August 2016: After three spectacular days in Slovenia, we drove through Croatia to start exploring in the old city of Dubrovnik. The drive from top to bottom took about 6 hours. The gas stations were very clean and each included a full-service bar and cafe. Even when I bought an apple they served it to me (not sliced or anything) on a plate… But the Dalmatian coast is very mountainous and beautiful, and we caught an epic sunset as we drove into Dubrovnik

~roadtrip vibes~ #broatia2k16

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We stayed near the Old City, which is an enclosed palace, with narrow alleys and old castles and such. Never been in anything like it. Super cool. We even went to a club that is in a castle!! During the day we did the Game of Thrones tour–a lot of well-known scenes were filmed in Dubrovnik. Then we bought some brewskis and rented kayaks to paddle to Lokrum, an island that looks close to the coast but when you’re paddling for ages to get back it feels pretty far. We did some cliff jumping and rock-climbing ?  Pretty epic!!!

 

I was nominated as the world’s most awkward diver but let’s assume I looked like this #croatia #cliffjumping #gopro A photo posted by Emily Griffith (@emigriff) on

Then after being pretty good tourists in Dubrovnik, we drove up to Split, parked our car and hopped on to a ferry to the island of Hvar. This is a popular destination for the ‘Sail Croatia’/yacht week sort of things, so we met a ton of wild Europeans and Australians on this island. This was essentially the party leg of euro-trip ?

Lost odds and had to get cornrows...  Lost odds and had to get cornrows… Spent a day at Hula Hula Beach bar. You can jump off the dock at the bar and swim whenever you feel, and then get right back to your table for some more drinkies. Pretty nice....  Spent a day at Hula Hula Beach bar. You can jump off the dock at the bar and swim whenever you feel, and then get right back to your table for some more drinkies. Pretty nice…. view from our place in Hvar  view from our place in Hvar

After a wild time in Hvar, we were pretty tired. We spent a day exploring Split, another old city in Croatia, before dropping off our car in the capital city of Zadar so we could catch a train to Budapest for the last leg of this euro-trip. ?

If there is one lesson to be learned: if you are a female traveling with the boys, doesn’t mean you can always drink like the boys ?

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