After visiting turquoise Budva, Montenegro I had no idea what to expect for Croatia. Would it be better? Would it be just as turquoise? What would the walled city look like? Many people have told me how breathtaking Croatia is and how I would love it, but I couldn’t fully comprehend why I would. Without a visual, I had no idea if it would be a place for me. Friends of mine went to Croatia for their honeymoon and at the time, I couldn’t quite understand why. I wondered why they hadn’t chosen Greece or Italy or somewhere alike. Driving along the rugged cliffs along Croatia’s turquoise coast I started to get visuals of what everyone had told me about previously. Even before arriving in Dubrovnik I knew I would give a part of my heart to Croatia.
Croatia is home to 7 UNESCO sites, including Dubrovnik, beaches, sailing, sun, relaxation, seafood (including fresh water fish) and dalmations. Croatia has quite the history, including legends which believe blood thirsty Vampires were first found in Croatia. Beyond history, Croatia is famous for its 148 million litres of wine produced each year in their two wine regions, along with pilsner beer originating in Croatia. To my surprise, I also learned that in the winter, Croatians enjoy ice hockey and alpine skiing. As if these things I mentioned aren’t great enough, Croatia is the film setting for the famous T.V. series Game of Thrones. After a long day of driving and a quick afternoon stop in Montenegro, I finally arrived in Dubrovnik, the famous walled city: Kings Landing.
I think it is a good thing that I didn’t know what to expect prior to arriving. To be honest, I actually hadn’t even seen pictures before going and knew very little. Based on what I heard, I knew that I should see it for myself. I had heard that it is one of the better (if not the best) countries in Eastern Europe (close with Chezh Republic). Now I understand what the hype about Croatia is all about. Arriving in Dubrovnik was a dream come true and although I had no expectations, I had no idea that Dubrovnik would blow me out of the water in the way that it did. I’ve never seen anything like it–an ancient walled city on some of the most beautifully crystal clear turquoise water I have ever seen. Dubrovnik is the place that rooted my love for Europe.