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Dubrovnik – how beautiful can a city get?

Dawn over Dubrovnik

Dawn over Dubrovnik

Just spent two weeks on the Dalmatian coast in Croatia. The nearest city was Dubrovnik. A stunner. I mean, how beautiful can a city get?!?!

St Blaise at watch

Patron saint: St Blaise at watch

Best way to see the city is to beat the crowds, and that means getting up early. Certainly before the cruise ships disgorge their cargo loads of passengers…

Slippery steps into the city

Slippery steps into the city

Millions of feet have polished the stones over the years, and they gleam in the early light. Makes for a lovely chiaroscuro effect.

Has guttering ever looked this good?

Has guttering ever looked this good?

vigil

saintly vigil

To my eye this is one of the most beautiful drinking fountains ever. A good place to cool off.

beautiful fountain 1

beautiful fountain 1

beautiful fountain 2

beautiful fountain 2

beautiful fountain 3

beautiful fountain 3

Everywhere you look classicism abounds. The city had to be rebuilt after the 1667 earthquake, hence the beautiful uniformity. For architecture the Renaissance and the Baroque are just the best.

the palace

the Rector’s palace

The best views come from the walls. Took me a good hour to walk round them – mind you I was stopping every 400 yards to take another photo…

the walls

the walls

panorama

panorama

old tiles

old tiles

old chimneys

old chimneys

wall views

wall views

more wall views

more wall views

Small cafes cling to the outside of the walls on the cliffs – a great place for a cooling beer.

time for a drink

time for a drink

and a swim

and a swim

As dusk falls the city roofs glow, the sky goes pink, the restaurants are full, and the sun dips again towards the horizon.

dusk from the walls

dusk from the walls

sunset

sunset

evening on Stradun

evening on Stradun

A lovely place for a holiday. Exquisite.

Dubrovnik sunset

Dubrovnik sunset


Dave by Mike

I was in Prague recently (a lovely melancholy city – see last post), where there are lots of statues. Mostly of religious subjects. But when you get to Italy the stone gets to riot, and the flesh is bared! Aha, the Italians love a bit of voyeurism and fantasy, and Florence is a great place to see it all on show…

Dave by Mike

This is just such a famous statue that I wonder if people actually really see it anymore…. I love the furrowed brow and the hand casually holding the stone. A man ready to do violence. Quiet confidence, deadly. Goliath clearly doesn’t know what’s about to hit him.

But hey! Look around the piazza and the violence theme continues and get’s spiced up even more. Check out the Sabine women who aren’t faring too well. This one’s by Giambologna:

He’s got a good grip on her!

Not content with a bit of abduction, we need a good beheading too.

Perseus & Medusa, Cellini

Ah, the Renaissance was a good time for a bit of nudity. All disguised as classical story-telling. Fabulous. (I need to get back to Rome – LOADS of statues there!)

Dave gives Perseus the hard stare...