From Mostar, Dana and I hopped on another bus, this time heading for Dubrovnik, Croatia. If you glance at a map, you'll notice that Croatia is split in two at the south end; Bosnia and Herzegovina claim a small bit of coast along the Adriatic Sea. We're not quite sure why, but passing from Mostar to Dubrovnik, you'll cross into Croatia, then back into Bosnia, then back into Croatia (= lots more passport stamps!). The ocean views along the way are beautiful, rain or shine.
And we got rain.
Dubrovnik is a medieval walled city on the Adriatic Sea, made up of light stone architecture and winding streets with no shortage of hidden stairs. We uncovered plenty of those hidden stairs during our mad dash through sheets of rain from the bus at the city gate to our hostel.
|Cathedral of Saint Tryphon, Kotor|
Because of its well-preserved medieval town center, Kotor is a UNESCO world heritage site. It's also the site of countless stray cats, and even has a cat museum (but no, we didn't visit). Dana and I were interested in doing some hiking up into the hills behind Kotor; the most popular are the trails up to the ruins of an ancient fortress. The fortress itself is part of a fortification system from the 1500s.
Our hike was one of my favorite parts of the whole trip. Though clouds hung in the sky all day, the rain held off; the weather for the climb was pleasantly cool and the views spectacular.
|The island Lokrum and Dubrovnik from above|
There's more to do in Dubrovnik and on its surrounding islands, but I enjoyed my relaxing day there as a bookend after a very busy ten days of traveling. That evening, I experienced a picturesque sunset plane ride up along the Dalmatian coast and back over to Paris.
|Jardin des Plantes|
|Jardin du Luxembourg|
And with that, I ended another successful travel saga. April is always one of my favorite times to travel around Europe, and this time I left eager to return to the Balkans again soon.