Hello from Dubrovnik!

I arrived in Dubrovnik on November 1, and just like I’ve been told, it’s quite beautiful. It’s “King’s Landing” for you Game of Thrones fans!


During tourist season, you can take a fairly quick boat ride from Split to Dubrovnik. I imagine that would have been a nice trip, but my only option was a bus. They have several buses leaving Split each day for Dubrovnik, and my 8am bus was completely full. The ride takes about 4-5 hours and is pretty comfortable. I’m always thankful for my noise-canceling headphones and plenty of podcasts to listen to!


The most interesting part of the trip is going through Bosnia. If you look at a map, you’ll see a small part of Bosnia cuts through Croatia in order to give them access to the sea - about 12 miles of coastline. It’s called the Neum corridor and happened when Yugoslavia broke up in 1991.


You’re only in Bosnia for about 15 minutes, then you’re back in Croatia. But you do need to show your passport at both borders.


The actual distance from Split to Dubrovnik is only 140 miles, but the roads are fairly windy, narrow, and slow in some parts. I’d rather take a boat down the Adriatic, but experiencing the trip by bus was definitely an experience to remember!


Srd Hill

One of the first sites I visited in Durbrovnik was Srd Hill - and it was a trek filled with gorgeous views and plenty of history. The cable car ride up was short, but it led to a truly different world once you reached the top!

Beautiful Dubrovnik

It was really hard to pick only a few of the stunning pictures of this city, but here are some of my favorites. Old City is the most visited part of town, and that's where the history lies. But there are other areas of the city that are also just plain breathtaking!

I Took a Picture

Just for fun. Remember the way we used to take a picture of ourselves?

Finally...

Being in Croatia has been quite amazing. I experienced the solitude of island life in Bol, and also reacquainted myself with some fairly recent history here in Dubrovnik. There still is some tension in Bosnia, and I’m hoping the Balkans stay a safe place for me to return to in the future.


Next stop is Paris, where I’ll be staying for a few months. I’m really eager to return to a larger city - and expecting that there will be some Christmas magic in France!


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Hello from Croatia!


Living on Brač Island here in Croatia for almost two months was very life changing - just as I expected it to be. The daily view of the Adriatic Sea from my apartment balcony brought me peace and tranquility. I swam in the clear, warm sea almost every day and joined the gym at a local hotel. It was reinvigorating, rejuvenating, and really nice!


Not only did I get to know the small town of Bol quite well, but I also had the chance to tour the whole island. The scenery, the views, and the kind, wonderful people made this time one that I’ll forever cherish!


Take a Walk Through Bol, Croatia

The town of Bol has only about 2,000 locals living here all year round. During the summer months, tourists increase that number to close to 10,000! Aside from tourism, the locals are involved in wine-making, olive growing, and fishing. You can easily walk from one end of Bol to the other in no time at all.


So in the video below, we start at the Dominican Monastery (with its bells ringing in the morning) and end up at one of Europe’s most beautiful beaches - Zlatni Rat Beach (also known as the Golden Horn due to its unique shape!) The tip of this renowned beach is constantly changing shape due to the effect of the waves and currents.

Island Hopping to Hvar

One of the best things about the coast of Croatia is being able to hop on a boat and explore nearby islands. In this video, I visit the nearby island of Hvar - and the town of Hvar. It’s a beautiful town (with somewhat of a younger, more hip vibe), and the boat trip across the Adriatic Sea was amazing on this clear, sunny day!

A View from St. Vid's Mount

My friend Nikica was born and raised here in Bol. He’s a tour guide, and I first met him when I was in Zagreb in the spring of 2020. He’s so fun to be with, and obviously very knowledgeable in the history of Croatia - both in the capital of Zagreb and also the coastal towns and islands.


Late one afternoon he drove me up to the top of Vidova Goran (St. Vid's mountain) for one of the best views of Bol. This mountain is the highest peak in the Adriatic islands. From this view you can also see the neighboring islands of Hvar, Vis, Korčula, and Jabuka.

Finally...

To make my time here even more memorable is that Bol was in full swing when I got here in early September. The tourists were everywhere, making for a really fun, exciting vibe.


Then I experienced all the tourists leaving - and restaurants and stores closing up for the winter. It went from one extreme to the other. I was expecting this, so it wasn’t a shock.


Although it was very weird experience, that’s the seasonal reality here. And when they close up for the winter, it’s like they are preparing for a hurricane! It's a bit ironic in that the town becomes desolate, yet you look right out at the peaceful, clear blue Adriatic Sea - with bright sunny skies (most days) and sailboats everywhere.


But now I’m ready to leave the island and get back to civilization (just like Gilligan lol.). I’m ready for more people around me - and can’t wait to once again feel the buzz and vibrant excitement of restaurants, music, busy streets, and open stores.


So… it’s back to the mainland of Croatia and the scenic coastal town Dubrovnik! Dubrovnik is one of Croatia’s most visited towns, known for its architecture in Old Town - and many people also know it from where they filmed Game of Thrones. I never watched the show, but nevertheless I know it will be another beautiful place to visit here in Croatia.


More from Dubrovnik next month!


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Hello from Croatia!


September has been a month of changes, and all of them very welcome. I loved my time in Portugal, but being back in Croatia has been filled with memories - and some brand new experiences.


I started out in Zagreb for the first 10 days of the month. As I've mentioned before, this is where I spent the spring of 2020, just when Covid (and a major earthquake!) hit. I found the capital city much more vibrant than when I left it, and it was fun to revisit some of my favorite spots during this much happier time. The Zagreb Cathedral was standing tall (and as beautiful as ever) and the street scene and people watching was still really fun.

Zagreb to Split by Train

Since I love train rides, I decided to take a scenic and relaxing trek from Zagreb down to the coastal town of Split - at the Adriatic Sea. The trip took about four hours, and the train was quiet and comfortable. I spent the time listening to podcasts and taking in the amazing scenery!

Catamaran to Brač Island

I only had one night in Split before I hopped on a catamaran and headed to the island of Brač, and the town of Bol. There are several back and forth trips each day on the catamaran, and it takes about an hour. There are fewer trips when tourist season ends in October, so getting back to the mainland for visits will be a bit trickier. I love watching the other boats (big and small) as you cruise along. There's also a coffee and snack bar, and big screen TVs. The Adriatic Sea is so blue and clear! But...island life is now here!

The Sights of Bol

Since I'll be here until the end of October, there will be many more beautiful pictures of Bol to share. Like all the islands off the coast, the town thrives on tourism. Everyone tells me this past summer was the best since before Covid in 2019. It's truly a magical place, and I arrived just in time to see many tourists create a nice vibe. I'll be here long enough to get a good feeling for what it's like to be a local too.

Finally...

Being on a small, tranquil island is something I've never experienced. I knew that Brač Island would be a psychological change, given that my travels to date have taken me only to places with a vibrant city center. There is no city center in Bol. It's a small island town with approximately 1,000 local people. It was once a village of winemakers, fisherman, and sailors before becoming a first class tourist destination.


With no city center, there is just the boardwalk along the sea. There are lots of shops, excellent restaurants, fresh food - and boats going back and forth between the mainland and other islands.


The month of October will bring more changes, with even fewer tourists and many restaurants closing for the season. The last two weeks will be really interesting, and possibly challenging - with more time to relax, reflect, and rejuvenate. That is how I'm looking at this time in my life....and soon getting ready for my next move to Dubrovnik (back on the mainland) on November 1st.


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