Monday, December 21, 2015

The Coast of Croatia Part III: Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic"

We were nervous driving down the coast to Dubrovnik. I knew we had to drive through a 9-kilometer stretch of road that traveled through Bosnia-Herzecovina, but I had forgotten to mention that to the rental-car company. It was unclear from our insurance certificate if we were covered in Bosnia, so we simply held our breath. 

Along the way, we noted many attractive fruit displays like this one.

And I was pleased to see animal bridges, like the one they are constructing on Snoqualmie pass to aid migration, are commonplace here.

George Bernard Shaw called Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic" and said if you want to experience "heaven on earth," you should go there. That praise may have been too strong, but we did find Dubrovnik to be a beautiful city, whether viewed from walls or inside. It is Kevin's favorite Croatian town.

While we were there, they had a celebration with music and a tasting from the local restaurants. I wanted to partake, but we were hungry and the event wasn't open yet. In addition, there were mobs of people there, so we settled on a nearby (Indian) restaurant that was good, but I still envied those who got to sample the feast.

We did get to savor the traditional music.

At night, Dubrovnik became a place of fairy-tale magic.

There are few signs of the bombing that devastated Dubrovnik during the war in 1991. The bright tiles that signal replacement and the few houses that have not been restored offer sad reminders of that time.

Dubrovnik and Croatia have moved on, and today there is an air of optimism there.

We were fortunate to find an Airbnb studio apartment right within the walls with a very helpful landlady, Nike (pronounced NEE-kay) like the goddess.  Here is her photo with her sweet, old dog, Lassie (male).

Dubrovnik may not be "heaven on earth," but it certainly is a place we could return to again and again.

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