It's that time of the year when it's muggy in the morning on the way to work, then the day proceeds to a gloomy, chilly afternoon with no sign of the sun. Plagued by hayfever for more than a week now, my whole body is tired from battling pollen, I dream of a heavy downpour to dissipate the annoying allergen. Or, if I could just pack up and not leave notice at work, I would be off to somewhere sunny right this very minute.
One of my summer trips is coming up soon, but I can't help but daydream of previous ones when my daily issues concerned bikinis, sunblock, topping up my tan, and margaritas, rather than emails, ink cartridge, and rude clients.
So taking inspiration from Anouka, one of the loveliest bloggers (and Discover Benelux columnist) I read who puts up photos of old trips (the Peruvian one is a must-see), I'm posting some photos from a 2011 trip to Dubrovnik, Croatia.
I'm aching for some sun-piration; allow me to begin by revisiting Dubrovnik, Croatia.
|The breathtaking view from the room atop a hill, en route to the breakfast area. I can wake up to this every morning and not complain that the sea is too blue.|
|6pm. Poolside deserted. Sunloungers left in disarray. Sun worshippers played hide and seek with the sun|
|The Little Onofrio's Fountain built in 1438. People were drinking water straight from the jet stream, but didn't try it. This fountain was for the sole use of Christians in the Middle Ages|
|Big Onofrio's Fountain at 7am (no one getting a free drink yet). Heavily damaged in a 1667 earthquake, what's left is a bare achitectural volume. Read that the Gothic and Romanesque architectural features haven't been fully retained. The structures in Dubrovnik now are mostly Baroque|
|By Luza Square...|
|A typical Dubrovnik door|
|Stairs leading up to the Church of St. Ignatius and the Jesuit College|
|This must be for the canons...the hole in the wall was looking out into the Adriatic sea...|
|Breathtaking. . .|
|Having ice cream in a shop at the Placa|
|Topping up my tan!|
|Ahhh lovely...most tourists were probably on lunch...|
|The view from the dining area at the Villa Ruza restaurant at the farthest tip of Kolocep Island.|
|The mighty fortress Lovrijenac, one of the defence pillars of Dubrovnik|
|The Placa at about 7:30am, when the sun was slowly making an appearance and tourists were yet to trample on the polished path|
Now back to my work email. For now.