Dubrovnik, Croatia

We love walking on ancient walls built for protection of  medieval cities.  You may remember the wall walking we did at Derry in Northern Ireland.

Here is a picture of a section of the wall  in Dubrovnik  that was destroyed  by the Serbs during the civil  war in the 90s. The Serbs attacked from the top of the hill damaging extensively the 2000+ year old city.  Dubrovnik was called Epidaurum during Roman times. It survived 7th Century  Slav migration, occupation for 150 years  by the seafaring city of Venice, wars between the Turks and Christians, and a  massive earthquake.

 

Quickly after the Serbian  war, the  city was transformed from a war zone back to a popular tourist destination.   We were told that many tourists from the United Kingdom visit Croatia for their holidays  while Americans visit the UK. It was very reasonable when we were there in the 80s.   The Adriatic is clear and clean and the bluest of blue colors.   European beaches usually have a covering  of rocks and not sand, though sometimes  there is a small sandy area with imported sand for comfortable  sunbathing.

Dubrovnik is a one of the most popular tourist destination on the Mediterranean.  One of my husband’s students  went with her new husband for a month long honeymoon trip to Dubrovnik ! They loved it.   The old city was declared a UNESCO heritage site in 1979.  If you enjoy history, walls, culture and heritage, consider a visit to Dubrovnik.

During the war in the 90s, after our visit, David said that if the world knew about the destruction not of this far away unknown city, but of a city whose beauty and charm rivals that of Venice, there would be a huge outcry! .  I am so glad to see that from the video that restoration is complete.

 

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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7 Responses to Dubrovnik, Croatia

  1. inavukic says:

    It was such a sadness to watch Dubrovnik being pounded on by bombs…similar outrage as when watching IS bomb Palmyra – good to see the renewal, cheers

  2. annetbell says:

    Yes, indeed. . . the destruction of Palmyra. . . was awful. Are you from Dubrovnik? I am going to do a post on Split, too. We went to some of the wonderful little hill towns but I don’t remember the names! Croatia is a beautiful place. I hope things are going well with them now~

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