Last week Dan and I were so lucky to have FOUR of our Detroit friends come visit us in London. Sara and Kelli had come last year on the girls trip, but Bill and Jon (Konicki) hadn’t been over yet. We haven’t seen each other since June of last year when we went back to Michigan! So this visit was well overdue! And…the best news from the whole trip was finding out Bill and Kelli are having a BABY!!!
We kicked the trip off with an amazing evening out in London Friday night. We went to one of my favourite Indian restaurants, Dishoom, for dinner, followed by darts at The Flight Club then drinks at our favourite speakeasy, Nightjar! It was the perfect intro to London!
The next day (Saturday) we had planned a London pub crawl. I decided it would be fun to do a golf theme, so I designed a 9 hole “golf course” around Soho. Each pub/bar was a hole with a different challenge! It was a load of fun – and Konicki kicked all of our butts.
Sunday was a chill day. We went to the Harwood Arms for Sunday roast. Harwood Arms has been voted the best Sunday roast in London many times. We’ve been really excited to try it. Presentation was fantastic, however the actual meal was a bit of a let down. The meat was great, but the rest of the meal wasn’t anything spectacular. Also, the pricing was super misleading, so when our bill came, we were a bit upset. We spent the rest of the day checking out the Tower of London and St. Paul’s before getting some shopping done.
On Monday we got up SUPER early (meaning we left our flat at 4am) for our flight to DUBROVNIK! We got so lucky with the weather for the week we were there. We went in the shoulder season, so it was a toss up as to if it would be warm enough. But it ended up being perfection! 75 and sunny the whole time!
We spent the week exploring the old town, walking the walls (incredible!), jumping cliffs, swimming in the sea, boating, eating incredible food and drinking fantastic cocktails and wine.
On our first day, we laid low and hung out at our villa. Our villa was amazing! It had incredible views of the sea and mountains, beautiful finishings, two outdoor seating areas, an outdoor bbq and our own private pool! After our 6am flight, poolside naps were in order. Then we went to dinner at a seaside restaurant in Old Town. The restaurant had INCREDIBLE views and the service was great. But it ended up being super expensive, and I probably wouldn’t recommend it to anyone else visiting.
The next day was our exploring day. We kicked it off with some cliff jumping into the sea! Then we walked the walls of the city for a few hours. Dubrovnik is really beautiful! The old town is fully enclosed with walls. Behind the Great Wall of China, it is the 2nd longest wall in the world. The views from the wall are breathtaking! After walking the walls, we went to the famous Buza bar for some more cliff jumping!
The following day we went spent the day at the beach relaxing. It was a bit of a surprise when we arrived at the beach and it ended up being a rock beach. So that was a bit of a let down, but it was still super beautiful and relaxing. We enjoyed some great frozen beach cocktails! That evening we dressed up and went cocktail/appetizer hopping around town!
On our last full day in Dubrovnik, we hired a boat with a skipper for the day. I can’t thank and recommend Dubrovnik Boat Rent enough for our perfect day. Our skipper, Antonio, was amazing! We had the boat for the whole day and were able to just tell him where we wanted to go and for how long we wanted to stay! We cruised all around the islands off the coast with stops for swimming, cave exploring, lunch, and ice cream. The boat was so beautiful and perfect for the 6 of us. And we had our favourite meal of the trip at one of the islands. The grilled fish and octopus were out of this world delicious!!!!
Our boat trip was the perfect end to an already amazing holiday. I couldn’t stop smiling the whole day because everything was so fun and beautiful.
When we arrived back in London, it was their last night visiting. We all dressed up and went out to dinner at Sushi Samba and a walk to Big Ben for one last hurrah together.
It was so hard saying goodbye to the four of them. Dan and I have made great friends over here in London, but there’s something so special about having friends from “home” come spend time with us. The week was absolute perfection. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to travel with. Unforgettable week!