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Dubrovnik City Walls Panorama

Photo of the Day

Back to Croatia we go with this image of Dubrovnik’s impressive city walls at dusk. I came across this vantage point in the midst of getting a bit lost one day on the way up the hill and made a mental note to come back for this shot.

I think of all the medieval cities I’ve visited, I might have to rank Dubrovnik’s walls as the most impressive. They’re remarkably intact and being able to still completely circumambulate the city on top of the parapets while constantly being treated to brilliant views and vistas makes them unforgettable.

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Dubrovnik City Walls Panorama

Dalmatian Islands at Sunset

From high above Dubrovnik, the view to the North West is a sea speckled with tiny islands that all beg for some exploration (and anyone with a boat in Dubrovnik’s harbour will be more than happy to help you in that endeavour).

Here’s a panorama of this group of Dalmation Islands looking their best in a sunset off the Croatian coast. Click for a larger view:

Dalmatian Islands at Sunset

Franciscan Monastery in Dubrovnik

Is there anywhere more peaceful than the cloisters of a monastery? Well, yes, if the monastery happens to be heavily touristed, but fortunately, one can find little silent breaks between groups of cruise ship passengers to relax and enjoy the quiet space.

And every once in a while, as in this shot of the Franciscan Monastery in Dubrovnik, you get to share the space with some of its religious residents:

Nuns in Franciscan Monastery in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Harbour Night Panorama

I seem to be moving ever closer to Dubrovnik’s picturesque harbour with the last few entries. This is as close as I can get without getting wet.

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Dubrovnik Old Harbour at Night

Dubrovnik Harbour Panorama

As with the previous post, this shot is from the Old Town walls in Dubrovnik. We’re now at the opposite end of the city where the walls lead out to the harbour and islands beyond.

Believe it or not, this is actually a somewhat cloudy day for this portion of the Dalmatian Coast. If we had that here in sunny Manchester, I think everyone would be pretty pleased.

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Dubrovnik Old Harbour

Dubrovnik’s Stradun

A bout of bronchitis a few weeks ago seems to have knocked me out of the habit of posting here, so let’s see if we can get back into it…

My last post showed Dubrovnik’s old town from above and this photo carries on with that theme, but now we’re a little bit closer. This shot was taken from the city walls surrounding the old town. They make for a great walk and getting up there as soon as the gates open is worthwhile. The walls are quieter and so are the streets below.

Dubrovnik's Stradun

Dubrovnik from Above

As promised, here’s a glimpse of what’s in store for visitors to Croatia. This panoramic view comes from near the station of the newly-rebuilt cable car that now whisks visitors up to the mountains above the city of Dubrovnik. Destroyed during the Yugoslavian civil war, the cable car has re-opened and now provides easy access to this majestic view of Dubrovnik’s old town.

At the station at the top, one hall features photos of the cable car’s original construction, shots of it after it had been destroyed and images of its recent re-construction. One worker there revealed his sadness at what had occurred during the war. He was 15 when it all happened, so these memories became a big part of his formative years. When asked if he considered Croatian’s friends with the Serbs that had carried out the attacks on Dubrovnik, he said, “We are neighbours. I don’t hate them, but I will never forget,” revealing the scars of a complex and awful period in the region’s history.

Dubrovnik’s scars are no longer exceptionally obvious on the ground. – you have to do a bit of searching to see the remnants of that recent war. But from this high up, you can forget about all that and just revel in the glorious view.

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Dubrovnik from Above Panorama