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After completing the visit to the island of Corfu, the ship turned back from Greece towards Croatia and the beautiful city of Dubrovnik. Lord Byron named it "the Pearl in the Adriatic" and Bernard Shaw said, "Those that seek paradise on earth should seek it in Dubrovnik".

Returning to Croatia where I was born after many years, and Dubrovnik, which I never visited before, was very exciting - there are no words to describe it.

The visit here barely lasted six hours, not enough to take a break, relax, absorb all the scenery and smell the refreshing and salty air of the Adriatic Sea, the place of my youth.

The first part of our bus tour, narrated by lovely and very knowledgeable guide Anada, was a visit to family Novaković estate in the village of Konavle near Ćilipi south of Dubrovnik where we were treated to light snack of home-made cheese, vine, prosciutto (Pršut) and bread, and a folklore group performing regional dances. This was enjoyed by all very much.

On the return from Konavle, we followed Anada for the tour of the old city of Dubrovnik for about 1/2 Hr and then decided to break off and look at some souvenir shops and other places of interest. To view and photograph Dubrovnik from above, we hired a taxi and rode up to the top of Mount Srd and the cable car station overlooking Dubrovnik. See photos starting at 11:56AM.

After departing Dubrovnik in the evening, the cruise ship was on the way to the port of Venice where we started from.

Dubrovnik (Italian: Ragusa) is a city on the Adriatic Sea coast of Croatia, positioned at the terminal end of the Isthmus of Dubrovnik. It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations on the Adriatic, a seaport and the centre of Dubrovnik-Neretva county. Its total population is 42,641 (census 2011). In 1979, the city of Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

The prosperity of the city of Dubrovnik has always been based on maritime trade. In the Middle Ages, as the Republic of Ragusa, also known as a Maritime Republic (together with Amalfi, Pisa, Genoa, Venice and other Italian cities), it became the only eastern Adriatic city-state to rival Venice. Supported by its wealth and skilled diplomacy, the city achieved a high level of development, particularly during the 15th and 16th centuries.

The beginning of tourism in Dubrovnik is often associated with the construction of the late 19th-century luxury hotels in Croatia, such as Grand Hotel (1890) in Opatija and the Hotel Imperial (1897) in Dubrovnik. According to CNNGo, Dubrovnik is among the 10 best medieval walled cities in the world and among the 10 best places in the world for a fairytale proposal of the Valentine's Day. Although Dubrovnik was demilitarized in the 1970s to protect it from war, in 1991, after the breakup of Yugoslavia, it was besieged by Serb-Montenegrin forces for 7 months and received significant shelling damage. Source: Wikipedia.

For the camera GPS route, click here.

Note: All the cruise photos were imaged with my Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera with Nikon 18-105mm DX VR Lens and Columbus nGPS mounted on the hot shoe. Nikon ViewNX2™ software connected with Google Maps™ was used to pinpoint the location of each photo as shown by the pins.

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On the way to and at Novaković family estate in Konavle, south of Dubrovnik.

   

Leaving the port of Dubrovnik
7:55AM

 
Driving through the city.
7:58AM
  Driving through the city.
8:04AM 
   
Driving through the city.
8:05AM
  View of Dubrovnik from the hills.
8:10AM
  8:11AM
   
8:33AM   Novaković family estate in Konavle near Ćilipi, south of Dubrovnik. Click on the map for larger image.   Local Folklore group in traditional dress.
8:45AM
   
Wood fired hearth.
8:46AM
  Old kitchen.
8:46AM
  An old grape press.
8:47AM
   
In this room, we were treated to light snack of home-made cheese, vine, prosciutto (Pršut) and bread, and two of folklore group performing regional songs. One of the singers is shown here.
8:47AM
  Novaković estate with rows of grape wines.
8:54AM
  Close-up of an almond tree
  9:40AM
 
Local Folklore group in traditional dress performing at Novaković family estate in Konavle near Ćilipi, south of Dubrovnik on April 21, 2012.
 

