GOOOOAAALLLL! It’s going to be Croatia vs France in the World Cup Finals on Sunday, so what better way to prepare for what is going to undoubtedly be a nailbiter, then to highlight the two nations? I’ve already written extensively about the best of Paris, France, but congratulations to Croatia for making it to their first ever FIFA final! You kinda have to root for the underdog, right? I’m just happy I get to write about one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
I visited Dubrovnik a really long time ago. Like, we’re talking, I barely had my driver’s license/independence, and they barely had theirs. It’s obviously changed quite a bit. Back then, being in Dubrovnik was so memorable because it was a relatively unbothered by tourism (except cruise ships, which is how I came to visit). Croatia had only declared independence from the former Yugoslavia republic in 1991, gaining that right in 1995 after winning their war. I visited 5 years later, so the nation was a baby.
But babies grow up…and turn into popular teenagers.
Like really popular…instagram-influencer-status teenagers. Seems like it is the hot destination of the moment, and I’m glad it’s getting its day in the limelight. There’s a bustling tourism trade, especially due to its location as a jewel on the Adriatic Sea. The coastline is one of the most gorgeous you will see, with its orange rooftops and imposing fortresses. I guess some really popular TV show filmed there too — thrones something or other (wink wink), and that draws a lot of people, too.
As it has been some years, I’ve enlisted the help of my pal (and fellow traveling doc) BD, who has graciously let me use some of his photos and given me some updated tips.
it’s a nice day for a red wedding…