on my recent trip to dubrovnik, I had a chance to briefly explore the old town of the city. I didn't really know what to expect but as soon as we arrived, I was speechless. to enter the old town, you must walk through a draw bridge which is both quaint and expansive at the same time. massive walls surround the old town and their height is staggering. once I walked in, I was surprised by how large the walls were and was immediately intrigued by this beautiful, historic city.
old town is full of shops and restaurants and markets and more. I was taken aback by the various, gorgeous doors lining the streets. the buildings and columns were lovingly adorned with garland which I became obsessed with. I love christmas garland and this regal, year-round garland is just perfectly charming. the garland adds character, care, and festivity. the streets were bustling with people yet the streets were so wide, the city still felt welcoming and ready to be explored. I could have spent hours taking photos of this special place, but alas, it was a work trip and I had limited time given I also needed to do some quick shopping. this post is full of photos so grab a glass of wine and be transported to old town, dubrovnik. enjoy!
on the right, you can see the walls of the old town.
orange trees randomly appeared throughout the city of dubrovnik which is as equally charming as the old town draw bridge to the right. this entrance was so picturesque. as you can imagine, I had to wait some time before being able to snap a photo without people walking through.
I probably only conquered a tenth of the old town, there were so many side streets and back alleys like this one.
one of my favorite shots of the old town, below.
this beautiful creamy building is a church, if you look closely, you can see the gold embellishments inside. since I had two rolling suitcases with me, I observed from outside the gates.
the cats of croatia are astonishingly friendly, some were more friendly to strangers than my own cat is to me. there were at least four kitties hanging out by the church, all well fed and good looking. luckily, this was the last day of my trip because I started to miss my cat at this point. I wanted to take them all back in my suitcase.
this licitar heart design is very prevalent in croatia, while a bit kitchsy - these designs date back to the 16th century. these hearts were more prized to receive than a dozen roses, and the originals took over a month to create.
we checked out the old town on our last day and it was a great way to close our trip on a high note and mentally prepare myself for the something like 30 hours of travel time (and three legs) back to the states. while a 12 hour overnight layover in paris sounds glamorous, I assure you it's not... an extremely windy prop plane over croatian waters was also not the highlight of my trip! all in all, dubrovnik was an unbelievably gorgeous location that I would've never dreamt of checking out on my own and am grateful that I had the opportunity.