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For our June 16 visit to Dubrovnik, here are some of my notes, tips, visuals, etc. Its old city and walls have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. That's correct and deserved recognition. These ramparts are intact and encircle old city with circumference of 1.5 miles. I ascended the stairway (approximately 50 steps) at Pile Gate, reaching top of wall where you move counter-clockwise to see the various nearby views, coastal area, roofs, buildings, etc. It was a great walk around that half of the wall. We strolled the Stradun and enjoyed the center of the Old Town. We had lunch at Komarda just east of the harbor with a spectacular view, thanks to a suggestion from Carol. This place got great reviews from Trip Advisor and our table view was to die for. You can email them at: restorankomarda@gmail.com

 

Here are some added notes on Dubrovnik:

 

1. Called “the Pearl of the Adriatic" by Lord Byron, George Bernard Shaw proclaimed “those who seek paradise on earth should seek it in Dubrovnik”. Re-built after a 1667 earthquake and 1991-95 bombings during the post-Yugoslavia civil wars, it is considered to have the most attractive Baroque core of any city in Europe.

 

2. The old City Walls, up to 39 feet thick and 82 feet high in places, helped protect one of the most perfectly preserved medieval cities in Europe. These walls protected this city-state against pirates and potential conquerors until 1808 when the French and Napoleon gained control. Along the wall walk, there are great views of the red-tile roofs, Minceta, Bokar, St. John and Revelin forts, the Adriatic Sea, etc. Access to the walls is near Pile Gate and is open 9 am to 6:30 pm. There is a second entrance near the harbor area. I only did the first part, along the mostly coastal areas. Lots of great views, a few shops, very much worth the effort to do this walk. They only take local currency or credit cards. You can’t pay here with euros to do this Wall Walk.

 

3. You must stroll down Dubrovnik’s main pedestrianized street called the Stradun or Placa. It has shops, cafes, plus the Church of St Saviour, Franciscan Monastery (top rated as a 14th century Romanesque cloister), etc. Nearby is Rector’s Palace, more castle-like in its style and now a cultural venue.

 

4. Other major attractions in this town include the Dominican Monastery (started 1315), its main Baroque Cathedral (with its highly-rated Treasury), the Church of St Blaise, Lovrienac Fortress, Sponza Palace and the Old Harbor on the east side of this historic area. A nearby Cable Car ascends up Mount Srd.

 

5. The four of us got a cab when coming off of the ship and for 50 euro got BOTH a panoramic tour across the new bridge, up to several super scenic spots on the mountains above town, learned more on the early 1990's war there, etc. Then we were dropped at the main gate. We didn't need to do the Cable Car as we got to see the view from with our introductory cab ride around town.

 

Below are some of my many great pictures from this wonderful, historic town on a great weather day.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Just back from a June 7-19 Solstice cruise from Barcelona that had stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Enjoyed great weather and a wonderful trip. Dozens of wonderful visuals with key highlights, tips, comments, etc. These postings are now at 16,386 views for this live/blog re-cap on our first sailing with Celebrity and much on wonderful Barcelona. Check these postings and added info at:

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474

 

For details and visuals, etc., from our July 1-16, 2011, Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise experience from Copenhagen on the Silver Cloud, check out this posting. This posting is now at 45,345 views.

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923

 

Appreciate those who have “tuned in” for these two posts. Don’t be shy and feel free to comment and/or ask any questions of interest.

 

 

We started with a local cab driver who gave us a “panoramic tour”, including crossing this unique bridge near the main cruise ship docking area. He called this bridge their “Golden Gate” like in San Francisco. It is nine years old. You can see the Solstice docked to the right side and other newer housing around this bay NW of the historic walled city.:

 

4DubrBridgeSolsticeHarbor.jpg

 

 

Then we drove up and up through narrow twisting roads to the high point overlooking Dubrovnik and near the cable car high station. From this point, we could also see part of Bosnia and and Montenegro. The “super star” view was down below with this angle of the harbor and walled city. Beautiful!!!:

 

2DubrOverallHighViewOne.jpg

 

 

This is Dubrovnik’s Pile Gate as the grand western entrance to the walled city.:

 

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Here is the view of the Cable Car going down from the high point over Dubrovnik with areas and islands west of the city shown. This cable car has been re-built since the early 1990’s war years.:

 

4DubrCableCarWaterIslands.jpg

 

 

From the walled walk, this shows one of the domed tower going up to one of the main corner towers at the highest point for wall surrounding the town.:

 

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This is the Stradun or main shopping street as it stretches to the clock tower. The buildings along this way all have shutter painted in the same color.:

 

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Here is a second group of pictures from this wonderful city on a spectacular weather day when we were the only cruise ship in port that day. Very lucky and good for us!!!

