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Ravenna and Dubrovnik


Thursday, November 14, 2013

This is the final blog about my cruise! It has been a lot of fun to blog, and it reminds me of the warm sunny days on the Mediterranean and Adriatic coastline. It’s hard to believe it is only a little over a week since I returned – today we had freezing fog here in Central Oregon, and it is expected to snow by Friday.

Ravenna Italy is famous for its Byzantine era mosaics. It is a charming city with brick palaces and cobblestone streets. We visited the Basilica which was covered with spectacular mosaics from 6th century AD, and Galla Placidia’s mausoleum with 5th century AD mosaics. She was related to emperors, and her mausoleum is lovely – the interior dome is covered with midnight blue sky lit with stars and crucifixes. Unfortunately I left my camera on board the ship that day; so I cannot share any Ravenna photos (I didn't take any! no camera), other than this photo of the only souvenir that I purchased, a silk scarf with a mosaic pattern from Galla Placidia, which gives only a small taste of the lovely mosaics.


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We also visited the National Museum of Antiquities, they have an amazing collection of artifacts from the Roman empire, early Christianity, and the Byzantine empire. Most were excavated from areas near Ravenna. The museum is housed in a former Benedictine Monastery. We roamed from room to room; when we were ready to leave, the museum guards politely but firmly escorted us to any rooms that we had failed to visit! (We tried to escape without visiting the arms and armory section; they realized we did not speak Italian and wanted to make sure we didn’t miss any treasures)

The sea approach to Dubrovnik, Croatia was very beautiful.

View of Dubrovnik from the ship

I really did not know what to expect in Croatia. The setting was spectacular, and the old walled city was fascinating. Croatia uses their own money, but luckily they accepted our credit cards. We entered the old city through the Pile Gate, and climbed the steep steps to walk the walls surrounding the old city.

Walking toward walled city

Pile gate
There are 750 steps on the city wall walk (Spunky LB asked). We both felt as though we had been doing step aerobics! The views of the sea and the city from the walls were so charming. It was a delightful final destination on our cruise.


City street from wall. No cars can enter the walled city.

Wall

Me on the wall (parts of the wall were quite narrow; this section was wider. I could imagine the guards meeting together here)


View from wall lookout


Turret

After we descended from the wall. This is a photo of the old city

Sailing away from Dubrovnik

We had two relaxing days at sea, with lots of time to work out. The flight home was long and tiring. SpunkyLB set of the airport alarms because she was wearing a money belt -- even though she had no metal, it showed up on the x-rays.

I would definitely love to return again to these lovely cities!

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BJPENNY70 11/21/2013 6:20PM

    Croatia is beautiful. I would so love to go there. I saw some specials on Croatia on PBS. It is so colorful and peaceful looking. It is so hard to believe all the unrest they have had there. So happy you got to experience this. Hugs!

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MADAMES 11/16/2013 10:23PM

    Really lovely pictures...you make it sound very inviting! Thank you for sharing.



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AWESOMECHELZ 11/15/2013 10:47PM

    The wall is so similar in construction to old walled places and castles in Puerto Rico! Maybe in that region, hundreds of years ago, the construction of those castles and walled places, the process and skills, were all similar in nature. In Puerto Rico, the people from Spain who came down in the late 1300s and the 1400s, built places such as "El Morro" and "La Fortaleza". Maybe they all shared a similar history to areas where Croatia and Italy are. Isn't history fascinating? emoticon

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MARITIMER3 11/14/2013 6:07PM

    Beautiful pictures, Alison. I would love to go there someday.
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JENNY888 11/14/2013 3:18PM

    Awesome pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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DR1939 11/14/2013 11:42AM

    Thanks so much for sharing your trip with us. I agree, Croatia is beautiful and Dubrovnik is especially pretty. I loved the fountain in the plaza. We sat and watched people for quite a while there.

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MICHELELYNN777 11/14/2013 9:56AM

    I'm sorry you forgot your camera for your day in Ravenna. The scarf you got is beautiful and I'm sure the mosaics were amazing in real life. I really like the walled city and the narrow city street with no cars in Croatia. Thank you for letting us experience your trip through your beautiful pictures and wonderful descriptions of the places you visited. I loved all of your blogs!

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HELEN_BRU 11/14/2013 7:20AM

    Well you had quite a trip and brought home many wonderful memories with you. Thank you for sharing.

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HAPPYMENOW58 11/14/2013 3:05AM

    Wow...Your trip looked fantastic! Makes me want to add it to my bucket list! Beautiful pictures.....Great walking, too!

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1BEACHWALKER 11/14/2013 1:37AM

    Wow-Croatia is awesome! Love that walled city! The silk scarf is beautiful! Too bad about your camera! I wonder if they put it in lost and found, you could always ask?
I don't blame you for wanting to go back...let me know...maybe we could have a spark get together and a bunch of us go on a cruise together! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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