Before even getting off the plane, we knew we'd like Croatia. Our short flight from Spain took place on a particularly clear day, and we could see the jagged, verdant coastline as we flew along it into Dubrovnik. I got goose bumps. That hasn't happened in a long time.
Here is a selection of some of the first pictures we snapped in the Dubrovnik area. They give you a sense of what we quickly grew to love: the dramatic, Pacific-Northwest-like coast, the charming old town, the blankets of red-roofed houses, and the killer views out to the water and the islands beyond.