We had a great day yesterday exploring the beautiful city of Dubrovnik. We started with a city tour walk, called Discovering Dubrovnik, in which our guide, Anna, told us the history of the city, the role of trading and diplomacy played in making Dubrovnik into the Pearl of the Adriatic, one of the most important cities in the world at one point in time. She told us about the architecture and the history of the beautiful churches and houses, pointing out the buildings that survived the massive earthquake in the 1600s and how they differ from the post earthquake buildings which are much less ornate. She also told us a brief history of the Homelands War of the 1990s in which thousands died and pointed out the damage sustained by some of the old buildings which has not been repaired in part because they don’t know how to repair it but also as a reminder of that terrible war.
A reviving drink at the oldest cafe in Dubrovnik before we set off to the Ethnography Museum with interesting displays of life in pervious times. I thought the kitchen display was especially interesting, similar to the kitchen in Hutchison House, and I thought once agin how hard life must have been in those times.
Lunchtime, we passed a restaurant with a nice courtyard so a light lunch of Adriatic prawn salad for me, pear and Gorgonzola salad for Emma but Simon chose the best with fried calamari, light and crispy! It was so hot so we repaired back to our hotel for a swim before we headed back into the Old Town. We walked the City Walls, giving us a wonderful view of the town and the old port and a real sense of the history of Dubrovnik, it was easy to imagine the feeling of security those walls gave to the towns inhabitants, especially when they used to shut the gates each night.
Up on the cable car to look down over the old town and port. Our plan to watch the sunset was thwarted by the cable car building which is in the way of the sunset, we didn’t work that out until we were up there! We went back down to dinner at an amazing restaurant we had spotted from the city walls, 360 degrees, overlooking the city walls and the old port, we had an absolutely beautiful meal, sharing scallops and tuna to start, delicious flavours. I had to try the traditional risotto with squid ink, such a deep rich black and delicious! The 100% chocolate desert was the perfect ending to a great night! And then they brought out the petit fours! We waddled back to the bus and our hotel!
We met Guy this morning and are going for lunch before meeting Hanja and making our way to Korcula, in the rain!