Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Dubrovnik by day

Dubrovnik (Croatia) is a fairy-tale town known as the Pearl of the Adriatic. With cobbled back lanes, narrow steep alleys and kittens playing playfully in the streets this town is incredibly seductive. By far this is the most amazing city I have ever visited.

The walled city of Dubrovnik was built in the 15th & 16th century and juts out from the coastline over the sea. Built from local stone which is so smoothed and polished the whole town glistens in the sunlight. The town rebuilt after a massive earthquake in 1667.

In 1991 war broke out when Croatia declared independence from Yugoslavia. Dubrovnik was caught off guard when on October 1 Yugoslav warships arrived on the horizon and shelled this beautiful town. 68% of the towns buildings were damaged by shells and fire. 8 months later Dubrovnik lay in ruins when it was liberated by the Croatian army. $10 million US dollars later this town shows very little damage. However it is so sad to know that behind the closed shutters and repaired exteriors inside many of the buildings they lay in ruins.

It has been an incredible experience staying here in Dubrovnik - By day the town square is full of tourists, but the back streets and alleyways its just you and the kittens. Eating delicious ice-cream (Au$1.50) by the Pile Gate, people watching and admiring the beautiful stone work - This truly is such an incredible place to visit.

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