Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Holidays!


Hmm... last week probably wasn't the best week to choose to visit the Balkans... London 24ºC and sunny, Dubrovnik 16ºC and rainy! Nevertheless I had an enjoyable holiday, visiting five UNESCO World Heritage Sites in as many days. The jewel in the crown, of course, is the old walled city of Dubrovnik, in Croatia, whose incredible story is made even more poignant by memories of the 'Homeland War'. Little over twenty years ago, in 1991, the city was under siege and heavily bombarded by artillery. The bright new roofs hint at the history, though otherwise the casual observer might never know of the tragedy, so carefully has the city been restored and so brave is its demeanour.

I rode the cable car up to the Imperial Fortress, from where the city can be viewed 'as if on the palm of a hand'.

Expect a few more holiday photos... though it may take me a few days to sort them out. Apologies too for my infrequent visits and comments on other blogs - I will return!

8 comments:

  1. I was lucky to visit Dubrownik and ideed, it is a lovely city !
    saluti..

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  2. Great picture of a wonderful city - sorry about the rainfall, but Dubrovnik is worth seeing in any weather

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  3. It's unusual to see the sea on your blog!
    I'd like to visit there , every people who went there says it's a great place .I'm impatient to see your pics!

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  4. A friend of mine visited shortly after the end of the conflict. He was visibly upset by the damage, but a few years later was as impressed with the restoration as you have been. That's a lovely shot, by the way. Looking forward to seeing more.

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  5. UK friends of mine were there last week too! It sounds like a great place to visit.

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  6. Oooooohhh, Dubrovnik. A wonderful city! I wasn't there long enough to go up on the hillside, so I didn't get this view.

    I read about the terrible weather in Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia. It is unfortunate that the weather did not cooperate for your visit, but a traveler must make the best of whatever cards are dealt!

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  7. It looks a magic place have skipped through all your holiday posts so far.

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  8. I love this picture! It fills me with nostalgia for a place I've never been -- and it looks the perfect setting for a Mary Stewart (R.I.P.) novel.

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