Day 35: Monday, October 9, 2006
Town with Only One Roofing Contractor
Currency: Croatian kuna
Language: Croation (also Serbian, Italian, Slovene , Slovak and
Dubrovnik, "Pearl of the Adriatic", has a remarkable
history. An independent, merchant republic for 700 years
(abolished by Napoleon in 1806), it traded with Turkey and India
in the East and had trade representatives in Africa. It even had
diplomatic relations with the English court in the middle ages.
Its status was such that powerful and rich Venice was envious of
this Croatian-Slav city.
The old town was completed in the 13th century and remains
virtually unchanged to the present day. Tall ramparts surround
it and there are only two entrances to the old town which lead
to the Stradun, the city's promenade. In 1991/2,
the Serbs shelled the city causing considerable damage, but
thanks to local efforts and international aid, the old town has
been restored to its former beauty. No motor vehicles are
allowed inside the walls, and except for the Stradun, the old
city is a maze of picturesque, narrow streets - many steep and
arrived in Dubrovnik about 8:00 am. As we surveyed all the
roofs of the town from the ship, Al MacDonald said to me "Looks
like they only have one roofing contractor".
This was the only port that we would have to ride the tender
boats in from our anchor spot
All the houses
have red clay roofs
it proved to be a problem. They tendered those
passengers who had signed up for a shore excursion first.
Then one of the tenders broke down and it took they quite awhile
to release another one. The water of the Adriatic Sea
started to get very choppy and this made tendering very slow.
It was after 11:00 am by the time we got into town and we had to
be back to the ship by 2:00 pm so we didn't have a lot of time.
The city of Dubrovnik has a population of over 50,000 spread
over 300 square km. We restricted our visit to the walled
Old Town. We paid 15€ each to walk around the wall.
It was well worth it
||even if the wall had lots of steps that went up and down and
was hard on poor Ken's knees. You can see the different
views of the whole town as well as the Adriatic Sea and the
nearby hills and mountains. We walked started by the Town
Hall, went north, then west and walked the entire 2 km length of
the wall before arriving back at the Town Hall (see map below).
After leaving the wall, we passed the Cathedral of Dubrovnik
and St. Blaise's church before walking down the wide
Placa Stradun. At the other end of the boulevard we
polygonal fountain, called Onofrio's Large Fountain,
after its architect.
on the wall
then wandered around the streets of Old Town and found a farmers
market. The streets north of the Stradun are much higher
and the side streets leading up to them are stepped. We
climbed the steps to the next street and walked along it.
It was full of restaurants on each side with outdoor tables and
chairs which did not leave much room to pass by. Kathryn
wanted to do a little shopping so Ken went and had a beer on the
Luza Square. Are we noticing a pattern here?
The Luza is a busy square that is a kind of crossroads where
Kathryn at the
Farmer's Market in Dubrovnik
tourists stop to cool off with water from Onofrio's Little
Fountain, explore an exhibit in Sponza Palace, meet
friends at the city bell tower, take a bijela kava
break at the Gradska Kavana, or sit down for a few
minutes on the steps of St. Blaise Church.
1:30 pm, we went back to the tender drop-off and there was a
huge line-up to get back to the ship. While Ken held a
spot in line, Kathryn went off to look for some last minute
bargains. When we got back on board, Kathryn went to play
bingo while Ken went out to the Sea View deck to work on his
That night we went for our last
dinner on the cruise. All the wait staff and wine stewards
came down the stairs (the dining room was two stories and we
were on the lower floor), waving napkins and singing a farewell
song for us. Our waiter gave Ken one more lesson on making
the mouse from the cloth napkin. The show in the Queen's
Lounge was two previous entertainers Daniel Bouchet
Belinski. We then had to go back to our rooms and pack
our suitcases which had to be put out before we went to bed.
The cruise is over - boo hoo!
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