Kerrie's Blog: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Well it has been way too long and I need to finish my series of my TOAL (Trip Of A Lifetime).  Our last port before heading back to Barcelona was Croatia.  We had a day of rest between Venice and Croatia so I was ready to roll when we ported in. 

We took a bus to old town which is behind the walls.  It was a very, very hot day and we decided to jump on a glass bottom boat ride to escape the hot sun.  The clear teal water, breeze and gorgeous view of Dubrovnik from the sea was perfect.   "Beaches" on big rocks landscaped the town with visitors and locals jumping in again and again. 

Wandering through the streets was just surreal.  Churches nestled in little nooks, cats (again with the random cats) and shops everywhere.  Narrow cobblestone streets with windows showed life.  A million miles away from home I wondered how a typical Croatian spent their days.  I bought a moonstone necklace from some chick on the street and this was the only port that did not use the Euro.  Croatia's currency is the Kronor but they gladly accepted my Euros. 

It's been a little over 2 months since my European TOAL.  I'm grateful for having had the chance to go and finally crossing the pond.  The memories I have with my family will last a lifetime and I kept a journal with tidbits and stories from each port to treasure.

Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager


Comment balloon 25 commentsKerrie La Guardia • August 29 2011 04:55PM


I am jealous. Or is it envious? That certainly is the TOAL. Congratulations. Beautiful photos. Thank the lord for digital cameras.

Posted by Jon Quist, Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996 (REALTY EXECUTIVES TUCSON ELITE) over 7 years ago

Kerrie - that WOULD be a trip of a lifetime, and sure those memories will be with you forever!   THANKS for sharing with us!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 7 years ago


So much of Europe is so... ancient. We are looking forward to an Italy trip in the near future.



Posted by Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain (Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain) over 7 years ago

It sounds like a slice of heaven.  Your pictures are beautiful, and I don't know about you, but I'd have my scrapbook well on its way :) . . . how wonderful that you had this opportunity!

And what is the top right picture?

PS Do you know the guy in the background with his hands up? :)

Posted by Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor (FALCON PROPERTY SOLUTIONS ) over 7 years ago

Mimi - Lol...that's my dad...he's amazing!  :)

The top right pic is a piece of the wall that surrounds old Croatia...

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 7 years ago

There is a lot to see, but I am not envious of the people there.

Give meMother Nature and I will be happy

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 7 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

You Rock, not only are you on top of things all the time, but you go and make us all "green" of envy with your trip of a lifetime.... the very trip we wnat to make over the next few years,

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC over 7 years ago

Kerrie - I can't say it enough - you went on the perfect vacation and saw all the places I'd love to visit. When we are ready for our next big trip, I'm going to call you and find out who you booked your trip with - you saw the most interesting things in so many countries. Thanks for sharing your photos with us - it inspires me to work harder so I can do this soon! Now I have to show Marty and dangle a little carrot in front of him!

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) over 7 years ago

Kerrie Trip of a lifetime is a wonderful way to look at it . Time spent with you family is time to be treasured ;and such a beautiful place to spend a vacation.Thanks for sharing it with your ActiveRain family


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 7 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

Dubronik, Crotia is definitely one of our favorite places to visit! The waters are so beautiful and the people are so friendly. It is like stepping back in time..loved the change of pace :). Your pictures are fabulous!! I need to get ours out again!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) over 7 years ago

what a wonderful trip!! I know you will treasure the memories forever.. wonderful photos!!!

Posted by Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC, Selling the Upstate since 1989 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner) over 7 years ago

That top right picture is amazing!!!  Wow, I think I would be stuck staring for a bit!

Posted by Chris Alston, Silicon Valley, California (Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California)) over 7 years ago

Love the pics!  Kristine :)

Posted by Kim & Kristine Halverson, Realtors (, Santa Monica Real Estate :) ) over 7 years ago

Kerrie I have not yet seen you on the travel channel or on PBS doing exotic places to visit . But i fully expect to see you there some day.

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros ( over 7 years ago

First off, it makes me so happy when people have that kind of relationship with their Dad.  As the mother of five girls, I have come to believe that a healthy father/daughter relationship is one of the greatest treasures in life . . . sounds like you have that. 

And what these pictures just speak to me of is . . . romance?  Of the structures, of the lives here, of the joy of being there now . . . breathtaking . . .

Posted by Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor (FALCON PROPERTY SOLUTIONS ) over 7 years ago

Ahhh, the TOAL that never ends! And nor should it. So glad you got to have this experience Kerrie. I know from the energy in your writing that your TOAL is something you'll never forget.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 7 years ago

Kerrie, that does sound like the trip of a lifetime!  Great photos, thank you for sharing your dream vacation with us!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 7 years ago

We don't really understand how new the United States is, in comparison to other parts of the globe.  Those old structures have been there seemingly forever.  There's nothing like it here.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 7 years ago

Kerrie, wonderful photos and what an exciting trip you made. I'll have to look for your other posts on the trip. Always fun to visually share our experiences. Awesome! Interesting structures and love the photo of the sea cave!

Posted by Jeanean Gendron, Specializing in Selling Unique Properties (The Address Realty) over 7 years ago

Kerrie, what beautiful photos. I've heard from many people that Croatia is a must see. Hopefully, I can get to visit next year. Have a great week and welcome back!

Posted by Michael A. Caruso (Surterre Properties) over 7 years ago

Sounds like you had a marvelous time! when you mentioned the cobblestone streets, nooks, shops and church's nestled in the small streets reminded me of greece~ memories like this is what life is about! ;)

Posted by Lauren Selinsky Broker CRS, "Your California Real Estate Broker" TM #oclauren (California Coastal Estates) over 7 years ago

Kerrie, you are right as those memories will come back large whenever someone mentions a name of a country you visited, or one of the cities. Those memories will come back with a freshness making you think it was just last week. So nice to hear you enjoyed it.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 7 years ago

Kerrie - The blue of that water is absolutely amazing.  What a fantastic trip and opportunity!

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) about 7 years ago

Saw these posts linked on Richard's blog. I'm going on a cruise in May that will take me here, so great to see your pictures so I can get a feel for it ahead of time. What a great trip you took.

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) almost 7 years ago

Hi Kerrie, just read the reblog from Richard Yates and wanted to see your photos of Croatia.  I LOVED Dubrovnik, it was so gorgeous, especially the walk on the wall.  We also went to the Island of Bol, Hvar, Split, The Plitvice National Forest and Zagreb, as well as lots of charming towns in between-spent 11 days in Croatia and loved every one.  Glad you took great photos!

Posted by Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes (Fresh Eyes For Your Home) almost 7 years ago