We arrived in Dubrovnik and without knowing where our Airbnb was, we started to wander through a small neighborhood looking for the right street. I noticed a beautiful passionflower in someone’s front yard. When I used to create my own tea, I often sourced my passionflowers from Croatia, so this was a cool thing to see.
Eventually we were able to find the right place, and we met the nicest couple ever that was running the place. They showed us to our room which was basically a small guest house a few feet away from the main house. The place was awesome!
Later we sat down on the patio and talked with him about things we can do in the city of Dubrovnik. I noticed a cat hiding around the corner and I made some comment bout it. “Close your eyes” the man said. I closed my eyes and then I felt something tiny and fluffy in my lap. It was a little kitten! “She just had kittens the other day” he said.
We ended up having to push our plans back a little bit, this was just too incredible of an opportunity. There were four kittens right in our laps, so small they hadn’t even fully opened their eyes yet. So cute! Eventually we had to say goodbye to them and head into town to see the famous old city of Croatia.
The best way to see Dubrovnik is to walk along the castle walls. This was an excellent way to not only see the beautiful buildings, but also the waves crashing on the rocky shore below. These were some amazing views that I will never forget.
Walking around the whole city took about an hour and a half. We got to see almost every small alleyway. Some parts were quite modern, like there was one place that had a basketball court where kids could play. There were also many very traditional buildings like churches and cathedrals. Walking by, we could sometimes get a glimpse into small little apartments with fireplaces and stone walls. This would be such a cool place to spend the night because it was basically one giant castle, but we were more than happen to stay with the nice couple with all the little kittens.
We got so many amazing pictures here, you really couldn’t have asked for a better view. I was completely blown away because I had really only been to like one other castle prior to this, so a lot of this architecture was new to me.
We ended up walking around the city a little bit more, but we later headed out of town to find a restaurant by the beach. Croatia has a lot of hidden beaches that are carved into the sides of cliffs. I’m sure you have seen pictures of these. Anyways, we found a beautiful restaurant that was right by the beach and we had an amazing pasta dish as we watched the sun go down. We later walked home to rest up for the next day.
As soon as I woke up, I walked right out of bed and went to go say good morning to the little kittens. I found them all snuggled together in the flower pot, pretty much the cutest place they could possibly be. When they started to wake up I pet them for a little while and then went back into the guest house to get ready for the day. It was my 21st birthday, and I knew it was sure to be one of my best birthdays ever. We would be going to Lokrum today, a small island off the coast of Dubrovnik.
Lokrum was pretty much a paradise, and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend my birthday. There I was, on an island off the coast of Croatia, swimming in a small lake, surrounded by peacocks and beautiful music. Still to this day people don’t quite believe that this is a real place, but I’m telling you it is! There are really no permanent residents on this island, other than the hundreds of rabbits and peacocks that roam free. It is a really great place to escape the noise of the city and head to a place of peace and tranquility. From here, you can also get a great view of Dubrovnik. We climbed to the highest point on the island, and took a few pictures from a lookout point. Back in the day, Lokrum served as an early warning for the city in case enemy ships were coming into the harbor. Now it's a place to for tourists to see rabbits and peacocks and go swimming… What a long way it’s come!
It would be getting dark soon and we had to go back. We ended up jumping around to a few different restaurants that night to find one worthy of a birthday dinner. This was fun in it’s own way because it allowed us an opportunity to see more of the city.
Unfortunately, all great trips must come to an end, and eventually we had to get on a plan from Dubrovnik to Barcelona and then back to Switzerland. It is interesting that you can’t fly directly from Switzerland to Croatia, but we didn’t mind the layover. We did however get forced to exit the airport in Barcelona and then we had to go outside and re-enter. None of the machines worked in this airport, so that was an adventure on its own, but eventually we made it back safe and sound. We had such an amazing trip that I will remember for a lifetime. Our time in Split, Island hopping, swimming in waterfalls, walking along castle walls, playing with kittens and enjoying some of the friendliest and musical people I’ve ever gotten to see. If I had to describe the trip in one word it would be “magical”. Some of the things that happened on this trip couldn’t have happened anywhere else. It is all part of the enchanting energy that is Croatia. If you haven’t been yet, I strongly urge you to go. It will definitely be one of the best trips you ever take.