City of Light AND Stone

Trip Start Jul 18, 2008
Trip End Aug 02, 2008

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Our first experience of Dubrovnik`s old town last night had us feeling like we had walked into a fairy tale. The stone-paved streets are polished smooth as marble by the thousands of feet passing over them daily. The city walls and buildings are made of golden stone with red terra cotta roof tiles, and as we entered through the city gate just after sunset, the whole place was glowing with the soft light of lanterns lining the main promenade. It`s a pedestrian zone, so there is no vehicle traffic or noise. Branching off from the promenade are many narrow "streets" where restaurants have positioned cozy outdoor tables.

The highlight today was a walk on top of the walls of the old city in the 2 hours leading up to sunset.   We saw plenty of postcard views of the old city and the Adriatic sea. I saw absolutely no dust, dirt or garbage anywhere, which seems like an impossible feat given the hordes of cruise ship passengers traipsing through the place each week of summer. We didn`t realize it was such a huge tourist destination until we witnessed this pouring out of the cruise ships` human cargo the next morning. They mass all over the city for about 3 hours, and then thankfully disappear around noon just as quickly as they arrived.

Outside of the old city, the town has sort of a Greek seaside resort feel. The "beaches" are mostly stone though - pretty to look at, but not all that comfortable to walk or lie on.
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