When we stepped out of the airport the night had made a sharp difference in the weather and there was an autumn flavor in the air. We could only catch sight of the Adriatic Sea shimmering under the moonlight all the way from the airport to that part of ancient Ragusa, officially known as Dubrovnik from 1918 onwards.
The last turn of the road revealed to us the northern part of the imposing fortified wall accompanied with a couple of jazz chords and just for one little moment I thought I saw a dragon flying over the Bell Tower.
The story of Dubrovnik goes back to the 9th century, but within the magnificent city walls the memory of the free republic of Ragusa is still alive. A visit at the Rector’s Palace and the Franciscan Priory will take you back to the 15th century and before you realize, you will find yourself sneaking into what life was once like in the old days of the republic.
But what you definitely cannot miss is a tour along the city walls in the late afternoon, when the tiled roofs of the old town glow in the red hue of the rays of the setting sun. The city is full of history and as a result it is full of museums. Still, there is one standing out, the Museum of Modern Art, which was hosting, among other Croatian artists, the exhibition Transcendencije by the internationally awarded artist Lada Vlainic during our stay. Furthermore, the museum has a huge balcony with a bird’s eye view of the old city and a long view to the sea.
In the old city you will come across a whole number of coffee shops and restaurants. At this point, I have a confession to make. There is a little special place, which somehow stole my heart at the first sight and it seems pretty selfish to me not to share. It’s called ‘Soul caffe’ and it isn’t fancy at all. But they serve the best chocolate peanut butter pie I have ever tasted and during the night they serve local spirits and screen old classic movies.
photos and words by Gelly K. Rais our most valuable travel reporter!
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