Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Recent Holiday in Dubrovnic

We had visited the walled city of Dubrovnic once before from a cruise and really loved the wonderful marble stone of the beautiful buildings within the city and the pristine terracotta roofs mostly replaced since the war during the nineties when the city was severely hit by the fighting. The stone has a wonderful pink cast and almost sparkles in the sun, it has a magical fairy tale quality and we decided it was one of the places we would look to revisit.

After the "hip relacement" we decided we would try and get away towards the end of May and this holiday appeared on one of the Secret Escapes luck would have it was considerably cheaper the week we went than had we waited another few days.

The Lafodia Sea Resort was on the island of Lopud, 9 kilometres North of Dubrovnic and has been newly renovated to a high standard. The island is quite isolated and a ferry runs about 3 times a day to Dubrovnic when all the islanders set off with their suitcases at 6.20 in the morning to get their provisions. We made the journey into the city but unfortunately the weather wasn't good (in fact we got drenched!!) so it didn't show it in it's best light. Nevertheless it was lovely to return and explore some of the places we hadn't seen on our previous visit.

The weather was terrible on Wed and Thurs and as there was very little to do in the hotel, I held a little watercolour lesson with Kathryn, whom we had met on the short boat ride from the mainland and who was interested in learning and also invited me to conduct a workshop in their pub the Wheatsheaf Inn where they have a skittle alley which they use for conferences, weddings, meetings, parties etc. We had a few people gather round and I think I need to hire Kathryn as my PR as she was fantastic in promoting my blog and paintings!! Thanks Kathryn!! Anyway we are in the process of arranging, hopefully in the not too distant future, for me to go down and Kathryn will invite members from local art groups to come and do a session with me...... anyone living in the area who would be interested please either get in touch with me or with Kathryn via their website, it would be lovely to see you!!

Dubrovnic in the sun

                                                          and in the rain!!

                                                    the lovely bay on the island
                                                            The Gym!!
                                       Our hotel and the private beach to the side

                                    Our view from the restaurant with stormy weather

Just a few images to give you a taste of what is a truly beautiful part of the world... am sure we will return to Croatia in the future, it is still moving on from the atrocities of the war but it has some breathtaking scenery and areas of interest which deserve to be explored.


  1. Dubrovnic looks as gorgeous as I knew it was. And the hotel looks like it has all the comforts you could want. Great photographs. Great trip. And Thank you for pushing me into looking into how to develope the Pages gadgit. I knew I wanted one, Started one, then didn't know how to go about composing one till I took a close look at yours this morning. You gave me just the shove I needed. Enjoy your travels.

  2. Thank you Linda... yes Dubrovnic is a stunning city and the surrounding islands are just so pretty!! Well worth a trip if you ever get to Europe.

    Am delighted you have found the blog useful... I did the pages bit so that people can see a body of my work together until I get a website. When I e-mail art groups to introduce myself it really helps to direct them here so they get an idea of the sort of work I do and whether they want to invite me to run a workshop. Am not sure I really need a website as well but will probably get one in the end.

  3. sorry the weather was so bad judith... i love the croatian coast ...glad you made a new contact .


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