“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
Things I Have Learned In Croatia
At the entrance to the Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik, there is a sign from the middle ages that says, “keep your personal affairs outside, attend to public business only. “
When entering a jazz concert at the Rector’s Palace, during the Summer Festival, you are handed a program and a moist towelette. (which you will need because there is no air conditioning or windows. You will also be putting cold water on your face during the intermission. ) But it will be worth it, the musicians were great.
At the Dominican church in Dubrovnik the columns are filled in halfway up. This is so you can’t see the ankles of the women as they walked up the stairs.
In the old city in Dubrovnik, you will find War Photo Limited. It is a museum devoted to war photojournalism. The exhibitions are different conflicts throughout the world. The lesson is that war is bad no matter what side you are on. It is very well done and graphic- not good for children.
American Express is not as welcome in Croatia as American tourists.
Bosnia Herzekovina is a good place to buy cheap liquor, cigarettes, bootleg movies and drugs.
Croatians refer to communism as the time of the Yugoslavia.
If you like oysters, you must go and see the oyster beds and have lunch in Ston. Even if you don’t like oysters (me), you should go. If you like wine tasting, you can do that on the way.
If you need to get money from a bank in Dubrovnik any American passport will do.
Croatians are very proud that they have five star hotels. They mention it all the time. ” You want room service? No problem, this is five star hotel. You need towels? No problem, this is five star hotel.”
This is not us.
The old city of Dubrovik and Diocletian’s Palace are both UNESCO protected sites. In the 1991 battle for independence, the old city of Dubrovnik was in flames. The UN did not go in and protect it. We aren’t really sure what UNESCO protected site means.
Georgio Armani has a black yacht.
Walking the walls around the old city in Dubrovnik is good way to look into people’s backyards and see their plants and hanging laundry.
If you are walking the walls of the old city, and it is summer, try not to be behind a hairy sweaty man with his shirt off, where it gets very narrow and crowded.
The Adriatic Sea is twice as salty as the Pacific which is why the fish tastes so much better. They have been soaking in brine for their entire life.
The stone used to build Diocletian’s Palace in 300AD and the stone for the White House both came from the island of Brac. Diocletian used thousands of Christian slaves, Im not sure what religion the slaves that built the White House were.
Diocletian’s palace, located in Split was built in the fourth century. It is the most complete Roman ruins of a palace in existence today. . It is not a museum . Three thousand people live and work on the grounds and there are many shops and restaurants. It is best seen when not besieged by cruise ships ( the bane of summer travel for me)
Apparently no dogs are allowed in the Palace.
The Meridian Lav in Split is Eastern Europe’s Grand Wailea/Club Med. ( and don’t ever mention Borat here –they don’t think it is funny)
A table with a view of the sea in Split is a whole different thing.
Everywhere in Croatia is a photo opportunity. Here we are waiting for the car ferry to Hvar.
Bubba Gumps is spring break in Hvar.
I cant get enough of Hvar harbor -a view from the room.
Hvar is the number one grower of high quality lavender. Yes, I brought back a lot of lavender oil.
One of the most beautiful days I have ever had was to rent a boat and go out around Hvar with my daughter . The beaches are rocky but the water is so blue and clean that you don’t mind cutting up your feet. ( They sell Crocs everywhere –now I know why)
It is great to eat seafood in a restaurant in Cavtat when the owner is walking in wearing a bathing suit and carrying the fish. It is not so great to do the meet and greet with the fish beforehand.
My favorite foods are grilled octopus and squid. I was so happy to have it every day in Dubrovnik, Hvar and Split. After a while everything becomes like chicken.
According to my kids, when I am speaking to someone who’s second language is English, English becomes my second language as well.
On a serious note Dubrovnik and Hvar could be among the most beautiful places in the world and we had a great time. It has some of the best seafood I have ever eaten. Croatia is one of my most favorite places and I can’t wait to go back. (Hvar, Dubrovnik)