Long time no see 😀
Come with me to King’s Landing: Winter is coming!
As many of you know, this summer I decided to put to good use my brand new motorbike driver’s license and to push my personal limits in matter of strength and will, touring Europe on my baby: Yamaha XJ6 Diversion in brilliant blue.
So I packed a small part of my closet (that part alone would deserve a post on its own, called “a fashionista on the edge of a nervous breakdown”), said all of my prayers and took the jump into the uncharted territory of long distance bike traveling .
The first thing I noticed was the overpowering sense of freedom: no more long hours of waiting inside the car, stuck in traffic. A motorbike goes everywhere, and knows no queues. (That’s not a recommendation: the zig-zag among cars stuck in traffic should be done VERY slowly and only by people with a good sense of equilibrium.)
The second was the thrill of being acknowledged by fellow bikers on the road: there’s always the display of male superiority, but on the road everyone is equal, and I was so proud to be waved at (a typical custom among bikers whose paths cross). Yes, I’m a child, I know 😀
Our trip included a week each in my 2 homelands, Bosnia and Montenegro, then a touchdown in Budapest, 10 days in Poland and a final 5 days in Prague. Nothing major 😀
I suppose lots of you are fans of the tv show “The Game of Thrones”. Well, welcome to Dubrovnik, a wonderful Croatian city where the crew shot scenes situated in “King’s Landing” – which has been rebranded for a day “Lady Violante’s Landing” 😀
This wonder of history and nature is situated at about 50 km from my city in Montenegro, so it was an easy but breathtaking road trip. The Adriatic coast never bores, believe me: and it scared the hell out of me in certain points (the height, the lack of protection at road sides, bla bla… you get it) but I managed to emerge under Dubrovnik’s walls, change into an acceptable outfit and finally relax!
There is something in the seaside that makes my heart skip a beat every time I feel the salty air, or I see the magic union between greenery and the Adriatic. That’s what I grew up with and I guess it will never cease to be “home” to me!
There’s no prize for guessing how the locals stay fit despite the amazing cuisine, don’t you think?
The main street is called Stradun, which derives from the Venetian word meaning “a wide street”. I’ve had memories of this place ever since I was a child, seated with my family in one of the wonderful cafés and just soaking in the unique atmosphere of the city. There is absolutely nothing that can compare to Dubrovnik and its traditions, and if I’ve ever seen a place perfect for Game of Thrones, this is it.
Yes, you are seeing right: I am wearing flats. I could have faked wearing heels but in this city there is nothing so ridiculous as seeing a woman wearing stilettos. First of all the stones are incredibly slippery, and second, the amount of stairs makes it a shortcut to the Orthopedic ward of the nearest hospital.
Still, I managed to stay true to myself:
Nothing a little Dolce&Gabbana can’t fix for me! So bring it on, stripes and bling, mixed with a Chanel canvas bag that I adore simply because I can shove her in the luggage without worrying too much about it’s shape, leather or God knows what! (no way you can carry a jumbo or a Kelly on a motorbike…)
As everyone knows, there has been an ugly war in my homeland at the beginning of the ’90s and I must admit some wounds never closed entirely; but still, I try to avoid any negative thoughts when traveling across the countries that use to make my home Yugoslavia. It is still the same nature, the same sights, the same feeling, whenever I am there, as it should be. Although, I sometimes envy the generation that has never known the ugliness of those years: they are like clouds permanently looming over a beautiful landscape. But hey, a smile, and everything is ok 🙂
In a summer where I’ve seen more rain than in 2 winter months in Milan, this Dubrovnik road trip is a beautiful memory. I was able to relax and unwind, having fun spotting places where some scenes of the tv show were done – and getting tan against my will!
“In King’s Landing, there are two sorts of people. The players and the pieces… Every man’s a piece to start with, and every maid as well. Even some who think they are players.”