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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Called the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, Dubrovnik is a city rich in history and natural beauty.  It’s a city surrounded by a series of defensive stone walls, built to protect it’s people.  They are among the great fortifications of the Middle Ages and were never breached during this time period.  In 1979, the old city of Dubrovnik and it’s ancient walls join the list of UNESCO world heritage sites.  Build mainly during the 12-17th century, the walls encircle most of the old city and have long been a source of pride for it’s people.

The main street, called the Stradun, is a long, polished limestone paved pedestrian walkway which runs through the old town.  Both ends are marked by 15th century fountains and bell towers.  Many of the historic buildings and monuments are situated along the Stradun, which is a popular destination for tourists.  One of our neighbor’s father was born right off the Stradun, so we walked up the side street to the front door of his old home.  Wow, he sure got his exercise walking up and down the steep steps everyday!


The Stradun…the main street in Dubrovnik

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Kotor, Montenegro

I became aware of Montenegro while watching Daniel Craig’s turn as James Bond in his movie Casino Royale,  so I was very excited to visit this city.  It is located up one of the most indented fjords of the Adriatic Sea which ends right at the center of the town.  With it’s charming homes along the waterfront, its perfect weather, its natural beauty, and its historic old town, it could not be more scenic and captivating which may be why it is so popular with tourists these days.

Kotor has one of the best preserved medieval old towns in the Adriatic, recognized a s a UNESCO world heritage site.  The ancient walls around Kotor were built during the Middle Ages, constructed in 1420.  It was part of the Venetian Republic for four centuries, giving the city its characteristic Venetian architectural look.  The ancient walls stretch for three miles up, directly above the city.

Entrance to the old town

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Split, Croatia

What a beautiful entrance into Split, the second largest city in Croatia.  It lies along the seashore and is centered around the Royal Palace of the Emperor Diocletian, which was built in 305. It was intended to be the retirement home, half for the Emperor, the rest to house the military.  Now the palace is home to many residences within its walls, along with numerous restaurants and shops.  UNESCO declared the palace and all of its surrounding buildings as a world heritage site as one of the most famous and complete architectural Roman palaces in the Mediterranean.

Split Shoreline

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