There is a rapture on the lonely shore;
There is society, where none intrudes.
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more...

-Lord Byron

Definition of Walkabout :

a short period of wandering as an occasional interruption of regular work
Showing posts with label Dubrovnik. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dubrovnik. Show all posts

08 February 2014

rising to a city view of Dubrovnik

At the top of the mountain we can see the faint cross overlooking Dubrovnik, protecting it's believers. There is a lift that takes passengers to the top for spectacular city and ocean views.

We find the starting point, and rise to the awesome heights in Croatia.
The lookout tower at the top has been used for centuries to watch for sailing intruders looking to invade the homeland.

The cross is mighty when standing next to it, and humbles all onlookers.
We grab a relaxing drink and soak in the sun and blue sky, while the soft wind cools our skin.
The cuba libre goes down as smooth as the Croatian countryside.


04 January 2014

Dubrovnik

There are several theories about the history of the famed city by the sea, Dubrovnik. Some believe it was founded in the seventh century on a rocky island called Laus, providing shelter for refugees.

Others believe a large settlement was already established when Greek sailors came in the eighth century, conquered, and rebuilt the city.

Regardless, we found ourselves at the top of the mountain upon which the city is built, navigating narrow cobblestone streets with high walls down to the sea.
Flowers blooming everywhere, the salt air wafting in the cool breeze, we aimlessly walk knowing that eventually all streets end up at "The Wall", our final destination. We take our time though to soak in the beauty of the city.
Grapevines hanging over crumbling walls, fresh bunches of fruit for the picking. Artists painting the scenery before them in vibrant colours.
Beautiful churches seemingly everywhere, saints of stone protecting all passersby with blessings from the grave.
Happy and lost, we find great food and drink down an endless alley, shops and music down another. The vibrant city has found it's way into every crevice and corner of Dubrovnik.
As a Phoenix rising from the fire, the Great Wall of Dubrovnik is before us, the Adriatic waves pounding against the stone fixture. The initial scene is an oil painting of surreality, and I soak it all in before entering the old city......
but the Wall itself is a story for another day.