Dubrovnik- Walking the Bastion

The city walls of Dubrovnik deliver many exciting panoramas, you walk the perimeter of the city at varying heights and look inward into the resilient city or out to the busy sea.  The walls are 1940 meters in length and up to 25 meters high. Dubrovnik Card also tells us that there are three forts, 16 towers and 6 bastions.

View out to see from the Bastion
View out to sea from the Bastion

Today was forecast to be cloudy, possibly rainy and windy.  We stowed everything down below on the boat and took the bus into town.

The merits of walking the bastion mean that you climb many stairs; the pay off is that the view is enhanced. You get a look at life not from street level but from a loftier perspective. We are view junkies, so we take the stairs.

We walk for a kilometer around the top of the wall from Pile Gate towards the Bokar fort and then on to the Fort of St John. The sky was grey but looking over the Ploce Gate and mountains behind the city, dark storm clouds were threatening.  We thought this might be the right time for a lunch break.

Big, black clouds rolling over Mt Srd.
Big, black clouds rolling over Mt Srd.

We walked down into a labyrinth of tiny streets and looked for an indoor restaurant.  We could see that awnings were not going to keep us dry.   We passed a few cafes, but a few large raindrops focussed the mind. We found a table free and ducked in for a dry lunch in a nice little Italian.

Not just rain, but hail
Not just rain, but hail. Awnings didn’t offer much protection.

After lunch we decide some indoor activities were in order and we went to the Rector’s Palace followed by the Maritime Museum.

Open courtyard at the Rector's Palace
Open courtyard at the Rector’s Palace

Three hours after those early raindrops, the skies cleared and we resumed the walk of the bastions with some lovely vistas.

Washed clean, Dubrovnik is  beautiful
Washed clean, Dubrovnik is beautiful

Congratulations to  Ben and Jacqueline for making my cousins, Lorraine and Fred, Grandparents. Welcome to the world, Aiden.  Happy Birthday to cousin Sonya, & pals Kim and Charlene. Hope you are all spoiled.  It was Lorraine and Ben’s birthday recently but they were just waiting for another happy event. Auguri, to you all.

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  1. Hi guys, thanks for all the great ideas and memories. Looks like you’re heading north?
    Trogir; I remember the ice cream vendor on the dock. Tie up alongside the sea wall then walk in via the alley ways, cross a small canal and find the best food market ever! Great shopping.
    Hvar; that’s where I did a deal with a bloke selling prosciutto and I came home with his ham holder (20kg)
    Korcula, a wonderful city, lots of exploring, great shopping, large marina, all with tremendous history. The streets ars narrow (no cars) and laid out to be self-cleaning when the Bora blows one direction in the morning and the … blows the other later in the day.
    Mijet; an island isolated from the rest, with a monestry on an inland lake.
    Ston; motor up a shallow, sometimes narrow waterway, and at the end is a salt ‘mine’ and a quaint little town. A bloke will appear from nowhere on a bike with no tyres, he speaks no English and his glasses look like the bottom of Coke bottles. You negotiate a small fee to tie up at the concrete wharf and fill up with water. From Ston, a short easy walk to Mali Ston takes you to a seafood restaurant to die for. Called Konoba Restaurant, Kapetanova, Kuca. A must do, ask to sit at the table I had! And afterwards you will waddle back to the boat, but you will need the walk.
    There’s another place with cascading waterfalls; I didn’t get there.
    If you anchor in a ‘national park’, be prepared to pay a fee to the Nazi in an official looking boat which will appear from nowhere.
    Apart from the above the whole area is great, including Split Janska Cove and the hundreds of secluded islands, enjoy.

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