On And Off The Wall
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.