Bosnian Border Crossing

In order to drive from Split to Dubrovnik, you have to cross through a very small section of Bosnia and Herzegovina. We were excitedly anticipating adding another stamp to our passports, thereby making this a 3 country trip (Croatia, Italy and Bosnia). The line was long. We searched the signs overhead…EU passports to the right, all others to the left. We got in the much shorter “all others” line up.

Not CV_0164 WP_20140811_005only did the guy not stamp our passports, he didn’t even LOOK at them. He just waved us through! We were so disappointed… until we realized that we were now ahead of the 2 camper vans we’d been following for the last 50 km through winding mountain passes and we could speed ahead in our Corsa Opal. I suppose it’s the little things that make road trips bearable and, yes, fun.

The old town of Dubrovnik is a fortified city. Encompassed by thick stone walls that you can walk (but only clockwise), and with streets made of marble, old Dubrovnik is unique. The city was first fortified in the 7th century and they’ve been keeping the walls thick ever since. The shelling of Dubrovnik during the “Homeland War” (as it’s referred to here) of 1991-1995, horrified the world. A UNESCO world heritage site, Dubrovnik was under siege for 7 months during the war and sustained 650 artillery attacks — 2,000 shells. 56% of the buildings in this city that’s contained by a wall 2 km in length were damaged. After the war specialist stone masons were brought in to help repair the damage, which today is all but invisible. WP_20140814_028 Dubrovnik is historical but also alive. Much like Diocletian’s palace, it’s a living city within a city bustling with restaurants, shops, historical buildings, cats, tourists, and every day people trying to live their lives among the crush of tourists. Not as crushingly busy as Venice, Dubrovnik is certainly a must see for thousands of people each day. CV_0058 Tired, but well fed at a restaurant we found in one of the city alley ways, we fell exhausted into bed, visions of our next day’s sea kayaking trip in our heads…

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