We Made it to Dubrovnik
It was a late night arrival as we flew from Athens to Zagreb, then all the way back to Dubrovnik, arriving about 11:30 p.m. We are 50 meters from the west gate to the old city of Dubrovnik. It is now about 11 a.m. and I wish every single one of you could see the view from our 30-foot long balcony.
We are two stories above the bustling medieval streets with the most spectacular view of the walled city, guard towers and stone buildings with orange tile roofs, and beautiful evergreens and gardens everywhere. We are staying at the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik. It rivals any hotel room view I have ever seen. All on points, my friends. All on points. Our hobby is bringing us lifetime memories and sights. The Gold status got us this room, free Internet, and lounge access on the fourth floor.. When Katy gets the camera downloaded I’ll start adding pictures. I’ve been awake less than one hour and already so glad we came to Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Back to Andrew’s story on another gorgeous European location, Monte Carlo.
Aquarium in Monaco © Andrew Ingersoll
As a child, I wanted to be a Marine Biologist. Naturally, I enjoyed all the PBS specials and most importantly the story of Humphrey, the humpback whale, which detoured both in 1985 and 1990 into San Francisco Bay while migrating from Mexico to Alaska. Even as a teenager, I wanted to leave frigid Michigan for the sunny University of Hawaii campus and their marine biology program. My parents, however, weren’t so keen on the idea. Life naturally took a different direction, but I always wondered how my life would be different…
A few years back, there was a nice mistake fare to Genoa, Italy, that I grabbed: Seattle to Italy round-trip for less than $300. I decided to travel the Cote d’ Azur, the south of France, and Monaco via train.
The opulence of Monte Carlo, Monaco, was astounding. On the day I was a high roller, I wandered the old streets and stumbled upon the Jacques Cousteau Oceanographic Museum. The history of Jacques Cousteau’s adventures immediately brought me back to my youth.
|Inside the Museum’s Main Tank|
On the lower levels, the aquarium is intimate but rivals in beauty any larger aquarium I’ve explored. The upper floors of the museum portray history and oceanographic adventures I recall watching on TV as a child. I thoroughly enjoyed stumbling upon the museum treasure. Traveling in new and exciting places often brings back fond memories and reminds us that our world is a lot smaller than we think. In your travels, have you stumbled upon a strangely familiar place?
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