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Bill in Croatia - DUBROVNIK

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A May 2003 trip to Dubrovnik by billmoy

Dubrovnik Bed and Breakfast Photo, Dubrovnik, Croatia More Photos
Quote: Dubrovnik is perhaps the crown jewel of Croatian tourism, and deservedly so. The compact walled old city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is blessed with a beautiful location along the Adriatic Sea. Dubrovnik was known as Ragusa until 1918.

Bill in Croatia - DUBROVNIK

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Overview

Dubrovnik Photo, Dubrovnik, Croatia
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The medieval city walls corral the old town (Stari Grad) of Dubrovnik. The use of light-colored stone featured in almost all of the old buildings adds to the cohesiveness of the old town. Public squares are paved in slick marble, while smaller streets and paths are surfaced with cobblestones. The main east-west thoroughfare is Placa, though locals prefer to call it Stradun. This is like one long pedestrian plaza, with lots of cafes, touristy shops, and the like. Each end features one of the Onofrio Fountains, from which you can enjoy some refreshing water. Prijeko, which is the street running parallel to Placa but is one steep block up the north hill, is stocked with restaurants geared towards ...Read More

Dubrovnik Bed and Breakfast

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Hotel

Dubrovnik Bed and Breakfast Photo, Dubrovnik, Croatia
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This wonderful establishment has an excellent location just to the east of the Ploce Gate. Instead of staying in the remote Lapad or Babin Kuk areas west of town, you are merely steps from the magnificent walled city that is Dubrovnik. The D B&B has only a few rooms, so it pays to reserve a slot in advance. Climb up one long flight of stairs to the main floor with four comfy guest rooms (I have been informed that as of May 2004 all the guest rooms have been outfitted with bathrooms and air conditioning, although we had to use shared bathrooms in 2003). Our well-maintained room was spotless, with a wood floor, closet, windows with shutters, and a large bed (which my buddy and I promptly separ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 23, 2003

Dubrovnik Bed and Breakfast
Frana Supila 1
Dubrovnik, Croatia
385 91 201 55 91

Pizzeria Tabasco

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Restaurant

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This restaurant is located on the road just above (north) of the Ploce Gate. It is right next to a parking lot, which is not as bad as it may sound. Therefore, it is the food that matters here in this outside-of-the-city-walls location, though you can still get a peek at the northern flank if you get a good seat. The dining room can be a bit warm in the daytime, as there does not seem to be any fans in it. A big cartoon cat decorates one of the walls. You can also dine al fresco within a gravel seating area adjacent to the parking lot and overlooking the city walls across the street. "Gravel seating area adjacent to the parking lot" does not sound too enticing, but it is not as bad as it sounds ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2003

Pizzeria Tabasco
Cavtatska 11
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Buffet Skola

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Restaurant

Buffet Skola Photo, Dubrovnik, Croatia
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This little hole-in-the-wall establishment is located on a side street just north of Placa. It has garnered a reputation as serving the best sandwiches in all of Dubrovnik. My first impression of this quaint sandwich cafe is the wall of foreign currencies, so this place has seemingly seen its share of visitors. There are just a few tables inside, with a tiny bar area and a small TV in the wall (convenient for watching titanic soccer matches). A few tables spill out onto the small street for al fresco dining. The menu is as small as the size of the establishment. While the word "buffet" may imply an endless spread of dining delights, the food menu basically has only a choice of two in...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 23, 2003

Buffet Skola
Antuninska 1
Dubrovnik, Croatia
(385) 9141-6790

Ancient City Walls

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Attraction

Ancient City Walls Photo, Dubrovnik, Croatia
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A walk along the great medieval city walls is definitely the highlight of a trip to Dubrovnik. The views of the surrounding and surrounded buildings are fantastic, and the sea looks incredibly blue from these elevated vantage points. The sturdy stone walls were constructed between the 13th and 16th Centuries in Gothic and Renaissance styles, with 16 towers and heights reaching over 80 feet. Today, the Association of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities maintains the walls. There are several entrances to the walls, and ticket sellers nowadays instead of warriors guard these checkpoints. The entrance fee is 15 kuna, which was a shade over US$2 during May 2003. This is not an all-day ticket, so if you ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 23, 2003

Ancient City Walls
Old City
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Landmarks along Placa

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Attraction | "Landmarks along Placa (Stradun)"

Landmarks along Placa Photo, Dubrovnik, Croatia
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The main east-west thoroughfare is Placa, though locals prefer to call it Stradun. This is like one long pedestrian plaza, with lots of cafes and touristy shops. The marble-paved Placa basically splits the old town into two. The northern part rises up steeply to match the green hills in the background. The southern half of old Dubrovnik is basically level, as it meets the harbor side. The west end of Placa, which leads from the Pile gate, is marked by the large Onofrio Fountain rotunda (built in 1438) that is a water fountain to grateful sun-baked travelers. If you have been to Rome, you may have heard the term "pubs of Rome" applied to the wealth of drinking fountains about town. The two Onofri...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 23, 2003

Landmarks along Placa
Old Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik, Croatia

A Bit of History

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Attraction

A Bit of History Photo, Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Roman refugees settled Dubrovnik, formerly called Ragusa, in the early 7th Century. In the 14th century, this independent city-state enjoyed its heyday as a European maritime port second only to Venice. A major earthquake in 1667 led to its decline into relative obscurity. Dubrovnik eventually became a tourism draw for Yugoslavia. Croatia declared independence from Yugoslavia on June 25, 1991. As events played themselves out, Dubrovnik was held under a siege from October 1991 through May 1992 by the Yugoslav National Army, which was basically controlled by the Serbs. There was significant damage to many buildings in old Dubrovnik. Nowadays, a color-coded map of Dubrovnik hangs near the Ploce gat...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2003

A Bit of History
Old Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Death in Dubrovnik (Part 1)

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Story/Tip

Dubrovnik Photo, Dubrovnik, Croatia
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OK, the title of this section is a bit melodramatic, but it really expresses the despair and demoralization I felt when my trusted old Canon AE-1 Program camera stopped functioning when I had arrived in Dubrovnik. This is a camera that has been with me for 20 years and 62 countries up to this point in May 2003. My friend and I arrived in Dubrovnik on a partly sunny afternoon after a five-hour bus ride from Split, its Croatian cousin city along the Adriatic Sea. After hours of gawking at jaw-dropping vistas of rocky hills and cool blue waters through the windows of a bus, both of us were looking forward to snapping a few photographs in old Dubrovnik. After all, this beautiful medieval cit...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2003

Death in Dubrovnik (Part 2)

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Story/Tip

Dubrovnik Photo, Dubrovnik, Croatia
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(Continued from Part 1) There were attractive views and vistas everywhere, but I no longer had a functioning camera. Later that day we walked northwards up the hill to a lookout platform. From this plateau it was as if we were staring at a giant upside-down map of Dubrovnik, only that this was the real deal. It was exhilarating to witness such a grand panorama of Dubrovnik. At the same time it was disheartening to stare down with my own eyes, but without the ability to capture these fleeting moments with my own trusted camera. My friend offered to lend his Nikon camera for a shot or two, but I declined. I just stared longingly below, as the warm afternoon slowly shifted into a pleasantly...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2003