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19 October, 2016
When a work related opportunity translated in my relocating to Dubrovnik, Croatia in late 2013, I literally jumped at the chance. Needless to say my lack of resistance to move from the UK to Dubrovnik was primarily on account of wanting to experience living in the land depicted so very mystically in the hit show Game of Thrones.
Even though I’ve been here for about two years, and have actively engaged myself in seeking what the city has to offer, I am yet to cover all bases. One of the first things to strike me upon arriving here was that the city of Dubrovnik is steeped in history. Soon as I could, my first stop was the ancient city walls of Old Dubrovnik which encompass the town and is well known to Game Of Thrones fans round the world. You’re allowed to walk on the walls and the view of the Adriatic Sea is indeed a sight to be seen. Another Old Dubrovnik attraction which has to be appreciated in all its majesty is the Pile Gate. The gate is a striking entrance to the Old Dubrovnik and has been around since 1537. It even has a drawbridge ceremony conducted in a throwback to the old times. I have, since the day I came here, been in awe of the sheer architectural exquisiteness of the city which is home to many elegant buildings such as the Sponza Palace, Rectors’ Palace, Trsteno Arboretum, Franciscan Monestary& Museum, Church of St. Blaise, Benedictine Monastery, to name a few prominent ones.
The rural countryside of Dubrovnik, more particularly the Peljesac peninsula which is a short drive away is famed for its wine productionoffers the prospect to visit the wineries out there and sample their products. My excursions to these parts proved to be quite invigorating and the charm of sipping fine wine in the pristine setting of the countryside is highly recommended. Since I am inclined to athletic pursuits, the trails in the countryside around Dubrovnik did present a good challenge for an avid cyclist such as myself. Another activity which I engaged in recently was to take in the view of the spectacular coastline of the city by way of a kayak tour. These tours are apparently well organized and I thoroughly enjoyed myself on this outing. It gave me an opportunity to admire the city I have so come to love from an entirely different perspective. There are a few islands located nearby such as Lokrum Island, Elafiti Islands and though I am yet to explore them it is very much on my list of things to do.
As far as day to day living is concerned, life in Dubrovnik is quite serene and peaceful and I personally have always found the locals warm and genial in their disposition. The transition from the UK to Dubrovnik was thus not very difficult. I cannot help but sign off by stating that a true GOT fan has to absolutely undertake the Game Of Thrones tour in Dubrovnik. I hope it enthralls you in the manner as I was.
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