On And Off The Wall

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Looking Down On The Stradun

Easy start to the day with a bit of a long lie and time for breakfast for some. Headed up to the bus stop beside the tourisst information and got a rather busy No 6 into the Pile Gate. Today there were guys dressed up as guards for the tourists . Went to the bottom of the steps and were directed over to the ticket office to get a ticket for the Walls from our Dubrovnik Card, as each ticket is bar coded and they scan it at various points around the wall.

Easy enough to get up to the top of the wall, and to try and avoid congestion they try to operate a one way system, although there were still a few folk going against the flow. Wasn't to busy, despite a cruise ship having arrived at some point since we had left last evening , and we headed out towards the sea wall.

Flag Flying On The Stari Grad Walls
Great view back into the town and not to many steps on this section. Having read the warnings we had brought drinks with us, but there are a few shops and stalls along the seaward  wall, though no doubt extortionate prices.

A nice stroll and nice looking into the Stari Grad from above as we made our way towards the far corner. Turning there to the section running along side the Old Port we came across  the Maratime Museum up on the top of the wall. Was included on the Dubrovnik Ticket, so we went in, as much for the shade and to cool down for a bit. On two floors, but ground floor was really interesting as it focused more on the time when Dubrovnik was a seperate,and powerful, state known as Ragusa. Power and welth built on a naval tradition and on trade between East  and West.

Fort Lovrjenac
time to carry on and it was up past the Dominican Monestary to the city wall which rises up to Fort Minceta. On this  section you get the great photo opportunities looking down over the orange tiled roofs of the Old Town. As we were walking this bit the cruise liner 'Costa Victoria' set sail through the narrow channel between the sea wall and Lokrum. Carried on the climb up and reached Fort Minceta and climbed to the top of the tower there, the highest point of the walls and back down to complete the circuit.

Once back down at Big Onforio's Fountain it was time to run my head under the water there to cool down. Walked down the Stradun to Luza Square where my wife wanted a coffe, so I went for a wander to see what I could find.

View From Top Of Fort Minceta
Just on the far side was Memorial Room To the Defenders Of Dubrovnik In The Homeland War. Down A Street behind Sveti Vlaho opposite the Rector's Palace was the market anc close by I came across one of only two hotels inside the Old City Walls The Pucic Palace.

Back together we headed for the Rector's Palace, again included on the ticket. Quite interesting rooms and it has the original bronze jacks from the bell tower . In the form of soldiers they are called Maro and Baro. will do seperate review, since I managed to sneak some pictures in there ;-).

There was a gallery round the corner that was included on our ticket as well so we went into the Galerija Dulcic Masle Pulitika and though it very big we had a look at the paintings, mostly by Ivo Dulcic.

Inside Dominican Monestary

after here we headed for the Dominican Monestary where you came through some nice cloisters to a room with the 'treasure', another with some paintings and then into the church, which had a nice rose shaped stain glass window. unfortunately the way the sun was shining meant the photos wouldn't turn out.

Came out of the Old Town and decided to go up to Fort Lovrjenac. Cut down past the bay and it looked a dunting climb up the hill, but the stairs weren't to bad, either that or we were getting used to them everywhere now. Nothing much to see up there, but the views back over the Old town made it worth the effort. The other thing about the fort is the inscription on the wall above the enterance, Non Bene Pro Toto Libertas Venditur Auro - Freedom is not to be sold for all the treasures in the world

Time to head back to the apartment, though I got off at the end og Gruz and walked up to the bus station as we didn't have an exit soorted for Sunday yet, and we were going to be spending the next day in Montenegro.

Inscription Above Enterance To Fort Lovrjenac - Freedom Is Not To Be Sold For All The Treasures In The World
Found it no probs, and it had an eay to work out timetable so i went up to ask and the girl at the ticket counter had good English so was easy to sort out. Did have to write down all the names for her, but for 310KN we now had 4 tickets to Mostar on the bus at 1pm. There was a bus at 8am, but the thought of yet another early start was to much for me :-D

Made my way back to the apartment, which took about 35 minutes and got changed and had a couple of beers on the terrace watching the sun go down over the hills. We caught a bus back to the Old Town and  headed for a restaurant we had seen a couple of days before. wanted to avoind the ones around the main area and headed along the wall at the side of the port and through an archway there into a small street to a place called Aquarius. Wasn't bad and we headed round to a bar at the Old Port after that for a couple before heading back to the apartment and setting the alarms for the morning.     

 

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Looking Down On The Stradun
Looking Down On The Stradun
Flag Flying On The Stari Grad Walls
Flag Flying On The Stari Grad Walls
Fort Lovrjenac
Fort Lovrjenac
View From Top Of Fort Minceta
View From Top Of Fort Minceta
Inside Dominican Monestary
Inside Dominican Monestary
Inscription Above Enterance To  Fo…
Inscription Above Enterance To F…
Guard At The Pile gate
Guard At The Pile gate
Across The Rooftops
Across The Rooftops
Looking Down On Big Onforios Foun…
Looking Down On Big Onforio's Fou…
Along The Sea Wall
Along The Sea Wall
Town Outside The Walls
Town Outside The Walls
Cannon On the Walls
Cannon On the Walls
Lokrum And Coast
Lokrum And Coast
People Swimming Off The Rocks
People Swimming Off The Rocks
Looking For Shade Anywhere
Looking For Shade Anywhere
Old Port From Above
Old Port From Above
Boats in The Old Port
Boats in The Old Port
Bell Tower Up Close
Bell Tower Up Close
Old Port Scene
Old Port Scene
Church Tower
Church Tower
Down to The Bell Tower
Down to The Bell Tower
Costa Victoria In The Channel
Costa Victoria In The Channel
Looking Down One Of the Stari Grad…
Looking Down One Of the Stari Gra…
roofs Sloping Down in Stari grad
roofs Sloping Down in Stari grad
Sailing Away
Sailing Away
Fort Minceta Tower
Fort Minceta Tower
Rectors Palace
Rector's Palace
Old Town Market
Old Town Market
Civu Frana Cundulica Narod
Civu Frana Cundulica Narod
Pucic Palace Hotel
Pucic Palace Hotel
Little Onforios Fountain
Little Onforio's Fountain
Sign Outside The Gallery
Sign Outside The Gallery
Stradun Painting By Ivo Dulcic
Stradun Painting By Ivo Dulcic
Ploca Gate
Ploca Gate
Cloisters In Dubrovnik
Cloisters In Dubrovnik
Inside Dominican Church
Inside Dominican Church
Town Viewed From Top Of Fort Lovrj…
Town Viewed From Top Of Fort Lovr…
looking Out To Lapad From Fort Lov…
looking Out To Lapad From Fort Lo…
Looking Back Up To Fort Lovrjenac
Looking Back Up To Fort Lovrjenac
Wall Turret From Bay At Fort Lovrj…
Wall Turret From Bay At Fort Lovr…
Luka(Port) Dubrovnik Building
Luka(Port) Dubrovnik Building
Karaka
Karaka
Stradun At Night
Stradun At Night
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