Sunday, June 13, 2010

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia is absolutely beautiful and the city is really unique. This was my second favorite stop of the trip. It is located on the Adriatic Sea and the city was built between the 13th and 17th centuries. The streets in Old Town are made of marble and are lined with shops, cafes, and historical spots.
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Inside the main entrance is Onofrio's Fountain, which was build in the 1400s as part of an aqeduct that supplied water to the city.
There are massive walls surrounding the old town that are anywhere from 3 to 19 feet thick.
After entering Old Town through Pile Gate, there is a set of steep stairs that leads to the top of the wall.
There are only two stairways so we walked from one to the other, circling about half of the town.
The views are amazing and you can see the ocean, the city, and the mountains.
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On top of the wall are canons and even a few places where it looked like prisoners could be held.
We found this little hole in the wall that was big enough for us to climb into and sit down, overlooking the small port.
It made me nervous at first because absolutely nothing is blocking you from the drop to the ground and water below. The water here is completely clear and even from our perch on the wall, we could see straight to the bottom of the sea.
We hadn’t brought our swimsuits ashore or else we would have joined in with the people jumping off these huge rocks into the water.
As we were walking along the wall, we met an older couple who took a picture for us. We talked them for a few minutes and found out that he had been a professor at IU and had run the Nashville Playhouse in Brown County for 15 years. His name is Sam Smiley and he shared with us that he acted in Hoosiers as the referee who threw Gene Hackman out of the game. He and his wife were on our cruise ship for the week.

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