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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!