After a beautiful yet painfully hot hike up the hills and streets of Dubrovnik, we reached what is known as the old city/town, the most visited area of the city, and good reason why. The old city is surrounded by what is known as the Walls of Dubrovnik, mostly built during the 12th through the 17th century, and are a series of defensive stone walls that surround most of the city. These walls have protected its people since the city's founding prior to the 7th century, when Dubrovnik was called Ragusia. These walls have been considered among the greatest fortification systems of the Middle Ages, because no hostile army ever breached them during that time period. The old city joined the UNESCO World Heritage Sites List in 1979.
Fort Lovrijenac with a lonesome watchman.
A very cool fact | Dubrovnik was used to film the sensation that is the Game of Thrones. I never followed the show, therefore, I had no idea that this was even a fact until I did some research later for these posts. So wished I wouldn't have known then, because even though I haven't really seen the show, I thought this was pretty cool. If you are planning a trip to Croatia and are a fan of the show (or not, because it's still cool anyway) check out this post out, it shows you some of the locations where scenes where shot, one of them being Fort Lovrijenac seen above.
Walking through Stradun, the limestone-paved main street of Dubrovnik, which runs about 300 meters through the old city/town. The site used to be a marshy channel that separated Ragusa (now Dubrovnik) from the forest settlement of Dubrava before it was reclaimed in the 13th century.
If you have been following me on all my travels, then by now you know that I love alley ways in Europe, I feel like they all hold crazy stories of past pedestrians.
My love (saying it as I write with a big smile) enjoying some well deserved gelato after our long hike.
Prettiest establishment I've ever seen.
The Gundulic monument, which was unveiled back in 1893. Ivan Gundulic was the most prominent Croatian Baroque Poet from the Republic of Ragusa.
The unveiling held a very symbolic importance because it brought to the surface the tension between the Croats and the Serb-Catholics during the Pre-War 1 political struggles in the region.
Narrow stairways fill the old city and give it that ultra medieval charm that you only dream about or read about in old romantic novels.
Taking one last hike down to see the ocean and cliffs before we had to head back to the ship. I wish we could have stayed one extra day in this beautiful dream of a city, because I mistakenly left my swimsuit back in our cabin and sadly was unable to jump into the Adriatic ocean, but also because I could have easily just sat on a cliff all day admiring the view.
I took this picture after #bae and I were finally hydrated because who walks miles and miles without carrying any water with them...us! but also because I happen to have a wonderful blogger friend named Jana. I sent her the picture a few days after my discovery.
Hope you enjoyed our adventure in Croatia, next up is Turkey, so stay tuned. Again, thank you for reading.