This morning I walked the walls of Dubrovnik Old Town with our tour leader Peter and a fellow traveller. Most of the group have been in Dubrovnik for a couple of days so didn’t need to do the walk, so it was just us. It’s a very beautiful city and the walk of the walls is highly recommended. Peter explained about the Yugoslav wars and pointed out which buildings were original and which had been rebuilt. I was a little too young to understand the situation when the conflict was at its height in the 90s so I’m trying to catch up now, but there’s a museum at the top of the hill reachable by cable car that explains a lot more about how it affected Croatia and Dubrovnik especially.
After the walk we had a free afternoon so my fellow traveller and I decided to try out one of the museums which was all about Saint Blaise. I had never heard of him but he appeared to be the patron saint of curing sore throats. He seems like a big deal in this city and he’s everywhere, like the protector of Dubrovnik and all the throats within. Our museum ticket gave us access to two or three other museums inside the old town too.
It got a bit hot in the afternoon so we found an opening in the walls and climbed down the rocks for a dip in the sea which was crystal clear and beautifully refreshing. It’s a popular spot with locals who need to cool off and the atmosphere was great with everyone jumping in including one family’s dog!
A useful fact: Not only can you drink the tap water in Croatia, but there are also fountains in Dubrovnik old town so you can fill your bottle up all day long with ice cold water.