An annual trip with her husband and in-laws landed our CEO, Shuchi in Dubrovnik and other parts of Croatia. It isn’t happenstance that she is a huge fan of Game of Thrones and these are the exact places where a good portion of the series was shot. She convinced them to visit Eastern Europe (particularly the Balkan region) to experience an absolutely gorgeous Fall weather with lesser crowds and fewer waiting lines because they’d have no “ygrittes” going to Croatia (This one’s only for the GoT lovers, everyone else can roll their eyes) :).
What to look out for?
Plitvice Lakes are one of the most spectacular sights – pristine blue waters and gushing waterfalls make for picture-perfect scenery. Dubrovnik is an all-time favorite. Being a walled city, and still having about 2000 inhabitants living in the inner city, old Dubrovnik town has a charm that can put you back about 800 years in time. That, combined with modern bars, and live music emerging from small alleyways, made for a perfect combination of old and new. You will burn a good number of calories climbing stairs and the outer walled forts. Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia which are Slavic souvenirs were all once part of the great Yugoslavia, and remnants of soviet culture can still be seen in older parts of the town.
Where to stay?
In most places you can Airbnb your way through, which is perfect if you are travelling with friends/ family. Airbnb offers nice apartments with space so you can totally chill. Rixos Hotel in Dubrovnik is a fantabulous place to stay too.
Where to shop?
Ljubljana in Slovenia is a charming old city full of artists, museums and galleries. There is a nice string of shops on Mestni trg 6, Čopova Street and the Old town.
Where to eat?
Nautika in Dubrovnik is as close to a Michelin star restaurant that you can get. Insanely good food, even for vegetarians! Pizza in Ljubljana is really good and so are the falafels and bureks. Vigo Ice cream in the heart of Ljubliana is also uh-mazing!