The sun had already set when I rolled into the old town in Dubrovnik.
I entered the city through the back gate, and went about hauling my suitcase up so many stairs, then down some more, then back up again. Sweaty, tired, I rolled into my hostel ready for a shower and bed.
But I was hungry (#alwayshungry) and so I decided to venture out. Down another narrow set of stone stairs and out onto the main street. My jaw dropped. I stood there frozen, eyes wide.
How to describe Dubrovnik? The streets are paved with marble, lined with stone buildings with pine green shutters and terra cotta roofs. It sits over the Adriatic Sea, with hills rising behind it, encircled by massive stone walls. At night, the lights reflect the polished marble and people come out to eat at sidewalk restaurants and drink at cliff side bars.
During the day, the sun is almost unbearable. Which is when you pack your bag, walk a few minutes outside of the old town, and dive into the sparkling turquoise sea. Then back to the cliffs, grab a beer, and marvel at the magnificence of this place.