Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sep 03, 2019 - Sea Cloud

We awoke to a much cooler day, which was a relief from the heat these last few days. After anchoring in the early morning near the Old Town, a group of us went in with our guide, Petra, to walk the historic Dubrovnik walls. Those who did were treated to the architecture and stories that this UNESCO World Heritage Site holds. Once off the walls, all guests reunited in the lower portion to learn about and see some of the evidence of the 1991-92 bombings, walk down the Stradun, and visit the Franciscan church and monastery. With free time after the tour, some guests checked out the oldest operating pharmacy (opened in 1317) or many of the other stores offering olive oil and black truffles; others simply sat in a local café and took in the beautiful city.

Back aboard, we had another amazing lunch followed by a surprise swim off the ship. Once dried off, we listened to Historian Dr. Rebecca Ingram give a talk on the Venetian Maritime Empire and its legacy in the Adriatic.

In the evening, we headed back into Old Town for a special musical performance: Klapa, traditional Croatian men’s a cappella. The private performance was held at the Domino Church and was sung by the award-winning group, Klapa Ostro. After our ears were delighted, we went back aboard Sea Cloud for dinner. Those who hadn’t quite had enough of the magical city headed back into Old Town to take a nighttime photography class with our photo instructor, Max Siegal.

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About the Author

Leah Eaton

Assistant Expedition Leader

Leah grew up in a small coastal town in the Pacific Northwest with Olympic National Park in her backyard, and it was here where her love of all things wild began. Ever since she ran around shipyards at an early age and watched her dad work in the marine trade, she has loved being near water.

About the Photographer

Max Seigal

Max Seigal

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Max Seigal grew up in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, and spent his early years working at his parent’s veterinary clinic, which sparked his love for animals. At a young age, Max fell in love with conservation and travel. He studied abroad in both Costa Rica and the Bahamas during high school, and went on to graduate summa cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University with degrees in environmental science, zoology, and economics.

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