Today we headed back through the mountains to the coast, which involved four border crossings. Luckily, we only had to wait at one with passport checks. The others we were waved through.
Along the way, our guide gave us tidbits about life during the communist era and how in Slovenia they could go to Italy but weren't allowed to bring goods back, so the girls would go over, buy pants, and wear two pair of jeans, so she said she was a "smuggler."
Today was a most gorgeous day. Our lunch break was in Medjugorje, the place where six visionaries continue to see Our Lady at various times throughout the year (the visions were first reported in 1981). We found the quaint village to be taken over as a tourist trap. As we traveled on the path to Visionary Hill, a man from India took us in his car since we didn't have time to get there. He drove us around the non-touristy part of town to a place where you can see a statue on the Apparition Hill. He also pointed out a sign indicating where a cross turned blue. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to climb the hill, but we did have a short time in the church, which is a quite simple one. Many pilgrims were there, so I can just imagine during a religious holiday just how crowded it would be. I bought some Peace Chaplets for my Catholic friends.
Then it was off to the coast to continue our drive to Drubrovnik (pronounced doo broh nick without the "v"). The scenery was spectacular with the coastline and green hills and islands.
We had a local guide give a tour around the town, followed by dinner and a magical evening drive up a cliff overlooking the city. Our driver was superb navigating our coach on a narrow one-way street.
We were here very surprised that our hotel had rooms overlooking the sea. Tom and I sat out enjoying what we agreed was the most romantic place we have ever been. What a wonderful place to spend our last two days.
My rough notes:
Wore two pair of jeans so Slovenians smuggled from Italy.
Indian man took us on a tour. Whey I asked him what he thought of the visionaries (he is Hindu), he replied, "They are holy people, ma'am." He touched my heart.
We'll see how we go
Along the coast, there used to be a nudist hotel, where guests were greeted with employees wearing nothing but a bow tie.
St. Blaise is the protector.
Dubrovnik is the Athens of Dalmatia
Big earthquake 16th century. Never came back.
Any building with decoration or balcony was before the architecture. Then plain building style.
Orphanage with lazy susan to put unwanted babies on. Walls have ears.
Unesco controls remodeling. Can't change anything on outside and have to remodel in the winter due to tourists.
Morality police$ 150 fine for breaking dress code. No swimming after game of thrones episode aired and people pushed the limits of decency.. Modesty curtain to block the ankles.
First to recognize the new United States.
Don't hike off trail.