It’s early morning and Dubrovnik’s old town looks deserted. The gray clouds that brought a downpour last night still linger over the city walls, making them look dark and gloomy. No tourists taking photos in Piazza della Loggia. No music coming from the nearby cafés. In the restaurants, the chairs are still stacked upside down on the tables. Just the sound of our hurried steps rushing towards the cable car that will take us to Mt.Srd . The somber atmosphere seems to be in tone with our purpose our visit: seeing Dubrovnik’s Fort Imperial, the symbol of defense of the City of Dubrovnik against Serbian and Montenegrin armies, in 1991.
The cable car that ascends to the fort is right outside the city walls. “Let’s take the quicker way to it,” my husband suggests, and before I could say anything he is already a few steps ahead of me. The quicker way is actually a long (and really steep!) flight of stairs from Old Town’s main street. My cranky knees hurt just at the site of it but he doesn’t give me time to react, so I follow along.
There are only a few people in line as we arrive at the ticket booth. Behind the glass window the cashier is chatting on her phone while selling tickets. “Two round-trip tickets please,” I ask when our turn comes. If the weather was better we could walk the trail back down the mountain, but today it may rain. Continue Reading
Just outside the Istrian Peninsula, to the west of Rijeka, there is one of the classiest resort towns in Croatia – Opatija. Seeing this glitzy strip of real estate today it’s hard to imagine its humble beginnings. The first important person who discovered the magic of Opatija was Iginio Scarpa, a merchant from Rijeka who built his holiday home here in 1844 and named it the Villa Angiolina after his late wife. This is how Opatija’s tourism started. Continue Reading
Zadar (Croatia) was the last stop on our Balkan itinerary. Our trip began in Budapest (Hungary) and continued through Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro. Since the return trip from Montenegro to Budapest was over 1000…