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

 

For our lunch at Komarda restaurant suggested by Carol, here is the view from our table. Could you ask for a better location on a perfect weather day?:

 

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This was one of my seafood dishes, plus some rosotto. Wow!! So wonderful. :

 

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From the wall walk, this is one view of a church tower, palms, etc.:

 

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Onofrio’s Large Fountain sits near the Pile Gate and a church..:

 

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This is a small sampling of the St. Blaise Church Treasury.:

 

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This is the view of the Sponza Palace and the Clock Tower from the 15th Century. Both sit at the end of the Stradun.:

 

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It's ALL there in Dubrovnik! So much to see and experience.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

 

From inside Dubrovnik, here is the view looking outward at the steps to exit out the Pile Gate.:

 

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In front of the Rector’s Palace, here is a local music player entertaining for people passing.:

 

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Tucked into a building near the Rector’s Palace, this is Onofrio’s Little Fountain and this important square area.:

 

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Overlooking the historic harbor, this is the view from a cannon slot in the wall.

 

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Along the NW area of the walled city, here is the view of the nearby Lovrijenac Fortress and the water.:

 

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Facing the Adriatic Sea, this is one of the gates and passages along the walled walk. Very scenic!!:

 

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We enjoyed reading your Dubrovnik post...pics are great! Gave us a good idea of what to expect and we want to do for sure. We will be there August 28 on the Noordam. Sure hope our weather is as good as yours was...beautiful city. A question re the restaurant...Did you actually make a reservation through the email address? Any problem finding the place? Thanks, Carolyn

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We enjoyed reading your Dubrovnik post...pics are great! Gave us a good idea of what to expect and we want to do for sure. We will be there August 28 on the Noordam. Sure hope our weather is as good as yours was...beautiful city. A question re the restaurant...Did you actually make a reservation through the email address? Any problem finding the place? Thanks, Carolyn

 

THANKS, Carolyn, for the follow-up and nice comments. Should be no problem finding that dining place. You exit out the eastern or Ploce gate (opposite side from the main western gate where most enter) and then walk a few hundred more feet. The lay-out for Dubrovnik is fairly simple and relatively easy in the great historic, walled portion of this city.

 

From

http://www.portdubrovnik.hr

That website shows on Sunday, August 29 that the Noordam will be one of four ships there that day. The others will be the Spirit of Adventure from Saga, Costa Fortuna and NCI Norwegian Jade. That's about 8,400 passengers in total. The Saga ship is small, while the Costa ship will have about 3,500 passengers. We were fortunate on our day there . . . BOTH with the weather and being the only cruise ship in port.

 

Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Just back from a June 7-19 Solstice cruise from Barcelona that had stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Enjoyed great weather and a wonderful trip. Dozens of wonderful visuals with key highlights, tips, comments, etc. These postings are now at 17,489 views for this live/blog re-cap on our first sailing with Celebrity and much on wonderful Barcelona. Check these postings and added info at:

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474

 

For details and visuals, etc., from our July 1-16, 2011, Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise experience from Copenhagen on the Silver Cloud, check out this posting. This posting is now at 45,580 views.

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923

 

Appreciate those who have “tuned in” for these two posts. Don’t be shy and feel free to comment and/or ask any questions of interest.

