This morning, we got out and about early to explore. The main “attraction” in Dubrovnik is walking the walls of the old town. From the top of the walls, you have great views of the interior (Old Town, where all the cool stuff is), the exterior (new and newish town), and of course the Adriatic Sea.
We started as soon as the gates opened at 8:00, trying to beat both the heat and the crowds. We succeeded on beating the crowds. Unfortunately, I’m not sure we beat the heat! By about 8:30/8:45 we were sweating through our clothes and hats. So was everyone else. Of course, the low last night was about 80 degrees, so it really didn’t even have time to cool down much. And sunrise is about 5:30, so by 8:30 the sun has definitely made its way high in the sky. With no trees or grass to absorb anything, it’s just plain hot!
We did enjoy our walk though. We had amazing views of everything! After walking the walls we wandered through the streets a bit. Grant recognized some stuff from Game of Thrones (a lot of it is filmed here), but we did not do any of the official tours or anything.
We spent the late morning and afternoon inside again. I really don’t know how to describe how hot and miserable it is. It really makes me wonder how I survived all those years of marching band practice and half-time shows in full uniform.
In addition to the heat, it has been very hazy. After some research, we found that Croatia really doesn’t track air pollution or smog, but that most visitors agree that it is a problem. Based on the warnings we get in metro Atlanta on the heavy smog days, we think that has probably heightened some of our heat sensitivities.
Tonight, we took the cable car up to the highest mountain for dinner and sunset views. Despite the haze, it was an amazing sight! We had dinner inside (glass walls allowed us to still enjoy the views), then wandered out to try to catch sunset. Of course, clouds and haze interrupted it so we didn’t have quite the “show” we were hoping for, but it was still very peaceful and breathtaking.
While we certainly would have preferred cooler weather and less air pollution, Dubrovnik turned out to be the perfect city to end our travels. It is by far the best city that we’ve visited in Croatia, and one that we wouldn’t mind coming back to.