Monday, February 10, 2014

Postcards from the Underworld: Rooftops of Dubrovnic

A chilly November morning
Dubrovnic, Croatia

Memories of walking the medieval wall


surrounding the city of Dubrovnic

overlooking a sea of coral rooftops

 

and another sea

the gray blue Adriatic

pounding below

21 comments:

  1. stunning city that suffered a lot...

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    1. I had no idea of the attack that had occurred on the city from 91-92 until I visited there......the walls of the place we stayed were still pocked marked from the shelling that destroyed a huge portion of the city. A horrible shame.

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  2. Beautiful! I wonder why we know so little about it/

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    1. I don't know - maybe that's why it remains a well kept secret~

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  3. I think Croatia is one of the best kept secrets of the travel world.

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    1. Me too, Agnes. I want to go back someday and travel inland.

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  4. It's so beautiful. I know it's on my travel wish list. Sigh, so many places to see and so little time.

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  5. I've always wanted to go to Istanbul, but now want to see Dubrovnic too. Isn't that where they filmed some of Game of Thrones? Such beauty.

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    1. I don't know where they filmed Game of Thrones, but Dubrovnic would make a great film location. Istanbul is a fabulous city too. Was there several years ago, and can't wait to return - we only scratched the surface.

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  6. Thank you. Especially for that final picture. How is such a place possible?

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    1. Good question, Ruth. It's like walking through a museum, literally.

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  7. i can't imagine

    but then i do
    and i can't imagine not kissing every blessed square inch.

    what experiences you have!

    xo
    erin

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    1. You feel that way when you tread such old stones and imagine the ages of people who have also walked there. Enough to give you Stendhal syndrome...

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  8. It's so beautiful it doesn't look real but more like something created for a movie, but then I don't get out of my neighborhood much. I was just wondering if this is something like "old town" and they have regular suburbs just outside of old town? Outside the walls?
    I just remembered a few years back I worked with a young woman from Croatia and she missed her home so much even though she had been in Arkansas for years. She showed me photos and I recall asking her if the whole city was that beautiful and she said yes, it is. I'm not sure if it was Dubrovnic though.

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    1. It totally feels like you are walking through another century, or you could think of it as a movie set, since it seems surreal. The surrounding area outside the walls is not as beautiful as the old city of Dubrovnic, but it is not suburban in the way we are familiar. No neon to speak of or McDonald's in other words!

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  9. I was painfully aware of the history, and it came to mind the minute I saw the city's name.

    I think we in Canada get a good deal more international information than Americans do. Plus, we had Peacekeepers in Bosnea and Croatia during the violent years of ethnic clensing. I think art of it was called the Croatian War of Independence (1991-95).

    The place looks so peaceful, now.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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    1. Back then I wouldn't be surprised that other countries had more globally conscious media coverage. I'm hoping the US media is more advanced than it was 20 years ago, but what it gained in that area it probably made up for with distortion and misinformation.

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  10. This post made me sigh. I love the way you phrase 'a sea of coral rooftops.' I've been having coral dreams, lately. That seems to make no sense but a little digging will unearth the spirit behind it. :)

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  11. You are the most chic traveler, a nice compliment to your gorgeous photos. The last time I visit that area, it was called Yugoslavia! Your photos bring back pleasant memories.

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  12. it's so beautiful - I would love to go someday.

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  13. Wonderful shots. Wow, I want to jump on a plane! what is it about the tiled rooftops?
    Love.

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