Our trip to Croatia really started as a lark. When Maud Pischon visited us for Thanksgiving, she mentioned that she intended to lead a yoga retreat in Split. Dana received an email about it and decided since her schedule this year prevented her from participating in any Grand Slam tennis tournaments, she wanted to go to the yoga retreat. Of course, that became complicated when she realized after signed up and paid that she needed to attend an ACOG meeting in Austin halfway through the retreat. Ever the problem solver, she decided we could go to Croatia early and visit Dubrovnik first.
I tried to get us upgraded on our flights, but was only successful on the flight from OKC to Houston. However, our flight to Munich from Houston had lots of empty seats on it. Dana took an entire row to sleep in. I don’t know how well it worked, but it was certainly better than being croweded in with lots of other people.
Dana thought she had reserved a room for us through a website, but she didn’t have any record fo doing it. When I called to hotel to verify our room, I discovered they did not have a reservation for us, but they did have one room available. The owner, Miho, was very helpful. He even offered to arrange transportation from the airport. I generally don’t even consider that, but in this case, after a long flight to a place we didn’t know at all, it seemed like a good idea.
We arrived in Dubrovnik to find a guy holding a sign with our names on it. He whisked us out to his Mercedes and drove us about thirty minutes to the hotel. He gave us a great running tour along the way, including information about what to see and some information about local wines.
The hotel was perfectly located just outside one of the main gates to the old city and less than five minutes from the lift that takes people to Napoleon’s fortress above the city. Miho was just as helpful in person as he had been on the phone. We could not have made a better choice. Dana asked him for dinner recommendations and he pointed us to a restaurant that was “easy to find.” Umm...we didn’t experience it quite that way, but we did finally manage to find it. It was located under outdoor covers in the courtyard of the old church, at the top of the infamous “Stairs of Shame” from Game of Thrones. (Much of Game of Thrones filming happened in Dubrovnik and Split, so familiar things pop up everywhere.) Dinner was very good. I had a fish stew that of course involved an obnoxious bib, but tasted quite good.
Our second day began with a tour of the Old City to find a restaurant recommended by Rick Steves. Dubrovnik lies in the side of a mountain and anything not not located on the main drag seems to involve lots of stairs. We wandered around and believe we actually found the right location, but the restaurant had changed. Who cares? After all those stairs, we decided we’d just stay there. I think you get good service when no one else wants to climb the 110 steps for breakfast.