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Dubrovnik

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15th June, 2015

Dubrovnik is quite possibly one of the most scenic cities on the Dalmatian coast, and is widely cited as being one of the most impressive medieval walled cities in the world. In more recent times though it has suffered the tragedies of war and much damage was inflicted. This has, in the main, now been repaired and once more it is a favoured tourist destination.

Amongst the various tours on offer to passengers there was a new one that took passengers out into the countryside. It took the road south so there were great views looking down into the old city and into the bay, where that marvellous old sailing vessel ‘Sea Cloud’, once owned by the American millionairess Marjorie Merriweather Post, was at anchor. Some thirty kilometres later the coach pulled into the village of Ljuta in the district of Konavle where, before the use of electricity, numerous small mills ground flour and ‘stamped’ wool. Two have been preserved at Minica Dvori and take water from a series of small canals and aqueducts that were constructed hundreds of years ago. Fascinating.

From there the coach went on to Cilipi village to visit a typical country home where the same family have lived for many generations. In their large garden they have produced grapes, olive oil, and a host of other essential vegetables. We met the owner, now in his eighties, who explained that his house, like all the others in the district, was burned down during the last war. On the family’s return the buildings stood blackened and roofless, but they have been rebuilt and now he invites tourists to take a little local food and homemade wine, while being entertained by a small group of musicians. When it came to the singing, his was the loudest voice and his smile the most infectious, a real character.

Captain Philip Rentell

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