Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Dubrovnik Croatia

The Final leg of our trip brought us to Dubrovnik- also Known as the Pearl of the Adriatic. Although severely damaged by an earthquake in 1667 Dubrovnik managed to preserve its Beautiful Gothic, Renaissance & Baroque Churches Monasteries, Palaces and Fountains. 

Damaged again in the 1990's by armed conflict it is now the focus of major restoration. Dubrovnik is an outstanding medieval walled city. The Rectors Palace dates back to the 11th century

The church of Saint Blaise was built in the 18th century and has a very impressive tressury

.The walls of Dubrovnik run almost 2km around the city and are 4 metres thick. The systems of Turrets and towers were intended to protect the vulnerable city. The outside section of the city walls were once armed by more then 120 cannons.

Our walk around the walls took us about 2 hours, we drank several bottles of water on that hot day but the view was beautiful

.The streets are paved with square limestones and over the centuries have been worn down smooth and very slippery.

In Dec 1991 Yugoslov Forces pounded Dubrovnik by armed conflict that destroyed large portions of the city. The scars of the wars are still very noticeable . The road to recovery from the civil wasr is long and has not yet reached its end.

View from our apartment of some areas that have  been left by the bombs.

That concludes my journey to Croatia with Tammy. Next blog entry will be the model shoot we did with Gordon Jovic and David Beckstead


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Jadrolina Ferry from Split to Dubrovnik

Our visit in Split was way too short but we are now on our way to Dubrovnik. A very early morning walk through Diocletian s Palace was so nice,the streets were empty too bad we were in a hurry to run to the ferry.

 The Ferry ride took us all day but the view was amazing, warm breeze and sunny skies. We stopped on a few islands on the way down the coast. Korcula looks like a nice next vacation spot.

Next Stop Old Town Dubrovnik.