On Thursday June 4th, we took a boat to the island of Lokrum from Old Town.
Lokrum is exclusively a nature preserve with a variety of species closely monitored. Smoking isn’t allowed on the island which is actually a big deal because so many people smoke in Europe. There are big tubs of water on the trails every so often in case of forest fires. Wild peacocks roam the grounds and aren’t afraid of people at all.
We took another long hike up to a ruined castle which had another wonderful view.
Stasa showed us the many different plant and tree species on the island as we hiked back down. Apparently, the Dubrovnik Rabbit Bush only exists on the island of Lokrum; it doesn’t naturally grow anywhere else in the world.
After the hike, we went cliff diving! It was so much fun and the cliffs were pretty high – I had time to think as I was falling. Not everyone ended up jumping, probably only half of us did it. I wish we could go back, but we are leaving Dubrovnik to travel around soon.
When we arrived back in Old Town, Allie, Brooke, and I decided to walk around and shop for a little bit. While wandering, we came across an ornate 18th century church of St. Ignatius of Loyola. The attention to detail and opulence of the church amazed me.
One thing that really surprised me when I came to Dubrovnik was the amount of wild cats and dogs that just meander around town. Just in the short time I was in Old Town, I saw over 10 cats. All of them look young, and are tiny. I don’t like to think that they are malnourished, just little, or I would feel really bad every time I came across one.
We ate dinner at a pizza place called Mamma Mia (pizza is big here) then met up at the hotel for drinks.