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After a 9 hour bus ride, we finally reached the Dalmatian coast. Though long, the drive through the mountains was beautiful, and the sunset over the mountains was impressive. At one point, we were all wondering if the bus driver knew where he was going, since we were driving along a barely-defined dirt path under a partially constructed bridge between two mountains. Everything turned out fine, as we eventually ended back up on a paved road. We passed through the strip of coast belonging to Bosnia, and made a quick stop in Neum, which I had visited 2 years ago with my boyfriend. It was already 10:00 at night (22:00 for you Europeans) when we reached our hotel in Mlini, just south of Dubrovnik itself, so we didn’t get to see the sights until the next day. However, we did get to sit on our balcony over the water and watch the moon set over the ocean horizon, which was a unique experience.

Sunset over the mountains in Croatia

The view from our bungalow balcony in Mlini, Croatia

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The Canal St. Martin is one of the spots I never managed to visit when I spent the summer of 2009 in Paris, so it was on my to-do list for this trip. I’m a big fan of the film Amélie, so a visit to a location from a scene in the film is always exciting for me. (If you don’t know where the Canal St. Martin scene is in the film, it’s been too long since you have watched it, and you should watch it again!) It was a lovely spot to sit and enjoy the beautiful May weather while resting our tired feet, and the place where the Canal actually runs above ground level is really cool.

Canal St. Martin on a beautiful May afternoon

The best part of our visit was when a houseboat came up the Canal and we realized it was heading straight for the locks just uphill from us. We hurried back up to the locks in time to watch the boat enter a lock, while the water was raised, then the gates to the next lock were opened, the water in that lock was raised, and once it reached the level of the upper portion of the Canal, the final gates open and the boat was back on its way. Two people on the other side of the locks climbed the fence while the second lock was filling and hitched a ride on the boat! The rush of the water was pretty loud, so I couldn’t hear the conversation between them and the boat captain–I’m assuming they knew each other, but who knows, perhaps they were hitchhikers.

Houseboat waiting for the lock to fill up at the Canal St. Martin

We finished the evening by eating at a vegetarian Indian restaurant just a few blocks away by the Gare du Nord. It’s a fun little area with amazing Indian food, and a great place to get a bite to eat before or after you visit the Canal.

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