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I visited Dubrovnik for the first time in July, and was captivated by this picturesque and historic city – especially the old town pictured here. Dubrovnik promotes itself as “the second most beautiful place on earth”, and when you see photographs like this you can understand why.

Dating back to the 7th century, the old town of Dubrovnik is one of the few cities in the world which still looks today much like it did hundreds of years ago. It is a picturesque city of cobbled streets, red tiled roofs and historic churches, monasteries and palaces, surrounded by massive stone walls.

As the entire old town is closed to cars, it is easy to explore on foot. There are some great restaurants inside (and outside) the old town, and the coffee shops (which serve great coffee!) along the central pedestrian mall (called Placa) create a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere in summer with their outdoor tables and umbrellas. There are many interesting shops tucked away in its shady backstreets too.

The shelling of Dubrovnik in 1991 and 1992 was a tragic situation which left more than half of the buildings damaged and nine palaces gutted by fire. Most of the city has been repaired now, but it is still easy to see evidence of the shelling.

I was in Dubrovnik for five nights, and each morning before breakfast I walked down the road from my hotel to this spot where I could see the old town framed by these palms and a magnificent display of purple bougainvillea. On the last morning I was there, the sky was quite stormy looking, and it created marvellous lighting conditions which were very different to the first four days. I waited until a break in the cloud caused the sun to shine on the old town and bracketed a few shots to capture this composition.

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Additional Photos by David Astley (banyanman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 108 N: 2568] (7789)
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