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Here are just a few more of the visuals from Dubrovnik. Great city such interesting history and architecture and beauty.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

 

Here is another view of the Dubrovnik wall as it rises along the rocks, overlooking the water of the Adriatic Sea.:

 

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Along the Dubrovnik wall, here is a view of swimmers enjoying the Adriatic Sea from a hotel location.:

 

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This is a tighter view of the Dubrovnik harbor as it is connected to the Adriatic Sea. Small boats and tourist ships are in this harbor, not the major cruise ships.:

 

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This is a tighter view of the main fortress section that overlooks and protects the main, historic Dubrovnik harbor.:

 

DubrovFortressTighterWater.jpg

 

 

Here is another sampling of the unique items from within the St. Blaise Church Treasury.:

 

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As much as we loved Dubrovnik, the only down-side was its over “commercialism”. This one narrow street illustrates the challenge with lots of expected shops and dining “junk” that didn’t add too much to the culture and class for this great city. Sorry for my personal view! I didn’t walk up this type of street.:

 

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Thanks Terry, Can you give me an idea of what to expect to pay for lunch? Carolyn

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Thanks Terry, Can you give me an idea of what to expect to pay for lunch? Carolyn

 

Of course, much depends on what you order, both for food and drink. I went back and checked the credit card bill. Our lunch total there was $47.58 for the two of us. I kind of had two entrees, my wife much less. No wine or beer. Some bottled water. It is a little confusing there as the pricing was listed in the local currency. The views were "priceless" and/or near a million dollars, etc. Does this help? They had a wide range of food options.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

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Of course, much depends on what you order, both for food and drink. I went back and checked the credit card bill. Our lunch total there was $47.58 for the two of us. I kind of had two entrees, my wife much less. No wine or beer. Some bottled water. It is a little confusing there as the pricing was listed in the local currency. The views were "priceless" and/or near a million dollars, etc. Does this help? They had a wide range of food options.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

Oh yes, helps alot..The food in your picture looked scrumptious and as you said, the view "priceless"..thank you. Carolyn

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Hi, Terry, your pictures are always been great, both the Baltic ones and this ones. We are planning to go to the Adriatic sea this October and Dubrovnik is one of the port of call. you said you only paid $50 Euro for

'BOTH a panoramic tour across the new bridge, up to several super scenic spots on the mountains above town, learned more on the early 1990's war there, etc. Then we were dropped at the main gate.'

So, what did you tell the taxi driver? Did you tell him to do a panoramic trip and then he will understand what places he should take you to? Or you have to tell him where exactly you want to go to? Thanks!

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Hi, Terry, your pictures are always been great, both the Baltic ones and this ones. We are planning to go to the Adriatic sea this October and Dubrovnik is one of the port of call. you said you only paid $50 Euro for

'BOTH a panoramic tour across the new bridge, up to several super scenic spots on the mountains above town, learned more on the early 1990's war there, etc. Then we were dropped at the main gate.'

So, what did you tell the taxi driver? Did you tell him to do a panoramic trip and then he will understand what places he should take you to? Or you have to tell him where exactly you want to go to? Thanks!

 

They had posted signs there in the area where the cabs were lined up on the various different options, including just ten euro for only the trip to Pile Gate or 50 euro for the panoramic trip. When we got in the cab, he pitched for/suggested the panoramic trip, told us the details, we ask some added questions, he had good answers and we were off on our roughly one hour trip. It was a great and super highlight of our visit to Dubrovnik. He knew where to take us, telling us more about the area, answering various questions, having time up at the cable car location, etc.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

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Thank you so much Terry! We're going to be in Dubrovnik in October and I'm so excited to see this beautiful place.

 

I'm going to copy your post into our Meet & Mingle so everyone can get a sneak preview of what awaits us this fall!!!

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Terry is the 50 euro cost for the Panoramic tour per person, or total for the cab?

 

That 50 euro cost is TOTAL for the cab. So, per person, it worked out to 12.5 euro each. We had four people or two couples. As I re-call, the cable car costs 10 or 12 euro per person to ride up and back. We saved much given that we got two different great angles/views of Dubrovnik from high above the town and coast, plus the various other sights during this tour. We viewed it as a great bargain and introduction, if you get a good driver who can converse, answer questions, offer that background on this wonderful city and area.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Just back from a June 7-19 Solstice cruise from Barcelona that had stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Enjoyed great weather and a wonderful trip. Dozens of wonderful visuals with key highlights, tips, comments, etc. These postings are now at 18,087 views for this live/blog re-cap on our first sailing with Celebrity and much on wonderful Barcelona. Check these postings and added info at:

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474

 

For details and visuals, etc., from our July 1-16, 2011, Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise experience from Copenhagen on the Silver Cloud, check out this posting. This posting is now at 45,660 views.

