Around the Wall

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Pile Gate

It was tough sleeping, as the room was very cold. But I managed until after sunrise. Then had to take care of a few things, like getting some sunscreen, since it was a sunny day. But I had a hard time finding a pharmacy, and kept walking around, relying on a map, but no luck. It was not until I asked someone, that I was able to find one. After buying and applying the sunscreen, I waited for a little bit, as I wanted it to settle on my skin. Then headed out.

Rode the bus towards Old Town, then walked to the terrace, seeing the Adriatic Sea, the Fort of St. Lawrence, and the City Walls. Then went to Pile Gate, the entrance to Old Town Dubrovnik. Then entered through it, passing through the wall, and into Old Town.

First thing to do, was walking the Town Walls. But I had to buy a ticket at a separate location.

view of Old Town
After doing that, I entered and walked up the stairs. I went one way, but it was the wrong way. So I turned around, and saw a different set of stairs, which was in a construction area. Hard to explain. And more about visiting the Town Walls in the review here.

After passing all that, I was walking on the Town Walls, overlooking the town and sea. Walking over Pile Gate, I was walking towards the sea, to the corner. Then walked alongside the Adriatic Sea, and seeing the town along the way. Some of those building were homes, with clothes hanging out. One of them even had some kind of underclothes hanging out.

It was bright and sunny, which was the weather that I wanted. But it did make it a bit difficult to take photos.
wall along the sea
And there was not much shade, but luckily, it was not hot or crowded. So I had a lot of room to walk around, and at times, it felt like I had the place to myself, as I was snapping photos like crazy, and enjoying the views at various points.

The wall was steep at some sides, but the barrier was built high enough, so no risk of falling off the cliff, unless that person was incredibly stupid. The Town Wall was built back in the 15th century, to protect Dubrovnik from invaders like the Ottomans. And strangely enough, it was able to withstand the bombs from the war in the early 90's, although it was damaged and rebuilt.

I continued on, seeing the cruise ship and an island in the distance, and passing by some huge buildings like the Cathedral and the Dominican Monastery Museum.
view of Old Town
Passing by the Old Port, I reached the mountainside, which had some buildings on it. This side was more about seeing the town itself.

It's hard not to notice the colors of tiles on the roofs of buildings. From what I read, the bright orange tiles were rebuilt after the war, while the less brighter ones are the originals. Either way, it does make the town more attractive to see, and add to the charm. Walking around and finally seeing the place, I had to pinch myself, that I was really in Croatia.

Passing by the bell tower, I reached the Minceta Tower, and went up on it, to the top. Seeing the surrounding area and the fort, which are located throughout the wall. These forts were used as lookout for invaders, and nice views without interference from the sun. Some nice photo ops.
in Old Town


I came towards Pile Gate, and exited the Town Walls. The entire walk took about 2 hours. Back on street level, I decided to treat myself to some gelato. Then went outside Old Town, and sat on the bench to rest for a bit, as I was feeling tired.

After dozing off for a bit, I went back into Old Town, and to the Franciscan Monastery Museum. More about the place in the review here.

Afterwards, I went to Net Cafe, which was an internet cafe, where I took care of some business. Then went to the main street, and walked to the Cathedral.

I went inside, and looked around. Dating back to the 12th century, the place looked a little more modern, with less church art. Then I went to the Treasury, which required separate admission. Admission was listed in 3 currencies, but the best deal with the local one. The Treasury itself, was in a small room, but it looked very nice with a lot of gold coloring. There were body parts encased, along with an altarpiece and a crucifix, among other religious artifacts.

Afterwards, I went to the Old Port, looking at the water. Then walked down the main street, through Pile Gate, and rode the bus back to the hostel. I'll explore more of Old Town itself the next day. It had gotten dark very early, and not much for me to do at night. I did walk around the block, but that's about it.

Just planned for the next day, then went to sleep.

WalterC says:
Thanks Dan! I wish, though admittingly, I am not very good in keeping up with deadlines.
Posted on: Jun 04, 2012
dbielicki says:
You should be a writer for a travel magazine. Your blogs are awesome!
Posted on: May 15, 2012
WalterC says:
Thanks Harriet and Brett!
Posted on: Dec 13, 2011
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