I departed the hotel early doors & ha an uneventful hour long tube journey to Heathrow.
When checking in I was reminded I had bought business seats that I had forgotten about. This entitled me to use the star alliance lounge at Heathrow. It there for seemed rude not to have a glass of Marlborough SB with my cooked breakfast.
At the gate I was called first to my seat 1A. I must make sure to dress a bit smarter for the return flight. Got some funny looks.
Onboard I enjoyed a lovely,as far as plane food goes, three course Croatian meal, with some more wine obviously.
I had been worried about making my connection, but due to the flight being delayed in Heathrow they held the connecting flight to Dubrovnik to allow transit passengers such as myself to make it. Zagreb airport is perhaps the smallest airport for a capital city I have ever seen.
With some Croatian tapas this short hop had me meeting up with Amanda & Stefan in just 45mins. They had already arrived earlier in the day & had collected the rental car, & explored around the airport.
We drove around Dubrovnik to get a feel for the place before following our instructions as to where to find our apartment.
The first thing to occur to Stefan as stepped out of the car was to be accosted by an old man with a stick. Which was a bizarre experience for both parties. Ivan let us in the apartment & gave us advice as to where to go in the Old town. The best part of the nice apartment,has to be the terrace, & the spectacular view of the Old town which you can see in the photo.
Before heading out for dinner at a restaurant Ivan suggested we drank some wine on the terrace. The city view is just as spectacular at night, as it is all lit up.
The restaurant we went to was called Arsenal and we were shown to a window table, that was in the middle of the hulk of an old boat end. Quite a dining experience with passers by watching & taking photos of our dinner. Seafood was the call for the night to go with some very nice local wine.
After dinner where we all had shaky legs from our sea voyage and not the wine of course, we set about exploring the bars of the old town.
Two Irish bars later & we felt brave enough to try & snug local bar playing local music. Our next choice wasn't so good, as the club we went too was packed to beyond capacity. With no room no move it was no fun at all.
At this point we felt it best to draw and end to a most enjoyable first day in Croatia.