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Magnificent Dubrovnik remains an all-time favorite!

I really enjoyed sharing one of my favorite cities with Marilyn and Dorothy!; it was hot and crowded but the ladies got a good idea of the uniqueness of Dubrovnik

I really enjoyed sharing one of my favorite cities with Marilyn and Dorothy!; it was hot and crowded but the ladies got a good idea of the uniqueness of Dubrovnik

The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and now a popular destination for fans of Game of Thrones; apparently some scenes in the show were shot here although we haven't seen it

The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and now a popular destination for fans of Game of Thrones; apparently some scenes in the show were shot here although we haven't seen it

The boat ride to Lokrum offers some of the best views of Dubrovnik; Croatia still uses the kuna rather than the euro but prices are no cheaper than in Western Europe

The boat ride to Lokrum offers some of the best views of Dubrovnik; Croatia still uses the kuna rather than the euro but prices are no cheaper than in Western Europe

Dubrovnik is Croatia's single best destination and is called The Pearl of the Adriatic; the traffic-free old town is great for exploring, especially at night when most of the tourists have left

Dubrovnik is Croatia's single best destination and is called The Pearl of the Adriatic; the traffic-free old town is great for exploring, especially at night when most of the tourists have left

To visit Dubrovnik you have to be prepared for steps, lots of them; Rick Steve's says Dubrovnik is a living fairy tale that shouldn't be missed

To visit Dubrovnik you have to be prepared for steps, lots of them; Rick Steve's says Dubrovnik is a living fairy tale that shouldn't be missed

I think the view from the top of the cable car is one of the most beautiful anywhere in the world; the walls of Dubrovnik withstood the 1667 earthquake with little damage

I think the view from the top of the cable car is one of the most beautiful anywhere in the world; the walls of Dubrovnik withstood the 1667 earthquake with little damage

Dorothy and Marilyn had visited Dubrovnik the week prior on a different cruise and opted to visit the nearby town of Cavtat which they really liked

Dorothy and Marilyn had visited Dubrovnik the week prior on a different cruise and opted to visit the nearby town of Cavtat which they really liked

On October 1, 1991 Dubrovnik (Croatia had declared independence in June) was attacked by the army from Yugoslavia; the fighting would last 8 months with 100  killed and the city badly damaged

On October 1, 1991 Dubrovnik (Croatia had declared independence in June) was attacked by the army from Yugoslavia; the fighting would last 8 months with 100+ killed and the city badly damaged

The Dead Sea on Lokrum Island is connected to the Adriatic by an underground channel; I've seen kids jumping off the high side but there were none this time

The Dead Sea on Lokrum Island is connected to the Adriatic by an underground channel; I've seen kids jumping off the high side but there were none this time

The beaches on Lokrum have no sand, just rocks; the water was super clear with lots of small fish and no jellies

The beaches on Lokrum have no sand, just rocks; the water was super clear with lots of small fish and no jellies

The city walls of Dubrovnik are one of the most famous fortification systems in Europe and the city's trademark; they were initially constructed in the 8th century with final sections completed in the 13th century

The city walls of Dubrovnik are one of the most famous fortification systems in Europe and the city's trademark; they were initially constructed in the 8th century with final sections completed in the 13th century

I had never seen these bearded fireworms before;  they act like centipedes in the water but if touched inject a painful neurotoxin producing intense irritation and a burning sensation around the area of contact

I had never seen these bearded fireworms before; they act like centipedes in the water but if touched inject a painful neurotoxin producing intense irritation and a burning sensation around the area of contact

The Baroque 18th century Saint Blaise's Church is dedicated to the city's patron saint; the Gothic Orlando's Column is to the right and was erected in 1418

The Baroque 18th century Saint Blaise's Church is dedicated to the city's patron saint; the Gothic Orlando's Column is to the right and was erected in 1418

The large Onofrio Fountain, designed in 1438, delivers water from 16 carved stone heads; Dubrovnik thrived because it had a secure source of fresh water 12km away