  Back in the city of Dubrovnik

   
10:21AM   10:21AM   10:22AM
   
10:22AM   10:22AM   10:28AM
   
St. Saviour Church (Crkva sv. Spasa).
Construction started in 1520 on project by the architect Petar Andrijich of Korchula. The building was completed in 1528. Click on this Wikipedia link for more info.
10:28AM
   The Franciscan Friary (Franjevački Samostan)
with its bell tower. It
was founded in 1317 and rebuilt after the 1667 earthquake.
10:31AM
     The Franciscan Friary.
Accessed via one side of the cloisters is the Pharmacy (Stara Ljekarna), which has been in use since 1317 and IS the oldest working pharmacy in Europe. Click here for more info.
10:31AM
   
Stradun (street) with Sponza palace and the clock tower.
Stradun or Placa (Stradone or Corso) is the main street of Dubrovnik. The limestone-paved pedestrian street runs some 300 metres through the Old Town, the historic part of the city surrounded by the Walls of Dubrovnik. Source: Wikipedia.
10:36AM
    10:36AM

 

  The church of St. Blaise (Crkva Sv. Vlaha, the patron saint of Dubrovnik).
It was built between 1667 and 1725 by architect Ignazzio Pozzo, and was modelled on the Gesù in Rome, the mother church of the Jesuits.
10:49AM
     
A statue of St. Blaise holding a model of Dubrovnik high atop the facade.
10:49AM
  Our wonderful and very knowledgeable guide Anada.
10:50AM
  10:50AM
   
10:50AM   Interior of the church of San Blaise.
10:53AM
  Interior of the church of San Blaise.
10:53AM
   
The main altar of San Blaise (11:02AM).   The Little Onofrio Fountain.
10:57AM
  Stradun (street)
10:58AM
   
11:07AM   Statue of Marin Držić.
The finest Croatian Renaissance playwright and prose writer (11:23AM).
  11:34AM
   
11:35AM   11:45AM   11:45AM
   
11:47AM   11:50AM   11:50AM
Up in the hills above Dubrovnik
Since the tour bus could not negotiate the narrow, winding road up to the top of Mount Srd and the cable car station overlooking Dubrovnik, we hired a taxi to get a better view and take some spectacular photos.
   
Looking north-west towards Dubrovnik and the coast of Adriatic Sea (11:56AM).   View south-west from the hills.
11:57AM
  The village of Dubac
12:01PM
   
The Church of St Anne, Brgat built in 1914.
The population of Brgat is roughly 200 people.
12:01PM
  View north-west towards Dubrovnik and the islands  (12:07PM).
For the full 4579x3047 resolution, click on the image.
  Do not disturb: Horses having Lunch (12:08PM).
   
12:11PM   Cable car station atop of Mount Srd (12:19PM).   Dubrovnik from cable car station. For the zoom of the cable car going down, click here (12:20AM).
   
12:20AM   At the distance of about 3km are the blue mountains of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Taken from the village of Brgat (on the road 223 that goes to Bosnia/Herzegovina border) (12:20PM).   On the way back to Venice
The photo was taken between the cities of Zadar and Šibenik (70km south of Zadar).
Latitude: N 43°32.507' (43°32'30.4")
Longitude: E 14°56.762' (14°56'45.7")
10:06PM
   
I am still amazed at the power of GPS. Here I am in the middle of Adriatic at night, not knowing where I am. Along comes my camera GPS and tells me exactly where the photo on the left was taken. See this Google map for the exact location (10:06PM).   1767 Dubrovnik Ducat.
 
My collection. Click on the image to enlarge it.
    1767 Dubrovnik Ducat. - obverse.
My collection. Click on the image to enlarge it.
 

Famous people from Dubrovnik:

  1. Ruđer Bošković (1711-1787), born in Dubrovnik, worked in many european cities. One of the biggest physicists, mathematicians and astronomes of his time. Forerunner in modern physics. Founder of dynamic atomistics. His most famous book: "Theory of Natural Philosophy".
     
  2. Marin Držić (1508-1567): writer; chronicler of the Dubrovnik Republic; one of the biggest authors of comedies in Renaissance (predecessor of Moliere).
     
  3. Ivan Gundulić (1589-1638): writer; famous for his work "Osman", which celebrates the spirit of freedom of the Republic of Dubrovnik.

Links:

  1. Dubrovnik © by Darko Zubrinic, Zagreb (1995)
 

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