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Dubrovnik ....my favourite place in the world!!!

Another wonderful day exploring this beautiful town. Nearly everyone in the hostel left this morning to go on a 7 day sailing trip through islands up to Split....maybe next time I visit!!!!

We left about 9.30m after an amazing breakfast again- Renata makes the best pancakes!! We wandered down to the harbour again and in the opposite direction from yesterday heading towards old town.

I saw a picture of Dubrovnik old town ( Starigrad) years ago and had it on my office noticeboard and on my places I wanted to go to.......... and today I was going there!!!

It was more beautiful than I imagined and just an incredibly special place!!!!! All day Mum and I kept oohing and aaahing and even Mum who is so in love with France said Croatia has gone to the top of her list just below England....now that is saying something ( if you know my mother!!!)

George Bernard Shaw once declared," If you want to see heaven on earth, come to Dubrovnik, because the beauty there will leave anyone breathless!"

We caught a bus to the old town for 12 kuna and went inside and decided to walk the city walls before exploring down in the town. It cost us 80 kuna each to go up onto the city walls which were built between the 13th and 16th centuries and are still totally intact...... they are 25 metres high with 16 towers and encircle the city for 2 km. The walls are up to 6 metres thick. The medieval town perched on limestone cliffs city overlooks nearby Lokrum Island. It has marble lined streets and many fountains, churches and historic buildings. I love it that as you walk the city walls there is evidence of the people living within its walls - washing hanging out windows, so many stray cats that are fed by the locals and they are perched sleeping in all kinds of places. I loved the cat that was sleeping on top of a pile of fishing nets by the harbour, probably dreaming of his dinner from the smell of the fish!!!!

From the walls I saw 2 basketball courts below squeezed into little places and there are hundreds of steep windy little alleys where people live.....just magical!!! In 1991 the city was bombed during the Yugoslavian war but has been rebuilt and back to ist former glory. All the buildings are made of stone with red tiled rooves.

As we walked the city walls we went down several steep stone steps to cafes perched below the city walls on the cliffsides. I sat at one place for ages watching this crazy bunch of aussies climb up steep cliffs to just below the city walls and jump 15 -20 metres off into the water. They got quite a crowd watching & cheering until an official told them they were not allowed.

After walking town the main marble street which splits the town in 2 we went off the steep streets on the left up to the top of the wall and then back down , traversing this part of town. Up on the higher levels the locals lived. We found a lovely street mid way up full of restaurants and decided to share a seafood platter for lunch for 180 kuna. It was so good - fish, prawns, squid, mussels, potatoes and fresh bread to dip into oil with garlic...yummy!!!

Had a swim on the outside of the city walls an climbed down a ladder into the water...beautiful!!! As we wandered the rest of the old town found a shop and bought a top each for 230 kuna. ( about $50)

Caught the cable car ( 80 kuna) to the top of the mountain behind the town to overlook the town and coastline. There was also 2 more big ships anchored outside the old town ferrying people in by small boats.

Caught the bus back to Lapad and hoped to get Bruschetta again from the Cave Bar but they stopped serving snack food at 5pm so we bought some bakery items and had cheese and tomato back at home on fresh bread.

First glimpse of Dubrovnik walls

First glimpse of Dubrovnik walls


Steep steps up

Steep steps up


Croatian musician

Croatian musician


Looking down to fountain and where we started

Looking down to fountain and where we started


Walls

Walls


View over to 14th century fortress

View over to 14th century fortress


Walls

Walls


Fortress

Fortress


Fortress

Fortress


Red rooves of Dubrovnik

Red rooves of Dubrovnik


Cliffs

Cliffs


Cliffs and amazing water

Cliffs and amazing water


Views from walls

Views from walls


Views from walls

Views from walls


Me

Me


Locrum island

Locrum island


Sentry box

Sentry box


Mum on walls

Mum on walls


Walls

Walls


Basketball court squeezed in

Basketball court squeezed in


Walls

Walls


Harbour in walls

Harbour in walls


Harbour in walls

Harbour in walls


Town

Town


Town

Town


Town

Town


Walls

Walls


Looking back on town

Looking back on town


Looking back to harbour

Looking back to harbour


Sea of red rooves

Sea of red rooves


Round wall fortress

Round wall fortress


View from wall fortress

View from wall fortress


View out one of sentry towers

View out one of sentry towers


View from sentry tower

View from sentry tower


View from sentry tower

View from sentry tower


View from tower

View from tower


Filling up my water bottle at fountain

Filling up my water bottle at fountain


Mum at fountain

Mum at fountain


Harbour

Harbour


Mum at  Ragusa 2 Resturant

Mum at Ragusa 2 Resturant


Seafood lunch

Seafood lunch


Restaurant

Restaurant


Hard to pronounce street name

Hard to pronounce street name


Sailing boat beauty

Sailing boat beauty


Cliff side cafe

Cliff side cafe


Cliff jumping

Cliff jumping


Cliff  jumping

Cliff jumping


Cliff jumping

Cliff jumping


Cliff jumping

Cliff jumping


Cliff jumping

Cliff jumping


Cafe

Cafe


Cliffs

Cliffs


Cliff side swimming

Cliff side swimming


Map of Old Town

Map of Old Town


Old town

Old town


Cat asleep on nets dreaming of dinner

Cat asleep on nets dreaming of dinner


Outside walls swimming

Outside walls swimming


Beautiful water

Beautiful water


Went swimming here

Went swimming here


Me swimming

Me swimming


Me swimming

Me swimming


Love this cat!

Love this cat!


Another cat sleeping it's life away!

Another cat sleeping it's life away!


Sign on house that was shelled

Sign on house that was shelled


Going up  in cable car

Going up in cable car


View from Panorama Hill

View from Panorama Hill


View from Panaroma Hill

View from Panaroma Hill


Mum at Panorama Hill

Mum at Panorama Hill


Mum and I

Mum and I


Mum and I

Mum and I


Mum and I

Mum and I


Cable car

Cable car


Going back down

Going back down


Over tops of houses on the hillside

Over tops of houses on the hillside


City walls and entry bridge

City walls and entry bridge


Sunset from cafe

Sunset from cafe

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Croatia

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