The large Onofrio Fountain, designed in 1438, delivers water from 16 carved stone heads; Dubrovnik thrived because it had a secure source of fresh water 12km away

This modern bridge opened in 2002 for traffic coming from the north into Dubrovnik; Marilyn and Dorothy's ship docked right under it as it abuts the new cruise port

This modern bridge opened in 2002 for traffic coming from the north into Dubrovnik; Marilyn and Dorothy's ship docked right under it as it abuts the new cruise port

The peacocks on Lokrum are thriving; they seemed to be all over the island and we even saw them in the trees and flying between the trees

The peacocks on Lokrum are thriving; they seemed to be all over the island and we even saw them in the trees and flying between the trees

Fort Minceta is located at the highest point of the walls; the walls are up to 25 meters high and 4-6 meters thick

Fort Minceta is located at the highest point of the walls; the walls are up to 25 meters high and 4-6 meters thick

The town belfry stands 31m high and anchors one end of the Stradun; the City Guard, built in the 15th century, stands next to the belfry

The town belfry stands 31m high and anchors one end of the Stradun; the City Guard, built in the 15th century, stands next to the belfry

Dubrovnik has a harmonious feel due to excellent urban planning and a disdain for changing; it has looked this way since before Columbus discovered America

Dubrovnik has a harmonious feel due to excellent urban planning and a disdain for changing; it has looked this way since before Columbus discovered America

Fort Lovrijenac, built on a 37 meter high rock, is the key defensive spot for the city on the west side; seeing it is included with the city walls tickets but we ran out of time

Fort Lovrijenac, built on a 37 meter high rock, is the key defensive spot for the city on the west side; seeing it is included with the city walls tickets but we ran out of time

There are remains of a three-naved 12th century Romanesque-Gothic basilica in the former Benedictine monastery on Lokrum Island

There are remains of a three-naved 12th century Romanesque-Gothic basilica in the former Benedictine monastery on Lokrum Island

The Franciscan Monastery cloister features 60 Romanesque-Gothic double pillars; the Franciscans opened a pharmacy here in 1317 that is still serving customers today making it one of Europe's oldest

The Franciscan Monastery cloister features 60 Romanesque-Gothic double pillars; the Franciscans opened a pharmacy here in 1317 that is still serving customers today making it one of Europe's oldest

Walking the city walls is the number one thing to do in Dubrovnik; I can't believe it costs almost $25 now but, especially in the morning, the walls are clogged with tourists (the heat and steps were taking a toll on Marilyn)

Walking the city walls is the number one thing to do in Dubrovnik; I can't believe it costs almost $25 now but, especially in the morning, the walls are clogged with tourists (the heat and steps were taking a toll on Marilyn)

Marilyn and Dorothy enjoyed a cello concert at Rector's Palace where the cellist synchronized her performance with visuals showing Croatia's beauty (Plitvice is shown behind her)

Marilyn and Dorothy enjoyed a cello concert at Rector's Palace where the cellist synchronized her performance with visuals showing Croatia's beauty (Plitvice is shown behind her)

George Bernard Shaw proclaimed that those who seek paradise on earth should seek it in Dubrovnik; the Dubrovnik Summer Festival lasts 45 days with events, concerts and plays

George Bernard Shaw proclaimed that those who seek paradise on earth should seek it in Dubrovnik; the Dubrovnik Summer Festival lasts 45 days with events, concerts and plays

There really wasn't much interesting underwater around Lokrum; Lee and I used to swim around the island but there are many more boats, jet skis and kayakers than there used to be

There really wasn't much interesting underwater around Lokrum; Lee and I used to swim around the island but there are many more boats, jet skis and kayakers than there used to be

The Stradun is the main street in the old town and is lined with gorgeous Baroque buildings; the street was designed after many buildings collapsed in the 1667 earthquake

The Stradun is the main street in the old town and is lined with gorgeous Baroque buildings; the street was designed after many buildings collapsed in the 1667 earthquake

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