Baggage arrived in the morning, so after breakfast we took the cable car to the top of the hill for the panoramic view. Met the rest of our group at the designated spot and shuttled to Villa Zamagna in Zaton Bay.
Started the day with breakfast at a cafe in one of the many squares off of the Main Street. There was a farmers market, though mainly it was touristy stuff, like the candies orange peel – so delicious!!
Spent the rest of the day tramping around the city looking at gorgeous views and the various shoot locations for Game of Thrones.
Cold beer with a spectacular view at Buza – watching the sea and the cliff jumpers. Then dinner at Stars Loza – ridiculous grilled bread with an assortments of butters and fish entrees, tuna and sea bass.
We made it to Dubrovnik @ 8, but sadly our luggage did not. After filing the appropriate paperwork with the airline, we headed on to the Celenga Apartment. Some confusion later – directional, GPS, and otherwise – we regrouped and headed out for some wine and a snack at La Bodega in the main square. At midnight, the crowd was still lively – and would be long after we said goodnight. The apartment is lovely and comfortable – and extremely well located!
Delays out of DC due to paperwork/maintenance and then a ground stop due to lightning, put us into AMS with just enough time to make our connection if only United hadn’t preemptively off-boarded us. New routing via Frankfurt with time to kill in both Schiphol and Frankfurt before reaching Dubrovnik @ 4 hours off schedule. Not bad, all things considered since we’d already written off today as travel/time adjustment/decompression.
Not much time on the last day, but we did walk back to the park. We considered the Museum of History, but decided to wait for another time.
Next time: the pyramids, this neighborhood – see link below, and the Frida Kahlo museum.
Day 3 – Explored the Condesa and Roma neighborhoods. Enjoyed walking on Amsterdam Ave. Made our way to Mercado Roma – a hip and trendy market and food court with a biergarten on top. Other than being slammed, making seating a challenge, it was a good time! The biergarten was less crowded and gave us an opportunity to relax and enjoy the mostly sunny day.
Day 2 – walked down to the Alameda, Zocalo, National Palace and National Cathedral.
Lunch and mojitos at Le Casa de Los Sirenas. The food here is amazing!!
Had some wine in the best concierge club EVER before heading outside to check out the festivities. It took a while for the crowd to build, but the music was lively. Finally the countdown and fireworks at midnight!
Day 1 – walked to the Museum of Anthropology and explores the surrounding park. Had beers at La Terazza around the corner from the hotel and then took a disco nap before getting ready to go out with Gabriel and Claudio.
Dinner at Los Danzantes http://www.losdanzantes.com/about-2/ in the Coyoácan neighborhood south of the city.
Walked through the squares and markets – tried some mole from Puebla that was amazing and a drink called espuma de cacao.
Our first night in Marseille was not without its challenges – tired from the day and having had an enormously heavy lunch, we opted to pick up salad items and eat in while watching “Jaws 2” in French without sub-titles. Eventually we cut-over to an episode of “Orange is the New Black” and then lost the battle to fatigue and went to bed. The apartment is really well located in the heart of the old port area. Downside – LOTS of street noise, no A/C, and no screens on the windows. Needless to say it made for a challenging sleep – need to shut the windows to stop the bugs and the noise, but then you’re stuck with a stuffy room and a wimpy oscillating fan! Arghhh! While the whelps from the bites aren’t as sizable as those mosquito bites we acquired in Camargue, the continuous nuisance could drive a person crazy!! And then it was morning..
We set out on foot to explore Marseille today. First, we walked down the west side of the quai from our apartment in the old port area and found breakfast – typical French petit dejeuner of croissant or pastry, orange juice, and espresso. From there we went on to the Marseille Cathedral (La Cathedrale Nouvelle Major) and the museum of the remains of the Roman docks.
Picked up tickets for tomorrow’s boat tour and then made a quick stop in the apartment before heading up the hill to the Notre-Dame de la Garde. The basilica was beautiful, but the stunning views were what made the climb up the steep hills and more stairs all worth while!
Made our way back down the hill – stopping for a wholly unremarkable lunch – and then on to the Palais Longchamp, home of both the museum of natural history and the museum of art. Wandering back down the residential streets, we came across a farmers market and picked up some fresh fruit for snacks and breakfast.