We were to stay half the week in Dubrovnik old town & the other half along the coast, but changed our plans to stay the whole time in Amoret 2 apartments - on Dinka Ranjike 5, behind the Pucic Palace Hotel.
Staying there gave us the feel of living in an ancient walled city, if you left the windows open you could hear the sounds of the narrow back streets & of the neighborhood - I can't imagine living in such an age.
And of course if you closed the windows you could sleep in quiet peacefulness.
Everything we wanted to do & every where we wanted to go was in easy reach of our apartment there.
Branka was a delightful hostess & has decorated her rooms with an old family house feeling complete with linens on the bed & on the table in the room - but then has added local modern art on the walls together with a framed piece of lacework from her Grandmother in our room we were told when we extended our stay.
I felt very comfortable in our modern room with a new shower & kitchenette with china in the old cupboard, up on the 3rd floor...
A week in the end was not enough time to get to do all we wanted - we never made it for the sea kayaks tour for one, perhaps another time. And maybe Branka will have tried them by then too, one of the few things she's not tried while living there she told us.
Dubrovnik, Croatia was a very pleasant surprise - they'll soon be a part of the EU & are already getting ready for that with most prices in Euros & the local Kuna (for us it was an exchange rate of 1 Dollar to 5 Kuna)
Every meal we had was good, we tried so many of them that are written up & some that weren't & thankfully we could read all our menus too. Of course so many flavors of gelato or ice cream to try for desert too, good thing there's lots of walking or stairs to work it all off!
We were happy to have stayed in old town, because when the day trippers were gone & the few cruise ships off you felt like you were a local & had the old town more to yourself.
Of course if shopping is your thing you can do that there too on or off the main street, I managed a few afternoons away on my own for some interesting gifts from local craftspersons or at the market in the nearby square - like the fish made of coconuts...
The market was there every morning with fresh produce & local dried foods or lavender & oils, so we had fruit from there & went to the local bakery & coffeeshops & ate in our room or out on the terrace patio for breakfast, which is off the 2nd floor over a walkway to the next building rooftop.
Where we were told may one day be a restaurant underneath it, something to look forward to with the work of Branka's husband I'm guessing & maybe their son will be running the restaurant there too after he's done with school by then.
There are many a museum & church & so much history in town, we read a lot of guide books - plus bought some more at the book shop Algoritam with English guidebooks on Stradun - & of course took a lot of wonderful photos all week to share.
I would of liked to go on a more historical tour, even the Ethnographic Museum in the old Granary (or Rupe - which we read means Hole) was another surprise for me, to see rooms set up as in ancient times & photos or drawing of all the old households or field equipment & traditional costumes - along with a black & white film of regular life in old town, I couldn't stand there long enough to watch it all though.
Old town has not forgotten it's soldiers & the wars, there's an exhibit & a walking War tour, along with a map posted of all the destruction - you can still see marks of it throughout old town but with UNESCO's help I think so much has been restored.
I adore the Adriatic Sea now, the waters there & the temperatures with the fresh air felt like I belonged there - I love the beach, so there you can find pebble beaches or rocky beaches or sandy beaches, or there's just the lovely clear blue green waters to look out at & we didn't even begin to see all the close islands.
Ferry rides abound from the old town harbor, as do boats to rent or glass bottom boat tours, there's a pirate looking ship & we saw cruise ships that anchored off the closest island & have ferries bring people into town, along with everyday fishing or sailing boats, kayaks for sea tours & scuba diving & more for sure.
We only took a short ferry ride to Lokrum island & to another once ancient town of Cavtat, both were good day trips - we didn't have the time for 3 islands or Elaphite islands, but from reading the guide books wished we been able to go & stay there too.
No buses or cars are in old town so there's only walking, except for a few battery operated trucks or little train looking cars with carts were in town for deliveries in the mornings usually. I can imagine in the ancient times the streets were full of animals as well, now only a few dogs & some cats.
Old town Dubrovnik is an UNESCO city & the closest island, Lokrum, is also under UNESCO & you can see why once you've visited yourself.
If you can go I'd say go now before more EU tourists arrive & watch out for the festival schedules too, because I'm sure that will make things even more crowded - there's a summer festival & others.
We missed the concerts going on in town while we were there too, but from passing a concert hall rehearsal we think that was something we should of scheduled in to do - another next time?!
We had such a lovely stay at Amoret apartments & in old town Dubrovnik, we can't wait to return! And have Branka to thank in part for that, for all her tips & kind hospitality!
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