Goodbye to Dubrovnik – One Last Walk

It was a joy sitting out in the balcony in our hotel, having breakfast  and overviewing Dubrovnik old town before sunrise ,while seeping tea or coffee.

It was our last day in Dubrovnik. After viewing the town from the  top of the walls , we were eager to walk on the street level once again.

After a hearty breakfast,  we strolled down the narrow marble paved stone pavement with high walls on both sides.

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 passed under arches as if there were only ordinary structures.

As the citizens of Dubrovnik will do, we squeezed through narrow alleys.

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.

We walked up to the top of a knoll and had a good view of the Jesuit Church.

We finally made our way to The Cathedral.  This Baroque Cathedral was built in 18th century, after  an earthquake destroyed the original. Inside there is a Treasury with lot of interesting exhibits.

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.

44 thoughts on “Goodbye to Dubrovnik – One Last Walk

  1. Your carefully angled photographs have inspired me to check on prices for travel to Dubrovnik! This part of the world was never even on my radar for a place to visit, but it is now! Thanks for showing us the near and far of a truly remarkable town.

  2. Stunning photo – it’s like going back in time a couple of centuries – beautiful and so clean. My friends said the same – thanks for bringing me along.

  3. I agree with the rest of your readers – everything is stunning. Is everything as spotless and litterless as it looks in your pictures, or did you just avoid all the seamier parts of the city? It looks like the brick alleys are washed thoroughly each day!!! Thanks again for your lovely pictures and commentary.

    • Hi Gigi, with so many places that I woud still like to visit; it will be many years before I will revisit Dubrovnik. True, there is a feeling of sadness at my departure but this will bring happiness if ever I should visit it again. Thanks for the comment! Michael

  4. Your photographs are just so stunning, in composition, detail and colour/texture. No-one could ever tire of Dubrovnik. I will never, ever forget the days I was there during the ‘civil’ war in 1992/1993. In many ways I was the luckiest tourist, as I was the only tourist! There was no electricity, a curfew, the beer was warm and the tea cold. But it was an experience in many ways, with fighting in the hills around. I left by boat – the road was unusable, but when leaving Dubrovnik I felt like I was deserting her.

    • Hi yepirategunn, your experience in the 1990s in Dubrovnik must be very unique, exciting and unforgettable. I could understand your feeling. It is good to see that the place is basically restored, clean and spotless! Thanks for your informative comment, Michael

  5. 🙂 Thank you Michael :). I love this cathedral too. We had another earthquake in 1979 when I was a kid, and my dad was in charge of the restauration of all the old buildings back then…. You made me remember so many things with this post… There is no price to this. My best, Paula

    • Hi Paula, thanks for liking the post. In HK, we are less fortunate, many places are developed / redeveloped beyond recognition. I can’t even recognize the place where I spent time as a kid. Fortunate enough, we don’t have earthquakes, although every year, we have typhoons! Regards, Michael

  6. I hear there is a regulation in Dubrovnik which requires each structure/building to have orange roofs. So the consistency is quite deliberate i think. I envy how they keep the narrow lanes so clean, in India it’ll be full of paan spits and litter. Lovely place, lovely photographs.

    • Hi Mo, it won’t be surprising if there is such a regulation. It usually takes a long time to get streets and alleys to become clean, it requires a general understanding of all the residents involved and they embrace this. Thanks for the comment! Michael

    • Hi sph3re, Dubrovnik surely deserves a visit. Thanks for perusing my post!

      PS I have also other posts on Dubrovnik in the blog; you may like to peruse them as well.

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