We woke to a dull, misty, wet morning. We had hoped to have breakfast on our verandah, but the weather did not cooperate. Instead we had breakfast in the Neptune lounge and came back to see the coast of Croatia through the rain. We docked and were able to land at 10:00 am. We took the shuttle bus to the city and walked the length of the main street. Dubrovnik is much smaller than I had imagined, but the city wall still circles it without a break. How much of it is "original" and how much restored, I do not know. At one end of the main street there is a church in honour of the patron saint of Dubrovnik, St. Blaise, whose saint's day coincides with my birthday, February 3. We walked round the harbour and admired the views. By this time the rain had gone off and it was beginning to heat up. We went out of the old city through the Placa Port Gate and bought some lunch which we ate sitting on stone seats on the approach to the old city over the portcullis.
We walked beyond the city beach to get a photo similar to those shown on postcards with the city beyond the beach. We returned to the old city and went up the wall, walking round most of the way on the sea side. The weather improved dramatically and was dry, quite warm, but very humid. Christine experienced some vertigo on the descent, and the narrow steps drew her down, however, we both arrived safely at ground level. We browsed some of the stores and enjoyed an ice cream before returning to the shuttle bus and then to the ship
We rested for a while, then Christine went for a coffee and I went round parts of the ship we had not previously explored.
After five and a half weeks of freestyle sightseeing and never knowing where we are going to eat dinner till we arrived at a menu we liked, it is strange to be in an organized environment where everything is planned and provided for you. As we have travelled around we have ridiculed the herds of sheep following the raised umbrella of the guide as they blocked the path of real tourists (us!). Today it was a challenge to pass these groups and note many were from our ship and on Saturday we will probably be part of one of these groups as we tour Ephesus. Life is a series of contrasts.
We had dinner with just one of the couples at our table. We assume the other couple had stayed in Dubrovnik for the evening. Don & Dorothy, the couple at the table, were celebrating their wedding anniversary, so it was our privilege to share a cake that was prepared for them. Afterwards we sat in one of the lounges and enjoyed a few chocolates while listening t the classical trio playing.
Tomorrow is a day at sea and we expect to relax and recover from our weeks of serious sight seeing!