17 July 2014
With an earlyish flight to catch we ate a quick breakfast, packed our bags and made our way to the metro to head to the airport. In fun news the Athens airport has definitely taken the cake for most worthless security screening we’ve seen on our travels. We had to laugh as any computer or iPad that went through the x-ray machine was then picked up and ‘inspected’ by their screeners. This inspection didn’t consist of anything more than picking it up, opening the lid of the laptop or cover of the iPad, looking at it to make sure it really was iPad or laptop before sending you on your way. Mind you they weren’t asking people to turn them on or anything like that, they just looked at them as if that would make sure the x-ray machine didn’t miss anything. It’s almost as if they heard what the TSA was going to be doing with requiring some people to power on their devices to prove what they really are, but it got lost in translation and the end result was this. We first flew to Rome for a short lunchtime layover before taking off for Dubrovnik early in the afternoon.
As we began our descent I looked out the window in awe of the mountain side. It was one of the most beautiful locations to land in. And it just got better as we rode the bus into town along the coast. We quickly knew that we were going to like it here and have a great time exploring.
At the main bus station we met the owner of the apartment we rented thru air bnb and upon our pick up we were on a quick tour of the town. He pointed out a variety of restaurants, markets and of course the essentials like the bus stop and where to buy tickets along with the various walking paths to the beach and old city. In a matter of 20minutes I felt like I had my city bearings and we could easily make our plans for the next few days. As he dropped us off at our apartment we could smell something was cooking, he had prepared enough mussels for a small village to enjoy that were drenched in garlic, butter, lemon, olive oil and parsley all for us. After a beer and a few more pointers and things to do in town while checking out the city map we were left to enjoy our meal and our home for the next few days. It was so weird to be able to walk from room to room and of course have a kitchen and washing machine
Today’s Travel: Vueling flight 6127 to Rome after a two hour layover onto Vueling flight 6736 to Dubrovnik, Croatia
Accommodations: Apartment Surprise in Dubrovnik. Upon our arrival at the bus station, Mladen, the apartment owner, took us on a brief city tour including the main sites, highlighted the location of ferries/boats to other local islands, beaches with approx. walk times from the apartment, bus stops and a few recommendations on places to eat. And when we arrived at the apartment dinner, beer and wine was waiting for us. I can’t think of a better way to start a vacation. The apartment was spacious and clean with lots of storage space and included an enclosed patio which was a perfect place to enjoy dinner or just lounge. Plus the booking process could not have been easier and Mladen was quick to respond to all questions and upon our departure even recommended some beaches to visit since we were making our way thru the islands. If you find yourself in Dubrovnik look up this apartment on Air BnB.