Hi everyone, I’m Sarah from Design Flourishes, and I am honored to be guest blogging here at English Muse on Tuesdays. I blog mainly about art and travel (with some books thrown in), this morning let’s start with travel…
In the spring my wandering foot gets to itching. Something about the sunshine and the warmer weather makes me want to explore far off lands.
One of my all time favorite destinations is Dubrovnik, Croatia. It is on the sea between Greece and Italy, and combines everything a person could want in a Mediterranean destination. A fairytale city between dramatic mountains and shimmering crystal waters, it is practically perfect in every way.
Back when Venice was the main maritime power in the Mediterranean, Dubrovnik was its only real rival. It was a fiercely independent city-state, and for centuries Dubrovnik officials paid off whichever empire was in power, in order to maintain Dubrovnik autonomy. Liberty was so important to them that in 1776, it was the first foreign state to officially recognize a brash, upstart, republic called the United States of America.
The old town is completely surrounded by high city walls. It takes a few hours to walk all the way around, and the views are stunning. On one side is the sea with little islands in the near distance. On the other are the red tile roofs, pale walls and white streets of the medieval city.
I can’t find if the streets are actually paved with marble, it might be some other polished stone, but it looks and feels like marble. It makes the whole town feel luxurious. So many medieval towns feel dark and cramped, if charming. Dubrovnik feels bright and sunny and that just makes it more charming.
At night, the cafés spill onto the street and all summer there is lots of live music. Sometimes it feels it can’t all be real, but when you wake up in the morning it is still there, and ready to be explored.
“Those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik and find it”
– George Bernard Shaw