Money & Language
Local currency is croarian Kuna and it's easy to get it on the many atm machines around the old town. Restaurants usually accept also euro. English is well spoken by most people in contact with tourisis and many also speack italian.
Up and down all around
I didn't count it but must be like million of stairs all over the city. Central part of Dubrovnik is pretty plane, especially around the Stradun, while it edging parts on both northern ans southern side are very steep. One must be in pretty good body shape to stroll up and down, especially if in a short visit to the town. Elder people must be very carefull because during rain all this stairs could be slippery.
Maybe it look alike sort of a labyrint but you can't be lost here because upstairs direction is always ended by the city walls, while downstairs ending in Stradun.
Miho Pracat, a citizen of merit was a rich shipowner who bequeathed hie welth to the Republic and the only citizen whom the city government had honoured with a monument, in the whole excistance of the Republic. The bust is work of Pietro Giacometti from Racanti.
The Rector's Palace is the home of the history museum of Dubrovnik today. The majority of the halls have style furniture so as to recreate the original atmosphere of the rooms. Here are also numerous portraits and coats of arms of the local noblemen, coins, original keys of the city gates and important state documents.
Knežev dvor (The Rector's Palace) is an outstanding monument of secular architecture built in a mixed Gothic and Renaissance styles. During history, in several ocasions, the palace was destroyed or heavily damaged by fire and earthquake. It was built at the spot where in the Middle Ages a defence building stood called castrum or castellum (fortress). Later on there was built palatium (palace) mentioned also by the name palazzo maggior. After the fire of 1435 the government decided to build a new, bigger and more beautiful palace, and the job was entrusted to Onofrio della Cawa, while the sculptural ornaments were made by Pietro di Martino.
Gunduliceva poljana (the Gundulic Square) is spacious picturesque square surrounded by the stone houses, dominated by the monument to Ivan Gundulic, the most famous poet of Dubrovnik. The monument was erected in 1892 and is work of Croatian sculptor Ivan Rendulic.
During the daytime Poljana is a lively and coloured market place where local farmers from the nearby villages selling fruits and vegetables mainly. In the summer evenings it becomes an open-air stage for various events of the summer festival.
Feel it, taste it, explore it
The town itself is full of interesting and beautifull small details which make us believe that we are strolling inside of an openair museum. There are number of small fountains, some of them out of use, statuetes which representating important members of the Republic, coats of arms almost above every door-entrance, but all of it could be hidden from our view. Some of the details worth of our attention, the other not and its always individual decision.
Do not pat the dogs at Babin Kuk
I read this in the hotel brochure. Well I think I did. I read in somewhere. Now Babin Kuk is in Dubronvik and I eventually realized that was where we were staying. Our hotel was at Babin Kuk.
I pondered this warning as the name had captured my attention and though I like dogs I never pat strange dogs.
But I did not see any dogs to pat around the hotel or on our walk.
Not to be beaten I asked our guide...a few days later. No she did not know what it was all about. There were no stray dogs at Babin Kuk that she knew about.
So it is a mystery....and is it worth a tick?
I do not have a photo of a dog from Babin Kuk as I did not see one...this first dog is a Slovenian Collie and had an owner... and now a few more...have a look. The strays make me so sad.
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Karlovačko is another famouse Croatian beer, it seems however that it is more popular in the northern part of Croatia where this beer come from but if you look good you can find it also here... sometimes.Related to:
- Beer Tasting
Ozujsko & Tomislav
Ozujsko is probably the biggest brewery and most popular in Croatia. You can often have their common lager beer from the tap, in some places you will be lucky and can also have the dark lager “Tomislav” from the tap, that is an excellent beer a tourist must try.Related to:
- Beer Tasting
DRINK TO YOUR THIRST
It can become quite warm during the summer months in Dubrovnik and it has been that way since the building of the fortress town. The population could enjoy a bit of fresh water upon their lips or to refresh the body with a handful of water behind the neck. That's what I did at one of the many colorful and distinct water fountains found in and around the streets that make up Dubrovnik.
The fountain in the picture may not be the most famous or the largest in the walled city, save that for the Onofrio Fountain, near the west Pile Gate entrance, which was built by the Italian, Onofrio de La Cava in 1440. He brought the water inside the city walls to flow through all the fountains built or to be built within the fortress, so that all could cleanse themselves to prevent disease. Way ahead of his time, Onofrio, to this day, helps to cleanse and refresh the local and tourist at Onofrio's Fountain. Of course, the restaurants help to refresh the tourist as well with a cold bottle of beer.Related to:
- Family Travel
- Historical Travel
Franciscan Monastery Stone!
Just outside the Franciscan Monastery is an interesting point of local tradition. There is a small stone carving of a twisted gargoyle face, which juts out of the wall. A local custom has made this face a traditional test of man’s endurance, where he must balance on the narrow ledge of the stone, facing the wall and remove his shirt, without falling off ...a lot harder than it looks!
Old Town Lamps
The Old Town of Dubrovnik has always had strict planning and building regulations, as I hinted at above, but even today, there are strict guidelines which businesses must follow. Shop and Restaurant front signage is not permitted, so you will not see any big brash signs over the shops and restaurants in Dubrovnik’s Old Town. Businesses instead advertise the name of their premises on small street lamps which are hung over the doors of their premises...very clever and a great way of maintaining the charm of the Old Town...I saw the same kind of thing in Kotor’s Old Town in Montenegro.
Probably why you won’t find a McDonald’s in Dubrovnik...no place to put up those accursed golden arches ;0)
Old Town Uniformity
When the Old Town of Dubrovnik was being rebuilt after the destructive earthquake in 1667, a decision was taken to keep public and residential buildings largely uniform in size and ornamentation. Walking along the main Dubrovnik thoroughfare of Placa, you will notice this uniformity in the buildings along the length of the street. The buildings are all the same height, built with the same stone and are not painted or coloured any way, apart from the wooden, window shutters...which are also all the same size and colour. Reminds me of the Venetian gondolas which all have to be painted uniformly in black to avoid flamboyancy!
Like most places in Europe – people in Croatia dine late (compared to American standards). In our experience full menus were not even offered until after 7:30 or later. So grab a spot at a small café in the evening hours and soak up the last hours of the day with wine.
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