Dubrovnik, Croatia

September 19, 2013

We are wrapping up our final four days in Croatia in Dubrovnik before returning to Munich for Oktoberfest.  Dubrovnik is not an island like Hvar, but is located at the southern end of the Dalmatian coast on the Adriatic Sea.  The old city of Dubrovnik is a  walled city consisting mostly of structures with red tiled roofs, green window shutters and a beautiful harbor.  It is one of the most perfectly preserved medieval cities in the Europe!!  Dubrovnik is more of a place that you se the patron saint of Dubrovnik e and experience, rather than a place to learn about history, although Dubrovnik has its fair share of history.   For example, it survived the wars by the Venetians and the Turks precisely because of the old city walls.  It also has a cathedral founded by Richard the Lionhearted and contains the skull case of St. Blaise, the patron saint of Dubrovnik, as well as one of his legs, and on of his arms,. It also displays what is claimed to be a fragment of the cross on which Jesus was crucified. But rather than dwell on the historical, take a look at our photos to get an appreciation for the sights and experiences.  Then you will appreciate why Dubrovnik has been called “The Pearl of the Adriatic” and “paradise on earth”.  

Now… on to really experiencing a city…. Oktoberfest it is!  PROHST!

Miss you all, Norm and Rita

 

You just have to see and feel this Pearl of the Adriatic!  Please excuse that these pictures are not in chronological order!

Little harbor in Sucuraj where we stopped to have a drink at the bar our taxi driver owned while we waited for our ferry to Drvenik.

Little harbor in Sucuraj where we stopped to have a drink at the bar our taxi driver owned while we waited for our ferry to Drvenik.

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First Buzo bar we found to have a drink and watch the sunset.

First Buza bar we found to have a drink and watch the sunset.

Our live entertainment in the middle square of Old Town. Notice the beautiful stained glass windows that light up in St. Blaise church in the background.? (St. Blaise is the patron saint of Dubrovnik)

Our live entertainment in the middle square of Old Town. Notice the beautiful stained glass windows that light up in St. Blaise church in the background.? (St. Blaise is the patron saint of Dubrovnik)

Dubrovnik Cathedral

Dubrovnik Cathedral

Yea.. we found this place through a narrow tunnel and stairway. No food, but good drinks!

Yea.. we found this place through a narrow tunnel and stairway. No food, but good drinks!

Nice pathways that lead to ????

Nice pathways that lead to ????

One stairway inside the walled city

One stairway inside the walled city

A view from our walk along the Old City walls. The walls are 20 ft thick and this wall can get as high as 72 ft! One lane only in some places!

A view from our walk along the Old City walls. The walls are 20 ft thick and this wall can get as high as 72 ft! One lane only in some places!

View of Dubrovnik from above the mountaintop!

View of Dubrovnik from above the mountaintop!

Rector's Palace

Rector’s Palace

These three guys were AWESOME!! They sang in French, German, Italian, Spanish, but mostly in English!

These three guys were AWESOME!! They sang in French, German, Italian, Spanish, but mostly in English!

Nice view of our lounge to have a drink after sightseeing and watch the colors around us.

Nice view of our lounge to have a drink after sightseeing and watch the colors around us.

Another walkway that opens into a square.

Another walkway that opens into a square.

Our best shot of Dubrovnik between the two of us! Trying to get that ONE shot that you see on all the brochures!

Our best shot of Dubrovnik between the two of us! Trying to get that ONE shot that you see on all the brochures!

See the lady that lives in this apartment? She gets to watch the entertainment every day!

See the lady that lives in this apartment? She gets to watch the entertainment every day!

We would say that every view is pretty spectacular!

We would say that every view is pretty spectacular!

We ducked into the Excelsior Hotel and took this picture and a few more. They have a great view of the Old City.

We ducked into the Excelsior Hotel and took this picture and a few more. They have a great view of the Old City.

Little boats in the harbor.

Little boats in the harbor.

Different view of our Buzo #1 place!

Different view of our Buza #1 place!

This is the new bridge into Dubrovnik. We stopped along the way into Dubrovnik to take some photos.

This is the new bridge into Dubrovnik. We stopped along the way into Dubrovnik to take some photos.

View of our private beach from our hotel room above. Glad they had a lift to get us down there.

View of our private beach from our hotel room above. Glad they had a lift to get us down there.

Another beautiful doorway on our walk into town.

Another beautiful doorway on our walk into town.

We didn't stop here for a drink b/c we were on our way to the Old City, but this sure looks like a great place!

We didn’t stop here for a drink b/c we were on our way to the Old City, but this sure looks like a great place!

Stradun - pedestrian main street in Old City. Notice all the green shutters? They all MUST match and use the same shade of green.

Stradun – pedestrian main street in Old City. Notice all the green shutters? They all MUST match and use the same shade of green.

Everyone danced in the middle of the square to the live music.

Everyone danced in the middle of the square to the live music.

On the second night, we had only two entertainers, one from the night before with a new guy. These guys played a lot of old rock music, all of which Norm and I knew! We loved it!

On the second night, we had only two entertainers, one from the night before with a new guy. These guys played a lot of old rock music, all of which Norm and I knew! We loved it!

Let's see.... what am I going to have??? fish, grilled fish, or fish?? Yep, that about sums it up! They certainly like their fish here! Ok then, get me some wine... FAST!!

Let’s see…. what am I going to have??? fish, grilled fish, or fish?? Yep, that about sums it up! They certainly like their fish here! Ok then, get me some wine… FAST!!

Pretty nighttime view of one of the towers.

Pretty nighttime view of one of the towers.

This is one of our FAVORITE pictures!!! And it was one of the first we took after we got on our ferry to Drvenik!

This is one of our FAVORITE pictures!!! And it was one of the first we took after we got on our ferry to Drvenik!

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