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Saturday, November 21, 2009

DUBROVNIK

We booked the whole cruise because I wanted so badly to visit Dubrovnik, the “well wooded” in Slavic. I was not disappointed.

This is the modern city.


The old town is protected by very high walls, a moat and drawbridge. A statue of the town's patron can be seen above the entrance gate.

Dubrovnik is by far the most picturesque town on the Mediterranean Sea. It's part of Croatia now. Note the ancient clock that chimes the hours.

Their motto is: Liberty cannot be sold for all the gold on earth.
The Cathedral was destroyed by an earthquake and rebuilt in 1713. The Harvard Scool of Architecture sends its fourth-year students to study the architecture and train for two weeks in Dubrovnik.



From the earliest times, slavery and torture were forbidden in Dubrovnik. Refugees were welcomed.


No cars are allowed inside the Old Town where about 1000 people live. Note the narrow paved streets and the stairs to reach higher part of the town.




We visited at least ten gorgeous churches with elaborate interiors and a wealth of painting, statues and decorations that reminded me of Italian churches.

We were treated to a show of folkloric dances in a stone theater set against the town ramparts.








If you like to travel and love to read, come and enjoy my international romances. I will take you around the world through stories that simmer with emotion and sizzle with heat. Meet the spirited heroines and the alpha heroes who share irresistible chemistry.

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13 comments:

Barbara Monajem said...

Oh, wow. Mona, you take *lovely* pictures. You give me hope. And a yearning to visit these very cool places.

Judy said...

Wonderful pictures! What a wonderful experience you had! I'm sure lots of things will appear in future books...

K.M. Daughters said...

Hi Mona - viewing your lovely photos brings back memories! I'm sure you'll be "inspired" to work with this setting in your writing....we couldn't resist a date there for our hero and heroine in Jewel Of The Adriatic. :-) Thanks for sharing your photos.

Nightingale said...

Mona, what lovely photos. And your blog looks GREAT. I envy your travels, Lady. And I'd love to go to Croatia. I have a crush on a pianist from there. ha ha His name is Kemal Gekic if anyone wants to hear one of the best.

Molly Daniels said...

Gorgeous pics! I like their motto:)

Mary Ricksen said...

Amazing pictures Mona! I can just see all the stories percolating in your head. All these new places, they must inspire you.
They do me! Thanks for posting them.

Joanne said...

Beautiful pictures, Mona. Croatia is one place I would love to visit.

Maggie Toussaint said...

Ah, Dubrovnik was lovely. I'm so glad I got to see it! Thanks, Mona!

Mary Marvella said...

Mona, Wonderful! Thanks for sharing your adventures and your photos with us.

Jane said...

I've heard that the Dalmatian coast is beautiful. It's become a very popular tourist destination.

Scarlet Pumpernickel said...

Mona, I loved Dubrovnik! It was a beautiful port to visit. So much history, so many beautiful pictures. I hope to use one of my cruise ports in a future manuscript. I love to travel and cruising is my favorite way to do it. We used MSC Cruiseline, which did you choose?

Mona Risk said...

Thank you all for stopping by. I am glad you like my last installment of pictures for the time being. Sorry I didn't answer comments yesterday. I was away all day.

Alice Audrey said...

What a great walking tour you've taken us on. Thanks, Mona.