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Monday, July 16, 2018

North of the Wall: Dubrovnik and Sailing in Dalmatia

Croatia, Croatia. When planning a trip to the Mediterranean, countries like Italy and Greece will be on the list. But not everyone considers Croatia. If you get anything out of these recap posts, then I hope it's that you add Croatia to your upcoming travel destinations. After leaving Rome, we took a plane to the beautiful city of Dubrovnik.
If Dubrovnik sounds familiar then you're probably a Game of Thrones fan. So many scenes from the show were shot in this city. We even did our own GoT walking tour in the old city to see where the scenes were filmed. For the Croatia part of our trip, we stayed in an airbnb with two of our friends who are also from the Bay Area.

Remember my Maldives post from a few years ago? Well the friends we stayed with in Croatia are people we actually met while traveling to the Maldives in 2015. We met them at an airport traveling from India to the Maldives. The husband, Kelly, was in Bangalore for work and his wife tagged along. It was basically the same story as me and the hubs. We realized that we were staying at the same resort in the Maldives and that we were all from the Bay Area. I guess it was kismet, and we've been friends ever since.

They love to travel so we were happy that they agreed to visit Croatia at the same time that we did. They explored Dubrovnik with us before the four of us chartered a boat across the Dalmatian Coast. They stayed on the boat longer than we did and visited Croatian wine country. Kristin, the wife, also runs a wonderful travel blog with great stories and photos that you should visit called Beyond Ordinary Guides.

"I guess it was kismet, and we've been friends ever since."


Dubrovnik was one of the best cities I've ever been to, especially on this trip. Like Venice, it had a ton of great alleyways and historical structures. The people were lovely and the food was some of the most memorable. Even though there isn't a ton to see in this city, it still felt like home. The city looks great from every angle.

After a few days in Dubrovnik, we headed off to our boat tour.

This allowed us to spend a handful of days exploring the Dalmatian Coast on a private boat. We visited bays, bars embedded into the sides of cliffs, caves, and sailed across the islands. Two of those islands were Korcula and Mljet.

We also happened to be in Croatia while they played a very important game in the World Cup. And just like that, I was a futbol fan. Sadly, they lost to France in the finals yesterday.

"We visited bays, bars embedded into the sides of cliffs, caves and sailed across the islands."


And yes, boat life was nice. Very relaxing and unique. I was able to finish my book, listen to music on a hammock and sail around to places that most people couldn't get to. But after a few days, that was all I needed, which is actually hilarious because guess what? This wasn't my last time on a boat on this trip. More pics on Insta!
Note: I was too tired to edit these photos. They are presented in their raw form.
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32 comments

  1. It looks amazing!! I love the water, will have to make a visit here sometime :)

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  2. My boyfriend and I have been watching a series called escape to the continent and they featured Croatia and Dubrovnik and WOW what a beautiful place! I am so jello you got to go hehe ;) xx

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  3. Wow! What an amazing experience and such a beautiful place. I would love to go there someday.

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  4. Not gonna lie...I never really thought of Croatia as a place to visit until FIFA. This post just shows how lovely Dubrovnik is. Sounds like you had a really great time. And so awesome that you met some great people in your past travel that you can go on vacay with, Cheryl:)

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  5. I've been thinking about going to Croatia and seeing Dubrovnik. Good to know it was one of the best cities you've been to know. You always have the most honest reviews so I very much so value your opinion!

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  6. Sounds like an amazing trip. Croatia has been on our list for almost a decade and we haven't yet made it out there. Hopefully soon.

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  7. My only knowledge of Dubrovnik does come from GOT ;p It looks like such a charming city and a wonderful place to vacation.

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  8. these photos are incredible, what an amazing trip.

    xo
    Pinksole

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  9. Gorgeous photos! I love all the colorful rooftops. And that water looks AMAZING
    -Tara

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  10. I went to Croatia in October and it was GORGEOUS! Definitely my favorite place. We also did day trips to Montenegro and Bosnia. It's all the charm of Italy without the tourists. I did a recap post too if you want to check it out! https://biancakarina.com/2016/11/10/travel-dubrovnik-croatia/

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  11. So jealous of this amazing trip! These photos are beautiful.

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  12. These views are just spectacular! I can only imagine how much grander they appeared in person - but these photos are stunning too! I'm glad you got to experience so many neat places on your travels!

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  13. I have never been to that side of the pond and don't know if I ever will, but I am thoroughly enjoying your photos. I see there are stairs cut into the stone leading down towards the water in the fourth photo. The rock formations and caves along the coast are fascinating - as well as all the tile roofed stone buildings in that mountainous setting. I see in the Beyond Ordinary Guide that there is a cable car ride in Dubrovnik and kayaks that can be rented in the West harbour. The water looks delightful for swimming. I wonder how old those forts at the mouth of the harbour are? Chartering a boat sounds like a wonderful way to seeing the coast from a boat must have been nice.

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  14. I've been wanting to go here for so long and I now I want to go even more!!! Looks amazing. Thanks for sharing this!

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  15. Wow what a beautiful trip! These photos are amazing, thanks for sharing them with us!!

    XOXO
    Cathy

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  16. Croatia is next on my list of places to go! It sounds and looks like such a wonderful place!

    Megan | www.pipmegan.com

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  17. I'm so jealous. I've always wanted to go to Croatia but my husband has already been so he's always wanting to do countries he has never been to before :(

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  18. Oh my goodness these views! So beautiful!

    xo Laura Leigh
    www.louellareese.com

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  19. I've always wanted to see Croatia...how fun that friends you met while traveling before also joined you for this trip! These pics are beautiful, thanks for sharing!

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  20. I have been hearing more and more how Croatia is a hidden gem- need to goooo!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  21. This looks like a stunning place to visit. I feel right in the holiday mood x

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  22. A friend of mine from undergrad was from there. Ever since I met her family Croatia has been on my list. It's quite popular now it seems. Great shots here.
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  23. I'd love to visit there one day! It's absolutely beautiful.

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  24. I didn't know GoT was shot there!! Okay, now I HAVE to visit!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

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  25. Looks like Great fun and the water is so refreshing.

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  26. Looks like Great Fun and the water is so refreshing.

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  27. I have always wanted to go there! It looks amazing!
    xo Jessica
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  28. I always LOVE your travel posts! This city seems lovely. I was hooked when you said the food was some of the most memorable! Thanks for sharing. Definitely adding Croatia to our travel list now.

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  29. I am hoping to visit Greece next year and may add on Croatia- I hear it's absolutely beautiful!

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  30. How cool that you met your friends in the airport and have since traveled together. I love the look fo Dubrovnik - it looks like such a striking city. I'd definitely charter a boat and take the tour along the Dalmation coast too!

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  31. It's a gorgeous sight indeed! Your photos are amazing dear.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  32. I've heard so many wonderful things from Croatia that it's been on my radar for a while... your post certainly confirm this.

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