The Dubrovnik old town at night is as beautiful as it is during the day.
This beautiful building is a harmonious mixture of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements. The original palace was modeled after the Roman imperial palace, with some influences from Venetian palaces. There were two gun powder explosions in the 15th century and an earthquake in the 17th century which destroyed part of the palace. The existing building was rebuilt at the end of the 17th century.
Further stroll brought us to the nearby beautiful Luza square where we found the Church of St. Blaise, who is Dubrovnik’s patron saint. St. Blaise was also the protector of the Independent Republic of Ragusa. The church is easily recognizable by the statue of the city’s patron, St. Blaise on its top! This 18th century Baroque church is one of the most recognizable Dubrovnik attractions.
This restaurant really looked nice and it was blissful just to sit here and have alfresco dinning while gazing at the beautiful buildings nearby with the nights on.
When we reached our hotel. it was already late and we collapsed onto the comfortable seats by the pool while others opted for an evening swim.
We were happy that we were given another fine and blissful day and an enjoyable evening!
Tomorrow would be our last day on Hvar island, we would be leaving for Dubrovnik. On Hvar island, we have enjoyed several very relaxing days. We were already feeling that we would miss this quaint island. The sun was setting, we once again strolled the main square heading towards a restaurant for dinner.
On reaching the restaurant, we were delighted with the ambiance. The atmosphere was sort of warm and cosy. Inside the restaurant, apart from some old stone arches, the restaurant has a retractable roof, which when retracted would allow fresh air coming in and viewing the sky. Quite a clever design.
Sućuraj is a tranquil and picturesque small fishing town of about 400 residents. It was enchanting to see fishing boats and orange colored roofs. The tiny population of Sucuraj supports itself by fishing, farming and viticulture, now augmented by various tourist services. The town exudes an authentic local charm and is steeped in a rich history – it was settled by the Ilyrinas, Romans, Slavs, Venetians and French. Sucuraj is even mentioned in Homer’s famous epic “Iliad” – the poet refers to the town as “Kila”.
Like us, most people come to Sucuraj to take the car ferry to Drvenik (on the mainland) and leave it quickly. It’s true that Sucuraj village lacks the amazing architecture of Hvar town but it’s certainly a peaceful and attractive place to visit. When we arrived, the car ferry was already there waiting for us.
It has been over 15 years that I have boarded a car ferry. Many years back, before the era of immersed tube tunnels, I have always travelled on double decked car ferries running between the HK island and the mainland. The sight of the ferry started to make me feel nostalgic.
Hvar island is the most memorable and comfortable part of our journey in Croatia; it is also inspiring. Our several days on Hvar has taught us that life has to be taken slowly. The Hvar residents serve as very good examples. They are the masters in practicing the art of idling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . like them, we would like forever to be on a permanent vacation.