Our "postcard" this episode comes from the beautiful medieval city of Dubrovnik, on Croatia's Adriatic coast.
Tour guide, location scout and photographer, the delightfully droll Ivan Vukovic is perfectly placed to give us some really deep insider intel into Dubrovnik.
Here is just a little of what he's shared with us:
Dubrovnik has around 300 sunny days a year
The city is enclosed by 2kms of medieval walls
It is closer to London than Moscow
It doubled as King's Landing in Game of Thrones
It's a day trip to the neighbouring countries of Bosnia and Montenegro
Zinfandel, the wine grape is indigenous to Croatia (even if the Americans claim it!)
Dubrovnik residents eat late - often around 10pm
Best time to visit is between September and March
Never take an Uber to or from the airport
Get a "Dubrovnik Card" to take advantage of free public transport and lots of discounts on museums, galleries etc.
Walk the walls in the afternoon at 'golden hour' when the crowds are smaller
What to see
Where to eat and drink
Konoba Dubrava - for the speciality - "lamb under the bell."
"Tourist" - (despite its name, traditional, local and cheap
What to eat and drink
Squid ink risotto
Seafood - scorpion fish, tuna
Cheese pie with yoghurt
Pizza (no pineapple!)
Meat cooked "under the bell," - with hot coals, sat speciality restaurants, must order 3/4 hours in advance.
You can contact Ivan at: www.dubrovnik-tourist-guides.com
and follow him on instagram at @dubrovnik_tourist_guide
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