Friday, May 7, 2010

Mediterranean Cruise - Dubrovnik

Cavtat is becoming a destination for sailors, and I want to check it out.

I wonder how difficult it would be to navigate these waters, and the different languages you'd hear spoken on the radio.  Would English be one of them?  What about charts?  Maybe the best thing would be to just hire a skipper.  But boats get small real fast.  

While Alex and Rob are four-wheeling ATVs, I'll be soaking up the sun and checking out Old Town in the Croatian Riviera:  Onofrio's fountain, St. Blaise's Church and the Rector's Palace.

The prosperity of  Dubrovnik has relied on maritime trade.  That may change though, with wildly positive reviews from travelers about how affordable and beautiful a spot this is, tourism is fast becoming a profitable industry.  

Artifacts from the 8th century trace roots back to Greece, and there are strong ties to Byzantium and Venice (1205–1358) as well.
George Bernard Shaw was enchanted by this beautiful city, about which he said "those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik and see Dubrovnik", as well as, famously, describing it as "the pearl of the Adriatic". Dubrovnik truly is a stunning city with its amazing Old Town, which became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.

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Rector's Palace, a Venetian-Gothic building:
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Onofrio's fountain, photo credit:

1 comment:

Giulia said...

You are so going to love it, Diane. The town is spectacular, the coastline...well, if it was good enough for Roman emperors....:)