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923

 

Appreciate those who have “tuned in” for these two posts. Don’t be shy and feel free to comment and/or ask any questions of interest.

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Wow. Just...WOW. Thank you for posting. Can't wait for our day there in October. What a gem Dubrovnik is!

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Thanks, Terry, I think we will take the cab too. Actually not only choosing the cab, also will go to the restaurant where you had lunch. Don't know if we will see other people who had read your post in that reataurant coz the view is so 'priceless'. :)

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Terry,

Thank-you for the wonderful pictures. You are a wonderful photographer. I followed your posts and advice last year on our Baltic cruise and now I am so excited to see you preceded me on an Adriatic cruise. Seeing your post gets me even more excited.

Sincerely,

A native buckeye

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Terry, Thank-you for the wonderful pictures. You are a wonderful photographer. I followed your posts and advice last year on our Baltic cruise and now I am so excited to see you preceded me on an Adriatic cruise. Seeing your post gets me even more excited. Sincerely, A native buckeye

 

squaremimi: Thanks' date=' Terry, I think we will take the cab too. Actually not only choosing the cab, also will go to the restaurant where you had lunch. Don't know if we will see other people who had read your post in that reataurant coz the view is so 'priceless' [/quote']

 

NC Mtn Boys: Wow. Just...WOW. Thank you for posting. Can't wait for our day there in October. What a gem Dubrovnik is!

 

Appreciate the kind and nice comments on my visuals. Dubrovnik deserves the great credit. One of the big reasons to do this cruise was the chance to see Dubrovnik and a sampling of the Croatian Coast. It worked out very well' date=' especially with the wonderful weather for that day and not having any other cruise ships in town that day. The panoramic cab tour was also great and positive "luck" that worked so well for us. Seeing Dubrovnik from those high vantage points was very important.

 

[b']I also was so super glad that I did the wall walk.[/b] That was thrilling and very fascinating. It takes some work and effort, but was spectacularly worth it. Let me know any other questions. I'll re-check through my pictures to see if there are any other major ones that would be helpful to add to this collection/sampling.

 

What part of Ohio is native Buckeye teachinla from? How long ago? Great heritage!

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Just back from a June 7-19 Solstice cruise from Barcelona that had stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Enjoyed great weather and a wonderful trip. Dozens of wonderful visuals with key highlights, tips, comments, etc. These postings are now at 18,364 views for this live/blog re-cap on our first sailing with Celebrity and much on wonderful Barcelona. Check these postings and added info at:

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474

 

For details and visuals, etc., from our July 1-16, 2011, Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise experience from Copenhagen on the Silver Cloud, check out this posting. This posting is now at 45,879 views.

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923

 

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Hi Terry,

I am from Youngstown, but moved with my family to Los Angeles as a teenager. I hate to say it, but it was over 30 years ago.

 

Did you stop in Split? Our upcoming cruise stops in Dubrovnik, Split, Athens and Izmir. Any other enticing photos would be great.

 

Carie

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Hi Terry, I am from Youngstown, but moved with my family to Los Angeles as a teenager. I hate to say it, but it was over 30 years ago. Did you stop in Split? Our upcoming cruise stops in Dubrovnik, Split, Athens and Izmir. Any other enticing photos would be great. Carie

 

Appreciate the follow-up. No, we didn't stop in Split. We also did Kotor and liked that stop and area. Hopefully, at a future point, we can do more in Split and see more in some of the other places along that scenic and interesting coastal area. Will do some added pictures on Dubrovnik. You can go to this posting to see some of my pictures, tips and ideas in connection with “Athens Tips, Suggestions, Examples to Enjoy!” for many details, ideas and interesting visuals on this great city. Lots of ideas here from me and others experienced with Athens.

