Today we are going to Muse about Dubrovnik, Croatia, the second stop on a recent trip. If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.
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This is an old city dating back to the 7th century. According to CNNGo, Dubrovnik is among the 10 best medieval walled cities in the world. Although Dubrovnik was demilitarized in the 1970’s to protect it from war, in 1991, after the breakup of Yugoslavia, it was besieged by Serb-Montenegrin forces for seven months and received significant shelling damage. Today it has been restored to its prewar condition.
Here you see a city plan. Click on the map and it will get larger.
We entered the city at the Pile Gate and Old Tower seen at the top of the map.
Just as in Venice, we were accompanied by a thousand of our closest friends. The Main street was wide and clean, paved in marble. Every thing was clean. That was one of my strongest impressions of the city. The street was lined with shops and restaurants, filled with people.
Not all the streets were as well trafficked. Where we could we would take advantage of a less travelled via, such as this. We spent our afternoon exploring the sights.
There is an interesting Maritime Museum. Dubrovnik was an important sea-going city-state at one time. Jeanette and I spent time exploring its offerings while our friends Mr. and Mrs. L enjoyed a coffee or two at a side-walk café.
After lunch we came upon the Old Harbor Marina.
There were people hawking rides on “Glass Bottom Boats”. After some discussion the four of us decided to take the ride. That was fun. The glass bottom was basically useless, the water being too deep to see anything most of the time, but the excursion in and of itself was worth it.
We went along the city coast line and then out to a small island about half a mile away and back.
The views of the city and the area were wonderful.
We even came upon sunbathers and swimmers. As you can see there is no beach.
The island, as far as I could tell, is uninhabited.
We saw several wild rabbits munching on grass, but no other moving thing.
Eventually the day was coming to a close. We returned to the town
and then to our ship, the Ruby Princess.
As the sun slipped out of sight we headed out to our next stop.
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