Dubrovnik – thoughts and photos

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Howdy all. You may remember that last week I posted ‘A Day in Croatia’, a summary of a ‘crappy’ day I had in Croatia a few years back now. The day was lousy, I left the next and bar a connection in Zagreb I didn’t go back there. Not to say I would, and interestingly Frank from The Travels of BBQBoy and Spanky commented that he also had a poor time of it in Dubrovnik, but loved the rest of Croatia.

Boats at the harbour.

Boats at the harbour.

But that would be for a different trip sometime in the future for me. What I can say is this – despite the frosty reception by the people in Dubrovnik, the Old Town itself is in fact beautifully maintained. And I wanted to share my photos of it.

Entrance to the Old City.

Entrance to the Old City.

I spent a few hours exploring the place. It has citadel walls you can walk around, and it is a wonderful seaside spot for boats.

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Grand Architecture.

Grand Architecture.

The old city wall.

The old city wall.

Inside the walls the alleyways are cobblestoned to perfection, the buildings have character, and when I was there there was a little ‘Medieval Festival’ going on and I got to shoot arrows from a bow so that was a lot of fun.

Hmmm this kinda sums up the feelings of the locals, I guess!

Hmmm this kinda sums up the feelings of the locals, I guess!

So let’s be honest, this is a classic case of a place that sees too many tourists, and this often has a negative effect on the people who live in a place. I don’t blame anyone for being ‘sick of tourists’ so to speak, although there is the flipside to that and that is that tourists are bringing in a bit of money into the local economy and lots of jobs will depend on tourism.

Dress ups and arrows at the Medieval Festival

Dress ups and arrows at the Medieval Festival

Restaurant in an alleyway.

Restaurant in an alleyway.

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It’s interesting that I’m not the only person to feel the place was a bit ‘prickly’ (let’s see how many different adjectives I can use here). It’s a shame because it’s a brilliant location, very beautiful and the old city has some stunning architecture. Thoughts? May the Journey Never End!

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