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MAIN STREET
Dubrovnik, Croatia

This is one of the gateways into Starigrad, the old town of Dubrovnik. It is a World Heritage Site and you can see why before you are even through the archway. The streets are lined with smooth stone and surrounded by a defensive wall so thick it even withstood modern weapons used in the siege laid by the Serbian forces.

Almost every building in the town suffered some sort of damage, most of which has thankfully now been repaired. The dignity, peace and tranquillity of this beautiful town have been restored and this unmissable cultural centre is once more as attractive and elegant as ever.

The archway leads into the main street. Just inside, on the right, is a water fountain where travellers can drink their fill on hot, cloudless days.




BEAUTIFUL TOWN
Dubrovnik, Croatia

There is a small harbour next to the old town that is reserved for local boats and launches, many offering day-trips to tourists. There is a larger wharf in the nearby town of Graz, but the main marina is out of town, at the end of a long, sheltered inlet.




CITY WALLS
Dubrovnik, Croatia

We walked around the city walls. It was hot in the bright afternoon sun, with little shade and no water (we forgot) but the views over the town were unforgettable. The walls form a complete rectangle and we walked all the way round and up the main tower, where we took this picture. There is a moat that has been drained and turned into a garden.




GATEWAY
Dubrovnik, Croatia

This is another entrance to the old town. Although it is the height of the tourist season there are plenty of narrow side-streets and alleyways for visitors to explore and there are plenty of quiet and peaceful areas. It is also very hot and most people seek shade (and something to quench their thirst) during the afternoons.




TOWER & STREET
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Church towers rise up from amongst the red-roofed houses; some still have heavy bells. There is welcome shade at street level, far below, and most afternoons a breeze blows along the coast.
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