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DUBROVNIK. .. . .It’s called the Pearl of the Adriatic and the City of Stone and Light. .Five hundred years ago Dubrovnik was a major sea power on the Mediterranean. .Ship building, the salt trade and busy merchants made the city the powerhouse that it was. .Old Town was still ringed by those amazing medieval walls, and thankfully, a lot of the charm was maintained inside with a traffic free zone and a ban on billboards. .But necessity is the mother of invention and a lot of advertising was put on decorative lamps around the Old Town.

At Dubrovnik Bed and Breakfast, the owner, Srdan (pronounced Sir John) Dizdic, gave me a tour immediately after settling into my room. .We entered from the Ploce Gate, by the hotel. .The old walled town, Stari Grad, was on a peninsula. .And, everything that any tourist could want was within walking distance from the main street through the center, Stradun. .On my tour, I was shown the places where I should eat. .He only recommended five of the 47 eateries in the old city. .Srdan advised to avoid any place that had street hawkers passing out advertisements. .If they had good food, they wouldn’t need to do that.

With map in hand, also provided by Srdan, I found several churches of note, the second oldest synagogue in Europe (after Prague), the main gates to Old Town, the entrance to the city walls, one of the oldest pharmacies on the continent, and the main street in Old Town, the Stradun.

MARTIN

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