If a picture is indeed worth a thousand words, then these reveal much about our day in Dubrovnik.
Several ships had disgorged thousands of passengers into the picturesque old town.
I had looked forward to walking the city walls, as I had done years ago, but once I saw the crowds, my only ambition was to get outside the city walls as quickly as possible.
I did just that and began to make my way up the side streets and walkways until I was 15 minutes or so away from the bustle below. I was rewarded with a spectacular view of the old city and the Seabourn Odyssey (left) far below.
I found walkways far from the crowd back in the old town. Where two paths diverged, a local pedestrian, unaccustomed to seeing tourists so far off the beaten path, asked if I needed help. I told him I was trying to get lost — deliberately. He understood and approved. “It’s impossible to really get lost here,” he said. “Dubrovnik is so small.”
I found my way back down to the old town, but 10 minutes or so before the city wall, I passed a small cafe. The open patio and the frosty glasses of beer were too much to resist. Sometimes to get the best experience possible from a place, it’s important to permit yourself to be detoured.
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