Dubrovnik, Croatia

Semester at Sea voyaged to the picturesque port of Dubrovnik, Croatia for 5 days, at the end of September, 2015. The first day, Chelsea and I wandered the streets of Old Town Dubrovnik, which is surrounded by medieval walls, perched right on the edge of the Adriatic Sea. The way the sun reflected off the polished marble streets and off-white buildings, instantly made us feel like we stumbled onto a movie set. It is no wonder why HBO chose it for many scenes from its popular series, Game of Thrones. Stray cats wander the streets while the smell of pastries and espresso drift down the narrow alley ways. We spent our morning walking along the high walls circling the town and ended the day at the top of a mountain, looking down on the old town and taking a thrilling dune buggy tour!

A view of Old Town Dubrovnik from the top of the wall. 

A view of Old Town Dubrovnik from the top of the wall. 

One of the distinct features of Dubrovnik are its terracotta roof tiles called, "Kupe Kanalice," originally hand-manufactured in the shape of the human thigh. 

One of the distinct features of Dubrovnik are its terracotta roof tiles called, "Kupe Kanalice," originally hand-manufactured in the shape of the human thigh. 

The polished streets heading towards the main gate of the Old Town. 

The polished streets heading towards the main gate of the Old Town. 

Chelsea walking the walls of Old Town Dubrovnik.

Chelsea walking the walls of Old Town Dubrovnik.

The walls and old port of Dubrovnik.

The walls and old port of Dubrovnik.

Stray cats littered the streets.

Stray cats littered the streets.

The Dubrovnik cable car carries you to the top of Mountain Srđ with an amazing vantage point of Old Town. 

The Dubrovnik cable car carries you to the top of Mountain Srđ with an amazing vantage point of Old Town. 

Chelsea and I rented dune buggies at the top of Mountain Srđ.

Chelsea and I rented dune buggies at the top of Mountain Srđ.

Our tour allowed for us to rip around the rocky terrain of Mountain Srđ.

Our tour allowed for us to rip around the rocky terrain of Mountain Srđ.

Our guide brought us to an area that was bombed out during the Croatian War of Independence in the 1990s. He showed us a gas mask, an AK47 clip with bullets, and mortar shells. 

Our guide brought us to an area that was bombed out during the Croatian War of Independence in the 1990s. He showed us a gas mask, an AK47 clip with bullets, and mortar shells. 

A view of the MV World Odyssey from atop Mountain Srđ.

A view of the MV World Odyssey from atop Mountain Srđ.

We got a little dirty ripping around in the dune buggies. 

We got a little dirty ripping around in the dune buggies. 

Lokrum Island at sunset.

Lokrum Island at sunset.

The sunsets in Croatia were fantastic!

The sunsets in Croatia were fantastic!