Spring is in the air


Ivo & Abby on our favorite bench

Last week Ivo, Abby and I were taking our early morning walk down to the old town from

Gorica point & Libertas Hotel

our home in Montovjerna  We always stop first at the park bench just above the bay between Boninovo and the small church at Dance.  The view of the Adriatic Sea is breathtaking, turquoise green at the rocky edges turning into vivid cobalt blue towards the horizon.   As we sat on the bench, I realized the dog cannot appreciate the wonder of the view like I can: homes on Gorica at the furthest point, the Libertas hotel and just the edges of the Bellevue on my

Dance church and convent

right and the small church at Dance and Gradac Park on my left with the rocky ledge just at our toes.  There wasn’t a cloud in the clear blue sky and the sun had just begun to peak over the wooded tree tops of Gradac.  The early morning air was crisp and fresh from the night’s rain and I notice the lovely Iris popping up from the ground nearby.  It’s finally springtime!

We continue our walk past the old

Stain glass window

hospital now being remodeled for the adjacent American University. Abby made her mandatory stop at the entrance of Sveti Gorga, one of the smallest and most magnificent churches in town.  Once again I wonder why the arriving tourists never venture from the old part of town. They miss the magnificence of these stain glass windows!   Their Christmas display is by far the most beautiful and shows the imagination of the Sisters who are the caretakers.  This church is another much hidden gem which should not be missed by those who visit Dubrovnik.

Finally we reached the Pile Brsalj and walked over to the sea front for the view of Fort Bokar, the city wall, Fort Lovrijenac and Pile Bay.  At the waters’ edge we noticed our friend Eno preparing his small boat for the evening fishing he does after his regular day’s work this each summer.  After a nod and small wave we continued to the Vrata od Pile (Door of Pile), and stopped at the drawbridge to pick one of the orange off the tree for an early morning dose of Vitamin C.  Abby knew we are were heading down the ramp where her nemesis, the pigeons of Dubrovnik, wait to tease her and fly away before she can catch one.  This is an early morning game which I believe both Abby and the pigeons enjoy.  On the ramp prior to the arch into the old town is an outline in the pavement of the original tower which was lost in the big earthquake of 1667.  Hmm, I wonder how any of the tourists would know about this old landmark without the knowledge of a qualified private guide.  They probably never understand what they walk on.

Ancient tower outline

Under the arch, past the Onofrio water fountain and which still functions today, we finally reach the Stradun.  We stop just opposite the bell tower of Mali Brac church and there is

Nanas restaurant

Nana, owner of one of my favorite local Dalmatian restaurants.  I hear the music of workmen making new shelves and reconstruction of several outdoor restaurants.  The season is beginning and  the vast majority of restaurants opened on Friday, 01 April.  The old town has begun to come out of its winter hibernation.  Soon we’ll notice the aroma of fresh grilled fish wafting thru the air.  Espresso machines will grind our very strong coffee we locals enjoy as we sit watching the groups of tourists wander down the Stradun.  Why do they not get off the main promenade and wander the back streets, find those wonderful places which are there, just out of view…..so few tourists really find the gems of Dubrovnik. It is funny how many report it is a wonderful place to visit when so few truly only walk one street of the town.

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7 thoughts on “Spring is in the air

  1. Sure makes me want to be in Dubrovnik!!! I would love to take that walk every day! Your words make it feel like I am there! Thanks Carol!

  2. Thank You for this wonderful view of Dubrovnik. We will be coming to Dubrovnik from the U. S. in September for the very first time. Seeing the off the beaten track sites and eating from cafes that are not packed full of tourists are what we love. We will read all your blogs ( I just discovered your blog yesterday) and take your advise as a local , and visit some of the places you suggest. We cant wait to visit Dubrovnik and stay in Cavtat, it all looks so amazing.

    Cant wait to read more.
    Gail

    • Do we keep this part of town as our special area or share it with those who are interested in find the hidden gems?

  3. We are a Canadian couple who love to find hidden gems off the beaten track., unlike many travelers. We will be coming to experience the Dalmatian coast from Dubrovnik to Istria for three weeks this June.

    Any additional hidden gems you can offer to make our experience more “authentic” would be greatly appreciated.

    Looking forward to getting lost in Croatia.
    Katrina

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