Temperatures soared in Dubrovnik on Monday to 23 deg and tempted swimmers to Banje beach. Who says the Dubrovnik season is 'short'?. Not this picture. Read more in the Dubrovnik Times at http://www.dubrovacki.hr/pregled/the-dubrovnik-times
This is the 1997 German ship CColumbus visiting Gruz, Dubrovnik in 2006. This well traveled ship links Dubrovnik to such places as Nha Tran (Vietnam), Anglesey (North Wales UK) and the US Great Lakes - of course named after another well traveled individual. Interesting to see the global links in the small, but fascinating port of Cruz.
New cruise ships alongside sloops in Cruz. Great pastime watching all the activity and comings and goings of these ships. Even more interesting to watch from a small boat anchored in the bay, with picnic and fine wine on board.
From the sea, the cruise ships dwarf the mega-hotels in Dubrovnik! They are big.
This is the Island of Lokrum, which most flights into Dubrovnik pass over. In the background is the Old Town of Dubrovnik. Richard the Lionheart is said to have taken shelter on Lokrum on his return journey from the Crusades.
On the steep banks of the river directly opposite Villa Dubrovnik can be seen the remains of the old Dubrovnik Sarajevo narrow gauge railway line. This is now a superb walk accessed from Cruz. For pictures of the line and river (with no road bridge) visit http://www.penmorfa.com/JZ/dubrovnik2.html. The owners of the villa next door used to live in Sarajevo and traveled on the line.
Just a peaceful stroll from Dubrovnik Villa, is the beautiful 14th century Franciscan monastery at Rozat, dwarfed by the tail end of the Dinaric Alps, running through Croatia from north to south. From certain points, further around towards the ACI Marina, it is possible to see a Croatian Flag painted by Dubrovnik residents high up on the cliff face. This was done when Montenegran troops occupied the area in the 1990's war.
This is the place to swim in Dubrovnik. The Island is steeped in Greek and Roman history. Many bring their boats here to swim and dive. Some come by ferry and explore the island on foot. There is a legend about the beach. If you swim here with your loved one you will stay together to ever.
Dubrovnik Villa sits alongside Rijeka Dubrovacka, one of the most stunning sights visitors get from the air, just before landing in Dubrovnik. This is where the summer houses were constructed because of the cooling breezes.
This is a picture of the IHS symbol above the front door of Dubrovnik Villa. This symbol is often associated with the Jesuits and St Ignatious and appears in many Cathedrals and Churches - including those in Dubrovnik and Rome. The Villa has a chapel, which is incorporated into the house. Perhaps that is why the house is so restful and full of peace!