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Have you been to Dubrovnik? If not, let me take you there.
Closing to Dubrovnik is like entering a fairy tale - you somehow forget you are in the real world. Down by the sea there lays a city-pearl that one can only imagine in a story. The red roofs and the exquisite cupolas are guarded by ancient walls; towers-giants are watching carefully the corners and around all this the sea is roaring and showering the beach with foam. Whoever thought of creating a city here had some real vision and eye for beauty.
Inside the walls you get into this magical timeless place, where you can still hear the sound of horses walking and the rumble of the carriages. Then you look around yourself and see modern people all over. It is a little confusing even.
When in Dubrovnik one should definitely get on the walls. It might take you an hour or two but the walk sure is worth it. On the one side you see the Old Town, closed in its walls like a beauty in a castle. On the other the sea is flashing and blinking, and sparkling with the most amazing colors.
When you eventually are able to leave the walls behind and get exploring the city, the vibe will let you breathless. Even though Dubrovnik is this surrealistic place of history and romance, people are actually living here. Along with the Knyaz' palace and all the fundamental churches, you will see children playing basketball in an backyard, coffee places running just as if they were anywhere in Europe and washed clothes hanging from the windows, and oranges laying in people's yards
If there is a must of the things you need to do while in Dubrovnik, I will say Try the ice cream - it is a piece of art.
Dubrovnik also has its problems. It is one of the expensive places in Europe. And although it is sure good for its economics, it is struggling the enormous number of tourist who visit it for the sightseeing and also as a resort. Life here sure is not easy - not only is expensive, but in addition you get to deal with a non-stoppable river of tourists, buses and cameras. The Old town itself also paid its price during the war in Yugoslavia. It is sad to see the shrapnel hols into these beautiful and proud buildings. The locals intentionally don't repair them and show them to the tourists. This is too much of a reminder, I think. In the end it is in the past, we may as well look for more constructive future than staring at the old wounds.
In any case Dubrovnik is a magical place, that needs to be seen. It is like a mermaid, sitting on the shore of Croatia, just waiting for someone to show behind the turn, so she can spell him with her beauty.