Captivating Croatia

We’ve had several days in Dubrovnik. Which is exactly as advertised, truly captivating with its sea of red roofs next to the Adriatic. It’s been described as the “pearl of the Adriatic” and I can attest to that. It is picture perfect. We have a 2 bedroom, 500 sq foot apartment that fits perfectly. So perfectly, I’m trying to figure out what we will do with the size of the new house in Colorado Springs. Here I never have to wander about wondering where John is…he’s always here. Right here, within spitting distance. At this 7-month point we’re pretty transparent to each other. And it’s OK.

So Croatia. It is captivating. Our apartment is about a 10-minute bus ride to the Old City and a 2-minute walk to the long harbor; we sit on a peninsula. We’re across the street from the grocery store, St Michael’s Church is also a two-minute walk, bus stop is out the front door about 100 feet and we’ve a “promenade” that starts about 2 blocks away that goes to the beach and then follows the coastline for about 2 miles. We walked it the other day, which led us to the Atlantic Restaurant, our lunch stop for the day. It was great—a variety of food that we hadn’t seen elsewhere and the Sweet Barbara to serve it (my rose for the day). We introduced her to the AirBnB site and she brought extra hummus and a sweet red pepper dip in gratitude. We got the best of that bargain.

This is a stop that isn’t frantic—it’s a resting and breathing stop. We need that to plan the next portion of the trip. We’re researching cities and airplanes and AirBnB so we need the time. We have a few ideas of what we want to do here. John wants an early morning before-the-cruise-ships-spit-out-passengers to do the photos of the Old City. Dubrovnik is a big cruise boat stop; last year this city of 50,000 hosted over 2 million visitors. That’s a lot of cruise people. No wonder the bus driver was a bit snappish.

And I would like to see a bit of the wine country, do a boat island tour of the nearby islands, and there’s a Segway tour that might be fun since I’ve never driven a Segway. I’m requesting the flat countryside route so I can avoid squashing a cruise person. There’s the usual churches, museums, the Napoleonic fortress accessed by cable car and a photo exhibit commemorating the Serbo-Croatian War in 1991-92 damage to two-thirds of Dubrovnik’s buildings. FYI—Rick Steves states in his Dubrovnik Tour Guide regarding the tit for tat destruction of both sides “the good guys and the bad guys are far from clear cut in these wars.”

One of our first ventures is always to the grocery store. We tend to eat breakfast in and either lunch or dinner out. Usually dinners are substantial so we can take-away and get 2 meals for the price of one. And it’s the usual provisions: eggs, milk, juice, bread, a chicken, beef/pork, potatoes, cookies, lunch meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions. I find it so interesting how prices vary from country to country. So in Dubrovnik, I paid 83 cents for 500g (about 3 cups) of rice and I paid $5.66 for a bottle of soy sauce. Croatians are only driving small cars, lots of Smart cars and gas is $6/gallon. John had to make a trip to the local clinic since he couldn’t hear out of his right ear. Turns out his wax collection had surpassed what is legal. “I WAS NOT WHISPERING. YOU NEED TO LISTEN BETTER! That explains the spitting distance from each other. Trip there was $60; an expense worth every penny. I’m thinking of arranging a weekly trip to have his ears blasted out. Or maybe I could just purchase one of those super soaker guns and blast away myself.

We went to the movies last night and saw The Walk in English with Croatian subtitles. It was in a Cineplex theater in 3D. The exact same experience I would have had at Tinseltown in the US. And a wonderful movie I could recommend. We do have some English on the TV: CNN and BBC, FLN, TLC and some sports. We have apps on our phones for the Washington Post, Reuters and Foreign Affairs so keeping in touch is not a problem. We’ve seen snippets of the political debates—just enough.

All is well here. We pray that you are taking care of yourselves and your loved ones. Blessings! LIZ

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One Response to Captivating Croatia

  1. Kristie and Mark says:

    Liz, I truly savor your insights and entertaining commentary as you experience all these varied places and cultures! You and John are truly having the adventure of a lifetime. It makes me think of all the “roses” in my own life. Keep on scribing. I love having this vicarious adventure. Kristie. P.S. No mention of beauty salons/hairdressers. Will your hair be shoulder length upon return??

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