After Island hopping to Hvar and Korčula we ended finished our trip to Croatia in Dubrovnik. Entering the walled old city felt like stepping back in time. No cars are allowed, even the locals have to carry every thing in by hand or on carts. However modern times show up in the form of Satellite dishes, electric lights and antennas.
We walked the walls of Dubrovnik, built to fortify the city which never came under attack until the Yugoslav wars when the Serbs rained down mortar shells on the city from the hillside causing over a billion dollars worth of damage. UNESCO has repaired most of the historic site but you can see broken roof tiles and crumbled walls in a few places still.
For lunch we had some truly amazing pizza at Mea Culpa, a tiny sidewalk restaurant on one of the side streets. Dubrovnik and other parts of the Croatian coast were once part of the Venetian empire and so excellent pizza and pasta are part of their culinary culture.
In the afternoon we took the cable car to the. top of the hill to view. The views were mesmerizing. I could have sat and stared out across the sapphire blue waters surrounding the red roofed city and its walls for hours. After descending back down the hill we spent the rest of the afternoon browsing shops in the old town, and eating gelato before returning to the hotel.
- July 19, 2017