This is a blog about our holiday to Europe in 2014. We started off our travels in Venice, where we began a cruise of the Adriatic and Aegean seas, ending in Rome. We then travelled from Rome to the Netherlands by rail, stopping in various places along the way. We are: Me - Gill, my husband - Grant, my daughter - Paula; my father - Neil and his partner - Astrid. We are South Africans, from the lovely province of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Our friends Lisa and Trevor joined us from the UK for the cruise portion of our holiday.

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Dubrovnik, Croatia

We docked in Dubrovnik, Croatia at midday.  

Unfortunately the weather was a bit grey and drizzly.  That didn't stop us though!  We caught a taxi from the cruise port to the Pile Gate and bought tickets to walk the city walls.  Quite a climb up the steps to get onto the wall, but once you are up there.... wow!  We were SO lucky, because for one thing, the weather put a lot of people off, so the walls were peacefully quiet and deserted and also, the rain stopped just long enough for us to take a lovely stroll along the walls.  It was absolutely gorgeous up there, the views were incredible!  Prepare for photo overload....

We stopped for a drink at a little shop up on the walls with a very friendly proprietor, where we tried a Fanta flavour that I've never seen before.  Not quite sure what it was, but it was quite tasty. 

We took masses of photos, before climbing down to street level, where we wandered around, eventually making our way to the Buza Bar.  This was a bitter disappointment.  I was SO looking forward to the Buza Bar, but it was crowded, there was literally no space to move and the staff seemed quite harassed.  We made the unanimous decision to leave within moments of arriving.

As we wandered the streets we came across a little restaurant where we decided to have lunch.  They had the most delicious seafood platter on the menu.  It was really, really good. 

Unfortunately, by the time we finished lunch it was starting to rain in earnest, but we had a nice wander down the Stradun - the main street of Dubrovnik.  

We did a bit of shopping and then decided to climb about a million steps to try to find a geocache.  We didn't find the cache, but enjoyed looking at the charming little church, hidden away in the residential area.

Having found a geocache near the Pile Gate, we caught a (fast!) taxi back to port and enjoyed dinner on the boat, with coffee at Cafe al Bacio afterwards.  We loved Cafe al Bacio, their coffees were good and the complimentary pastries delicious.

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