The highlight of this trip is supposed to be Dubrovnik. It is beautiful and has a storied past as an independent city-state that rivaled Venice. The old city juts out into the blue Adriatic and the high limestone walls gleam white in the sun. On the other hand, everyone who comes to this area of the world congregates here. The big ships stop and thousands of tourists team the narrow streets. There are countless shops, cafes and gelaterias awaiting them. We enjoyed an evening tour through the city and re-entered again in the morning. But when the opportunity to spend the afternoon presented itself, we escaped the crowds and returned to our small ship.
Later in the afternoon we experienced A Day in the Life of Gromaca, a village near Dubrovnik. Here we met a local family who hosted for dinner. Their basement shares a wall with the mountainside which helps moderate the heat of summer and cold of the winter winds. This family raises its own grapes - making wine, brandy and grappa. Of course we tasted all, finding the walnut and cherry brandies to be our favorites. A small bottle of cherry followed us back to our room to be enjoyed at a later date. The family makes their own prosciutto which was the best we’ve tasted. A local specialty - stuffed peppers was our main course.