Dubrovnik, meetings, wine, oysters and a little Ston
This weekend has come and gone when I arrived into Dubrovnik and the meat of the business portion of this adventure to Croatia. My travels are not done here, but returning to Dubrovnik has been awe inspiring, both in the experience of walking the old town, including the walls which are about 2 ½ kilometers and taking the cable car to the top, but also meeting many locals, both in the restaurants and in the wonderful meetings I had both scheduled and impromptu with suppliers from throughout Croatia. Life as I know it seems to slowly be returning to normal.
These meetings with potential business partners here in Dubrovnik was a re-birth in how I establish my business relationships and finding those who I feel would be beneficial when I send my valued clients to this amazing destination called Croatia and it neighboring countries here in the Balkans. It was a first in nearly 16 months when I was last at an in-person conference and had face to face meetings versus the zoom version that we have all gotten accustomed to. I remember in 2019, having at least half a dozen such in-person meetings around the world and domestically and as 2020 started, optimistically, with 3 scheduled events in February and March, back to back to back here in Europe, two which happened and then Covid and I had to leave Europe until this triumphal return on the 4th of June. It definitely felt right!!!
Yesterday was my last full day in this area with a day trip to Ston, where there have the salt flats and the oysters beds and the origin of the Zinfandal grapes and a little tasting of these which was truly enjoyable. Ston also has a wall, one which is second only to the Great Wall of China in length, I believe about 5 kilometers from end to end. I did not have the time to climb it, as I was with a group and it connects Ston with Mali Ston (or little Ston) and I wish I had had more time. I had climbed the Great Wall several years ago, but wanted to do this, especially since my health transformation. It was a wonderful day nevertheless enjoying wines and grappa from a family run winery, Vina Vankas and also lunching on oysters and other seafood with friends and colleagues. It is a place I highly recommend and can certainly arrange for you. Today, I start north to Istria and more new adventures.
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