I have a good look at the Dubrovnik old city using Google Earth. It gives a bird’s eye view of the city and I can zoom onto any part of it, demanding a street view or some detail information about the places of interest. I happily re-lived my journey using this wonderful tool.
While I am happy with what I find; I also notice that there are not much of vegetation or large open spaces within the old town. Even from a mile up above the city, the whole city seems to be orange color- from the orange colored roofs jam packed together. My trip up the hill Srjd behind the city also confirmed this (see my previous post of Dubrovnik – From a Distance). I guess that in the past many people wanted protection within the four sided castle walls and fortifications of Dubrovnik. Most open spaces are ultimately utilized for housing people within the confines of the wall. The city finally could not longer grow organically within the confines of the walls ; the city was left with that compressed feel as common for other former capitals such as Toledo, Spain.
The place is built up and gives one the impression of being “hard”. As Jan Morris in her “The Venetian Empire” describes it as . . . . “A hard city it remains too, to my mind, when you cross the bay and land upon its quay, beneath its high fortifications. It is very beautiful but hard. It lacks the yield or leniency of Venice. Built of a glittering and impermeable marble, enclosed within superb city walls, tilted slightly with the lie of the land and corrugated everywhere with battlements – tightly packed there within itself it has acquired non of the give-and-take of great age, but seems in a way a perfectly modern place, dogmatically planned and didactically displayed to visitors, like a model town in a trade fair.” Indeed, it is a city in which residents have to live under the eyes of tourists all year round.
Gorgeous photos. What a beautiful city!
Hi, thanks for the encouraging comment! Michael
Very nice. I’d love to visit this city. Thanks for sharing.
Hi Mary, you are welcome and thanks for the comment! Michael
Another wonderful round of photos of this fascinating city — it really was not on my travel radar before your posts!
I just couldn’t stop talking about the city. Glad you like the place and thank you for the comment! Michael
Warm and colorful city. 🙂
Hi John, it was hot too in the summer! Regards, Michael
Colorful city from the photographs
Thank you Indra!
The vintage radio and small gardens are very nice.
I like the radio. There was also a vintage sewing machine which I didn’t show in my post, I like that too! Regards, Michael
Thanks for taking us along on this visit! Very nice!
Thank you! I’m glad that you like the post, Michael
Beautiful, I’d love to go there.
Hope my post is sufficient impetus for you to make a decision to go there!
Oh, everyone’s been talking about Dubrovnik lately! I’m dying to visit when I go to Europe next.
Yes, don’t forget to include Croatia in your trip!
Wow beautiful share thank you…
Hi bulldogstuff, thanks for following and the patience in reading my posts! Michael
Isn’t it fascinating to see how other people live.
Sure it is! Thanks for the comment, Michael
I visited Dubrovnik last summer (and it was VERY hot then as well) and totally fell in love with the city. I wouldn’t live there for long, because, as you say, it’s so packed in and full of tourists peering into windows, but I’d love to go back there and stay a while. Thanks for your beautiful post!
Croatia has the highest number of hours of sunshine per annum in Europe. If I am to revisit it again, I would prefer spring or autumn. Thanks for the kind comment, Michael
Michael, you’ve been writing great posts on Croatia. I love this one in particular because I’ve always dreamed of visiting such an old town with packed houses with bright-colored roofs.
Hi Bama, thanks for the kind comment! I’m now wondering whether I have written too much about this beautiful country! Regards, Michael
Once again you have made we want to go there, great shots
Hi RedRoadDiaries, thanks for following and also for the encouraging comment! Michael
It’s a truly beautiful town … and romantic. Your photos have captured both. My pick of them are the on from above with the balconies and the small photo in the end with a stair, hanging laundry and flowers – everything talks to me in that photo – that would look good all blown up and framed on one of my walls.
Hi Viveka, your decsription of the photos are in fact better than mine. The photos have been uploaded without down sizing. So, print them out and framed them if you like. Thanks again for the kind comment! Michael
Michael, it’s alway a true pleasure to visit your “world” Thank you very much – okay, then I can send them of to the company that blow mine up. Brilliant idea. Upstairs for thinking .. Thanks again.
Absolutely beautiful photos! My gf is Croatian and I cannot wait to see such a lovely country!
Thanks very much for the kind comment, I am already missing Croatia! Michael
Fabulous photos, Michael. Love the idea of that village radio. 🙂
Hi adinparadise, they also have a vintage sewing machine which I have been thinking whether to include in the post or not. Things like this made me think I was travelling back in time. Regards, Michael
It’s a fantastic city! I just love it, I have been there last year and it’s a must go! Top destination in Croatia, and also had the chance to visit Split, another wonderful place of this country, that you might consider to travel! Great post and photographs 🙂
Hi Gabriel, we have the chance of spending some time in Split, Hvar and Plitvice, they were just wonderful and I have included them in my blog. Thanks for the kind comment! Michael
Looks like you were there at a great time of year! Beautiful colors! Must have been fun to photograph…
Hi Sarah, the weather was so good that I have taken every opportunity to photograph; I did some night photos too. It was a trip that I thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks for the comment! Regards, Michael
Absolutely stunning photos! Very interesting descriptions. And I admire you for writing in such perfect English, when it is not your mother tongue (if I have understood you correctly!). Excellent! Have a wonderful weekend, Michael 🙂
Hi happyface313, Chinese is my mother tongue and I do not have much opportunity to write in English. Thanks for the encouraging comment and have a great week! Michael
a beautiful city well-captured! great photography!
Thank you Inigo!
Gorgeous Shots! You really were able to give the reader a vivid view, description and understanding of the city. Nice work!
Hi lifebythemn, thanks for the kind comment. I am really pleased to learn your feedback. . . . I always wanted to know whether readers feel that they are able to travel vicariously through persusing the blog! Regards, Michael
Great photos and I couldn’t help but notice the similarity to Italy.
Hi Rachel, haven’t yet visited Italy, will compare with it when I visit it. Regards, Michael
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My friend from Croatia really recommends this Dubrovnik. And from your photos, I can see why. I’m already falling in love with the place and I haven’t even been there yet. Thanks for suggesting I look for these posts on Croatia. I really enjoyed “traveling” through your photos! Of course, I can’t wait to visit it personally!
I’m sure you will enjoy Dubrovnik. Thank you!
Loved Dubrovnik. Lovely post, Michael!
Thank you Jane 🙂
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I was not in Dubrovnik and I am glad to share with you this wonderful post of Michael Lai. Thank you, Michael.
Thank you for reblogging this on 🙂
We found this a charming old city with character. I’m happy it’s been restored.
This is surely a place not to be missed if one travels to Croatia. thanks for the Like and the perusal 🙂
Beautiful photos. Love the one with the old radio. You noticed well that there is not much vegetation within the old city. It’s all built up.
Haven’t seen those old radios for decades, I was glad to see it. Bounded by the walls, it is understandable that Dubrovnik have fewer and fewer vegetation as the city grows. Regards, Michael