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Painting the marine harbour, oil on canvas, Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Oil on canvas painting of the Dubrovnik, Croatia harbour, spring 2015

A wet spring day today in Toronto has me indoors flipping pictures from years past. I really appreciate how this artist captured the marina and surrounding buildings of Dubrovnik in vivid color, and is a perfect contrast to what I see outside. This town is amazing – I’ve posted a few pictures from Dubrovnik over the years – due to the history of its people, the imprint of wars gone by, and its great food. One day we’ll be back!

Tourists sunbathing on the rocks in 16th Century Dubrovnik, Croatia back in 2015

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Remember life before COVID-19? Tourists sunbathing on the rocks in Dubrovnik, Croatia back in 2015.

We are traveling virtually again this post back to 2015 visiting Dubrovnik, Croatia. A well preserved 16th century city on the Adriatic in the southern end of Croatia, Dubrovnik is an incredible step back in time. It was almost destroyed (1667 earthquake), controlled by the French, then Italians, Austrians, and finally Yugoslavia. In 1991 the city endured considerable shelling as Yugoslavia came apart. When walking the streets and alleys within the walled city you will read stories on the walls of what shelling occurred and what business or cultural place was sadly hit. Here we have a wonderful rest spot outside the fortress walls on the rocks by the Adriatic. Looking at this today while in COVID-19 lockdown is surreal, yet its also a glimpse into what we have to look forward to.

Majestic old city of Dubrovnik, Croatia, as seen through a gun turret

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Dubrovnik is a very beautiful city with such rich character. Here we see the old city through a gun turret on the perimeter wall. I gather it was in use during the war 20 years ago, as evidence by the few areas of destruction that remain.