To celebrate our arrival in Dubrovnik earlier this week, we strolled along its glimmering stone streets by night. Many of the city’s visitors had departed via cruise ship, and we had the city’s streets much to ourselves (well, certainly much more so than on a bustling summer evening).
Here is the Rector’s Palace as well as the Assumption Cathedral. The Rector’s Palace served as the seat of government for the Republic of Ragusa for more than five centuries. The cathedral, which was built during the 17th century, sustained some damage during the Siege of Dubrovnik in 1991, but like much of the city, has been restored to perfection.
Tricia A. Mitchell is a freelance writer and photographer. Born in Europe but raised in the United States, she has lived in Valletta, Malta; Heidelberg, Germany; and Split, Croatia. An avid globetrotter who has visited more than 65 countries, she has a penchant for off-season travel. Tricia has learned that travel’s greatest gift is not sightseeing, rather it is the interactions with people. Some of her most memorable experiences have been sharing a bottle of champagne with distant French cousins in Lorraine, learning how to milk goats in a sleepy Bulgarian village, and ringing in the Vietnamese New Year with a Hanoi family. She welcomes any opportunity to practice French and German, and she loves delving into a place’s history and artisanal food scene.
A former education administrator and training specialist, Tricia has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in international relations. She and her husband, Shawn, married in the ruins of a snowy German castle. They’ve been known to escape winter by basing themselves in coastal Croatia or Southeast Asia.
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14 thoughts on “Photo du Jour: The Rector’s Palace by Night – Dubrovnik”
Great picture – I love that waxy glow!
The city has done an extraordinary job of illuminating the landmarks at night, Andrew. We’ll be sad to leave here tomorrow, but then, there’s the anticipation of the next stop. :)
I see that you are going to Montenegro – I think you will find it quite different! Kotor is quite lovely – where will you stay?
Not sure yet, Andrew. Likely starting in Herceg Novi and then going from there. Do you have any recommendations or posts to share? :)
Hercig Novi is well worth a look, On the Bay of Kotor, Perast would be a nice place to stay, Kotor of course and Lovcen National Park. I didn’t really like Budva and Sveti Stefan was closed and I don’t think that you can just wander in anyway. We stayed at a boutique hotel at Kamaria, the Casa del Mare, close to the ferry port on the Bay of Kotor which I mocked a little but it was really quite nice. This is my first post of about six about Montenegro: http://anotherbagmoretravel.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/montenegro-bay-of-kotor/
Enjoyed your posts, Andrew. I’ve been to Budva once, but seemed to have missed the old town. If it’s attractive, I’d be happy to return, otherwise, we’re curious to check out Hercig Novi, Kotor and Sveti Stefan. Have you been to Albania? That’s where we’re considering heading next.
I had a bit of a plan to go to Albania but the Foreign Office advice about driving there rather put me off. Be careful about Sveti Stefan, the attractive peninsular on the postcards is an up-market hotel and I am not sure if it is possible to visit it. It is worth checking out before setting out – we had a wasted journey! Kotor is wonderful but is now on the cruise ship itinerary so can get a bit overrun when 2,000 people come ashore all at the same time!
Thanks so much for the pointers, Andrew. We won’t be driving, and I’m quite happy since I’ve read that it can be a bit challenging in this region. (I drove in Croatia a few years ago, but I think Montenegro and Albania’s roads might be even a bit more rugged.)
Kotor sounds a bit like Dubrovnik then (with the sea of cruise ship visitors), just a bit smaller of a space to absorb all those visitors.
Tremendous night scene of this impressive structure!
Phil, Dubrovnik is a beauty by night and day, but nighttime is a super way to escape the daytime mob of cruise ship travelers.
A lovely photo Tricia. Isn’t it great when you stay somewhere gorgeous and get the opportunity to explore once the crowds have left.
Thank you, Carol.
In Trogir, I wasn’t so surprised that we had the city much to ourselves, but in Dubrovnik, I was. In the summer months, Dubrovnik’s bustling by day and by night. Understandably so.