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Sitting Above Dubrovnik with a Cup

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Sitting Above Dubrovnik with a Cup June 6, 2007

At the southern tip of Croatia, there sits Dubrovnik. And wrapped around this nearly 1,000 year-old city, is an immense wall of stone that has kept intruders out through every century, including the end of the 20th. For many Westerners, the name still conjures up images of the shelling and bombardment that happened in 1991 as the Yugoslav Army laid siege to the city. But, this was many years ago and the city has rebounded, repaired, expanded, and opened its arms to visitors from all over the world.

The biggest draw is the walls which are about one mile in length. Like many who visit, we decided to make the trek over the stairs that rise and fall to take you in one breath-taking loop. While there are all those people holding numbers and leading around groups on the ground, this is by far and away the absolute best tour you could ever have of this magnificent city.

It doesn't really matter which way you go once you pay the $10 entrance, because you'll end up right back where you started. We decided to go uphill first and get the incredible bird's eye view of the city from the defense towers at the top of the wall. The day was very hot and humid. Inevitably, we were soon sticky and out of breath with all the steps one takes to climb this first segment.

As we came across the top of the city and started down, we realized that there wasn't much relief in sight with another stair climb edging towards us. Fortunately, some entrepreneurial local also realized this would happen to the tourists and set up a small café right at this point. Unfortunately, there was no tea to be had, so we had to improvise with our own supplies and ask for two cups of hot water. Needless to say, this got a very strange look. This was nothing as we decided that once our tea had steeped, to chill it, and we asked for ice. The girl behind the counter must have thought we were some of the most ridiculous tourists that had come her way, but the light iced teas we had with a bit of chocolate we had somehow managed to keep cold in our bag were perfect.

After a few minutes of cold tea, we continued our walk around these incredible walls, taking in the rest of the city and Adriatic, which crashes against the bottom of the walls. Then, it was over and we had ended up right back where we started.

Where: Old City Walls, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Food: Coldest Chocolate Possible
Tea: Chamomile Citrus (iced), Organic Mint Mélange (iced)