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1101008

 

About thirty years ago is when things started to slide in the Youngstown area. During WWII and the early 50's, that Mahoning Valley was "it", but things changed for a variety of good and bad reasons. It's shrunk much in population there and is trying to "hang on". Central Ohio, by contrast, is more white collar and growing like a Sunbelt town.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Just back from a June 7-19 Solstice cruise from Barcelona that had stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Enjoyed great weather and a wonderful trip. Dozens of wonderful visuals with key highlights, tips, comments, etc. These postings are now at 18,429 views for this live/blog re-cap on our first sailing with Celebrity and much on wonderful Barcelona. Check these postings and added info at:

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474

 

For details and visuals, etc., from our July 1-16, 2011, Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise experience from Copenhagen on the Silver Cloud, check out this posting. This posting is now at 45,928 views.

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923

 

Appreciate those who have “tuned in” for these two posts. Don’t be shy and feel free to comment and/or ask any questions of interest.

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We started with a local cab driver who gave us a “panoramic tour”, including crossing this unique bridge near the main cruise ship docking area. He called this bridge their “Golden Gate” like in San Francisco. It is nine years old. You can see the Solstice docked to the right side and other newer housing around this bay NW of the historic walled city.:

 

4DubrBridgeSolsticeHarbor.jpg

 

 

Then we drove up and up through narrow twisting roads to the high point overlooking Dubrovnik and near the cable car high station. From this point, we could also see part of Bosnia and and Montenegro. The “super star” view was down below with this angle of the harbor and walled city. Beautiful!!!:

 

2DubrOverallHighViewOne.jpg

 

 

This is Dubrovnik’s Pile Gate as the grand western entrance to the walled city.:

 

DubPileGate2Enter.jpg

 

 

Here is the view of the Cable Car going down from the high point over Dubrovnik with areas and islands west of the city shown. This cable car has been re-built since the early 1990’s war years.:

 

4DubrCableCarWaterIslands.jpg

 

 

From the walled walk, this shows one of the domed tower going up to one of the main corner towers at the highest point for wall surrounding the town.:

 

2DubvTowerKeyWallFlags.jpg

 

 

This is the Stradun or main shopping street as it stretches to the clock tower. The buildings along this way all have shutter painted in the same color.:

 

3DubrMainStreet2Tower.jpg

 

 

Hi TLC Ohio - Was just reading your post here for Dubrovnik - would you remember the taxi service or driver that you used in Dubrovnik? Your pictures are fantastic - so beautiful! I will be going there September 7th 2011 on HAL Nieuw Amsterdam.

 

Many thanks, hope to hear back from you if you are able to remember the taxi and/or name of driver it would be much appreciated and thanks for sharing.

 

Susan

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We started with a local cab driver who gave us a “panoramic tour”, including crossing this unique bridge near the main cruise ship docking area. He called this bridge their “Golden Gate” like in San Francisco. It is nine years old. You can see the Solstice docked to the right side and other newer housing around this bay NW of the historic walled city.:

 

4DubrBridgeSolsticeHarbor.jpg

 

 

Then we drove up and up through narrow twisting roads to the high point overlooking Dubrovnik and near the cable car high station. From this point, we could also see part of Bosnia and and Montenegro. The “super star” view was down below with this angle of the harbor and walled city. Beautiful!!!:

 

2DubrOverallHighViewOne.jpg

 

 

This is Dubrovnik’s Pile Gate as the grand western entrance to the walled city.:

 

DubPileGate2Enter.jpg

 

 

Here is the view of the Cable Car going down from the high point over Dubrovnik with areas and islands west of the city shown. This cable car has been re-built since the early 1990’s war years.:

 

4DubrCableCarWaterIslands.jpg

 

 

From the walled walk, this shows one of the domed tower going up to one of the main corner towers at the highest point for wall surrounding the town.:

 

2DubvTowerKeyWallFlags.jpg

 

 

This is the Stradun or main shopping street as it stretches to the clock tower. The buildings along this way all have shutter painted in the same color.:

 

3DubrMainStreet2Tower.jpg

 

 

Hi TLC Ohio - Was just reading your post here for Dubrovnik - would you remember the taxi service or driver that you used in Dubrovnik? Your pictures are fantastic - so beautiful! I will be going there September 7th 2011 on HAL Nieuw Amsterdam.

 

Many thanks, hope to hear back from you if you are able to remember the taxi and/or name of driver it would be much appreciated and thanks for sharing.

