Dubrovnik/Croatia

25 Sep 2010 – Happy 34th Anniversary Peggy & Ian

Fri: a feature of Dubrovnik is its walls that run more than 3km around the city. The walls run from four to six metres thick on the landward side but are much thinner on the seaward side. The system of turrets and towers were intended to protect the vulnerable city with a pop of app 43,770 in an area of 21.35sq km (8.2 sq mi) In 1979, the city of Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

The prosperity of the city of Dubrovnik has always been based on maritime trade. Supported by its wealth and skilled diplomacy, the city achieved a remarkable level of development, particularly during the 15th and 16th centuries. Although demilitarised in the 1970s with the intent of forever protecting it from war devastation, in 1991, after the breakup of Yugoslavia, it was besieged by Serb-Montenegrin forces and heavily damaged by shelling.

Our guide provided us with interesting info she has learnt from the U course, but even then as she said… next year might be a different history! With all the wars and political disagreements, the facts get confused, not easy to understand! It is doubtful if I will return to hear the new history but will follow-up reading updates. It is not my scene with crowds and over-commercializing. The wall is the high point and Kenson flying off to Paris is the low point, as that means the Croatia trip is nearing to it’s end 😦

It is a great pity that every human being does not, at an early stage of his life, have to write a historical work.  He would then realize that the human race is in quite a jam about truth – Rebecca West

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