Saturday, September 20, 2008

Short Day in Dubrovnik

Today was a short day in Dubrovnik. We got into the port around 10:00 a.m. and set sail at 5:30. It turned out to be plenty of time though.

Dubrovnik is gorgeous!  We took a bus from the port to the city walls. The city still has four walls that surround it. Dan and I just wandered through the streets for a while just enjoying the feel of the city. The views are absolutely stunning!  People are right about the Dalmatian Coast--the views can't be beat.

We wanted to find the synagogue since it is the oldest Sephardi, and the second oldest overall, synagogue in Europe. Since it is Saturday, we didn't think it would be open. I was really disappointed to see that it was actually open for tourists and was charging admission. I just thought they would be open for services only, but they said it isn't a functioning shul anymore. How sad.

We made our way to the city walls next. For a small fee you can climb the walls and walk the whole perimeter of the city. Wow!  This was incredible. We were up so high and could see absolutely everything in the city and all of its borders. It took us about 1 1/2 hours to walk the whole thing. We stopped at the end for a Croatian beer. Very refreshing.

At this point we really felt like we had seen a good amount of the city so we headed back to the ship at around 3:00.

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