Thursday 12 September 2019

Walking the City Walls

I'm not going to bore you with many posts about our recent trip but honestly, the city of Dubrovnik is so very interesting, I'd like to share some of our experience.

We had already decided to do the city wall walk on the Wednesday because the weather forecast was good and also there were no cruise liners due to dock in the harbour that day.  That can really make a difference to the amount of people on the streets!

The wall of the walkway that leads to the drawbridge of the fort at Pile Gate has beautifully shaped brickwork, crying out to have its photograph taken!  Once you pay your entrance fee you start to climb, and the view on the way round is so pretty - see all those terracotta roofs - beautiful.  Yet not original.  Dubrovnik was bombed extensively during the Yugoslavian hostilities in the early 1990s.  Even though it had been given UNESCO World Heritage status, nearly 70% of the city was damaged.  So these are nearly all repaired buildings.

 Typical view from the wall

 See how steep those streets are?

 There's always some tourist who gets in the way of a good photo 😉

Beautiful views as you pause for breath and wish you'd done a bit more exercise in preparation before you had gone on holiday!

You can see why the area was chosen to be transformed into a spectacular film set.

Rumour has it that these steps were used in an important scene in Game of Thrones!

And how may times do you see a replica guillotine in someone's back garden?  How I wish that had been something on the scavenger hunt list!

So after an hour and a half of walking and climbing and doing nearly 18,000 steps we had a well deserved cappuccino in the main square, did a bit of people watching and then made our way back to the hotel for lunch on the terrace.  I had certainly earned that glass of rose wine and a delicious Caprese salad - not to mention spending the rest of the afternoon on a sun lounger. I definitely did may have had a little snooze in the sunshine.

The sun sets behind the city around 7.30 pm so we made sure we were on our way back for an evening meal to coincide with the sun disappearing behind the buildings.

Absolutely beautiful.


Patio Postcards said...

Beautiful photos - a lovely tour - thanks. Why a guillotine in their gardens? That just doesn't seem pleasant.

Ruth said...

It looks absolutely beautiful - I'm definitely putting Dubrovnik on our to visit list!