Like most travelers, we enjoy every city’s major attractions: the museums, monuments, and cathedrals. But over the years we’ve also developed a keen eye for detail – an appreciation for the small things that contribute to a city’s character.
Whether it’s local art, architectural embellishments, signs, gates, gardens or graffiti; it’s these telling details that help weave the fabric of a place. And as you might expect, a charming city like Dubrovnik has its own unique character.
It’s a wonderland of grand houses, sun-warmed squares, narrow alleyways, and majestic churches. In the 17th and 18th centuries it rivaled Venice in wealth and power. Its amazing preservation makes it easy to forget that during the Balkans War it was bombarded for 7 months, and the destruction was extensive. But surprisingly, delightful details remain and a ramble around the town reveals intriguing frills, both small and large.
The city-state was founded and flourished because of maritime trade, but the many churches and small, patinated chapels are a reminder that life isn’t all business.
This to-die-for terrace and sun room overlooking a busy square couldn’t be more perfect: drinks, dinner, and people-watching in summer, or a cup of tea indoors on a sunny winter afternoon.
Over the centuries, millions of footsteps have polished the stones in this narrow, cozy alleyway to a living-room shine, but a lone pizza sign and T shirt shop reminds visitors that Dubrovnik is far from being stuck in the past.
On a visit to Dubrovnik you’ll find a near-perfect Medieval walled fortress. But you’ll also find tons of tiny details that help make it what it is: The Pearl of the Adriatic. Enjoy.
James & Terri