|Old City Dubrovnik|
|The location of Dubrovnik - from: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/maps/europe/croatia/|
|An aerial view of the Stari Grad from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubrovnik|
|A map of he walled old city within Dubrovnik. From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Dubrovnik_1995.jpg|
"The 'Pearl of the Adriatic', situated on the Dalmatian coast, became an important Mediterranean sea power from the 13th century onwards. Although severely damaged by an earthquake in 1667, Dubrovnik managed to preserve its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains. Damaged again in the 1990s by armed conflict, it is now the focus of a major restoration programme co-ordinated by UNESCO.
|Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary|
I entered the Sponza Palace where there were the National Archive of War Photos, including a room with photos of the martyrs of Dubrovnik who died defending the city against the Serbian and Montenegrin shelling for seven months in 1991-92. 116 defenders lost their lives including the famous poet, Milan Milišić, and 650 artillery rounds hit the buildings in the walled city.
|The Palace has a gallery of contemporary paintings as well.|
|Many people still live in the Old City|
|This is a convent school|
|Some of the wall is quite steep for walking and it was a hot day|
I purchased some embroidered tablecloths from vendors along the way. The work was quite lovely.
|A new table runner for my dining room table|
|A new covering for our guest room table|
|Detail of the flowers|
After about 30 minutes, I left the wall at the halfway mark and went down into the city where Ron was waiting for me. We had a delicious lunch of seafood including a calamari salad (yummm!) at an outdoor cafe. We had a request from a daughter to bring home some chocolate so I purchased some chocolate bars and coffee for gifts before returning to our shuttle bus.
We returned to the ship and set sail by 5PM. We had a full day and 2 nights at sea ahead of us. On October 24th, we dressed up for a formal dinner in the dining room and a Dessert Extravaganza late night
|Getting ready in our cabin for Formal Night in the Rotterdam Dining Room|
|Ron in the dining room October 24th|
|Our friends, Bob and Sharon from Maine, joined us|
|A beautiful display but we couldn't eat more than a few bites|
Next stop: Naples, Italy.