The old town

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The old city walls from upon the sea

As our first visit to the old town was only a short one, we decided to go back there for a whole day to see what had to be seen.

We started with a walk over the town wall in the early morning, when the sun was still low at the sky. This walk really is a must! It offers a nice view over the city and its orange roofed houses, but also over the sea and the surrounding islands. Then we visited the Franciscan cloister and the old pharmacy, also worth the time. But back on the main street it started to rain, so we had to find a shelter. And no better shelters than cafe terraces of course! When it started to brighten up we went to the little park near Pile gate to picnic, and by the time that was finished the sun shone fully again.

In main street there is a weird kind of stone against the outer wall of a building.

Trying to keep standing
Lots of people try to stand on it, facing the wall, but that is not easy. There must be a legend about it or something but no one could tell us the story. Not even the tourists trying it knew why they where doing so... Pretty stupid though, but also really funny, and so we took our chance as well. It didn't work out. I could stay up for some seconds, but than I fell backwards again... Only few people actually managed, mainly young children, and than they received an applause by the bystanders. It sure was fun!

There are quite some things to do in Dubrovniks old town, especially considering its small size. All museums, the harbour, the city walls, cathedrals and churches are really close to each other. So are the shops... It is pretty hard not to buy souvenirs here. We also met the huge grasshoppers that live in Croatia. Personally, I hate them. Not as much as I hate spiders, but anyway: they are horrifying! It took me quite some courage to simply take a picture of one...

Just outside the old city's wall there is another ruin, a fortified tower. Again some stairs to walk but another nice view and of course the gratification when one reaches the upper plateau... Back in the hotel there was a band playing at the swimming pool. A view over the sea, the lights of boats floating by, cocktails on the table,... No better way to end a busy but beautiful day!

Andy99 says:
Agree walking along the Dubrovnik wall is definitely a must. Seeing the rooftops, fortresses, the sea, and something new at each turn in the wall was an enjoyable experience.
Posted on: Aug 13, 2007
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The old city walls from upon the s…
The old city walls from upon the …
Trying to keep standing
Trying to keep standing
Trying to keep standing
Trying to keep standing
The harbor
The harbor
The harbor
The harbor
Fortress
Fortress
Little boat
Little boat
Red rooftops
Red rooftops
Red rooftops
Red rooftops
Brrrr!
Brrrr!
Small steep streets
Small steep streets
Small steep streets
Small steep streets
Dubrovnik by night
Dubrovnik by night
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