 

Susan

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Hi TLC Ohio - Was just reading your post here for Dubrovnik - would you remember the taxi service or driver that you used in Dubrovnik? Your pictures are fantastic - so beautiful! I will be going there September 7th 2011 on HAL Nieuw Amsterdam. Many thanks, hope to hear back from you if you are able to remember the taxi and/or name of driver it would be much appreciated and thanks for sharing. Susan

 

Hi, Susan! I don't have the name of the driver or company. It doesn't work that way there in Dubrovnik at the ship docks. They have a large number of cabs there with posted prices going just to the Pile Gate (10 euro), Panoramic (50 euro) or some other nearby locations, etc. The secret is that you need to talk with the potential driver to get some sense of their ability to communicate at a basic/decent level in English, share added info, their personality/style, etc. When we got in the cab, he pitched for/suggested the panoramic trip, told us the details, we ask some added questions, he had good answers and we were off on our roughly one hour trip. It was a great and super highlight of our visit to Dubrovnik. He knew where to take us, telling us more about the area, answering various questions, having time up at the cable car location, etc. He shared lots of details and family impacts on the 1991-95 war years, nearby battle areas, etc. If you settle for or have a driver who just "drives", you'll miss lots of the interesting details, not get your questions answered, not get lots of "local flavor" that was very helpful for us, etc. Does this help?

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

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Appreciate the follow-up. No, we didn't stop in Split. We also did Kotor and liked that stop and area. .

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

 

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Terry, we'll be in Kotor in November. I would be very happy to read your comments on that port.. Please, where can I find them?

 

Miriam

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Great Pictures Terry, are you a professional photographer? What kind of camera do you use? YOur pictures are so clear and crisp.

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Just back from RCI's Voyager of the Seas, and want to say thanks Terry for your advice. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Dubrovnik!! Best surprise of the entire cruise. I could go there for vacation and just stay a couple of weeks!

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Terry, we'll be in Kotor in November. I would be very happy to read your comments on that port.. Please, where can I find them? Miriam

 

inettrvlr: Great Pictures Terry' date=' are you a professional photographer? What kind of camera do you use? YOur pictures are so clear and crisp. [/quote']

 

Queenzena: Just back from RCI's Voyager of the Seas' date=' and want to say thanks Terry for your advice. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Dubrovnik!! Best surprise of the entire cruise. I could go there for vacation and just stay a couple of weeks! [/quote']

 

Appreciate the follow-ups and nice comments. Here's more info:

 

1. For Miriam, the Kotor details on what we did there and how are at:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1439193

Lots of pictures from Montenegro. Very nice area that is doing well along its coast in attracting lots of tourists, etc. It's an attractive area that is developing well. Lots of interesting history and architecture there.

 

2. I don't make my living as a photographer, but I've done lots of things over the years in these visuals areas, including working for a newspaper, doing many TV commercials, print literature, travel pictures, etc. Practice does help. You can do to this posting and see more details on my photo tips/secrets, etc.

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=977864

My camera is a Nikon D3100. Not high-end, heavy or costly. Two of the quick "secrets" are having a SLR camera with several lenses to give better angles/looks AND only showing people "the good ones". Sharing only the "best of the best" pictures means that others are more impressed and not bored with just average or boring visuals. Also, today's technology makes it easier . . . to straighten pictures, adjust the cropping, fix color balance, brighten the visual, etc. I usually take my MackBook Pro laptop along, downloading and checking the pictures as I travel, etc. That helps to know what I'm getting and improve my "focus" as I travel in such great, scenic places. Playing with the pictures on the flight back while I listen to the "tunes" on my computer also helps pass the time quicker. Many laptops also have great programs to put these pictures into nice “slide shows” with various great visuals tools to add titles, do dissolves, etc.

 

3. Seeing Dubrovnik and Kotor was a key reason for picking this cruise. We were super happy with how things worked out so well and exceeded our high expectations.

