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Brac and Dubrovnik

Brac (continued)
June 14th - 15th

Are those of you following us getting sick of looking at us in the same clothes?!?! We are very tired of them but it certainly makes it easier to get ready in the morning. We have come to appreciate every washing machine we come across in our accommodations and we truly value the sunny days we've had to dry our laundry outside.

On our second to last day on Brac we spent the day walking into the town of Bol on a lovely tree lined (SHADY) walkway along the sea and had a nice lunch overlooking the Adriatic. The afternoon was spent in the pool and the evening sipping our "free" wine while watching World Cup soccer.

The final day was spent back at Zlatni Rat beach where Gracie and I rented a kayak and G'mama and Lucy had their own adventure getting down to the beach via the "short cut" carrying the blow-up dolphin and ring. It was a great way to end our time on the island.

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Dubrovnik
June 16th - June 19th

Once again we set out in our car for a ferry adventure. We now know what line to get into and the 40 minute ride was a breeze. As you can see in the photos, the cars are packed tightly together and it was very fun to back out when we got to port.

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Our drive down the coast to Dubrovnik was scenic with the Adriatic still in view. About 1/2 way through the trip we came to the border with Bosnia & Herzegovina and spent a pleasant 10 kilometers in the country. The border was a bit lax and we only really realized we were in another country when G'mama spotted a different flag hanging on the pole. We were soon back into Croatia via another quite lax border crossing and we continued our journey.

Dubrovnik in a small city with a beautiful, walled old town that is picture perfect. The walls are all stone within the old city and the roofs are red terracotta. The buildings have dark green shutters as well. In 1991 there was a six month period when the Serbs were bombing the city and you can see reminders of this seige in many locations. Although the old town has been restored, the red tile roofs are brighter and the stone whiter where the repairs had to be made after the war.

The weather on our first full day was quite hot (mid 90's) and the reflection of the sun on the white stoned streets made it feel even hotter. We ended up having a nice lunch overlooking the old harbor and then high tailed it back to the apartment and our air conditioner.

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The next day was spent at Lapad Beach which was sandy and was a welcome change from the rocky beaches we have been going to in Croatia. After an afternoon of lounging on the shore we headed to a bar to watch the US vs. Slovenia game.

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Today, June 19th, we took the bus into the old city again and walked along the top of the wall that surrounds it. The weather was cooler and the views were spectacular. We ducked into an Irish pub for lunch and of course I had to get a Guinness and the girls were able to make their mustaches like we did on our trip to Ireland. In the afternoon we went to an interesting photo gallery that was devoted to photographs from war-torn areas. There was an exibit on conflicts within the Islamic world and an entire room dedicated to the war in Yugoslavia in the 1990's. It was a very moving museum and it led to some great discussions with the girls about war and the fact that people are still persecuted for their religious beliefs in may parts of the world.

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Tomorrow we leave Dubrovnik via another car ferry and head to the island of Hvar for 4 nights. From there we will be taking an overnight ferry to Rijeka at the north of the country and then heading over to Venice to celebrate Gracie's 10th birthday in style. Time to sign out - G'mama just filled my glass and we are heading out to watch the sunset. Ciao for now...

Posted by k2arevalo 10:30 Archived in Croatia

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