a late night stroll...
A late night stroll on Stradun is magical. The white marble pavers glistten from the lights - the night sky above the Old Town - a gentle breeze - the sound of laughter drifting from bars on the side streets - the bells of the churches ringing on the hour.
The golden age of the...
The golden age of the Dubrovnik Republic was in the 16th century when the splendour and power of the Venetian Republic declined. The basis of prosperity was seaborne trade. The Dubrovnik merchant navy in the 16th century reached the highest level of quality and nautical skills with some 180 to 200 vessels in its fleet. Shipbuilding developed with larger ships of different types - galleys, trabacolas and navas - and they sailed on distant and more dangerous journeys along the Mediterranean, Black Sea and the open oceans to the northern ports of England and Germany as well as to India and the Americas. Dubrovnik seamen became well-known and sought after as cargo transporters with widespread maritime interests and trade.
Material prosperity and a feeling of security and freedom formed the basic of the culture of living in a humanistic way and stimulated a creative spirit. Dubrovnik reached a magnificent stage in its urban and architectural development which has been sustained to the present time. Famous names in literature and poetry are Marin Držiæ, Ivan Gunduliæ, Ruðer Boškoviæ in science and there are many more in the arts and culture.
A Hole in the Wall
Hanging off the cliffs of the outter side of the city walls, plastic tables under a bambus roof, Sinatra, Dean Martin... and nothing standing between you and Italy.
Only beverages and local drinks - beer, wine and travarica (herbal grappa) - are served in the most unpretentious way.
The loo is monumental as well, but requires a dosage of adventurous spirit and taste for the "extraordinary".
Hotel ODISEJ in Pomena
Pomena is one of the few villages on island of Mljet, situated in its most southern part. Hotel Odisej is the only hotel resort on the entire island, which offers standard type of accomodation and very good restaurant. I've spend two weeks here enjoying in completely relaxed atmosphere.
tel. 00385/20/744022, fax 744042
The bus station (Autobusni Kolodvor)
The Busstation in Dubrovnik is the primery transportation site in Dubrovnik. Intercity, international and local busses all start/stop here and the sea port is just 300 meters down the road towards the old city.
The location of the busstation is approx 3,5 km from the old town wich makes the station a bit off the way. However local busses go to the old town often enough and cost 8 kn.