Dubrovnik, Croatia

Called the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, Dubrovnik is a city rich in history and natural beauty.  It’s a city surrounded by a series of defensive stone walls, built to protect it’s people.  They are among the great fortifications of the Middle Ages and were never breached during this time period.  In 1979, the old city of Dubrovnik and it’s ancient walls join the list of UNESCO world heritage sites.  Build mainly during the 12-17th century, the walls encircle most of the old city and have long been a source of pride for it’s people.

The main street, called the Stradun, is a long, polished limestone paved pedestrian walkway which runs through the old town.  Both ends are marked by 15th century fountains and bell towers.  Many of the historic buildings and monuments are situated along the Stradun, which is a popular destination for tourists.  One of our neighbor’s father was born right off the Stradun, so we walked up the side street to the front door of his old home.  Wow, he sure got his exercise walking up and down the steep steps everyday!

For a few euros, you can climb to the top edge of the wall, and walk the perimeter of the city.  It’s a great way to get a bird’s eye perspective, and get some stunning views.  They said that we might run into a filming crew…they were shooting scenes for HBO’s “Game of Thrones” while we were there.  What a perfect setting for a show like that.  It takes about two hours to make your way around, but I’d put it on your list of “must-do’s” when you come to visit Dubrovnik.

In going up the side streets, Chuck found us a great little restaurant down one of the side streets with the best fresh fish.  We had a grilled sea bass and spinach and seasoned potatoes and it was fabulous!

 

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