Only on street level, we appreciated how tall those walls were.
Local paintings on the side of the street have always interested us, they show how local people perceive the area; what they think would most appeal to tourists. They appear like a colorful jigsaw placed against a medieval stone wall.
We made our way towards the city center. On the way, we couldn’t help admiring the architecture
We passed by the Franciscan Monastery . The Romanesque/Gothic structure (occupied by monks for more than 600 years) was rebuilt after the ruinous earthquake of 1667, but the 14th-century cloister survived.
Silvana Jakus, in The Thousand Islands of the Croatian Adriatic, beautifully describes my feelings towards Dubrovnik:
“The first journey to Croatia is always an adventure, a trip into the unknown. On subsequent explorations, familiarity refines the hidden depths of beauty; personal recognition enhances sights and sounds. Like good wine, true fulfillment comes only after anticipation, cultivation and dedication. You will know when you feel it. It is like an emotional longing, which has suddenly been satisfied.”
With that feeling, we departed this lovely old town.