Nancy in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Nancy has been writing about her summer travels. Celebrating 46 years of marriage, she and her husband Joe left the city of brotherly love and landed in Venice, Italy, to begin their journey. She is sailing the Mediterranean aboard Royal Clipper, and was kind enough to share her experience with us. Below are some excerpts from her blog. For her whole story you can visit her personal blog Nancy Near Philadelphia.






The next day found us in Dubrovnik, the largest city we visited in Croatia. Interestingly, while Croatia very recently joined the European Union, the country wasn't "on the Euro" at the time we visited. Their currency is the kuna, and in Hvar and Rovinj we had to go to bank machines to acquire kuna if we wanted to make any purchases.



Croatia is known for lavender, truffles, and olive oil (among other things) and we bought some of each. In Dubrovnik, merchants weren't nearly as picky about currency. They accepted kuna, Euros, and even American dollars! One purchase I made near the end of our stay involved a combination of currencies, obligingly calculated by the shopkeeper.







In Dubrovnik, we had signed up to participate in a shore excursion offered by Royal Clipper. In an air-conditioned (!) bus, we traveled out through beautiful countryside to visit a home that had existed for hundreds of years. There was a vineyard, an olive grove, and a huge garden.






On the way back to Dubrovnik, we stopped at a smaller town and wandered around. A couple of young girls from our group found a beach and returned to the bus with wet hair and huge smiles!



While our guide was showing us the downtown area, a commotion was heard and a large group of people were making their way toward us, the front one carrying a flag and all of the men singing! What could it be?






Our guide told us that it was a wedding party. The men had gathered at the home of the groom at about two o'clock and after partying there for some time, they processed to the bride's home where a similar party was taking place!










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