Day 3 European Vacation: King’s Landing

13 Oct

Day 3 we awoke to the coast of Croatia.  By 11 am we were heading into the Gru Port in Dubrovnik and the views were spectacular.  As we pulled into port there was a one sided suspension bridge that we could not look away from.

DSC_0353 DSC_0355Once we were in port we were heading straight for old town.  We took a cab into Old Town and found ourselves outside the walls of a great historic city.  We were instantly in love.  Dubrovnik is on UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites.  For anyone that doesn’t know, Old Town Dubrovnik is also home to King’s Landing in the show Game of Thrones.

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When we walked inside the walls of the city we were taken aback by the commercialized main street that housed touristy shops and restaurants.  As we moved further into the city we were quickly rewarded with small store fronts and residential doors away from the commercial and tourism industry.  We walked from one end of the city to the other to find the old port with smaller boats and beautiful views of the Aegean Sea.

DSC_0365 DSC_0367 DSC_0368 DSC_0369We had booked an excursion through a third party vendor and had planned to go on a sea kayak tour around the city walls.  Much to our dismay the tour guides were nowhere to be found despite an hours worth of searching (and huffing and puffing I might add.)  So when we concluded that a third party vendor for excursions were maybe NOT the best idea, we found ourselves a restaurant with free wifi to cool off and come up with a plan for the rest of the day.

After an interesting meal we headed out to see the sites along the wall.  Great walls expand around the entire city and were used as protection dating as far back as the cities founding in the 7th century.  In the 1970’s the wall stopped being used for protection and now serves as a tourist attraction where people can walk the walls and view the city from above.  As I had fallen asleep the night before I couldn’t help but wonder if we had made a mistake in booking the sea kayak tour because we would not have had time to walk the wall.  I suppose my curiosity won out as that was exactly what we spent the next two hours doing.

DSC_0391 DSC_0395Awe.  That’s the best way to describe what we saw along the wall.  We were in awe from the moment we walked up those steps to the moment we walked back down them.  And we would go back to Dubrovnik in a heartbeat.  From atop the walls you can see the entire city and across the Aegean Sea which, by the way, many people were swimming in down below.  The crystal clear blue water was breathtaking and if we had had towels, we would have joined them.  One interesting fact about Dubrovnik, in the 1600’s there was a devastating earthquake in that part of the world that left much rubble and debris throughout the city.  Much of it has been restored but you can still see remnants of that disaster throughout the city walls.

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Also, from atop the walls, we were able to spot some green screens that were being used for the filming of Game of Thrones.  Apparently, the locals don’t care too much for the show but as big fans, we were a little too excited to shoot a few pictures of the green screens in the distance.DSC_0435

DSC_0472When we booked the cruise we could never have been prepared for the beauty in Dubrovnik.  We had no idea what to expect and were so shocked by its historic beauty.

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