Both girls had clearly been listening to Marko (Dubrovnik Walks guide) and were regaling us with tales of how the fort was created, why one particular set of walls were thicker (some 6-10m!) and how the fort had never been taken in its entire history.. yet could be easily broken if the enemy had only known (the side nearest the city is only 60cm thick to allow re-entry if required!!)
The setting around the Pile harbour is one of those that is easy on the eye, not to bad underfoot and well worth a trip down to... although the steps to the fort are steep yet include some vertiginous views... It was certainly easy to imagine being within the Game of Thrones scene as Sansa Stark watches the ships passing by the fictitious 'Blackwater Bay'..
The climb up was worth every step as the triangular fort with its 10 cannons is easy to spend at least 2-3hrs within... with fantastic 360degree views from every angle!! But with the lure of ice creams sitting on the drawbridge at Pile gate, we regretfully descended the fort and enjoyed a well earned ice cream in the warm spring sunshine...
Perhaps the best part of the day was the opportunity to spend more time with Bogdan, our new friend who owns the newly created Dubrovnik Escape Room. A fellow travel blogger who had numerous stories to share, his fantastic insights will serve us well for future projects and challenges... it really was a great couple of hours and just shows how important it is to meet new people... both girls talked excitedly about the chat all the way home (#future bloggers!!!)
We really ought to finish with some belated thank you(s)... to two great companies who continue to help our trip... firstly to Geoff Cox Leisure who are never more than a phone call /text away and who frequently offer vital technical support. Secondly to the fantastically supportive Adria, our motorhome manufacturer. We are delighted to be ambassadors for both companies and can't wait to see the Slovenian Adria factory where our motorhome was made... 7 days and counting!!
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