 

Keep the great question rolling. Don’t be shy and feel free to comment and/or ask any questions of interest.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Just back from a June 7-19 Solstice cruise from Barcelona that had stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Enjoyed great weather and a wonderful trip. Dozens of wonderful visuals with key highlights, tips, comments, etc. These postings are now at 21,773 views for this live/blog re-cap on our first sailing with Celebrity and much on wonderful Barcelona. Check these postings and added info at:

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474

 

For details and visuals, etc., from our July 1-16, 2011, Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise experience from Copenhagen on the Silver Cloud, check out this posting. This posting is now at 46,691 views.

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923

 

Appreciate those who have “tuned in” for these two posts.

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Appreciate the follow-ups and nice comments. Here's more info:

 

1. For Miriam, the Kotor details on what we did there and how are at:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1439193

Lots of pictures from Montenegro. Very nice area that is doing well along its coast in attracting lots of tourists, etc. It's an attractive area that is developing well. Lots of interesting history and architecture there.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

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Thanks Terry

 

It helps a LOT!

 

Miriam

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Terry-great pictures. For the few hours you were there you did a great job skimming the main areas. That's probably all that can be done without a local guide to show you the back streets that have the gems and to give you explanations of what you saw, like The Green Men in the bell tower and the actual name of the place where the people were jumping into the sea. Yes, you can see all the things, but learning about what you see can only be achieved with a LOT of reading or having the benefit of a local resident to explain in the short time you have.

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Terry-great pictures. For the few hours you were there you did a great job skimming the main areas. That's probably all that can be done without a local guide to show you the back streets that have the gems and to give you explanations of what you saw, like The Green Men in the bell tower and the actual name of the place where the people were jumping into the sea. Yes, you can see all the things, but learning about what you see can only be achieved with a LOT of reading or having the benefit of a local resident to explain in the short time you have.

 

THANKS, Miriam and Sunbeams, for the nice comments! We had double good luck on our day in Dubrovnik with both nice, not too hot weather, plus being the only cruise ship in port that day. If it were 90 degrees AND 6,000 folks crowding the town from cruise ships, it would have been a different experience.

 

In many ways, Dubrovnik is fairly "compact" and manageable as it is not a large, large city as you encounter in Rome, Barcelona, Naples, etc. That size of the walled city, plus doing lots of advance reading and prep, helps much to enjoy and experience what is there. Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

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Hi Terry,

We will be stopping in Dubrovnik on our upcoming trip on the Jade. Your pictures have really got us excited to visit this beautiful city!

What was the cost of the wall walk, and did they take Euros, or only local currency? Did you use much local currency, or will Euros get you by there?

Thanks!

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Hi Terry, We will be stopping in Dubrovnik on our upcoming trip on the Jade. Your pictures have really got us excited to visit this beautiful city! What was the cost of the wall walk, and did they take Euros, or only local currency? Did you use much local currency, or will Euros get you by there? Thanks!

 

Hi, to our Canada neighbor. Hope love Dubrovnik as much as we did on our visit there.

 

For the wall walk, I paid for it with my credit card. I went back and checked. It cost $13.38 for me on my MasterCard. There, they only take the local currency or a credit card. Euros won't work there. On the walk, there was a little stand along the route and I paid two euro (the posted price) for a wonderfully cold bottle of water that was really needed along that walk. We did not get any local currency for Dubrovnik, paid for the cab rides (both ways) with euros at the posted prices, put lunch on our credit card, etc. Hope this helps!

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Just back from a June 7-19 Solstice cruise from Barcelona that had stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Enjoyed great weather and a wonderful trip. Dozens of wonderful visuals with key highlights, tips, comments, etc. These postings are now at 23,332 views for this live/blog re-cap on our first sailing with Celebrity and much on wonderful Barcelona. Check these postings and added info at:

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474

 

For details and visuals, etc., from our July 1-16, 2011, Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise experience from Copenhagen on the Silver Cloud, check out this posting. This posting is now at 47,088 views.

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923

 

Appreciate those who have “tuned in” for these two posts. Don’t be shy and feel free to comment and/or ask any questions of interest.

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Thanks so much for your response Terry. We hadn't even considered using a credit card rather than taking out local currency at an ATM.

 

What cruise is next on your list?

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Thanks so much for your response Terry. We hadn't even considered using a credit card rather than taking out local currency at an ATM. What cruise is next on your list?

