DUBROVNIK MEMORIES

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Dubrovnik e cu siguranta una dintre destinatiile mele preferate. Un oras incredibil de frumos in care poti sa ratacesti cu orele fara sa te plictisesti; apoi te poti relaxa pe plaja. Marea Adriatica are o culoare fascinanta la Dubrovnik, orasul pe care multi il stiti deja din Game of Thrones (da, este una dintre locatiile folosite in serial). Dubrovnik is one of my favorite destinations. You can wander around this incredible city for hours, and then you can relax on the beach. The Adriatic Sea has an amazing color here, in this city that most of you know from Game of  Thrones (it’s one of the filming locations).

Dubrovnik e un oras atat de frumos si de primitor incat e usor sa uiti ca nu cu mult timp in urma a fost macinat de razboiul sarbo-croat (1991). Ei nu vor uita insa niciodata acele momente … Dubrovnik is so welcoming and beautiful that it’s easy to forget about its sad history: not long ago the city was damaged during the serbo-croatian war (1991). The inhabitants will never forget …
Un amalgam de veselie, istorie, arhitectura superba si legende, asa poate fi descris Dubrovnik-ul. Iesirea la mare este doar un bonus pentru acest oras.

Intrarea in orasul vechi se face printr-o poarta superba; de aici veti ajunge imediat pe strada principala.

Din acest punct, drumul va duce si in vechiul port.

Daca totusi mai vreti sa ramaneti in oras, nu veti regreta. Obiective turistice sunt nenumarate, printre ele:

Coloana lui Roland: o veti mai intalni si sub denumirea de Coloana lui Orlando, ridicata in memoria legendarului cavaler.

Vara, Dubrovnik-ul e necrutator; se incinge pana la limita suportabilului. Pe langa cateva legende fascinante, la Manastirea Franciscana veti gasi si un petic de umbra.

Si daca tot sunteti aici, cautati pe strada principala, aproape de intrarea in Manastirea Franciscana un chip ciudat care iese din perete. Pare un gnom la prima vedere, dar este doar chipul unei bufnite care masca o veche conducta de apa. Legenda spune ca acela care isi va pastra echilibrul pe capul bufnitei si va reusi sa isi scoata in acelasi timp si tricoul va avea toata viata noroc in dragoste.

A mix of happiness, history, architecture and legends. That’s how I describe Dubrovnik. The positioning by the sea is a bonus.
You enter the old city through a beautiful gate; from here you’ll arrive in no time on the city’s main street or in the city port.
You won’t regret if you choose to visit the city. You’ll see countless tourist attractions:

Roland’s column: or Orlando’s Column, raised in the honor of the legendary knight.
In the summer, Dubrovnik burns like an oven. Besides some fascinating legends, you will find a cool spot at the Franciscan Monastery.
And while you’re here, try to see if you’re lucky in love. On the main street, close to the Franciscan Monastery you’ll see a strange face protruding the wall. It looks like a gargoyle at first sight, but once you get close you’ll see it’s just an owl masking an old water duct. Legend has it that if you manage to balance on the head of the owl and take your shirt off you’ll be lucky in love for the rest of your life.

 

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Palatul Sponza este unul dintre putinele obiective ramase in picioare dupa cutremurul devastator din 1667. The Sponza Palace is one of the few buildings that has maintained its form from before the catastrophic 1667 earthquake.
Sa nu plecati de aici fara sa urcati pe zidurile orasului, pentru o priveliste unica. Zidurile au in total 2 kilometri. Daca le vizitati vara veti avea nevoie cu siguranta de crema de protectie solara, o palarie si apa. Se merita efortul!

Daca zidurile v-au placut atunci e timpul sa treceti la urmatorul nivel: telecabina, care va va duce pe Muntele Srđ in numai 4 minute.

Don’t leave this place without climbing the city walls, for a unique view. The walls are 2 km long and if you’ll visit them in the summer be sure to bring sunscreen, a hat, and water. It’s worth the effort.
After this, you can go to the next level: take the cable car to get to Mountain Srd in about 4 minutes.

 

Aici gasiti si un muzeu impresionant dedicat razboiului. Puteti vedea poze, filmulete si tot felul de arme folosite de sarbi si de croati. Mai multe proiectii de introduc in atmosfera de razboi. Timpul a stat in loc aici …  The view there is breathtaking. You’ll also find here a war exhibition “War Photo Limited”, packed with images, videos, and weapons. It looks like time stood still here.
Dubrovnik are iesire la mare, dar nu beneficiaza si de plaje spectaculoase. Nu e nimic, localnicii compenseaza din plin: au construit pontoane sau plonjeaza in mare direct de pe stanci. Dubrovnik is a seaport but lacks spectacular beaches. Not to worry! The locals have built bridges or they just jump from the cliffs for a quick swim.

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Plaja Banje e cea mai apropiata de orasul vechi. Va avertizez insa, ca sa nu aveti surprize: plaja e plina de pietricele mici. In apa, e ceva mai bine, sunt portiuni multe cu nisip fin.

De pe plaja nu aveti cum sa nu zariti insula Lokrum. Si pe insula puteti face plaja, la umbra pomilor. Se ajunge in 10 minute cu barca, din portul vechi. Vara, ambarcatiunile pleaca des spre insula Lokrum. Aici mai puteti vizita manastirea, o fortareata si gradinile botanice.

Banje Beach is really close to the city center. But I’m warning you: there’s no soft sand, the beach is covered in tiny pebbles. The water is nice, and there’s sand at the bottom.
From here you’ll see Lokrum Island. You can get there by boat in 10 minutes. The boats leave constantly during the summer season from the port. You can catch some sun on the rocky beaches, see the monastery, a fortress, and the botanical gardens.

 

Dubrovnik e acel gen de destinatie in care nu ai cum sa te plictisesti; orasul ofera ceva pe gustul fiecaruia: plaja, istorie, cumparaturi, stradute inguste care iti ghideaza pasii spre restaurante sau cluburi pline de viata.

Nu in ultimul rand, fanii serialului Game of Thrones pot alege sa viziteze (cu ghid sau fara) cele mai cunoscute locatii din serial. Am avut ghinionul sa plecam cu cateva zile inainte sa inceapa filmarile, dar apoi am recunoscut imediat la televizor locatiile. Poate o veti face si voi 🙂

You won’t be bored in Dubrovnik, the city has something for each and every one of you: beaches, history, shopping, narrow streets that guide your steps towards bars, restaurants or lively night clubs.
The city is also pure gold for the Game of Thrones fans. You can visit (with or without a guide) the locations from the tv series. I was unlucky: I left Dubrovnik just a few days before filming begun, but I instantly recognized the locations when I watched the series. Maybe you will too 🙂

 

Dubrovnik view

 

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