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Notes from the trip…port #2

July 8, 2011

View of Old and New

Dubrovnik, Croatia.  Clash of old and new, city that has fended off foreign invaders and has war damage from as recently as 1991, during the breakup of Yugoslavia Civil War, Dubrovnik, was bombed quite regularly.  Luckily, the Old City is a UNESCO Protected site, and damage was curtailed some by that.

There is a quaintness to the Old Walled City part of Dubrovnik, that brings into clearer view once you step through the Old Pile Gate and into the walled part.  You truly get a sense of what it would be like, in all the stories of riding through castle gates and feeling the safety behind the massively thick walls.

To get a better view, Dubrovnik has installed a cable car, to the top of Mount Srb, that put you 700 or so meters above the walled city.  What a view.  You could see the landscape of the mountains as they fall right into the clear waters of the Adriatic Sea.

Everywhere we went in the city, the people were extremely kind and gracious.  It was however, a massive change in the pace, from the water based movement of Venice, to the car and bus based Dubrovnik.  Think mountainous roads, little regard for traffic signals, and lots of scooters and little European cars.  Ahhh progress!

 

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