaw once said that β€œThose who seek paradise on Earth should come and see Dubrovnik.” What do you guys think? Have you been to Dubrovnik?

Maybe this photo of the view from a cliff bar will convince you guys otherwise πŸ˜‰

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8 Comments

  1. August 5, 2014 / 7:13 am

    Wow! No, I have never been but no kidding on paradise! What a small world, Michelle, as I read another post earlier tonight from a blogger friend who is going with her husband to Croatia. I sent her your link πŸ™‚ I watched the first two seasons of Game of Thrones before it became too involved for my simple “escape” brain πŸ™‚ But, no I did not know it is filmed there. Great trivia! Now, for Dalmatian dogs I get it but how did they name their currency after a rodent?? LOL! Loved this post!

    • Michelle
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      August 8, 2014 / 9:11 pm

      That’s so exciting for your friend! Hope she loves it there as much as I did! πŸ™‚ Haha maybe now I have to go and watch an episode of Game of Thrones πŸ™‚ And yes their currency is an interesting story. The rodent (“kuna”)’s fur used to be very valuable and used as payment! πŸ˜›

  2. August 5, 2014 / 6:35 pm

    I visited Dubrovnik a couple of times: it is definitely marvelous! From there you can also visit Lokrum and Lopud, two beautiful island with fantastic beaches and…peacocks ! Have fun!

    • Michelle
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      August 8, 2014 / 9:13 pm

      I’ve never been to Lokrum or Lopud but I will the next time i’m there! πŸ™‚

  3. August 6, 2014 / 4:45 am

    You are right, Dubrovnik is overcrowded in summer. However it’s really pretty. I feel like snapping photos all the time in Dubrovnik. Your photos are lovely.

    • Michelle
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      August 8, 2014 / 9:14 pm

      Thanks! Yes, it was definitely one of the prettiest places I’ve been to!

  4. August 12, 2014 / 9:05 pm

    No, I have never been to Dubrovnik, but was enough for me to add it to my To Go List πŸ˜‰ Nice pics!!

    • Michelle
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      August 22, 2014 / 4:50 am

      I hope you’ll have a chance to go…it’s so beautiful there! πŸ™‚

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