 

What's next? We were just down in Charlottesville, Va., visiting our first grandchild this past weekend. Nearly ten months old, nearly ready to walk, etc. Fun!!! We want to do the New Zealand-Australia cruise next, but that would need to be in the January-March period. We'll have to wait a year or so until my wife retires from school work to allow that trip, plus getting the checking account built back up. We have now visited twenty two different countries in Europe after last month adding Croatia and Montenegro to our listing there. Want to see Lisbon and more in France. Plus, China and SE Asia, Holylands, etc. Open to being adopted by a rich person and/or hired as a travel photographer.

 

THANKS! Enjoy your cruise and Dubrovnik! Terry in Ohio

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What's next? We were just down in Charlottesville, Va., visiting our first grandchild this past weekend. Nearly ten months old, nearly ready to walk, etc. Fun!!! We want to do the New Zealand-Australia cruise next, but that would need to be in the January-March period. We'll have to wait a year or so until my wife retires from school work to allow that trip, plus getting the checking account built back up. We have now visited twenty two different countries in Europe after last month adding Croatia and Montenegro to our listing there. Want to see Lisbon and more in France. Plus, China and SE Asia, Holylands, etc. Open to being adopted by a rich person and/or hired as a travel photographer.

 

THANKS! Enjoy your cruise and Dubrovnik! Terry in Ohio

 

Your pictures are great Terry! We leave next week for our cruise and will be in Dubrovnik on the 8th. Unfortunately we are not as lucky as you were and it will be quite busy that day.

 

I agree with you about being adopted or hired to take pictures all over the world. Wouldn't that be the life. Although in my case it is my husband who is the photographer......... but I have graciously volunteered to be his 'porter or bag boy' and carry his equipment etc. for him wherever he might go!!

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Your pictures are great Terry! We leave next week for our cruise and will be in Dubrovnik on the 8th. Unfortunately we are not as lucky as you were and it will be quite busy that day. I agree with you about being adopted or hired to take pictures all over the world. Wouldn't that be the life. Although in my case it is my husband who is the photographer ......... but I have graciously volunteered to be his 'porter or bag boy' and carry his equipment etc. for him wherever he might go!!

 

Enjoy your upcoming cruise and visit to Dubrovnik. Hope things go well. Right now for the next few days, the temperatures in Dubrovnik are looking to be in the low 80's. That would be decent. When it is both crowded and hot, that great city is not as much fun.

 

YES, I am still waiting for that being adopted and/or hired as a travel photographer to happen. Being a 'porter or bag boy' would also be a good gig to do and see more of the world. We have visited and loved Victoria, British Columbia. Vancouver is on our future wish list to visit. Look forward to seeing much more in western Canada.

 

THANKS for the nice comments on the pictures! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Just back from a June 7-19 Solstice cruise from Barcelona that had stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Enjoyed great weather and a wonderful trip. Dozens of wonderful visuals with key highlights, tips, comments, etc. These postings are now at 25,451 views for this live/blog re-cap on our first sailing with Celebrity and much on wonderful Barcelona. Check these postings and added info at:

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474

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Hi Terry,

I am from Youngstown, but moved with my family to Los Angeles as a teenager. I hate to say it, but it was over 30 years ago.

 

Did you stop in Split? Our upcoming cruise stops in Dubrovnik, Split, Athens and Izmir. Any other enticing photos would be great.

 

Carie

Hi Carie

I'm (clearly:)) not Terry but made these from Dubrovnik

and Athens in 2009

 

All the best, Tony

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We also had dinner at the Komarda restaurant thanks to the recommendation of Carol. We went ahead and tried the homemade wine which was very delicious and different. We were a family of 4 and tried all different dishes and shared them. It was a dining adventure. After you leave the restaurant, near the taxi stand, is a small grocery store. We bought some delicious fig-orange jam as a gift for a friend, and also bought bottles of soda for our room fridge. It is quite interesting to discover the differences between our American products and products in other country's grocery stores. Check it out!

FYI When you are in the vicinity of this area, you are also near the Cable Car.

wwb

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Terry in Ohio - thank you so much for sharing. Great information and pictures. We sail October 10th, and are very excited about the Adriatic - Greek Island itin.

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